With production and shooting coming to a halt in the pandemic due to the curbs placed in order to contain the spread of the virus, many releases were delayed. However, we saw some of the most engaging and gripping television and series this year.
We saw Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ take home eleven EMMY Awards this year, with ‘Ted Lasso’, The Mare of Eastown, and ‘Hacks’ making a name for themselves too! Netflix had several hits such as Squid Game, You (Season 3), Sex Education (Season 3), and the pop star Selena Gomez starrer Only Murders in the Building received much love from many.
How can we forget the latest season of Succession and the slew of content both Marvel and Star Wars fans were offered on Disney+ with shows like ‘WandaVision’, The Bad Batch, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, Star Wars: Visions, etc. that won the hearts of many!
2021 has been a big year for television. With so many shows coming out on different streaming platforms, you may have missed some interesting releases among the many hits this year! We’ve compiled a list of some of the underrated TV series you should watch if you haven’t already!
This series follows a team of wildly talented high-school girl soccer players. The team survives a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness and narrates it. ‘Yellowjackets’ chronicles the team’s complicated but thriving team’s descent. It is about how they go from flourishing to warring, cannibalistic clans. All this while they track the lives they have attempted to piece back together.
Sophie Nélisse and Melanie Lynskey ( Teen and Adult Shauna respectively), Jasmin Savoy Brown and Tawny Cypress (Teen and Adult Taissa Respectively), Sophie Thatcher and Juliette Lewis (Teen and Adult Natalie respectively), Samantha Hanratty and Christina Ricci (Teen and Adult Misty respectively) star in the show. They reveal the truth about their survival twenty-five years later.
Find ‘Yellowjackets’ on Showtime: HERE
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Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Invincible’ is about a seventeen-year-old Mark Grayson who is just like every guy his age but there’s a twist in the story. His father is Omni-Man. Definitely not like a normal seventeen-year-old right? His father is the most powerful superhero on the planet! The seventeen-year-old develops powers of his own. However, he discovers his father – Omni-Man’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.
Find ‘Invincible’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
Behind Her Eyes
Netflix’s ‘Behind Her Eyes’ follows Louise (played by Simona Brown), a single mother with a son. She works a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office and begins an affair with her boss, Dr. David Ferguson (Tom Bateman). She enters a world of twisted mind games when she does so while she strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife, Adele (Eve Hewson). This mystery/psychological thriller totally keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Find ‘Behind Her Eyes’ on Netflix: HERE
Kevin Can F**K Himself
This series is a dark comedy starring Annie Murphy, Mary Hollis Inboden, Eric Petersen, Alex Bonifer, Raymond Lee, Brian Howe, Candice Coke and more that looks at the secret life of a sitcom wife. Set in Worcester, Massachusetts (United States), it alternates between traditional multi-camera sitcoms and single-camera drama.
‘Kevin Cn F**k Himself’ follows the journey of Allison McRoberts played by Annie Murphy. She is a stereotypically smart and beautiful sitcom wife. Allison is married to Kevin, a husky, self-centered man-child. He is clearly punching above his weight and after making a dark discovery, she teams up with neighbor Patty O’Connor. Allusion does this as she attempts to escape the confines of her life and take control of her fate.
Find ‘Kevin Cn F**k Himself’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
A Tale Dark & Grimm
‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’ follows Hansel (voiced by Andre Robinson) and Gretel (voice actor – Raini Rodriguez) who walk out of their story. The two walk into other wicked and witty tales that are filled with strange and scary surprises.
Find ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’ on Netflix: HERE
‘Cruel Summer’ is a psychological thriller set in a small town in Texas that follows two young women – Kate Wallis and Jeanette Turner. One day, Kate – the popular one with a charming life goes missing without a trace, and Jeanette goes from being the awkward, outcast to the most popular girl in town. The latter is somehow accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance and by 1995 she becomes the most-hated person in America.
Find ‘Cruel Summer’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
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Four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma (United States) steal, rob, and save in this comedy-drama series. They do this in order to get to the exotic, mysterious, and faraway land of California.
Find ‘Reservation Dogs’ on Hulu: HERE
Find ‘Reservation Dogs’ on Disney+ Hotstar: HERE
Made For Love
In ‘Made For Love’, a woman Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti) is on the run after ten years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen). She has a monitoring device implanted in her brain by her husband. This device allows him to track her. He also “gets to watch her and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence”.
Find ‘Made For Love’ on HBO Max: HERE
Dickinson (Season 3)
Dickinson is an AppleTV+ dark satirical series that follows the life of the renowned American Poet Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is loosely inspired by the life of Emily Dickinson and the drama explores her teenage life as a female writer (who is played by the Oscar and BAFTA Award nominee – Hailee Steinfeld) in the late 1850s.
The witty coming-of-age story is a period drama with characters donning costumes representing the era it is set in and sees Emily determined to become the world’s greatest poet. It also explores the nineteenth century’s budding writer’s secret romance with Susan Gilbert (played by Ella Hunt). Dickinson’s latest season (Season 3) is out now!
Find ‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ – HERE
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The Sex Lives Of College Girls
Mindy Kaling’s latest production – HBO Max’s ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ is a lighthearted sitcom that offers an amusing take on freshman year. Set at the fictional Essex college, it follows four first-year roommates: Bela Malhotra, Whitney Chase, Leighton Murray, and Kimberly Finkle, who navigate the challenges of the brand new phase of adulthood and forge a new post-high school identity.
The mismatched group offers great entertainment and some nostalgia! After the countless high school dramas, it is refreshing to watch this series and the friendship as well as the experiences of four different young women starting university. Co-created by Justin Noble and Mindy Kaling, (writing alum of ‘The Office’, ‘The Mindy Project’, ‘Brooklyn 99’ and Never Have I Ever, Kaling’s debut high school series for Netflix) ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ follows four freshman roommates reinventing themselves at a fictional private college.
Find ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ on HBO Max: HERE
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When her husband, Miles (Rafael Casal), is incarcerated, in ‘Blindspotting’ his partner – Ashley (played by Jasmine Cephas Jones) makes some difficult decisions in the aftermath. She is also the mother of their son and is left to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis in this comedy-drama on STARZ. This happens when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.
Find ‘Blindspotting’ on STARZ: HERE
We Are Lady Parts
‘We Are Lady Parts’ centers on a geeky biochemical engineering Ph.D. student Amina Hussein (Anjana Vasan). In this sitcom, she becomes the unlikely lead guitarist of ‘Lady Parts’, an all-female Muslim punk band.
This group is on a mission to get a proper gig and Saira (played by Sarah Kameela Impey) who is the band’s fierce and enigmatic frontwoman, sees something in Amina the others can’t – she leverages the Ph.D. student’s desperation to find a husband. Saira even offers to set Amina up with potential matches if she agrees to join, and therefore Amina gets torn between her straitlaced university friends and members of Lady Parts. She tries to find her voice.
Find ‘We Are Lady Parts’ on Peacock: HERE
Pose (Season 3)
Legends, icons, and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture are spotlighted in this drama. It centers around the ball culture – a movement that gained notice in the 1980s as well as the trans and gay community wherein after receiving life-altering news and losing her first real home, Blanca (played by the Mj Rodriguez who became the first Transgender performer to receive an Emmy nomination) starts her own ‘house’.
A ‘house’ is a self-selected family. This family provides support and shelter to LGBTQ youth rejected by their birth families. ‘Pose’ makes television history as it “features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series,” as per Rotten Tomatoes.
Find ‘Pose’ on Netflix: HERE
Find ‘Pose’ on Disney+ Hotstar: HERE
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Scenes From A Marriage
‘ScenesFrom A Marriage’ is an adaptation of Ingar Bergmann’s 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart starring It: Chapter Two’s Jessica Chastain and the ‘Dune’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Star Wars star Oscar Isaac. The series examines the original’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
Find ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ on Hulu: HERE
Find ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ on HBO MAX: HERE
Find ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ on Disney+ Hotstar: HERE