The 25 best TV shows of 2021

Clockwise from top left: Lucy Shorthus, Faith Omol, Anjana Vasan, Juliette Matted, and Sarah Camilla Impey in We Are Lady Parts (Photo: Laura Radford/Peacock);  William Jackson Harper and Jesica Williams in Love Life (Image: HBO Max);  Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, and Maitri Ramakrishnan in Never Have I Ever (Photo: Isabella B. Vosmikova/Netflix);  Matthew Macfadyen in Succession (Photo: Graeme Hunter/HBO);  Chris Marshall in For All Mankind 1 and 2 (Image: Apple TV Plus);  Aaron Beer and Thoso Mbedo on Subway 1 and 2 (Photo: Kyle Kaplan);  Lynne Factor, Paulina Alexis, Devron Won A Tai, and DeVere Jacobs at Reservation Dogs (Photo: Shane Brown/FX)

Clockwise from top left: Lucy Shorthus, Faith Omol, Anjana Vasan, Juliette Matted, Sarah Camilla Impey V We are a lady of parts (Photo: Laura Radford/Peacock); William Jackson Harper and Jessica Williams in love life (Photo: HBO Max); Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, and Maitri Ramakrishnan in I never did before (Photo: Isabella B. Vosmikova/Netflix); Matthew McFadden in Succession (Photo: Graeme Hunter/hbo); Chris Marshall in For all humans 1 and 2 (Photo: Apple TV Plus); Aaron Pierre and Soso Mbedou in Underground Railroad 1 and 2 (Photo: Kyle Kaplan); Lynn Factor, Paulina Alexis, Dafron Won A Tae, and DeVere Jacobs V booking dogs (Photo: Shane Brown/FX)
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After a year of production delays and long interruptions, TV is already back in 2021 with a vengeance — and Vision, And a task, and even another look at one Our favorite terrible families. Although the series like instinct anatomy Acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic (which has since had a sequel), most of this year’s shows were content to craft their own facts, whether absurd I think you should leave with Tim RobinsonThe chaos driven by capitalism squid game, or the emphatic, persuasive direction of Unsafefinal season.

As the months went by, television looked more and more like its old self, with a compelling variety of more intimate stories and adaptations that were nothing short of epic. The comfortable watch, which dominated viewing in 2020, was still alive and kicking, but it has taken on a new dimension. Even Peak TV raised its head again, along with the debate over which was better: the glutton model or the weekly release. Now that we’re facing yet another potential spike in COVID cases, it’s hard not to think of TV’s return this year as a limited series — that format has continued to thrive, our list shows — rather than an ongoing one. That won’t stop us from celebrating the best that the medium has had to offer in 2021, from vibrant historical dramas to propaganda messages to dark satire. As he moved away from comfortable viewing, not only did television challenge us, but he was challenging himself.

Once again, voting for the best TV series was a great undertaking, as we sort through reboots, revivals, comic book columns, innovative new comedies, and most recently one unlike anything else on TV right now. But 16 AV Club employees and shareholders took their duties seriously, submitting ranked ballots for our top 15 bids to present the Top 25 Shows of 2021.

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