Ranking my Top 20 Television Shows of 2021: Which Shows Made The Cut?

It’s that time of year again! As we get closer and closer to approaching 2022, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 20 TV Shows of 2021. 

While some returning shows continued strong, others fell off slightly. Meanwhile, some other new shows completely captivated my attention, paving their way into my top 20.

Without any further delay, let’s get to my list!

My Top 20 Television Shows of 2021 are:

20

Shadow and Bone

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Based on the popular book, this fantasy series packed a punch in a good way. There was a lot to keep track of in this magical world, but plenty to be excited about, making this a great binge-watch with terrific characters.

19

The Sex Lives of College Girls

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This show was such a pleasant surprise. It had an unrated Mean Girls vibe and was actually really funny and charming. I am so thrilled that this show got picked up for a second season and I can’t wait to see more!

18

Kevin Can F… Himself

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One of the most unique shows I have ever watched! I really thought this show was genius and it had such an interesting and dark concept. If you are looking for something new and different, give this show a whirl. It’s worth it!

17

Panic

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I really loved this show so much. I thought it was going to be really gimmicky and instead it was so addicting! The dynamic between the characters was fantastic and there was a romance brewing to swoon over and then some! I’m really disappointed it wasn’t picked up for a second season, but I think things wrap up enough in the first season to satisfy fans for the most part.

16

Hawkeye

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This show had the perfect mix of action and humor. This unlikely partnership was actually really sweet and I thought that the show had a nice wholesome vibe that is family friendly. Plus, the dog is awesome! What’s not to love?

15

My Name

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One of the most powerful female characters I have seen on television in a long time! This revenge series was so gritty and consuming. It brought up so many emotions, but I was there for the journey and I’m really glad that I gave this show a chance!

14

Yellowjackets

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Dark and twisted with a cast to die for! This series is very much LOST meets The Wilds, but it has a lot of reveals still remaining. The past and present collide in this addicting series and I’m excited to see what season two brings to the table as well!

13

Hellbound

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This South Korean horror drama series may be one of the most disturbing things I have ever watched, brought to us from the director of Train to Busan. In a lot of ways, this show is about how dangerous misguided faith in the wrong hands can be, as it shows how easily humanity can fall apart when real fear comes into play.

12

Who Killed Sara? (Seasons 1 and 2)

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This show is the definition of a guilty pleasure thriller. There is the perfect blend of soap-opera drama mixed in with a compelling murder mystery that will throw so many twists and turns at you, that you will completely dismiss how ridiculous some of them are and just enjoy the ride.

One of the most addicting series of the year for sure!

11

Dexter: New Blood

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I didn’t really know what to expect with this new series, but wow it has been absolutely brilliant! The show managed to bring back the original vibe of the series while creating something new and relevant for Dexter without overdoing it. I’m completely hooked! 

10

You (season 3)

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My favorite season yet! The move to the suburbs was the right call for our favorite serial killers. The dynamic between Joe and Love really made this season exceptional and I was invested the entire time! Talk about a binge-watcher’s dream!

9

Mare of Easttown

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Emotionally stirring, an out-of-this-world performance by Kate Winslet, a heartfelt partnership, and a compelling mystery. This show was so well made and really showed off Kate’s range in the best way possible.

8

Clickbait

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Another really addicting show and premise! I was hooked from the opening episode and I could not stop watching this show. As soon as I thought I had figured something out about the mystery, I was thrown in another direction and the show did a really fantastic job of keeping you guessing right up until the very end!

7

The Witcher (season 2)

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A fantasy adventure filled with gore, laughs, and epic moments! This season really found its way and the dynamic between the main characters really elevated this show in so many ways, making it the perfect show to binge-watch before the end of the year. I loved it!

6

Lucifer (Final Season)

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It’s not easy ending a series and I thought that Lucifer managed to truly make a final season for the fans. The episodes were fantastic, the characters all got a chance to truly shine and that ending had me in tears in the best way possible! I will miss this show but I do think that it really stuck the landing, which is far from easy to do!

5

The Innocent

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My favorite Harlan Coben series yet! This series was beyond addicting. It had so many moving pieces but when everything came together, I was so beyond impressed with this particular mystery.

4

Only Murders in the Building

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This show was so much fun! It had a really great mystery at its core, but the interaction between the characters and the clues they uncovered kept me laughing as well. It had the perfect balance of quirky humor and murder mystery fun. This show was such a wonderful surprise and I can’t wait to watch the second season!

3

WandaVision

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This show was so unique and interesting. At first, I was slightly confused by what I was watching and yet I was entertained all the same and I loved the TV nostalgia thrown in. The show quickly transformed into something so amazing over the episodes. I looked forward to every single episode and by the time I got to the end, I was so emotionally changed by what I had witnessed.

Perfection!

2

Midnight Mass

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An interesting take on horror with a Stephen King vibe that just worked! This series was disturbing on so many levels, but it also brought us so many beautiful and poetic moments too. I thought that the performances were absolutely incredible, creating a chilling series worth talking about!

Drum roll please…

1

Squid Game

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If you haven’t watched Squid Game yet, you are missing out! This show quickly became one of the most watched shows all over the world and with good reason! This show sucks you in right from the start. The premise may seem odd, but once you start watching, you quickly become immersed into this story with relatable characters and games that will keep you on your toes!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments about your favorite television shows of 2021. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

 

 

 

Spoiler-Free Review of “Kevin Can F… Himself” on AMC: Killer Concept

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“I’ve been thinking…”

Kevin Can F Himself premiered on AMC on June 20th 2021 with the first two episodes. The remaining six episodes will air weekly and you can watch them earlier on AMC+. Each episode runs for approximately 42 minutes. The dark comedy show stars Annie Murphy, Eric Petersen, Mary Hollis Inboden and Raymond Lee.

The series mixes genres as it follows a traditional sitcom routine while balancing in some drama and dark comedy. Allison lives in Worcester, Mass. and is married to a complete idiot named Kevin. She starts to break out of her typical housewife role to determine what she really wants for herself…and it may include murdering her husband.

Here is the trailer:

Kevin Can F*** Himself has an amazing and unique premise that allows sitcom wives a chance at redemption, but does the execution of this killer idea fall flat? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Allison and Patty rule!

I would expect the women on this show to kick ass and they do so. Annie Murphy is perfection and I am really intrigued by the character of Patty. I think the dynamic between them just works and I really enjoy seeing them on screen together. Even without a lot of set-up, you just automatically root for them and that’s part of what this show is about.

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The darker parts of the show are pure magic.

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get with this show. This isn’t the type of show I would normally watch, but I was really intrigued by the trailers and I like Annie Murphy. I think she is a terrific actress. The show is partially a response to the Kevin James sitcom series, Kevin Can Wait, when they decided to kill off the wife without ever properly addressing it on the series.

I haven’t watch that show, but now I kind of want to go back to it and see what actually happened there. This isn’t the first time that a female character has been killed off without any real explanation and I think it’s about time the women have their revenge. The show is layered with several genres, but it works differently than WandaVision, which I absolutely loved!

In WandaVision, I fell in love with the sitcom nostalgia and enjoyed every part of the show, but on Kevin Can F Himself, the sitcom parts are actually really hard to sit through and I think that’s part of the point.

The comedy falls flat and Allison is forced to undergo this living hell…and so are we. It makes her character more sympathetic and when we get into the darker parts, they just work. I loved seeing her research at the library and the ending minutes of the pilot episode were pure perfection for me.

The Cons:

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The execution is wavering.

The supporting characters are forgettable and annoying and I found myself wanting more of the darker drama rather than the balance between this and the traditional sitcom. I get the point of it, but this is such a unique premise and I don’t want it to be over-complicated. Sometimes less is more.

The pacing also needs some work. I thought that the opening episode was stronger than the second one, but this show dragged a lot and it needs to pick up the pace so it doesn’t lose its audience because this show deserves a watch.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I am actually really intrigued by this show and I think that Annie Murphy is putting forth a valiant effort here. The show is creating a necessary dialogue and it’s hard not to root for her. I think that the show needs to find its identity and not lose itself within the magic of the idea. It needs to deliver and I’m hoping that we get there in the next episodes.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Kevin Can F Himself in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Loki” on Disney+: Mischief and Mayhem

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“Guilty of being the god of mischief? Yes…”

Loki premiered on Disney+ on June 9th 2021. The series will feature six weekly episodes that air on Wednesdays. Each episode runs for approximately 40-50 minutes. The show stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 

The series takes place after the events of Avengers: End Game, as the god of mischief embarks on a confusing adventure of his very own, as he tries to figure out his place in the world.

Here is the trailer:

Loki has the potential to reel its viewers back into the MCU while charming us with one of our favorite antiheroes, but does its confusing plot get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Tom Hiddleston is charming as ever.

Loki has always been one of my favorite characters and whether you love him or hate him, there’s an undeniable presence and charm to Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal. He is witty, devious, and beyond entertaining, and having a show completely dedicated to him seems like a brilliant idea to me.

I’m excited to see him really flourish in his own show and I have to say that Owen Wilson is doing a fantastic job of keeping up. I was worried that he might be a little bit too cheesy or over-the-top, but his dry humor is balancing nicely with Loki’s and they are both really fun to watch on screen.

More please!

The antihero can be redeemed.

If you haven’t watched all of the Avengers movies yet, you probably shouldn’t be watching Loki, but his moment of redemption was needed, but it also left me wanting more from our beloved character and we basically get a second chance to see Loki go on a real path toward self-discovery and purpose. There is a lot to this character and he isn’t just a trickster. He has a lot of layers and I am excited that we will finally be able to uncover his full potential in this series.

The Cons:

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Muddled and confusing.

I’m not going to lie, I was really confused by the first episode. There is A LOT going on and the TVA is not making things easy for the viewers at home. The mystery is intriguing enough to keep me coming back for more, but I’m hoping we can get some concrete answers soon since we only have six episodes to explore.

I am giving the show a chance despite the confusing premise and pacing issues especially since I was equally confused with the beginning of WandaVision and that quickly became one of my favorite shows of the year.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Tom Hiddleston is charming and entertaining enough to keep you coming back for more, but this show has some real potential. There is a lot going on and I hope that the pacing picks up with the coming episodes, but it has captured my attention and I am really interested to see Loki’s character develop even more.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Loki in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “WandaVision” on Disney+: Delightfully Intriguing

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“My wife and her flying saucers…”

WandaVision premiered on Disney+ on January 15th 2021 with the first two episodes available to stream now. There will be nine episodes in total that will air weekly. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Kathryn Hahn. Each episode runs for approximately 30-35 minutes. 

If you are familiar with MCU, then you know that this series may initially seem strange and misplaced based on the events that occurred in the Avenger films. Nonetheless, we are presented with a sitcom series featuring Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and her husband, Vision. Things are not as they seem as we find ourselves trapped within a television-centric nostalgia that is not without its own unique charm and mystery.

Here is the trailer:

WandaVision may be the most unique release we have seen yet in MCU, paying its respect to timeless sitcom classics while presenting us with clever Easter eggs and the promise to unfold the mystery at hand, but does it do enough to keep viewers coming back for more? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

WandaVision Spoiler Free Review 1

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Undeniable chemistry.

While I always noticed a spark between these two in the films, there really wasn’t enough time to devote to it with everything else going on. WandaVision gives us the chance to finally see just how charming these two can be together and I have to say that it’s even better than I could have imagined.

The love is believable and even though it’s clear that things are not as they seem, the connection between the characters keeps us invested in their well-being. Seriously, these two are adorable!

WandaVision Spoiler Free Review 2

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Welcomed TV nostalgia.

The show really owes a lot to series like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, and I Love Lucy, embracing all of these classic shows effortlessly without becoming stale in the process. I especially enjoyed the second episode and was actually really laughing at several parts, allowing myself to treat this show as what it is meant to be…a sitcom.

WandaVision Spoiler Free Review 3

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Fantastic supporting characters and guest stars.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, Emma Caulfield was fantastic and I always love watching Kathryn Hahn, who nailed the nosy neighbor vibe with flair. Pretty much every guest star has really added to the show and based on the cast listed, I can’t wait to see everyone else.

The Cons:

WandaVision Spoiler Free Review 4

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Strange and confusing.

I’m all for strange and confusing and there have already been several well placed Easter eggs and hints at a bigger mystery going on, but it is really confusing at times. Perhaps we will get to everything in the later episodes, but I think that the series can take a page out of Pleasantville’s book and give the audience just a little bit more.

That being said, I am intrigued by the mystery and love the concept of being trapped inside a television sitcom (if that’s what is actually happening here), but I think some viewers may be turned off and lose interest if we aren’t given more hints soon.

So am I in or out?

WandaVision Spoiler Free Review 5

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I’m in!

This show is really different and unique, but it also presents us with so much charming nostalgia. I can’t wait to watch the next episodes and I think that as long as the mystery picks up, this show will develop into something truly fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on WandaVision in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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The 2020-2021 Mid-Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Greetings TV Fans! As we approach the end of the year, some of our absolute favorite shows will be returning with new episodes and we can also look forward to some brand new shows as well that have a lot of potential. Looking to find out when they all start? You came to the right place!

While some of our favorite returning shows already have 2021 premiere dates announced, others are still giving out a TBD 2021 response, as I vigilantly keep checking to see when they will be premiering. It looks like we have several new shows with a lot of potential and some of our returning favorites seem very promising as well.

Without further delay, the 2020-2021 Mid-season TV premieres I am most looking forward to are:

The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys Hulu

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Premiere date: December 4th 2020

Where to watch:  Hulu

Based on the beloved book series of the same name, it looks like The Hardy Boys is going to follow in the footsteps of The CW’s Nancy Drew, bringing a modern/Riverdale vibe to the show. Bring on the new mysteries!

Shameless (Season 11, Final Season)

Shameless Season 11

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Premiere date: December 6th 2020

Where to watch:  Showtime

It’s last call for the Gallagher clan and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. My major question is: Will Emmy Rossum return as Fiona Gallagher for the final season? Fingers crossed!

The Stand

The Stand CBS All access

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Premiere date: December 17th 2020

Where to watch:  CBS All Access

Based on the Stephen King novel, The Stand will hit the small screen via CBS’s streaming service. I may need to renew my subscription for this one…

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 4, Final Season)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix Part 4

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Premiere date: December 31st 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

This is the final season for our bewitching Sabrina Spellman, which means all bets are off! Cast some spells and get your coven ready because the binge-watch friendly show is back!

A Discovery of Witches (Season 2)

A Discovery of Witches Season 2

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Premiere date: January 9th 2021

Where to watch:  Sundance Now

Time travel never really gets old, does it? Either way, I’m all for binge-watching the show based on one of my favorite book series of all time!

WandaVision

WandaVision

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Premiere date: January 15th 2021

Where to watch:  Disney+

I need some more Marvel in my life for sure and a show centered around Wanda/Scarlet Witch sounds like the answer to all my problems…grabbing the popcorn now!

Riverdale (Season 5)

Riverdale season 5

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Premiere date: January 20th 2021

Where to watch:  The CW

It’s no secret that I LOVE Riverdale and I have been missing this show like crazy. I think that leaving high school will bring on a darker maturity to the show and I’m ready for more mysteries!

Nancy Drew (Season 2)

Nancy Drew season 2

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Premiere date: January 20th 2021

Where to watch:  The CW

Nancy Drew really came out of nowhere last year and quickly became one of my new favorite shows. Will Nancy get a new mystery to solve filled with ghostly potential? Let’s hope so!

Walker

Walker

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Premiere date: January 21st 2021

Where to watch:  The CW

Based on the original show, Walker, Texas Ranger, this new show will feature Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki as its lead. I’m not really sure how this show is going to be, but I will give it a chance for Jared!

The Walking Dead (Season 10, extended)

TWD season 10

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Premiere date: February 28th 2021

Where to watch:  AMC

Season 10 has been extended and we will get six new episodes in late February to get us through the winter. There have been a lot of shows popping up in TWD universe, but the original show is approaching its final season…although we have no idea when season 11 will actually drop.

Stay tuned for reviews, recaps, and top five moments! I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for new episodes to return and I am really looking forward to exploring these new promising shows!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in 2020-2021 in the comments below. I always love discovering new shows and that’s where you come in!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl