21 Best New Shows of 2021
Pandemic production shutdowns start to show a dip in TV quality, but a spike in TV about income inequality.BY ZACH DECEMBER 18, 2021 *Updated December 30, 2021
Despite 2020 being the year of pandemic lockdowns, most tv show that debuted last year were already in post-production by the time the world shut down. 2021 was the year that COVID had the biggest effect on.
For the first six months of the year, I had major doubts I'd be able to continue my tradition of extending the length of this list by one. The constant stream (pun not intended) of high-quality television that we've become accustomed to over the last few years had gone abruptly dry. However, in the latter half of the year several surprisingly good shows pushed me over the mark.
Also, I hope you like shows about income inequality because the hottest political topic is now dominating television. (10 out of the 21 shows on this list I would say it's the primary or secondary theme.)
About this list
As with all my annual "Best New Shows" lists, a series is included if:
Its first (or only) season aired this year
It has more than 1 episode (no TV Movies)
I watched every episode of the season
This year, I started 29 new tv series. These are my picks for the best 21 of 2021...