The Best TV Episodes of 2021

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I probably watched somewhere between 1000 and 2000 episodes of TV in the past year. I don’t keep track of this information too specifically, so it’s hard to say for sure, but going by an estimate of at least 3 episodes per day, it must be somewhere within that range (if not higher). Anyway, these are the episodes out of that bunch that made enough of an impression on me to make me go, “Yeah, they nailed it.”

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The 77 Best TV Shows of 2021

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CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Screenshot, Netflix, Screenshot, Screenshot

For the Year of Our Screens 2021, my list includes all the shows that I would recommend to my fellow viewers as “worth watching.” So that’s 77 shows! There’s a lot of TV nowadays, and a lot of it’s also pretty good.

I utilized a self-imposed rule in which I had to watch at least 50% of a show’s 2021 output for it to be eligible. However, there were some noteworthy shows that I watched less than 50% of, so I’ve spotlighted those in an honorable mention section:

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Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 3: Limited Series

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. For Day 3, Limited Series are on the docket.

Some years, I watch plenty of Limited Series (or “miniseries,” in the now-archaic parlance), and I have an abundance of requests on my Wish List. Last year was one of those years. This year, however, was very much not one of those years. Apparently, I watched two Limited Series in their entirety in the past 12 months (or at least, only two really worthwhile Limited Series). Luckily, those two shows are both richly deserving. One is among my favorite shows of 2021 thus far, while the other acquitted itself quite handsomely on my Best of 2020 coverage.

Elsewhere, Jessie Buckley manages to be my lone entrant from a different show.

KEY:
Bold=My winner
*=I have placed this nominee in a different category than the Emmy ballot.

Limited or Anthology Series
The Good Lord Bird
WandaVision

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That’s Auntertainment! Episode 28: WandaVision and Oscar Nominations Reactions (w/ Bob Malone and Jenn from The Community Rewatch Podcast)

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Vision, Wanda (CREDIT: Marvel Entertainment/YouTube Screenshot)

Bob Malone (aka Dad, aka Brother Bob) returns, while Jenn from The Community ReWatch Podcast makes her That’s Auntertainment debut, because like Aunt Beth and Jeff, they’ve all been seeing the world through WandaVision goggles lately.

They also have some thoughts about the 93rd Oscar nominations!

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 3/12/21

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kid 90 (CREDIT: Hulu/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
kid 90 (March 12 on Hulu) – 90s videotape footage courtesy of Soleil Moon Frye.

TV
Assembled: The Making of WandaVision (March 12 on Disney+)

Music on TV
-63rd Annual Grammy Awards (March 14 on CBS) – Hosted by Trevor Noah.

Music
-Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

Sports on TV
-March Madness (March 18-April 5 on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV)

Podcasts
Kesha and the Creepies – This podcast premiered back in November, but I’m just discovering it now. It features talented musician Kesha discussing the supernatural with guests like Alice Cooper, Dana Carvey, and Insane Clown Posse.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 1/15/21

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WandaVision (CREDIT: Marvel Entertainment/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

TV
Disenchantment Part 3 (January 15 on Netflix)
WandaVision (January 15 on Disney+) – The MCU heads to the burbs.
Nancy Drew Season 2 Premiere (January 20 on The CW)
Riverdale Season 5 Premiere (January 20 on The CW)
grown-ish Season 3 Midseason Premiere (January 21 on Freeform)