Todaytop10 brings you the top 10 best series of 2021… It’s hard to make the top 10 list as people have different favourite but this is a great list…
It’s the K-drama that broke Netflix. Following a young man who enters a battle royale competition for $45.6 billion has become one of the biggest shows of the fall. Actually, of all time. The demented premise, the horrific gore, the human nature at the center of the madness? It all plays a part in making Squid Game an unforgettable watch.
This third installment of the pseudo-anthology series from Mike Flanagan does not disappoint. Mixing religious horror with a modern day small town experiencing its final breaths, the tone of Midnight Mass shifts a bit from the Haunting series that preceded it, but with Zach Gilford and Hamish Linklater at the helm (and a perfectly pious performance from the deeply underrated Samantha Soylan), the series will keep you awake at night in the best of worst ways.
A warning for those who work in higher education: Mentions of overzealous students, poorly-researched debate skills, Jay Duplass.
The Chair is an outstanding, bite-sized comedy on Netflix starring Sandra Oh as the first female chair of an English department at a “low-tier Ivy.” The series, dark and biting, skewers the irreverence of college administrators, divorced from the world of their students. But it doesn’t let its coeds off without a bit of snarky commentary on a generation more influenced by a social media post than actual action.
There has been Online Discourse™ about whether we can, collectively, handle the heavy dose of optimism that Ted Lasso has to offer, but those who are busy fighting have not been paying attention to what really matters. If Season One was about introducing us to eternal optimism, Season Two has shown us how skin deep that kind of attitude is. Brilliant and human in a way like no other series, Ted Lasso isn’t the same series in season two. It’s better.
The White Lotus
Hoo boy, satire stings. Starring everyone from Connie Britton to Steve Zahn back to Natasha Rothwell and then Jennifer Coolidge, HBO’s summer miniseries from Mike White is so well crafted to be so incredibly grating. That is the point of satire though, right? A bit of cringe. A bit of irreverence. And a bit of murder. Whoa, sorry, murder? The series, set across a week at a Hawaiian resort, skewers woke-ness, privilege, and class, landing a wobbly and unjust finale that, ironically enough, makes a bigger point than if justice had been served.
Hacks is, so far, the breakaway hit of the summer. If you loved Jean Smart’s witticisms in Mare of Easttown but found the content itself a bit too heavy, get to know Hacks, created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and Jen Statsky. Smart plays a comedian in what seems to be her final act. Hannah Einbender plays a comedy writer who seems to have blown her first act before it even started. When the two curmudgeonly women find one another, they find out that their best shot at success might be leaning on the other. Oh, and Megan Stalter of social media fame? She’s allowed to be delightfully, deliriously absurd.
The Handmaid’s Tale
No, you’re not reading a list from 2018! This is 2021 and The Handmaid’s Tale is good again, after a bit of a two-season slog. If you gave up watching because it seemed that the torture in Gilead was unending, you’re not alone, but this is the official announcement: the plot has progressed! In its fourth season, the Hulu series has found its stride again, trudging through the trauma to make room for the grief that follows. For a series that first asked the question “how can they get through this?” the show has turned to the equally, if not more important question, “will they ever be able to reconcile with what they’ve been through?”
High on the Hog
The four part docuseries from Netflix is some of the best food, nay general, TV content that’s come out in years. Food writer and host, Stephen Satterfield, paces the series perfectly as he traces the lineage of American gastronomy from West Africa to the United States. The most beautiful part is that he allows the people who know better than him to tell their own stories, opening up a whole global history all through the lens of food.
The Underground Railroad
A Barry Jenkins drama series about the Underground Railroad? Don’t mind if we do. The Amazon series debuted in mid-May and immediately earned the praise of critics and viewers alike. Thus Mbedu stars as Cora, a Georgian who escapes slavery and hops a train to head to a better life… so long as she can escape the grasps of a notorious slave catcher.