The best and worst TV shows to come out of 2021

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Succession had a stellar third season air in 2021, leaving high expectations for future seasons.

The year 2021 was full of ups and downs, but with those ups and downs came some of the best and some of the worst television shows. I’ve compiled a list of shows to discuss that appeared on multiple other rankings for the year.

I present to you the best and worst television shows of 2021, starting with the best and working our way to the worst. Maybe something on this list will catch your interest and become your next binge.

The best

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The Chair: The Chair is made up of six half-hour episodes and explores the difficulties faced by women and people of colour in the often-traditional world of academia. The show is the first TV series written and produced by Amanda Peet.

Succession: Succession is an Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO) show that centres around the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate. Each member of the family is fighting for control of the company amid uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy.

WandaVision: WandaVision is an American miniseries made for direct streaming on Disney+. It tells the story of Wanda Maximoff and her husband Vision and how she came to become Scarlett Witch. It’s basically an alternate universe, but takes place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Cruel Summer: Cruel Summer started as a series about one girl’s kidnapping and has since grown into a creepy story about the limits of popularity and one young women’s grief. It also grapples with the lies we tell ourselves to escape our inner demons.

Squid Game: Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama. The story surrounds a divorced and indebted chauffeur who is invited to play a series of children’s games for a chance to win a large cash prize.

The worst

Call Me Kat: Call Me Kat follows a 39-year-old single woman named Kat who struggles everyday against society. It is based off a British sitcom by Miranda Hart.

Fate: The Winx Saga: This show follows the life of five fairies as they attend Alfie, a magical boarding school in the otherworld where they must learn to master their powers and navigate life, while other things threaten their existence. This show had some great potential but unfortunately didn’t go as hoped.

American Horror Stories: When it comes to Ryan Murphy, usually his shows are pretty good but this spin-off of American Horror Story basically follows the same plot as its counterpart. So, it’s easy to understand why it flopped.

Tiger King 2: In hopes that it would do as great as the first season Tiger King, the second season of the wildly popular Netflix series tells the story of the same characters as season one, but this time it follows their lives as they try to navigate the waters of resurrecting their business. Jeff Lowe, the business partner of Joe Exotic, seeks to build off the fame of Tiger King season one.

Fear the Walking Dead: Fear the Walking Dead is a spin-off to The Walking Dead. This series portrays the beginning events of the zombie apocalypse on the west coast during the same time frame of the original series. Like a bunch of the others on this list, unfortunately it did not do well among audiences.

We understand that sometimes leaving a show alone might be what is best but bringing something new to the table might be what is needed. Are any on this list worth watching for you?