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Every IndieWire TV Review from 2021 So Far, Ranked by Best to Worst Grade

As we head into the final quarter of the year, there continue to be an overwhelming number of shows making a good case for your TV attention.

Hailee Steinfeld in Dickinson

Hailee Steinfeld in “Dickinson”

Apple TV+

Once again, we find ourselves already surprisingly further into a calendar year than feels appropriate. Even for those who don’t make it their sole mission to stay up-to-date with every new development in the TV world, the last three-quarters of a year has brought with it a daunting number of series.

Some of those have been brand new shows, either the result of conscious release date delays or interrupted production schedules. Others have been series imports that enjoyed full runs in different parts of the world before getting a U.S. debut in 2021. And as the year continues to develop and the awards calendar switches over into yet another new phase, we’ve also seen the return of established favorites.

We try our best to help sift through the steady stream of newcomers every month (our monthly premiere overviews and Netflix highlights, to name a few), but there still always seems to be more than any casual viewer can keep track.

So we’ve been maintaining our annual roundup of all the TV reviews that IndieWire has published this year. To help keep everything organized in an informative way (fingers crossed), we’ve grouped each of our reviews by letter grade. (Since reducing an entire season of TV to a single classification is entirely arbitrary at best, we’ve linked each review to provide some more context.) Obviously, not everyone’s opinions are going to overlap perfectly, but we hope that this will help give some extra guidance to any prospective catchup plans.

We’ll be updating this regularly throughout the year as new series pop up. With the annual flurry of awards-aimed releases continuing as always, there should be plenty more to come. In the meantime, here’s what we’ve been watching so far in 2021.

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“Tuca and Bertie”

Courtesy of Adult Swim


The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song [PBS]

Feel Good — Season 2 [Netflix]

The Good Fight — Season 5 [Paramount+]

It’s a Sin [HBO Max]

The Lady and the Dale [HBO]

Tuca & Bertie — Season 2 [Adult Swim]

The Underground Railroad [Amazon Prime Video]

Waffles + Mochi [Netflix]

The White Lotus — Season 1 [HBO]

This Way Up -- "Episode 4" - Episode 204 -- Tom ends his friendship with Aine, which upsets her. Meanwhile, Vish tells Shona he is going to meet his ex-wife while in New York to close that chapter. Aine helps Bradley out at a Windrush fundraiser where James spots Richard and Aine together. Aine (Aisling Bea) and Richard (Tobias Menzies), shown. (Courtesy of Channel 4)

“This Way Up”

Channel 4


All Creatures Great and Small — Season 1 [PBS]

Brand New Cherry Flavor [Netflix]

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay — Season 2 [Freeform]

Hacks — Season 1 [HBO Max]

I Think You Should Leave — Season 2 [Netflix]

Last Chance U: Basketball [Netflix]

Losing Alice [Apple TV+]

McCartney 3,2,1 [Hulu]

My Love: Six Stories of True Love [Netflix]

Never Have I Ever — Season 2 [Netflix]

Starstruck — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Ted Lasso — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

This Way Up — Season 2 [Hulu]

Worn Stories [Netflix]

Cush Jumbo as Frances - The Beast Must Die _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/AMC

Cush Jumbo in “The Beast Must Die”

Gareth Gatrell


Allen v. Farrow [HBO]

The Beast Must Die [AMC]

A Black Lady Sketch Show — Season 2 [HBO]

Calls [Apple TV+]

Central Park — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

Cruel Summer [Freeform]

Dave — Season 2 [FXX]

Evil — Season 2 [Paramount+]

Exterminate All the Brutes [HBO]

The Girlfriend Experience — Season 3 [Starz]

The Great North — Season 1 [Fox]

Love, Victor — Season 2 [Hulu]

Mare of Easttown [HBO]

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers [Disney+]

Mythic Quest — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

Reservation Dogs — Season 1 [FX]

Rick & Morty — Season 5 [Adult Swim]

The Serpent [Netflix]

Shadow & Bone — Season 1 [Netflix]

Staged — Season 2 [Hulu]

Ultra City Smiths — Season 1 [AMC]

Untold [Netflix]

We Are Lady Parts — Season 1 [Peacock]

Wellington Paranormal — Season 1 [The CW]

What If….? [Disney+]

A Wild Year on Earth [BBC America]





Back — Season 2 [IFC]

Beartown [HBO Max]

The Chair [Netflix]

DickinsonSeason 2 [Apple TV+]

For Heaven’s Sake [Paramount+]

The Handmaid’s Tale — Season 4 [Hulu]

The Irregulars — Season 1 [Netflix]

Invincible — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

Kevin Can F*** Himself — Season 1 [AMC]

Miss Scarlet and the Duke [PBS]

Mr. Mayor — Season 1 [NBC]

Schmigadoon! [Apple TV+]

This is Pop [Netflix]

Through Our Eyes [HBO Max]


Christian Convery and Nonso Anozie in “Sweet Tooth”

Kirsty Griffin / Netflix


Bridge and Tunnel — Season 1 [Epix]

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil [YouTube Premium]

For All Mankind — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

In Treatment — Season 4 [HBO]

Lisey’s Story [Apple TV+]

Love, Death + Robots — Season 2 [Netflix]

Made for Love [HBO Max]

Master of None — Season 3 [Netflix]

Monsters at Work — Season 1 [Disney+]

The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+]

Outer Banks — Season 2 [Netflix]

Pose — Season 3 [FX]

Pretend It’s a City [Netflix]

Resident Alien — Season 1 [Syfy]

Sasquatch [Hulu]

Servant — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

Solar Opposites — Season 2 [Hulu]

Sweet Tooth [Netflix]

This is a Robbery [Netflix]

WandaVision [Disney+]

Young Rock — Season 1 [NBC]

The Nevers HBO

“The Nevers”



Coyote — Season 1 [CBS All Access]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier [Disney+]

Genera+ion [HBO Max]

Generation Hustle [HBO Max]

Housebroken — Season 1 [Fox]

Lupin — Part 2 [Netflix]

Mr. Corman [Apple TV+]

Naomi Osaka [Netflix]

The Nevers — Season 1 [HBO]

Us [PBS]

Yasuke [Netflix]


Firefly Lane — Season 1 [Netflix]

Loki [Disney+]

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Zion Moreno, Jordan Alexander, and Savannah Smith in “Gossip Girl”


The Equalizer — Season 1 [CBS]

Gossip Girl — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Halston [Netflix]

The Luminaries [Starz]

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer [Netflix]

Panic — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]


Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes [HBO]

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. — Season 1 [Hulu]

Nine Perfect Strangers -- “Episode Four” - Episode 104 -- As the guests learn more about Tranquillum’s unique protocols, everyone must decide if they will continue under Masha’s care. Meanwhile, Masha is receiving mysterious threats of her own. Masha (Nicole Kidman), shown. (Photo by: Vince Valitutti/Hulu)

Nicole Kidman in “Nine Perfect Strangers”

Vince Valitutti / Hulu


Clarice — Season 1 [CBS]

Jupiter’s Legacy — Season 1 [Netflix]

Nine Perfect Strangers [Hulu]

Q: Into the Storm [HBO]

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