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

We're not even at the quarter mark of the year, but there are already an overwhelming number of shows making a good case for your TV attention.

Hailee Steinfeld in Dickinson

Hailee Steinfeld in “Dickinson”

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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 couple of months have brought with them 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 though they’ve been few, the first months of the year have also seen the return of established favorites.

We try our best to help sift through the steady stream of newcomers every month (our February and March 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 brought back 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 right around the corner, there should be plenty more to come. In the meantime, here’s what we’ve been watching in the early part of 2021.

It's a Sin

“It’s a Sin”

Ross Ferguson


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

It’s a Sin [HBO Max]

The Lady and the Dale [HBO]

MASTERPIECE“All Creatures Great and Small”Episode ThreeSunday, January 24, 2021; 9-10pm ET on PBSJames is put to the test with an ailing racehorse. Tristan faces a familiar temptation. Siegfried angles for a prestigious client.Shown: Samuel West as Siegfried FarnonFor editorial use only.©Playground Television UK Ltd & all3media international

“All Creatures Great and Small”

Playground Television UK Ltd


All Creatures Great and Small — Season 1 [PBS]

Losing Alice [Apple TV+]

THE GREAT NORTH: A new animated comedy that follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad does his best to keep his bunch of kids close. In the special preview episode, the family’s plans to celebrate Judy’s 16th birthday on the family fishing boat go awry after a moose breaks into the Tobin’s home in the “Sexi Moose” special preview episode of THE GREAT NORTH airing Sunday, Jan. 3 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Clockwise from lower left: Moon (Aparna Nancherla), Honey Bee (Dulcé Sloan), Wolf (Will Forte), Beef (Nick Offerman), Ham (Paul Rust) and Judy (Jenny Slate). THE GREAT NORTH © 2021 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Fox Media LLC.


Allen v. Farrow [HBO]

The Great North — Season 1 [Fox]

A Wild Year on Earth [BBC America]

Hailee Steinfeld Dickinson

Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Hunt in “Dickinson

Apple TV+


Beartown [HBO Max]

Dickinson — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

For Heaven’s Sake [Paramount+]

Miss Scarlet and the Duke [PBS]

Mr. Mayor — Season 1 [NBC]

Young Rock -- "Working The Gimic" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Dwayne Johnson as Himself -- (Photo by: Frank Masi/NBC)

Dwayne Johnson in “Young Rock”

Frank Masi / NBC


Bridge and Tunnel — Season 1 [Epix]

For All Mankind — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

Pretend It’s a City [Netflix]

Resident Alien — Season 1 [Syfy]

Servant — Season 2 [Apple TV+]

WandaVision [Disney+]

Young Rock — Season 1 [NBC]

Coyote -- Ep 101 “Call of the Void” — Pictured: Michael Chikilis as Ben Clemens of the CBS All Access exclusive series COYOTE. Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/Viacom CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Michael Chiklis in “Coyote”



Coyote — Season 1 [CBS All Access]


Firefly Lane — Season 1 [Netflix]

Eva Green in The Luminaries

“The Luminaries”

Kirsty Griffin


The Equalizer — Season 1 [CBS]

The Luminaries [Starz]

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


Clarice — Season 1 [CBS]

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