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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”

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 half-year has 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 as the year continues to develop and the awards window switches over into a 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 very much upon us, there should be plenty more to come. In the meantime, here’s what we’ve been watching in the early part of 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]

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]

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Jean Smart in “Hacks”

Jake Giles Netter / HBO Max


All Creatures Great and Small — Season 1 [PBS]

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

Hacks — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Last Chance U: Basketball [Netflix]

Losing Alice [Apple TV+]

My Love: Six Stories of True Love [Netflix]

Starstruck — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Worn Stories [Netflix]

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Charlotte Nicdao in “Mythic Quest”

Courtesy of Apple TV+


Allen v. Farrow [HBO]

A Black Lady Sketch Show — Season 2 [HBO]

Calls [Apple TV+]

Cruel Summer [Freeform]

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+]

The Serpent [Netflix]

Shadow & Bone — Season 1 [Netflix]

Staged — Season 2 [Hulu]

We Are Lady Parts — Season 1 [Peacock]

A Wild Year on Earth [BBC America]

Invincible Amazon Prime Video


Amazon Prime Video


Back — Season 2 [IFC]

Beartown [HBO Max]

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]

Miss Scarlet and the Duke [PBS]

Mr. Mayor — Season 1 [NBC]

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“Lisey’s Story”



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]

The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+]

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]

Generation HBO




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]

The Nevers — Season 1 [HBO]

Yasuke [Netflix]


Firefly Lane — Season 1 [Netflix]

Loki [Disney+]


Ewan McGregor and Krysta Rodriguez in “Halston”

Patrick McMullan / Netflix


The Equalizer — Season 1 [CBS]

Halston [Netflix]

The Luminaries [Starz]

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

Panic — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]


Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. — Season 1 [Hulu]


Clarice — Season 1 [CBS]

Jupiter’s Legacy — Season 1 [Netflix]

Q: Into the Storm [HBO]

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