As we approach 18 months since the process of making TV fundamentally changed, the last projects from pre-early 2020 are starting to trickle out. That’s certainly applied to shows produced internationally, which are now finally finding a home on US-based networks and streaming services — a practice that’s been utilized for months now.
But as Summer 2021 starts to wind down, shows made in a bubble are starting to become the norm. A few are curious experiments, made almost entirely because their story constraints meshed nicely with production restrictions. Others are long-gestating projects that got the last big “now or never” push due to the impending need for a lot more original shows.
Another growing trend is having unscripted series fill in some of those gaps. From more traditional documentary series to shows that take a hybrid conversation approach to how they illuminate a particular person or topic, those too find unexpected ways to work around audience expectations and the realities of how they came to exist in the first place.
With fall (and plenty more uncertainty) on the horizon, these TV norms will probably shift again. Until then, we’ve got a baker’s dozen more series that might just potentially catch your eye. And that’s not even counting all the Netflix goodies August has in store, too.