To My Favourite TV of 2021

Hey everyone!

This post is dedicated to TV and all the glorious new finds I discovered in 2021.

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MY VERY TOP THREE

honestly, three of the best shows I have ever watched. please watch them.

one WE ARE LADY PARTS

comedy 🎭 british 🇬🇧 muslim women 🧕 punk music 🎸 romance ❤️ friendship 👭 feminism ♀️

I LOVED THIS SHOW SO MUCH. I HAVE WATCHED IT TWICE ALREADY.

You know when you are just grasping at the air trying to describe why you love something so much. Yep, this is me with this show. I am so, so happy it has a second season confirmed. It is just a fun show with great energy, real emotions and tenderness. Plus, the characters are complex and lovable.

why you need to watch it:
  • Bridget Jones sense of narration and humour (this show deserves to be as, if not more, popular as Bridget Jones)
  • on a similar subject, British sense of humour (in a good way for once)
  • a Muslim, all-female punk rock band called LADY PARTS!!
  • The music isn’t really my taste, but still, the energy makes me fall in love with it!
  • the main character is PERFECT (lovable, human, funny)
  • the show tackles stage fright/anxiety
  • there is a great family dynamic (they make me laugh every time)
  • all the characters are fleshed out and have distinct personalities… each lovable in their own way
  • the male characters are actually quite dreamy
  • working-class representation (not overly glamorised)
  • epic HUMOUR
  • This show has good Muslim representation. Adiba Jaigirdar, a stunning author, wrote an article about the show here, so please read. Here is a quote from the article… “This is why we need more shows like We Are Lady Parts, which is nuanced and real in its representation of Muslims”
  • a strong focus on friendship
  • empowers women
  • excellent, please watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!

two BLACK SAILS

pirates 🏴‍☠️ sea 🌊 ships ⚓treasure📜 revenge ⚔️ murder ☠️ love 💔 politics 🧭

I watched this show around April, and I am still not over how good it was!! Honestly, exemplary storytelling. It starts as a treasure island retelling but evolves into this dark, gritty story. The show focuses on the pirates’ harsh livelihoods, freedom, fighting the British Empire and revenge. If you start watching, please watch until the end. It is a story that deserves to be consumed in its entirety. The characters and plot are both so strong and interesting. One of the best shows ever. Every season outdoes the last! The show is honestly so much more than it sounds.

why you need to watch it:
  • morally grey characters
  • themes of power (and holding onto power)
  • a revenge story and so much more
  • unlikely alliances!!
  • The motives and decisions for the characters are so well developed and rooted in the heart of the series. It makes for an extremely compelling show.
  • Madi’s speech in 4×09!
  • Madi, in general… a stunning, confident character
  • Brutal scenes. They captured strong emotions instead of just proving how brutal they could be.
  • Captain Flint is such an interesting, complicated main character. He has so many emotions and responses. The way he carried himself (different movements, use of silence) was amazing. One of my favourite performances ever. Toby Stephens is a really talented actor.
  • Pirates… real pirates. It did not feel glamorized at all.
  • Sea, ships, fights, treasure
  • Who do you trust??
  • None of the characters are safe
  • It is all leading up to a moment. Every season adds up to this moment!
  • Love stories!! *including queer representation*
  • “Know No Shame”
  • powerful deaths
  • political conversation
  • action! suspense!
  • I love all of the characters… I will truly never forget these characters!

three THE GREAT

historical 📜 royal 👑 politics 🪧 marriage 💍 romance 💕 family 👪 death 🗡️ comedy 🎭 women ♀️

A unique take on a true historic Reign in Russia. The show follows Catherine the Great in her marriage to her (unlikeable) husband, Peter III. It is a comedy-drama which is why it is unique. It is not a show about historical accuracy. It is flexible with the truth to create a rich drama surrounding historical events. Whilst the comedy creates an interesting and entertaining atmosphere, it isn’t over the top with it. In fact, the emotional scenes and important moments have a lot of gravity to them. It has a great balance between the two, and I think the risk paid off 100%.

why you need to watch it:
  • The comedic voice of the show. More about dry comments, absurdity, faces/reactions, moments and inferring humour instead of outright jokes. It worked so well.
  • morally grey characters
  • *cough cough* The King, this nuanced King who is spoiled, arrogant, brutal, stupid yet smart, smart but stupid, brash, overly emotional, selfish, far too murder happy, and weirdly just a tiny bit likeable
  • an arranged marriage
  • Experience Catherine adapt and learn in her new position in Russia, whilst also dealing with being told she is really only there to be silent and birth the heir
  • The show deals with challenging political times
  • It follows multiple characters, each involved in royal drama and all with their own motive and feelings
  • dark and emotional moments
  • love and all the feelings alongside it!
  • starting a coupe
  • lots of successes and fails and emotional changes
  • themes of power and control.
  • “I’ll haunt you.” “Promise?”

THE ‘AFTER THE TOP’ THREE

four FRIEND ZONE

drama 📰 romance 💋 friendship 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 sex 🏩 mistakes 🗑️ breakups 💔 love 💌 thai 🇹🇭

This is quite a messy show because it is more or less a series of bad decisions… but never meant maliciously (mostly). It is just bad decisions in relationships. Why do I like this? Well… it is very human and shows a lot of emotion.

I will say this…. season 2 (friend zone 2: dangerous area) is a lot better than season 1. At the end of 1, you are like, Is that really the conclusion? but season 2 adds a lot more to the show and characters.

As the poster indicates, the show follows multiple couples from the same friendship group. Naturally, you have favourite couples, but all of it was addictive to watch. Romance dramas aren’t typically my thing, but this show stood out to me. It was so human, thankfully in the best and worst way.

five DERRY GIRLS

comedy 🎭 friendship 🧍‍♂️👭👭 irish 🇮🇪 history 📜 chaotic drama 🎚️ love 💕 small town 🏡

I watched this show at the perfect time. When you just want something easygoing and fun. It is set in Derry in the early 1990s. It is a comedy show that is a tad over-dramatic, but that is probably one of my favourite things about it. I love how it captures these quirky, low-key chaotic friends growing up, having fun, facing problems and just being there for each other.

Of course, I have to mention the humour. It is lighthearted but with an edge. I love it.

six GHOSTS

comedy 🎭 hotel 🏰 ghosts 👻 friendship 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 support 🤝 history 📜chaos 🧶

Another comedy show and I love it. This definitely has an element of chaos too. It is from the horrible histories TV team, so it resembles that chaos. But I really enjoy it. I love how it is a warm show; you know healthy, supportive relationships that aren’t about drama but supporting each other in their own special ways. It is a family show, but not in a way where only kids can enjoy it.

Basically, watch it if you like happy comedies, lots of chaotic behaviour, ghosts, found families, hotels and supportive characters.

series I carried on with

SEX EDUCATION SEASON 3

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Sex Education is one of the best teen shows, and I am sooo grateful for its existence.

Season 3 had a lot of characters in it, and it meant we didn’t get to spend as much time on people as last season. I missed all the Jackson and Viv content. Another thing was the focus was definitely on romance this series. Season 2 (my fave) had a lot of friendships in, so I did miss that.

Nonetheless, I still loved season 3. The opening scene was actually iconic. I love how it promotes such healthy images surrounding relationships, sex and conversations on sex. I loved the Ruby and Otis plotline a lot… yes, Ruby is a bitch. But their dynamic really brought out different sides to each other.

Frankly, I could talk about this show and each individual for ages, but I don’t have the space. Adam and Ruby stole the show for me, and I think it is truly top tier TV. I cannot wait for season 4.

POSE SEASON 3

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I can’t believe we got to the final season of this series so soon. It felt a little rushed to me, but it was the best example of a rushed ending if that makes any sense. It focused on certain characters more than others, so it did not feel like a balanced send-off. But everything we got was still ah-mazing.

I loved this series. Full of amazing characters, drama, emotions, messages, looks and, of course, love. The show always captured a lot of joy and sorrow, and the finale was no different. It had lots of heavy themes, and they executed it so well. As you can imagine, it was very emotional, but, thankfully, it was also happy. The characters deserve so much.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS SEASON 3

If you’ve watched the previous series, you will know what to expect as this is the exact same energy. Chaotic characters, mostly vampires, having their lives documented as they deal with being vampires in modern society and all the ways it goes wrong.

I absolutely love the humour, and I think Guillermo ♥ and Nandor’s relationship is hilarious, both reluctant and overly dependent on each other.

I felt like this season involved the most life changes and big events yet. The plot was so good and entertaining. Bring on the next season.

NEVER HAVE I EVER SEASON 2

This chaotic show honestly always provides the best time, and it is over so quickly. Why aren’t the episodes longer? Devi is quite an interesting main character. She is impulsive, kind of selfish and frankly makes bad decisions, but I do love her. I love her confidence.

I do love the love triangle in this series as it isn’t an example of two great relationships, in my opinion. They show different emotions to me. I am team Ben. I think Devi and Paxton show desire and lust, but it seems one-sided to me. Devi helps Paxton, but Paxton doesn’t necessarily help Devi imo. She and Ben make a stronger couple. I actually did miss Ben in this series. I loved the introduction of Aneesa. I hope nothing horrible happens to her.

My favourite thing this series had to be Devi and her Mum’s hug when watching the video. I could frame it. Also, I love Kamala as always.

YOU SEASON 2+3

I wouldn’t consider it a favourite show of mine, but it provides some golden, unique moments. Joe’s narration honestly makes it for me. It isn’t just him talking about what he feels, but hearing his presumptions about people and his reactions. He is smart but overly judgemental and even wrong at times. It is interesting, and he actually makes me laugh a few times. I don’t like him, but I like to follow him.

And, Love. She was 100% a character/love interest needed to refresh and move the show forward. I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but I also liked how their relationship is quite unequal in terms of intent. A relationship with two contrasting voices.

Season 3 was the most intense series yet, and the whole show has a slow burn aspect, but season 3 was pretty much going the whole time. I am curious to see where the next season goes.

OTHER SHOWS I WATCHED

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Ackley Bridge (TV Series) (2017) - FilmAffinity

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

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THE BOYS // I loved the premise, so I had very high expectations. Perhaps too high. Sadly it was a disappointing watch. I found the “good” characters too weak to carry the show, which is a shame because the world and villains are intricately developed (apart from the villain at the end of season 2).

BRIDGERTON // This was disappointing purely because I didn’t love it as much as the hype. However, I liked how unique and entertaining it felt. The romance wasn’t for me. But I will probably still watch season 2.

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Okay, that was a lot of TV. However, most mentioned are only one series, and if you catch me in the right mood, I can frankly do that in a day.

Have you watched any of these shows? What did you think?

What TV shows did you discover in 2021?


26 thoughts on “To My Favourite TV of 2021

  1. I’m so bad at keeping up with TV, so I loved seeing your favorites! 💗 I found your emoji guide and bullet list so helpful to figure out if the show is something for me 🥰 Shows I have watched from your list are Derry Girls, Never Have I Ever and Sex Education, love them so much! I keep hearing so much about What We Do in the Shadows, I’ll definitely have to check it out 😄

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    1. I’m always behind on some TV as well 😅 but thank you soo much 🥰 I’m glad the emojis and bullet points could be helpful for you!!
      Those are such great shows, I truly think comedy shows can be the best to watch. They really help you wind down 😊
      I do love What We Do in the Shadows!! It is a silly, good time!! Hope you enjoy! 💕

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  2. I’ve watched A LOT of those shows haha not everything, which is refreshing, but then I wasn’t on my strongest TV game in 2021. Loved to hear about your top picks and sad to see Bridgerton and the Boys in the disappointment list. But, oh well, sometimes it’s just not what you expect or imagine.
    Are you going to watch the American remake of Ghosts as well? I hear they did alright and managed to make it their own after a couple episodes.

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    1. I do love TV but I need to step up my game to reach your level. I’m always behind on shows 😂 haha I hope you are able to watch some more shows in 2022 then 🥰
      It was a shame about Bridgerton and The Boys but I do think it was a case of hype and expectations. I still think they are decent shows, just something was missing for me to love them!
      I watched the trailer for the American Ghosts and I honestly thought it looked identical so I didn’t think there was any point. But hearing that has definitely encouraged me to check it out. I shouldn’t judge it by the trailer tbf 😅

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      1. I think you watch plenty! Don’t pressure yourself haha ❤ TV watching is supposed to be fun!
        The American Ghosts starts out suuuuper similarly for the first couple of episodes, but then goes more into American history, civil war, etc. So, it takes a bit, but they do make it their own. I've known quite a lot of people who were skeptical too, but ended up really enjoying both versions.

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        1. Haha thank you 😂❤️❤️ true, I need to stop thinking everything is a race 😅
          Oohh.. That’s super interesting and good to know, thank you 🥰 I honestly don’t know much about American History so it definitely appeals to me. Thank you for telling me, I’ll check it out! 💕

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  3. I must admit I think 2021 I watched more movies than I did TV shows. Nevertheless, I’ve made a start on Black Sails and I love it. I’m only on the second season but I love how it kind of explores the political side of the pirate life. I can’t wait to finish it.
    So many of the show’s you mentioned are on my watch list, it’s just a matter of finding time to read them all haha.

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    1. I probably watched more TV shows in 2021, but I actually want to check out more movies this year 😂
      Ahh.. I am so happy to hear you are watching Black Sails and loving it!! I definitely loved the political side to it, so smart and intriguing! I can’t wait for you to watch the rest 😍
      Ahh.. Time is far too hard to find at times 😂 but I hope you get to check these shows out and love them 🥰
      I hope you are well Lois and have a wonderful 2022!

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  4. Why haven’t I heard of we are lady parts before? The premise sounds so awesome, I’m putting it on my watchlist right away!
    Great post!

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  5. i had never heard of we are lady parts but…… i’m 10/10 looking into going to watch it now. british humor tends to not *really* be my thing, but i’ll still consider giving it a shot! especially because i am a bridget jones fan after all. and after years of missing skam, i really need a show with a female friend group that will make me feel all things again.

    i do agree with you about devi and paxton, but i have to say i also am hopeful about their development. i thought paxton grew a lot this season and i think they have potential! however, i do like ben better as a character and i think he deserves his happy ending too.

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    1. I loved we are lady parts and I am really optimistic you will love it too Lais 🥰 I would love to see your thoughts if you get to it!! British humour sometimes is used to insult people and say it’s okay ‘because it is just a joke’, but I wouldn’t say this show it like that. haha, I hope it lives up to the bridget jones comparison then, it is the narration style that did it for me. YESSS there should be more female friendship groups in media!! I really hope you enjoy this show!!
      I do agree that Paxton grew a lot and I like his character. I am definitely curious to see where the show goes because they leave it open to different directions and I like that it feels like a well-balanced love triangle mostly. Here’s to season 3!!

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  6. so… i haven’t watched any of these? LIKE I’M SERIOUSLY SO BAD AT KEEPING TRACK OF TV SHOWS AND ACTUALLY WATCHING ALL THE ONES THAT PEOPLE RECOMMEND?? but aah we are lady parts (i heard humor and came running lol) and black sails (i am ALWAYS up for pirates!) both sound SO GOOD!! i’ve only watched JATP from this list and AAH SAYING I’M OBSESSED WITH IT WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. but i’m adding all of these to my watchlist (AND HOPEFULLY WILL WATCH THEM TOO) THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL RECS!! LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH ❤❤

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    1. Honestly I feel like they are so many shows I haven’t watched, my list just gets longer and never shorter!! The powers are beyond me 😂😂
      Yesss we are lady parts is so good and it makes me smile so much!! I can’t wait for season 2!!
      Black Sails is amazing!! I soooo hope you love both these shows 😍🥰
      Julie and the Phantoms was a great show!! Just perfect, I don’t get why Netflix haven’t renewed it for season 2 yet 😭😍
      AHHH.. Amazing!! Hope you love any you decide to check out!! Thank youuuu so much for reading and commenting!! 💜

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      1. AHHH YES ITS SO SAD THAT NETFLIX CANCELLED IT 😭😭😭 I’VE NEVER LOVED A TV SERIES SO MUCH BEFORE 😭 Also THANK YOU so much for all the recs and for writing this amazing post! ❤️❤️

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  7. The only one of these I’ve seen is You which we’ve already discussed. So can’t wait for the next season though!! I’m also hoping to see how the books compare sometime – especially if the same characters appear later on.
    I attempted to watch Bridgerton but really couldn’t get into it. I just found it over the top and silly. And I do worry that I’d feel the same about some of the other shows mentioned here. I’m really picky about comedy I think.
    One day I’d love to check out Black Sails though. It sounds fascinating!! Not really sure how I never got around to watching it before tbh. I do want to check out a couple of the Netflix shows at some point too. Again I don’t know how I haven’t yet. I think I tend to put off starting shows as I know I’ll binge them if I enjoy them 🤣🤣 I tried to watch Witcher recently though and couldn’t get into that either 😭
    I can’t remember what new shows I watched last year off the top of my head 🙈 I really enjoyed Dexter New Blood though. And I loved the new series of Call The Midwife. Two shows that are not alike at all 🤣🤣
    I hope you find more new favourites this year

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    1. The next season of You has a lot of promise! Ohh I’ll be interested to see what you think to the books and if they are similar!
      The tone didn’t bother me on Bridgerton but I can love a silly sense of humour. It is definitely good to find some comedies you would like, I think having something to laugh has a positive impact on you!
      Black Sails is dark and gritty but ah-mazing! I hope you love it! haha I am the same, so many shows I need to watch but haven’t gotten around to. I know what you mean, TV shows can steal all your attention away!!
      The Witcher wasn’t your typical fantasy, a bit slower. I loved the fight choreo though!!!
      haha they are very different shows in themes but glad you enjoyed both!! I should look into them!
      Thank you and you !! 🥰🥰

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      1. It does. Just hope it can compare to the last one.
        I’ll let you know when I get to them. I’m pretty sure they’re in 2nd person so will be different.
        Yeah I don’t really do silly humour. Sometimes I guess as I like the Inbetweeners but generally it just irritates me. I do love some humor though.
        Thanks. It does look & sound intriguing!! Yeah it’s very easy to put off starting new ones. OK standard TV I tend to but when the whole series is already there I never seem to.
        I felt like they were throwing lots of characters in without much explanation. Glad you liked the fights though.
        Thank you. Ooh you should. Dexter you’re better off watching the original series first. Midwife is so powerful and good. So sad a lot of the time too though.
        Thank you 💗💗

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        1. Hopefully!! Oh wow 2nd person, that is different!! Definitely curious to see how its done now!
          That makes sense, I don’t think I find everything funny either. Humour can be very personal!
          Yeah standard TV can control you, but on Netflix and everything you can just binge! 😂
          They do, the last episode of S1 of The Witcher brought everything together. They did it in a weird way.
          Oh ok thank you!! It does look like it can be sad from what I’ve seen.
          💖💖

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          1. Yeah me too. Definitely need to try & get to it this year.
            That’s true.
            Then stop doing everything else 🙈 plus it seems pretty daunting when it says some super high number of episodes 😅
            Oh right. I think I’m going to try the books first instead.
            It deals with a lot of different difficult topics but is definitely worth a watch.

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