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2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

From Succession to Hawkeye, from Tiger King 2 to The Expanse season 6, these HBO hits, Netflix newcomers and Disney Plus crowd-pleasers make 2021 and 2022 worth watching.

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Hawkeye on Disney Plus
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TV shows to get excited about in 2021 and 2022

Television production was disrupted in 2021, but there's still been a ton of great TV -- and there are lots more television shows to get excited about as 2021 rolls into 2022.

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Succession season 3 (HBO)

Succession season 3 throws us back into TV's most vicious and delicious family feud, on HBO Oct. 17.

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Hawkeye (Disney Plus)

Another Marvel episodic adventure sees Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye recruiting new sidekick Hailee Steinfeld.

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Tiger King 2 (Netflix)

Netflix returns to the world of big cats and outlandish crime to find out whether Joe Exotic is thriving in captivity.

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Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)

John Cho leads the cast of hotly tipped anime adaptation Cowboy Bebop.

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Stranger Things season 4 (Netflix)

Eleven and the gang are back for a fourth season on Netflix as the '80s-tastic fantasy show turns the Cold War upside down.

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Bridgerton season 2 (Netflix)

Lord Anthony Bridgerton will "dominate" season 2 of Netflix's period romp, coming in 2021 or possibly early 2022. 

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11
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Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 returns for an eleventh season Oct. 24.

The Expanse (Amazon Prime Video)
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The Expanse (Amazon Prime Video)

The solar system is at war as the underrated sci-fi show's sixth and final season premieres Friday, Dec. 10 on Amazon Prime Video. New episodes each week build to The Expanse's final climax on Jan. 14, 2022.

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Insecure season 5 (HBO)

The fifth and final season of Insecure brings Issa Rae's smart and heartfelt comedy-drama to a close.

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The Witcher season 2 (Netflix)

Netflix's fantasy hit returns in 2021 for another round of which Witcher is which.

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The Wheel of Time (Amazon)

In a realm that's simultaneously Earth's past and future, women warriors protect the Dragon Reborn to battle the Dark One. The latest show aiming to be the next Game of Thrones is The Wheel of Time, starring Rosamund Pike and based on Robert Jordan's long-running series of fantasy novels.

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The Sandman

No release date has been announced, but production is well under way for Netflix's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic comic The Sandman.

The Great season 2
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The Great season 2 (Hulu)

Catherine finally takes the Russian throne for her own -- but must battle her court, her co-coup-ees and even her own mother in a bid to bring the enlightenment to a reluctant Russia. The Great season 2 is on Hulu from Nov. 19.

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Black Mafia Family (Starz)

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is one of the people behind this true story of two brothers forming their own Black mafia family in the late 1980s.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer (Amazon Prime Video)

I Know What You Did Last Summer is rebooted as a TV series on Amazon Oct. 15.

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The Book of Boba Fett (Disney Plus)

Bounty hunter Boba Fett hunts down his own show after a surprise return in The Mandalorian. The Book of Boba Fett arrives Dec. 29 on Disney Plus.

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And Just Like That... (HBO)

And Just Like That... is a prequel to HBO's much-loved series Sex and the City, reuniting Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis (but not Kim Cattrall) in December.

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Ozark season 4 (Netflix)

The final season of the award-winning crime saga wraps up in suitably intense style sometime this year.

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Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)

On Nov. 7, Michael C. Hall returns as serial killer Dexter Morgan. The original series ended in 2013.

Colin in Black & White (Netflix)
21 of 63 Netflix

Colin in Black & White (Netflix)

Sports star Colin Kaepernick looks back on his formative years in Colin in Black & White. Jaden Michael stars a young Kaepernick, with Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his adoptive parents.

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Emily in Paris season 2 (Netflix)

Emily is an influencer en francais in season 2 of Netflix's frothy comedy Emily in Paris, arriving Dec. 22.

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Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount Plus)

Kid-friendly adventure goes to warp speed in Star Trek: Prodigy, coming to Paramount Plus Oct. 28, then airing later on Nickelodeon.

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Hit-Monkey (Hulu)

A violent monkey from Marvel comics. Yes, Hit-Monkey is a real thing, and it streams on Hulu on Nov. 17. 

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Station Eleven (HBO Max)

Wandering performers tackle a pandemic-riddled dystopia in HBO's adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel. Mackenzie Davis stars.

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Marvel's What If...? (Disney Plus)

What might have been in the MCU in this multiverse-spanning series of different versions of Marvel's stories.

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The Morning Show (Apple TV Plus)

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon added their voices to the #MeToo movement in the acclaimed first season of Apple's topical drama about the TV industry. Season 2 streams this year.

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Cobra Kai season 4 (Netflix)

Netflix renewed karate hit Cobra Kai for a fourth and fifth season, kicking off Dec. 31.

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Tokyo Vice (HBO Max)

An American journalist (Ansel Elgort) and a Tokyo detective (Ken Watanabe) fight crime in Japan in the '90s. It's from Michael Mann, though it's got nothing to do with classic pastel-colored TV series Miami Vice (pictured).

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30 of 63 Netflix

Super Crooks (Netflix)

An anime adaptation of a crooked comic from hitmaking writer Mark Millar, coming to Netflix Nov. 25.

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Atlanta season 3 (FX)

A confirmed third and fourth season will continue Donald Glover's swaggering and genre-hopping story of an up-and-coming rapper and his entourage.

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Foundation (Apple TV Plus)

Chernobyl star Jared Harris leads this heavyweight adaptation of Isaac Asimov's science fiction masterwork on Apple TV Plus. Laura Birn, pictured, also stars. 

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Kevin Can F**k Himself (AMC)

Sitcoms are in the firing line in Kevin Can F**k Himself, a weird and bold drama starring Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphy.

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Y The Last Man (FX)

For Walking Dead fans, Y The Last Man is another comic-based apocalypse. This time it's the just men who are wiped out -- all except one (and his monkey).

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Midnight Mass (Netflix)

A young priest stirs things up on a remote island. Mike Flanagan, the creator behind The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor brings more chills to Netflix. 

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Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Steve Martin and Martin Short are true-crime fans caught up in an actual honest-to-goodness murder mystery in this comedy, with the help of Selena Gomez.

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37 of 63 Amazon Prime Video

The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

Created and directed by Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad is a fantasy set in the era of slavery, based on the 2016 novel by Colson Whitehead.

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House of The Dragon (HBO)

House of The Dragon is HBO's prequel to Game of Thrones, starring Matt Smith as a scheming Targaryen in 2022.

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Peacemaker (HBO)

John Cena reprises his role from The Suicide Squad as the lunkheaded Peacemaker, coming to HBO in January.

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40 of 63 HBO

The Lady and the Dale (HBO, Jan. 31)

Here's some of 2021's shows we loved, starting with January's HBO documentary The Lady and the Dale. It tells the bizarre true story of Liz Carmichael, who promised a revolutionary new car for the 1970s -- until the wheels came off her schemes...

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41 of 63 Syfy

Resident Alien (Syfy, Jan. 27)

Firefly's Alan Tudyk is a visitor from another planet who gets caught up in a small-town murder in this extraterrestrial comedy based on a comic.

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42 of 63 Apple TV Plus

The Snoopy Show (Apple TV Plus, Feb. 5)

Snoopy returns in a new show streaming on Apple TV Plus for the 70th anniversary of iconic cartoon Peanuts.

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The Equalizer (CBS, Feb. 7)

Queen Latifah takes over from Denzel Washington and Edward Woodward as a score-settling superspy. 

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Clarice (CBS, Feb. 11)

This Silence of the Lambs sequel series reveals life after Hannibal Lecter for the dogged agent, played by Jodie Foster in the 1991 movie. Australian actor Rebecca Breeds, from Pretty Little Liars and Home and Away, dons the FBI windbreaker.

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Young Rock (NBC, Feb. 16)

You've seen the photo, now see the sitcom: It's the life of a young Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in comedy form.

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Punky Brewster (Peacock, Feb. 25)

Soleil Moon Frye is '80s heroine Punky Brewster again, all grown up and a single mom for this reboot on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.

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Superman and Lois (The CW, Feb. 23)

The man of steel meets his match as Superman and Lois Lane get into more adventures in the CW Arrowverse.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney Plus, March 19)

Anthony Mackie takes flight as the Falcon alongside Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier in this next episodic spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Shadow and Bone (Netflix, April 23)

Shadow and Bone is a new fantasy series, based on the young-adult novels by Leigh Bardugo, set in a world of perpetual darkness haunted by flesh-eating monsters.

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Loki (Disney Plus, June 11)

Tom Hiddleston is mischievous god Loki in another Marvel series streaming on Disney Plus.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney Plus)

Animated series The Bad Batch follows on from Star Wars: Clone Wars, building on the success of Disney Plus hit The Mandalorian.

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Invincible (Amazon Prime Video)

Long-running superhero comic Invincible, from the creator of the original Walking Dead comic, comes alive in a wildly imaginative superpowered sci-fi Amazon animated series. 

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MacGruber (Peacock)

MacGruber is back in action. Will Forte's Saturday Night Live character already spawned a cult comedy, and now NBC's Peacock is streaming him all over the place.

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The Old Man (FX on Hulu)

Jeff Bridges is a grizzled former spy who keeps getting pulled back into the shady world of espionage and action. 

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Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (HBO Max)

You know the rules, and now you're going to learn Gizmo's origin in HBO's animated prequel to '80s classic Gremlins.

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The Nevers (HBO)

Joss Whedon's latest is a genre-bending tale of Victorian women with supernatural powers. Laura Donnelly (pictured) and Olivia Williams star.

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Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)

The latest series of Ryan Murphy's juicy American Crime Story anthology tackles the Bill Clinton impeachment. Clive Owen stars as President Clinton, with Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky and Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp.

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It's a Sin (HBO Max, Feb. 18)

Writer Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who and A Very English Scandal) explores the impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic on 1980s society in this drama starring Olly Alexander from the band Years & Years. It's a Sin aired on Channel 4 in January in the UK. 

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Women of the Movement (ABC)

Civil rights movement activist Mamie Till-Mobley campaigned for change after the lynching of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till in 1955. Broadway star Adrienne Warren plays Till-Mobley in this ABC limited series.

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Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)

Nicole Kidman in a drama based on a mystery novel? The producers behind Big Little Lies and The Undoing adapt Liane Moriarty's book for Hulu. Regina Hall, Melissa McCarthy, Samara Weaving and Michael Shannon are the other strangers who may prove to be less than perfect.

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Gossip Girl (HBO Max)

Beautiful teens plot and scheme in this reboot coming to HBO Max, featuring Kristen Bell and a whole new cast. XOXO!

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The White Lotus (HBO)

An ensemble cast gathers at a swanky hotel  in HBO's mystery The White Lotus. 

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Clickbait (Netflix)

Thrills and chills with a severe case of catfishing in Clickbait.

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