These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021

Last year, as the coronavirus spread and movie theaters went dark, television consumption skyrocketed. (During March, as the Covid-19 lockdowns began, TV consumption for Americans increased from 275 minutes per day to 354 minutes, per Nielsen.) And why wouldn’t it? Even though many folks took up new quarantine hobbies like baking bread or doing puzzles, TV remained a reliable form of entertainment and news. There’s hope 2021 won’t involve quite so many hours of isolation, but that doesn’t mean there still won’t be TV worth watching, especially as new streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+ continue to beef up their catalogs. It’s almost impossible to come up with a comprehensive list, but here are some of the programs we are eagerly awaiting this year.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Look, we don’t know who at the Mouse House looked around and said, “You know what? We need more content on Disney+,” but we’re sure glad that whenever they did, they gave a lot of series orders to Marvel to fill that void. Like WandaVision and Loki, this series is all about the side quests of its titular heroes. There’s also banter. Because there’s always banter.

Release date: March 19, Disney+

Dickinson

Full disclosure: Dickinson is kinda corny. If you don’t like period comedies that are part historical fiction and part YA fantasies where acclaimed 19th century poets speak in 21st century slang, this show is not for you. But if you, like us, enjoy watching Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) explore queer identity and hang out with Death (Wiz Khalifa), then Season 2 of Dickinson on Apple TV+ starts this Friday. Enjoy.