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2021 TV Premiere Dates: What to Watch in the Months Ahead

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In 2020, most people had more time than they expected to sit on their couches and watch countless hours of television. And, frankly, it's looking more and more like 2021 is not going to be much different. The good news is that there's plenty of TV to look forward to, ranging from returning favorites like Succession to highly anticipated new shows like the Lord of the Rings series. Here are the shows to put on your radar, and for even more things to watch in 2021, check out our previews of the upcoming year in movies, on Netflix, and on HBO Max.

ALSO SEE: Our frequently updated list of the Best TV Shows of 2021

Exterminate All the Brutes

HBO, April 7
I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck's latest is a four-part docuseries that's pieced together with new documentary material, archival footage, animation, and recreated scenes to examine just how exploitative and devastating the effects of European colonialism was on the globe and indigenous peoples. 

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'Kung Fu' | The CW

Kung Fu

The CW, April 7
Remember the David Carradine '70s classic Kung Fu? It's getting the reboot treatment—CW style. The new show is lead by Olivia Liang as a young woman who drops out of college and leaves her home of Oakland to study martial arts in a Chinese monastery. Like the original, though, when she returns home and discovers her Shaolin mentor has been murdered, she sets out for revenge (all the while putting her new skills to use in keeping her hometown safe). 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Home Economics

ABC, April 7
Topher Grace is headed back to the sitcom world. He's among the cast of this comedy about three siblings—one who grew up to be ultra-wealthy, one who grew up to be middle class, and one just getting by—and how their class affects their relationships. 
(Watch the trailer)

Rebel

ABC, April 8
Who is Rebel? Katey Sagal is Annie "Rebel" Bello, a no-holds-bars legal advocate without a law degree. Yes, she’s inspired by Erin Brockovich in this series from Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy). 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson

Comedy Central, April 9
The very funny comedian Phoebe Robinson, who you may know from hosting the popular podcast 2 Dope Queens, is getting her own talk show. On Doing the Most… she'll talk to celebrities and pop culture figures while literally doing the most—juggling the interviews with learning magic tricks or balancing on a high ropes course instead of a standard talk show sofa. 
 

Them

Amazon Prime, April 9
Need another horror anthology to tide you over while you wait for the return of American Horror Story? No worries: Amazon has one that should have you freaked out. Them is executive produced by Lena Waithe and tells a different story each season about terrors in America, with the first season titled Covenant and following a Black family who moves from South Carolina to LA in the '50s. 
(Watch the trailer)

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'The Nevers' | Keith Bernstein/HBO

The Nevers

HBO, April 11
This HBO drama features Victorian women with supernatural powers—so think Buffy meets, I don't know, the Brontës. Olivia Williams, Laura Donnelly, and Ann Skelly play three of the so-called Nevers, while Nick Frost, Tom Riley, and Denis O'Hare also turn up.
(Watch the trailer)
 

The Circle (Season 2)

Netflix, April 14
Oh, hell yeah: One of Netflix's wildest, most addicting reality shows is coming back for round two. New episodes air on Wednesdays.  
(Watch the trailer)
 

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

Netflix, April 14
AKA Jamie Foxx, Stop Embarrassing Me!—he stars in and executive produces this sitcom about a business exec who must learn how to better juggle parenthood when his teenage daughter moves in with him. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Spy City

AMC+, April 15
Dominic Cooper (Preacher) stars in this espionage thriller as an MI6 agent who travels to Berlin in 1961, just before the construction of the Berlin Wall, to find out who appears to be a double agent hiding in the UK embassy. The series, which already aired to acclaim in Germany, will be available to stream on AMC's online platform. 
 

Wahl Street

HBO Max, April 15
Marky Mark has got a passion for business, baby! This six-part docuseries explores how the actor juggles his career in Hollywood (and mind-boggling daily routine) with his many business ventures, from his clothing line and gyms to, of course, his Wahlburgers restaurants.
(Watch the trailer)
 

Younger (Season 7)

Paramount+/Hulu, April 15
The Sutton Foster-starring dramedy is sadly coming to an end. Instead of first hitting TV Land before heading to streaming, for its final season, Younger is launching on Paramount+ and Hulu and will hit TV broadcast at a later date. 
(Watch the trailer)

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'Big Shot' | Disney+

Big Shot

Disney+, April 16
David E. Kelley is mostly known for the many TV dramas he's created, such as Chicago Hope, Boston Legal, Big Little Lies, and The Undoing. But he also created the quirky '90s-'00s hit Ally McBeal, and his latest show Big Show is another foray into comedy. The show stars John Stamos as a college basketball coach who's fired from his job and takes a new gig at an all-girls private school. 
(Watch the trailer)

 

Frank of Ireland

Amazon Prime, April 16
Brothers Brian and Domhnall Gleeson are behind this Amazon/Channel 4 co-production. The six-episode Irish comedy follows a down-on-his-luck failed musician (Brian Gleeson) who lives at home with his mother as he tries to get his life back on track with the help of his friend (Domhnall Gleeson). 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Godfather of Harlem (Season 2)

Epix, April 18
Bumpy Johnson's not relinquishing control of Harlem anytime soon. The historical thriller starring Forest Whitaker returns, with his role as the famed mobster battling the Italian crime bosses for control of an international heroin pipeline.
(Watch the trailer)

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'Mare of Easttown' | Michele K. Short/HBO

Mare of Easttown

HBO, April 18
Kate Winslet stars in this HBO limited series murder mystery. (Her character's name is Mare. She is the "Mare" in question and presumably hails from some place named Easttown.) It's directed by Craig Zobel, whose most recent project was the troubled film The Hunt, and created and written by Brad Ingelsby, most recently of the Ben Affleck vehicle The Way Back
(Watch the teaser)
 

The Secrets She Keeps

AMC, April 19
Although this twisty Australian miniseries about a chance encounter between two women who are both pregnant but couldn't be more different—one a picture-perfect influencer and the other struggling to get by working at a supermarket—already aired overseas and is streaming on Sundance Now, it's finally hitting regular TV via AMC this spring. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Cruel Summer

Freeform, April 20
Jessica Biel produced this mysterious teen thriller. Set over the course of three summers in the '90s, it examines the disappearance of a popular teenage girl and how an unsuspecting outlier takes her place as queen bee… before later being accused of killing the other. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Sasquatch

Hulu, April 20
Looks like you already have your 4/20 plans carved out for you. This three-episode docuseries from the Duplass Brothers investigates an urban-legend-cold-case hybrid as an investigative journalist returns to the Redwoods decades after he learned of a triple homicide that took place there in the early '90s and was thought to be the work of Bigfoot. (The fact that he learned of this case while visiting a weed farm may or may not be important.) 
(Watch the trailer)

 

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

PBS, April 22
To celebrate Earth Day, you can watch this three-part docuseries about the young climate activist Greta Thunberg and her journey meeting with scientists to learn how to enact change to stop the global climate crisis. 
(Watch that trailer)

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'Rutherford Falls' | Peacock

Rutherford Falls

Peacock, April 22
Michael Shur (The Good Place, Parks and Recreation) teamed up with Ed Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) to create this new Peacock exclusive comedy. Helms stars in the series as the titular Nathan Rutherford, the descendant of the founder of a small Upstate New York town, who clashes with a local Native American reservation when the town wants to remove his ancestor's statue. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Shadow and Bone

Netflix, April 23
Netflix has another big-budget fantasy series on the way. This one's inspired by Leigh Bardugo's popular books, the Grisha trilogy, and set in a frightening world of perpetual darkness, where one teenaged orphan discovers she has a power that may be able to help save her nation. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

93rd Academy Awards

ABC, April 25
After a weird year of movie delays and mostly streaming or VOD releases, the Oscars will finally commence (after its own delays) to honor the films that did see a release from 2020 to early 2021. 
 

The Handmaid's Tale (Season 4) 

Hulu, April 28
Escaped handmaid June has been planting the seeds for a full-blown revolution against the tyrannical Gilead, and Season 4 looks like it'll blow the floodgates off its hinges to make that crusade more realized.
(Watch the trailer)
 

Yasuke

Netflix, April 29
Netflix's anime game has been getting consistently stronger, and this new project, from Cannon Busters creator LeSean Thomas and renown studio MAPPA (Attack on Titan, Jujutsu Kaisen) with a soundtrack from Flying Lotus, will certainly up the ante. LaKeith Stanfield is on to voice the eponymous and Yasuke, the first African samurai—a real person!—who must protect a young girl from dark forces and violent warlords in feudal Japan
(Watch the teaser)

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'Mosquito Coast' | Apple TV+

The Mosquito Coast

Apple TV+, April 30
Based off of Paul Theroux's 1981 novel of the same name, The Mosquito Coast is a drama series from Neil Cross (Luther) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). The series stars Justin Theroux as Allie, an inventor who uproots his family to Latin America. This isn't the first time that the novel has been brought to the screen—Harrison Ford played Allie in the 1986 feature film adaptation. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

The Girlfriend Experience (Season 3)

Starz, May 2
The latest season of this Steven Soderbergh-produced anthology series (which last aired in 2017) stars The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles as an ambitious employee at a London-based tech company that's trying to develop an innovative dating app. 
(Watch the trailer)

Pose (Season 3)

FX, May 2
Time to bring your best moves and looks to the ballroom because there's (sadly) only one more season of this groundbreaking LGBTQ+ series. 
(Watch the trailer)

 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Disney+, May 4
The Mandalorian isn't the only Star Wars show Disney+ has in the works. First coming down the pipeline from a galaxy far, far away is this animated spin-off from the other Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars. It follows a group of clone troopers with genetic mutations sent on dangerous mercenary missions. 
(Watch the trailer)

 

Girls5eva

Peacock, May 6
Are you ever curious about what happened to some of your favorite one-hit wonders? After many of their careers fizzle out, they settle into a pretty normal life. That's what happens to the women of the fictional girl group from the '90s in this comedy from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Meredith Scardino, at least until a rapper samples their hit and they decide it's time to make a comeback.  
(Watch the trailer)
 

Jupiter's Legacy

Netflix, May 7
There can never be enough superhero shows, am I right?! Jupiter's Legacy is Netflix's latest, adapted from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's comics about a legacy generation of superheroes who first came into their powers in the early 1900s and their super teenage kids, just coming into their powers today. Josh Duhamel is among the cast. 
(Watch the teaser)
 

Mythic Quest (Season 2)

Apple TV+, May 7
The Raven's Banquet team is back in the office post-quarantine for more nerdy game developing and workplace drama in Season 2 of this Apple original comedy. 
(Watch the teaser)
 

Shrill (Season 3)

Hulu, May 7
Aidy Bryant's lovable comedy for Hulu is coming to an end with its third season this spring. 

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'Ziwe' | Showtime

Ziwe

Showtime, May 9
Writer and comedian Ziwe Fumudoh gained a great deal of online traction in 2020 when she brought her YouTube series Baited with Ziwe to Instagram for weekly livestreams—and now she's getting an even bigger platform with Showtime. The star leads a variety show that's set to feature a handful of exciting guests like Jane Krakowski and Jeremy O. Harris in comedy sketches. 
 

The Upshaws

Netflix, May 12
Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps lead this Netflix sitcom about a working class Black family living in an Indiana town. 
 

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)

Disney+, May 14
Wildcats, everywhere, wave your hands up in the air! Why? This Disney+ original is coming back for more! The show within a show about high schoolers putting on a theatrical production is moving away from High School Musical, with this season focusing on bringing Beauty and the Beast to the stage. TBD if more drama in regards to Olivia Rodrigo's "Driver's License" will ensue. 
 

Pride

FX, May 14
This six-part docuseries chronicles the contemporary LGBTQIA rights movement in the US with each episode focusing on a decade, beginning in the '50s and ending with the '00s. 
 

Selena: The Series (Part 2)

Netflix, May 14
The second half of Netflix's biographic series on the famed Tejano singer hits the streamer this spring. 
 

Trying, Season 2

Apple TV+, May 14
This BBC-produced comedy starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith is back for a second season, and was just renewed for a third. The show about a couple struggling to conceive a child finds them navigating the difficult adoption process in the coming episodes. 

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'The Underground Railroad' | Amazon Studios

The Underground Railroad

Amazon Prime, May 14
TV fans have been anxiously awaiting this one for years. The highly anticipated series is the TV directorial debut from Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and sees an adaption of Colson Whitehead's acclaimed novel that imagines the Underground Railroad as a literal fully operating train that brings formerly enslaved people to freedom. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Fall River

Epix, May 16
Aren't true-crime docs a little more intriguing when there's a supernatural element involved? This Blumhouse-produced four-parter examines a string of murders that took place in the 1979 and were thought to be the work of a cult practicing human sacrifice on the anniversary of suspect Lizzy Borden's acquittal. The series not only revisits the case, but the influence the Satanic Panic had on it.
(Watch the trailer)
 

Special (Season 2)

Netflix, May 20 
LGBTQIA and disabled activist Ryan O’Connell's comedy that he created and stars in is wrapping up this spring with its second and final season. Although the short form show featured brief 15 minute episodes in its first installment, this time around there will be eight 30 minute episodes. 
 

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.

Hulu, May 21
Disney+ may be the new primary home of Marvel series, but Hulu's still got a few up its sleeve. This adult animated series is a stop-motion show focused on the supervillain M.O.D.O.K., voiced by Patton Oswalt, as he goes through a midlife crisis. 
 

Housebroken

FOX, May 31
Lisa Kudrow voices Honey, a dog who leads therapy sessions with all of the other pets in her suburban neighborhood, in this adult animated comedy. 

Black Monday (Season 3)

Showtime, May 23
The '80s Wall Street satire is back. Season 3 is said to follow the implications of Regina Hall's Dawn taking the hit for Black Monday and Don Cheadle's Mo's newfound success as the head of The Mo Co. 
 

The Chi (Season 4)

Showtime, May 23
Lena Waithe's acclaimed Chicago-set coming-of-age drama is back for a fourth installment. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

Flatbush Misdemeanors

Showtime, May 23
Comedians Kevin Iso and Dan Pearlman created and star in this comedy adapted from their series of shorts of the same name, following a pair of friends trying to connect with others and find success in their new neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. 
(Watch the trailer)

 

The Kominsky Method (Season 3)

Netflix, May 28
Your parents' favorite comedy starring Michael Douglas that has, for some reason, garnered quite a bit of awards attention is indeed coming back. 
 

Lucifer (Season 5B)

Netflix, May 28
Lucifer fans can finally rest easy because after a long wait the second half of Season 5, which features eight more episodes (including one that is a musical), is finally hitting Netflix. 
 

Panic

Amazon Prime, May 28
This 10-episode adaptation of Lauren Oliver's best-selling YA novel of the same name is set in a small rural Texas town where graduating high school seniors compete in a series of dangerous challenges for a chance at winning a large sum of money.

Home Before Dark (Season 2)

Apple TV+, June 11
The precocious kid investigative journalist played by Brooklynn Prince has got another case to solve. The mystery series inspired by the real, young reporter Hilde Lisko returns with Prince's character looking into an explosion that took place at a local farm.  

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'Loki' | Disney+

Loki

Disney+, June 11
After escaping through time in Avengers: Endgame, Asgard's exiled trickster god accidentally falls in with the Time Variance Agency. The secretive organization keeps track of the various timelines in the Multiverse, tweaking some and eliminating others it deems too dangerous to exist, generally keeping the citizens of the timelines from traveling back and forth in time, and changing the past or the future. How this all ties in with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 storyline is anyone's guess.
(Watch the trailer)
 

Love, Victor (Season 2)

Hulu, June 11
Prepare to have your heart warmed: Hulu's series inspired by Love, Simon is returning. This season, we'll see how Victor's family reacted to him coming out, and see how that affects his high school experience now. 
 

The Republic of Sarah 

The CW, June 14
This CW drama sounds like a lot. At first, it might seem like a run-of-the-mill legal series about a town battling a corporation who wants to tap them for resources. That's not really the plot, though: What it's really about is when a court rules in the New Hampshire town's favor, it's discovered it was never made a part of the US to begin with, so a local teacher steps up to run it as a new country. May we all pledge allegiance to The Republic of Sarah!

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'Rick and Morty' | Adult Swim

Rick and Morty (Season 5)

Adult Swim, June 20
Come this summer, the zany, extremely popular animated comedy is barreling through the multiverse yet again.

(Watch the trailer)
 

Central Park (Season 2)

Apple TV+, June 25
Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard's animated series for Apple TV+ is on to Season 2. Expect more NYC shenanigans, and many, many more original songs. 
 

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Disney+, June 25
An adaptation of the popular YA books of the same name, this eight-part series tells the story of four gifted orphans who are mysteriously contacted and sent to investigate what's really going on at a strange boarding school called The Institute. 
 

Too Hot To Handle (Season 2)

Netflix, June TBA
It's getting hot in here! Netflix's bonkers reality show that puts a bunch of hot people on an island and begs them not to hook up with each other is coming back. 
 

Monsters at Work

Disney+, July 2
Even though Monsters, Inc. hit theaters 20 years ago, Pixar fans are (finally? just now?) getting a spin-off. Mike and Sully are back (as are their voice actors Billy Crystal and John Goodman), and the series takes place six months after the events of the first movie as the monsters are transitioning from spreading scares to sharing laughter. 
 

Turner & Hooch

Disney+, July 16
Remember the 1989 movie starring Tom Hanks and the drooly, loveable Dogue de Bordeaux? Well, it's getting a series adaptation over on Disney+, this time with Josh Peck starring as a US Marshall who gets partnered with a pup. 
 

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

NBC, July 23
It's hard to say what this year's Olympics Opening Ceremony, or even the Olympic Games themselves, will look like—but after a year of delays due to the pandemic, it's all finally going down in Tokyo in Summer 2021. 
 

The Walking Dead (Season 11)

AMC, August 22 
The Walking Dead is still on, yes, but it is officially coming to an end this summer. The undead show does have quite a bit life still in it, though, as the final season wraps up with a whopping 24 episode installment. 
 

Lisey's Story

Apple TV+, Summer TBA
Lisey's Story is an adaptation of Stephen King's 2006 novel of the same name, which stars Julianne Moore as a woman who is having trouble cleaning out the office of her late novelist husband (Clive Owen), and uncovers repressed memories of their marriage while she reminisces. Joan Allen, Dane DeHaan, and Sung Kang also star.
 

Physical

Apple TV+, Summer TBA
Cue up the Olivia Newton-John hit: Rose Byrne is about to get physical. In this dramedy from Annie Weisman (Desperate Housewives) and Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, Dirty John), Byrne plays a bored housewife in the '80s who finds she can escape the doldrums of her daily life by taking up the hottest trend at the time, aerobics. 
 

Schmigadoon!

Apple TV+, Summer TBA
From the writers of the Despicable Me franchise, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and executive producer Lorne Michaels, comes a musical comedy series starring Keegan-Michael Key and SNL's Cecily Strong who, while on a backpacking trip, stumble upon the town of Schmigadoon where everyone acts like they're living in the 1940s and no one's allowed to leave until they've found true love. The series prides itself on parodying famous musicals—but theater fans, don't worry because iconic Broadway legends like Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, and many others make an appearance to round out the show.

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'Atlanta' | FX

2021 Dates TBA

American Horror Story (Season 10)

FX
Though it's not totally clear what the theme of the landmark tenth season of Ryan Murphy's campy horror series will be (maybe mermaids?), tons of AHS favorites—including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and many more—are returning to make this cryptic seaside screamfest a special one. Get excited for whatever cast addition Macauly Culkin's role will be, and treat all of this as a creepy amuse bouche for Murphy's spinoff series American Horror Stories—plural—that's coming down the road. 
 

Atlanta (Season 3)

FX
As a social commentary on race and class masked as a show about a rising rapper that frequently experiments from episode to episode, it's hard to say, without a trailer, what exactly will happen in the upcoming seasons of Atlanta. One thing is for sure, though: It's likely to continue following the ceaseless struggle of Earn and Al trying to make it and failing miserably at both the hands of the music industry, systemic racism, and Earn's own poor decision-making. Expect to see that all play out on Paper Boi's first-ever tour, since Season 2 ended just as he and Earn were about to take off on a flight to Europe to join Clark County on tour.
 

Barry (Season 3)

HBO
Bill Hader's Barry has established itself as some of the most ambitious, darkly comedic shows out there. Chances are, Season 3 is going to be depressing as hell. After taking out a monastery of gangsters he murdered purely out of rage in the Season 2 finale, there's now no denying that the titular hitman bitten by the acting bug is a Bad Guy. He is not a reformed killer; he's a killer-killer. With the cliffhanger that Barry's acting coach Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) realizes his student's secret as he's being (wrongly) arrested for his cop girlfriend's murder, Barry should come back with a funbag of bleakness.
 

Better Call Saul (Season 6) 

AMC
When it debuted in 2015, Better Call Saul stood under the bald, fedora-sporting shadow of Breaking Bad, referencing Walter White's crimes and hinting that it would catch up to that show's iconic ending. Now, closing in on its 13-episode final season, the prequel series stands on its own as a vivid, wrenching crime series. Given the show's level of creative consistency, it's hard to imagine an ending that fails to satisfy.
 

The Boondocks

HBO Max
Aaron MacGruder's hilarious Adult Swim anime-inspired staple is getting rebooted for HBO's streaming service on a two-season order and a 50-minute special. Details are light, but we do know that Granddad and his grandsons, Riley and Huey, will have to deal with the neo-Nazis that have established a tyrannical regime in their comfortable suburb. The Boondocks never tiptoed around its bold leftist and racial politics, and we can't wait to see what's in store with MacGruder back as showrunner after stepping away in Season 4.
 

Bosch (Season 7)

Amazon Prime
As Amazon Prime readies its Lord of the Rings series, undoubtedly its biggest attempt to court the mainstream, the service will say goodbye to its longest-running show. Bosch has rarely picked up awards attention, appeared on critic's top 10 lists, or generated buzz on social media, but this character-driven police drama starring Titus Welliver is as sturdy and reliable as TV shows get. The final season, which reportedly draws its plot from Michael Connelley's The Overlook and Dark Sacred Night books, should be a fitting sendoff.

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'Dead to Me' | Netflix

Dead to Me (Season 3)

Netflix
It's time for Ben's (James Mardsen) dark secrets to take front-and-center in the upcoming season of this addictive series. Stock up on plenty of wine before the Thelma and Louise of streaming—Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate)—come crashing back onto your screens with their sometimes murderous intent.
 

Dear White People (Season 4)

Netflix
It's senior year for Justien Simien's Dear White People and the Black students fighting the embedded institutional racism at the mostly white Winchester University. Before graduation day (er, the finale), radio host Sam White (Logan Browning), young politico Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), investigative journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), and co. clash with the mysterious secret order that maintains the university's prestige at all costs.
 

Evil (Season 2) 

CBS
The clever, kooky, and genuinely scary show from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King basically begged for a second season with the first's cliffhanger. Katja Herbers's Kristen Bouchard, a forensic psychologist helping priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) determine whether there's a clinical explanation for strange events or something demonic is afoot, might be—that's right—evil.
 

Foundation 

Apple TV+
Isaac Asimov took the world of science fiction by storm when he published his novel (and plenty of followups) about a vision of the future in which every major political event is predicted and planned for in advance by "psychohistorians," who have turned seeing the future into a science. This adaptation stars Lee Pace as the Emperor of the Galaxy and Jared Harris as the brilliant Hari Seldon.
 

Gossip Girl

HBO Max
The new reboot of the 2007 CW series isn't another chronicle in the scandalous lives of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, but it will introduce a new crop of the Manhattan (and possibly even Brooklyn) teen elite and air all of their dirty little secrets in blog (Twitter? TikTok?) form. Original co-producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are running the show.

Insecure (Season 5)

HBO
"If life doesn't look like how you imagined it, does that mean it's a success or a failure?" said producer Prentice Penny about the big theme of Insecure's upcoming season. With Issa and Molly's BFFship in a rocky place, and Issa in an even more confusing situation with boy-of-the-season Lawrence, the next installment is poised to be the most insightful batch of episodes to date.

I Think You Should Leave (Season 2)

Netflix
What delights could the second season of Tim Robinson's, dare-we-say, comedy masterpiece contain? Honestly, we couldn't even begin to predict, but if it's anything like the first set of sketches, it will be absolutely incredible.

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'Kevin Can F**K Himself' | AMC

Kevin Can F**K Himself 

AMC
You've seen it times before: the classic sitcom about an idiotic husband with the perfect, doting wife who exists just to support his punchlines. What you haven't seen before is one of those wives killing off her annoying husband. Comedy fans are getting that in the form of Kevin Can F**K Himself, which features Schitt's Creek star Annie Murphy as one of those sitcom housewives who decides to f**k it all and murder him, switching between a sitcom format and a darker series, more typical of AMC. 
(Watch the trailer)
 

The Lord of the Rings

Amazon Prime
The first of five very expensive Lord of the Rings seasons is headed to Amazon in 2021 as the company tries to serve up the next Game of Thrones before the next Game of Thrones (House of the Dragon) hits HBO. Set in the Second Age, this series will take place long before Frodo was running around The Shire, so it's a gamble to suss out what will actually take place in this Middle Earthian prequel.
 

Midnight Mass

Netflix
Director Mike Flanagan can't stop churning out that creepy Netflix content. In August 2020, before The Haunting of Bly Manor hit the streaming service in October, the spooky filmmaker started shooting this new series that takes place on a desolate island and follows disturbing events that start to unfold among the community there after a mysterious young priest arrives.
 

Nine Perfect Strangers

Hulu
Big Little Lies fans, assemble. This is another adaptation of one of BLL author Liane Moriarty's works, and it brings back showrunner David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman, the latter of who stars as the director of a wellness resort where nine (seemingly perfect) strangers check in for a 10-day retreat that doesn't turn out to be like what any of them expected.

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'The Old Man' | FX on Hulu

The Old Man

FX on Hulu
Jeff Bridges, a major movie star who has yet to make a play for prestige TV glory, stars in this thriller about a retired CIA officer who wants to live "off the grid" but keeps getting pulled back into the shady world he thought he left behind. Adapted from a novel by veteran genre writer Thomas Perry, and co-starring John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat, the show—think True Grit meets The Americans—is still scheduled for 2021, even after Bridges announced during production that he'd been diagnosed with lymphoma.
(Watch the trailer)
 

The Other Two (Season 2)

HBO Max
It's been a long wait for the second season of this still underrated show, which first premiered on Comedy Central in early 2019. Hopefully the story of the two aimless 30-something siblings of a tween pop star will gain more of an audience on HBO Max where its amazing songs can be fully appreciated.
 

Ozark (Season 4)

Netflix
The final season of the tense Missouri-set money laundering saga will be nothing short of shocking, we expect. The Byrdes keep getting deeper in bed with dangerous people—now, the cartel boss Omar Navarro and the FBI—and it's only a matter of time until the blocks crumble beneath them, sending their family and associates into a freefall.   
 

Peaky Blinders (Season 6)

Netflix
Our Peakies! The biggest question at hand after a doozy of a fifth season in Steven Knight's English mob series is: Who betrayed Tommy Shelby and caused his plan to take out political rival and literal fascist Oswald Mosley to fail? (We have some thoughts.)
 

Pieces of Her

Netflix
Toni Collette leads the cast in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter's popular thriller about a woman who tries to stop an active shooter, and the effects it has on her relationship with her daughter, who feels she witnesses a change in her mother after the traumatic interference.

Station Eleven

HBO Max
This adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 speculative novel, which followed a troupe of actors and musicians as they traveled an America ravaged by a flu pandemic, doesn't exactly sound like frothy post-2020 escapism. But, given the source material, it should be different from many of the more brutal dystopian tales of recent years. With Mackenzie Davis of Halt and Catch Fire in the lead role, Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) serving as showrunner, and Hiro Murai (Atlanta) behind the camera, this should be a special one.
 

Stranger Things (Season 4) 

Netflix  
The Hawkins crew has to figure out how to get Hopper out of Russia in the next season of Stranger Things, presumably digging into its '80s-ness with its own interpretation of the Cold War.

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'Succession' | Peter Kramer/HBO

Succession (Season 3) 

HBO
Who will win a kiss from daddy in this season of corporate heir war Succession? It certainly won't be Kendall Roy, who hung his father Logan out to dry on national TV in the last minutes of the finale over the gross misconduct handling Wayco Roystar's cruise ship scandal. We're delirious to know how this nuclear bomb will rattle the many circles of the loathsome, ultra-wealthy Roy family.  
 

Ted Lasso (Season 2)

Apple TV+
Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso, a fish-out-of-water story (based on an ad campaign), turned out to be a veritable hug of the series and one of the more surprising quality TV releases of 2020. With Jason Sudeikis' Ted—a jolly Kentuckian who is hired to coach the Richmond Premier League football club by its owner in a plot to humiliate her ex-husband—managed to win over his footie crew with infectious, if naive, optimism. Even after the finale's loss bumped the team down a league, there's so much potential in this puckish underdog story.
 

Tokyo Vice

HBO Max
The pitch for this HBO Max original, which was delayed by the pandemic but should debut next year, is pretty simple: Michael Mann crime drama. Following an American journalist (Ansel Elgort) as he reports on corruption in Tokyo's elite vice squad in the late '90s, with help from a detective played by Ken Watanabe, Tokyo Vice sounds like a potentially captivating mix of The Insider and another famous Mann production with the word "Vice" in the title. Sign us up!
 

Tuca & Bertie (Season 2)

Adult Swim
The beloved buddy comedy from BoJack Horseman illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, and starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as the titular anthropomorphic bird people Tuca and Bertie, will live to see another day, thanks to Adult Swim, after being canned by Netflix after its charming first season.
 

Uptown

BET
This three-part miniseries documents the story of the iconic Uptown Records, which helped launch the career of huge names in R&B and hip-hop, like Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Diddy" Combs, and others. Label founder Andre Harrell, who was previously on board as an executive producer, died in 2020, but the show is still moving ahead. Many of the details are kept under wraps, but it should pay homage to his and his label signees' legacy.
 

The Wheel of Time

Amazon Prime
Will this series—Amazon's other bankable fantasy book series adaptation that's been in confusing development hell for years—really come out in 2021, as the oracle IMDb says? We won't hold our breath, but we are looking forward to finally seeing Robert Jordan's written vision of the Third Age, apocalyptic Breaking of the World, and hunt for the Dragon Reborn brought to life on the silver screen.
 

The Witcher (Season 2)

Netflix
Toss another coin to your local Witcher: Henry Cavill's brooding, wandering monster hunter Geralt of Rivia is coming back this year with all the "hmms" and "fucks" you could hope for. Video game and book series fans should be in for a little treat—we're betting Season 2 is adapting the first book of the main Witcher series, Blood of Elves. Ciri could be much older; Yennifer should still be on a mission to become the greatest sorcerer; Jaskier, without a doubt, will still be penning his annoyingly catchy bard songs. You can't escape destiny, Geralt.
 

You (Season 3)

Netflix
Murderous creep Joe (Penn Badgley) sets his eyes on a new target of obsession: blonde neighbor Natalie, who he peeped on in her backyard, engrossed in a book he almost certainly has at least five opinions on. Such wandering eyes when his girlfriend, the equally bloodlusting Love (Victoria Pedretti), is so pregnant! For shame, Joe. Season 3 will also feature an ensemble of the finest L.A. stereotypes, including a wellness guru, "momfluencer," and tech venture capitalist.

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