Thursday, October 28, 2021

My Favorite Streaming Movies/Series for 2021 (So Far) ...

 I'll probably update this list in December, but I'm not sure much will top it by then (but ya never know - Yellowstone returns in November).

Keep in mind, I don't have HBO, Showtime, or Hulu, so these are  only from Apple, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Paramount.

Also keep in mind that this isn't a list of my all-time favorites, just for 2021 - although #'s 1 and 2 on this list would definitely be included in my top 5 all time.

(For the record, the all-time list would include shows like Ozark and Peaky Blinders.)

Also, I believe I've written a little blurb on each of them throughout the year, so you can search my blog to read more about them, this is just a quick list.

My top 5 favorites for 2021 so far are, in countdown order, from good to best:

5.  Kim's Convenience - Netflix - Comedy - Canadian series.

Sad they won't be returning - they were just now getting the American accolade they deserved :(

(However, you can currently see Simi-Liu playing the lead, Shiang-Chi, in Shiang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings, which I haven't seen yet, because it's theater-only, but is a monster hit with both critics and audiences.)

4.  The Tomorrow War - Amazon Original - Sci-Fi/Action - U.S. movie. 

The only one from Amazon to make this list, because it's the only one I felt was box-office quality (though I haven't seen "One Night in Miami" yet, which I'm told is box-office quality, too.

3.   Locke & Key - Netflix - Comic Book Fantasy/Light Horror - U.S. series.

Totally bingeable, dropped last Friday.  The second season is as good as the first, but this series is - maybe even better.  You do have to watch the first season with this one, though, to understand what's going on.

2.  Ted Lasso - Apple TV - Comedy - U.S./British series. 

If people ask me what my favorite show is - which is rare for people to do, these days, because TV watching isn't the same as it used to be - Ted Lasso is my answer :)

Again, season 2 is as good as the first, but this season may have actually topped Season 1 - deserved every one of it's 7 Emmy's, my favorite comedy series. 

1.  Squid Game - Netflix - psychological thriller/horror/social commentary  - South Korean series.

Likely the best streaming series I've ever seen, box-office quality, and in fact, nearly filmmaking perfection - it's kind of Saw meets The Hunger Games - only better. 

And there it is thus, far, folks - let's see if the final season of Yellowstone, coming in November, changes my list by the end of 2021 :)

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