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After the equator of the year, it is time to look back and review the health of the current crop of series. Before, several reminders. These lists are always subjective and inevitably unfair. This is based on what the author has seen and only includes series that have been released in Spain to date. Many titles that surely deserve to be here have been left out … In any case, the aim of this compilation is to recall some of the great series released in these first months and that may serve as a recommendation for the summer. So far, these are the best series of 2021 so far, arranged alphabetically.
Scarlet Witch and Vision
Elizabeth Olsen, in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’.
The combination of superhero history full of references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the reflection of the way the protagonist handles the duel and a background of wonderful tribute to the history of the most iconic family comedies on television resulted in a series capable of hooking both initiates and outsiders to that world. (On Disney +).
Jim Howick, in an episode of ‘Ghosts’. / Movistar +
Some years late (but better late than never), this hilarious BBC comedy of which the US version is already in the works arrived in Spain. The ghosts of previous inhabitants of a large house appear to the new owner, who has to deal with the manias and customs of the most diverse but, almost always, adorable beings. (In Movistar +).
Candela Peña and Darío Grandinetti, in the last episode of the second season of ‘Hierro’.
The second season of thriller starring a brilliant Candela Peña once again takes advantage of the spectacular landscapes of the island and its particular idiosyncrasy to tell on this occasion a story that starts from a fight for the custody of two girls to lead to something greater. Script, direction and outstanding performances. (In Movistar +).
Uzo Aduba, in the sixth episode of the new season of ‘In therapy’.
The replacement of Gabriel Byrne by Uzo Aduba has suited this series very well, which follows the therapy sessions of three patients by a psychologist and the sessions that she herself has with another colleague. This intimate drama maintains its staging dramatized in short pills that put all the weight on the script and on the capabilities of its actors, with deliveries better than others but a great overall level. (On HBO Spain).
It’s a Sin
An image from the ‘It’s a Sin’ series.
That Russell T. Davies is a great storyteller we already knew before. In this drama set in London in the eighties, he demonstrates it again to tell how AIDS was wreaking havoc among young people. Its five chapters pass quickly from the brilliance of the beginning to the merciless blow of misunderstood death. A painful and very powerful series. (On HBO Spain).
Line of duty
An image of the last chapter of the sixth season of ‘Line of Duty’.
The sixth season of the British police drama that breaks audience records in its country has once again been the perfect example of a television drug. Although it’s easy to get lost with the characters and plots that are inherited from the past at this point, their leading trio, with their great vindication of loyalty and companionship, is so well defined and has created such a connection with viewers that it is enough to keep us tied to the screen. (In Movistar +).
Mare of Easttown
Possibly the best series released so far in 2021. Kate Winslet gives an acting recital in this police drama, with more drama than police, that takes a classic mold (murders of young girls in a small and depressed town where everyone knows each other ) to gradually remove the miseries that are locked behind. Only because of Mare would he deserve to be on this list. (On HBO Spain).
María Romanillos and Gabriel Sánchez, in ‘Lost Maricón’.
Bob Pop uncovers his soul in this fictionalized autobiographical tale that shows flashes of his protagonist’s youth to build a story with a lot of soul, very emotional and with an extreme load of truth that invites constant reflection. It also takes the award for the most meta and peculiar ending of what we have been doing this year. (On TNT).
Rob McElhenney, in the last episode of the second season of ‘Mythic Quest’.
The second season of the comedy set in the team developing a video game has risen to prominence with its great ability to take the schematics of workplace comedy and break them up with episodes that stray from the main plot. The two chapters dedicated to the fantasy story writer CW, played by F. Murray Abraham, are the best you have seen so far this year. (On Apple TV +).
For all mankind
Tracy Stevens, in the second season of ‘For All Mankind’.
While the first season told the life of some astronauts and their families in the United States who had lost the space race against the USSR, the second installment takes a 10-year leap into the future to show what became of those characters, with changes of roles, a tense and forced collaboration with Soviet cosmonauts and plots that gain strength as the episodes progress in this story that combines drama and epic very well. (On Apple TV +).
The Underground Railroad
Thuso Mbedu, in a picture from ‘The Underground Railroad’.
Barry Jenkins directs all the episodes of this intense drama that follows the future of a slave who escapes from a plantation through a railroad that travels underground through the different states of the country on its way to freedom while a bounty hunter is hot on her heels. Although somewhat irregular in its plot, the proposal is impressive and has the clear mark of its director in the visual aspect. (On Amazon Prime Video).
An image from the series ’22 de julio ‘.
The Norwegian series on the July 22, 2011 attacks in which a racist far right murdered 77 people with a car bomb in Oslo and then shooting at a youth camp on the island of Utoya is one of the best recent European productions . Its six chilling episodes tell the consequences of those attacks on different characters and delve into the darkest and least perfect part of that society. (In Filmin).
All premiere and return dates, in the Fifth Season series calendar
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