The 19 Best TV Shows of 2021


How to Watch: Stream on Netflix.

Fashion, sex, drugs, drama—the life of Roy Halston Frowick had all of that, and Halston, the Netflix miniseries from executive producer Ryan Murphy, captures it. Ewan McGregor stars as Halston, an American designer as inventive and inspired as he was troubled, with Krysta Rodriguez, Rebecca Dayan, and Sietzka Rose as Liza Minnelli, Elsa Peretti, and Karen Bjornson, just some of the muses, friends, clients, and collaborators who filled out his glamorous circle. “I’ve found that Halston was so interesting because his environment was so controlled while his creativity was so chaotic,” Murphy told Vogue earlier this year, and director Daniel Minahan explores both sides of that dichotomy: the vision of slicked-back chic that emerged from his studio, as well as the personal and financial crises that led to his untimely undoing.—Marley Marius

Kevin Can F**K Himself

 

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How to Watch: Stream on AMC+.

In the inventive AMC series Kevin Can F**K Himself, Ilana Kaplan wrote in June, Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy plays Allison, “a dowdy sitcom wife in Worcester, Massachusetts, who has had enough of the humiliations her husband has inflicted on her and decides to exact revenge. Allison is looking for a way out of her airless, claustrophobic marriage, and the show manifests her drive through a unique, genre-bending form in which Murphy’s character lives in two worlds: a multicam sitcom where she grins and bears the indignities of her situation and a dark, single-cam prestige drama that underlines her suffocating rage and anguish. Murphy walks through doors or other passageways and the format changes—a jarring and effective  shift that, in its contrasts, highlights the artifice and contrivances of the sitcom world.”

Loki

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