The Holidays are almost upon us! And is that moment of the year when we review all the best of 2021. At Fangirlish we have already been doing it for a few days and today, it’s our turn to review our favorite TV shows. Ready?
Here we go!
Bridgerton premiered so late in 2020 that it was practically 2021. Right? Or let’s pretend it is because this show is so good that it deserves to be on all of Fangirlish‘s end-of-year list, and it’s already on quite a few. Love, passion, betrayals, and secrets intertwine in the story of Simon and Daphne. This show is capable of touching your heart like no other, making you laugh, cry, enjoy, dream. We can only say: put a Simon in your life.
PS: we ask Santa Claus for one like him, we behaved too well this year and we deserve it, please and thank you.
The end of Outlander season 5 wasn’t one of our favorites but you know that, although we criticize this show to the point of exhaustion, it’s still one of our favorites. Jamie and Claire always are. In season 5, the show regained focus on the two of them without neglecting the rest of the stories and, although we will always miss Scotland, we felt that emotion that only Outlander is capable of provoking in us. And Murtagh! Just because of him the show deserves to be on this list. Slàinte!
Men In Kilts
One of our favorite Scots returned to Scotland in Men In Kilts. Sam, along with Graham, discovers the tradition and history of this magical place. I have to be honest and I must admit that, at first, I didn’t bet much on this show but when I saw it for the first time, I realized that I was wrong. Men In Kilts is fun, spontaneous, and sobering, but it’s Sam and Graham’s friendship that keeps you glued to the screen.
We miss Lucifer, Deckerstar, and Mazeve! It’s just…it was many years. Yes, the ending was an absolute disappointment and I was about to leave the show off this list for that reason but I didn’t have the heart to do it. I chose to remember the good times the show gave us and the couples we love, the complex characters that entertained us, made us cry, and wanted to hug them and shake them at times. I preferred to remember all the good stuff and honor those good times by including a show that meant so much to so many of us on this list.
I have never watched the show but, lately, I have been watching some moments and yes, I also saw the end – those of you who know me know that this is what I do and that is how you love me – and I think that Money Heist deserves to be in this list because it marked a before and after in our society and the history of television in Spain. The show made us remember the concepts of social justice, social struggle, the show made us feel that borrowing a little of everything that has been stolen from us is not so bad.
I’ve been covering this show since season 1 and now that I’m reviewing season 2 I just had to include Alex Rider on the list because it’s a show that just hooks you even though you don’t know why at first. But the series has a unique blend of the innocence of youth and the seriousness of the adult world. The show begins being very light but episode by episode it becomes darker, more adult, although it maintains that essence of luminosity in some parts of the story. And that eclectic mix makes the difference.
Shadow And Bone
Who could forget The Crows? Or Kanej? This show is just…almost perfect. It has it all: mystery, darkness, magic, secrets, love, female fighters, and complicated characters. Redemption. Much of the story of Shadow And Bone is about redemption and discovering yourself, for better or worse. And everything brutally fits into this show, from the cast to the way the story is told. You all know that I didn’t like the book the series is based on, but the show just won me over from the second one and earned a place of its own on this list.
I neither confirm nor deny that The Rookie is listed because of Chenford. But, apart from the two of them, this show is unique when it comes to putting ourselves in the shoes of the police force and what happens inside the blue wall, in the good and the bad. Also, throughout the series, important social issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, have been addressed from different points of view, both inside and outside the police force.
Sharpwin is a huge reason to list the show but the biggest reason for doing so is the way this show only manages to bring you to tears every episode. New Amsterdam has a unique way of reaching the fans deep down, making us connect with the characters, with the stories, and giving us the strength to do something that seems impossible: change the world from the smallest acts. Sometimes, it’s those details, the little things, that make the difference.
Oh yeah! Of course, One Chicago had to be on the list. You know that Chicago Med is not my favorite but lately, it’s conquering me with the new characters. However, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D keep me glued to the couch and make me cry, scream, suffer, fall in love and enjoy. Stellaride, Brettsey, Upstead, and Burzek are a big part of the reason for the success of their respective shows but it’s that heart that each series puts into its team that makes us can’t wait to see the next episode.
Bonus: A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery Of Witches and Bishmont deserves to be included in this list no matter what! We love them because they’re equals and soulmates.
What shows would you add to the list? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
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