2021 is finally here and with it comes a plethora of new TV shows to obsessively binge-watch. 

While we will hopefully get to spend a little less time at home this year, these upcoming shows will no doubt keep us glued to our screens.

From comedy to horror and fantasy, here are seven of the most anticipated TV shows of 2021:

WandaVision – January 15 2021, Disney+

Judging by the trailer alone, it seems safe to say that WandaVision is the MCU like we’ve never seen it before. Said to be a genre-blending hybrid of sitcom and Marvel epic, the series sees Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively. It’s already clear the show is set to be more than a little trippy, considering Vision supposedly died in Infinity War.

Gossip Girl – 2021, HBO Max

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Hold up, is it 2008 again? No, it’s just a reboot of everyone’s favourite spicy teen drama. Luckily, Gossip Girl 2.0 appears to have improved the level of diversity within its cast in order to bring the show into the new decade. The new series is set to maintain several of the features from the OG, however, including Kristen Bell’s narration.

Impeachment: American Crime Story – 2021, TBA

The latest iteration of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story series is set to focus on the infamous sex scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Starring Clive Owen as the impeached president and Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky, we’re hoping that the show will offer a more nuanced take on the story of a powerful man’s affair with a young intern.

The Lord of the Rings – 2021, Amazon Prime

Given the original Lord of the Rings is one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises of all time, it’s safe to say the new series has a lot to live up to. The TV show will be forging its own path, however, as it’s set to serve as a sequel to the books and therefore Peter Jackson’s movies. Since Amazon Prime has reportedly committed to spend at least $1billion on the series, we can surely expect quite the epic.

Loki – May 2021, Disney+

Well, the folks over at Marvel are certainly keeping busy this year! Loki will see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the titular character in a series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The premise of the show sounds far from straightforward, however, as it is due to feature a decade-hopping storyline.

Inventing Anna – early 2021, Netflix

Inventing Anna is a dramatic retelling of the true story of Anna Delvey, one of the most infamous con artists of the last decade.  Starring Emmy Award winner Julia Garner as Delvey and executive-produced by TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Bridgerton), the series certainly sounds like it’ll have everyone talking.

American Horror Stories, 2021, TBA

Another series from the ever-prolific Ryan Murphy, this American Horror Story spin-off will focus on self-contained episodes, rather than an over-arching plotline. It sounds as if we can expect it to be very similar in style to the likes of Black Mirror… instead more horrific, of course. Considering reception to the original American Horror Story has been mixed, it will be interesting to see whether the new format will prove more critically successful.

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