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12 brand new streaming TV shows we can’t wait to watch in 2021

Published Jan 2nd, 2021 1:34PM EST
Most anticipated shows 2021
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  • 2021 is primed to be another fantastic year for TV, with dozens of great shows in the pipeline, many of which were originally set to debut in 2020.
  • Disney will take center stage as it debuts its first Marvel Studios shows on Disney+ throughout the year and expands its Star Wars slate with Mandalorian spinoffs.
  • We’re also going to see the first DC show on HBO Max in the form of Peacemaker.

2020 sucked for more reasons than I care to list, but bad TV wasn’t one of them. While many shows were delayed and even canceled due to the pandemic, 2020 was still chock full of amazing TV, from returning series like The Boys and The Mandalorian to fresh surprises like The Queen’s Gambit and I May Destroy You. Against all odds, 2021 may somehow top it, though, as Disney+ leads the charge with multiple Star Wars and Marvel shows throughout the year. Below, we’ve rounded up twelve shows that we can’t wait to watch in the new year.

The Book of Boba Fett | Disney+

The Book of Boba Fett
The Book of Boba Fett is coming to Disney+ in December 2021. Image source: Disney

Following the events of The Mandalorian season 2, we have no idea what the future holds for Grogu and Din Djarin, but we’re probably going to have to wait until 2022 to find out, because a spinoff focusing on Boba Fett is set to start next December, before The Mandalorian season 3. We don’t know much about this spinoff yet, but it will presumably tell us what happened between Fett’s unfortunate encounter with a sarlacc and his surprise return.

  • Release date: Christmas 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | Disney+

Although they’ve both been a part of the MCU for years and have each appeared in several movies, Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) haven’t really had their time in the sun. That will change when they team up for their own Disney+ original series in March. We’re also going to get a sneak peek at what the Avengers will look like without Steve Rogers at the helm, and we may learn the identity of the next Captain America.

  • Release date: March 19th, 2021

Foundation | Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has already scored a few goals with The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, but Foundation — based on the novels by Isaac Asimov –could be its first truly massive original series. According to Apple, “Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.” It sounds appropriately epic for a streaming service in search of its Game of Thrones.

  • Release date: TBA 2021

Halo | Showtime

The Halo video game series is being adapted for television. Image source: Showtime

Few video game franchises have been adapted to the small screen, and even fewer have been done well, but there might be hope for Halo, which Showtime started filming late last year and just recently resumed production. Whether or not this sci-fi saga will translate to serialized storytelling on TV remains to be seen, but between the vast archive of lore the creators have to draw on and the millions of fans that have played the Xbox games, Halo stands a chance of becoming for Showtime what The Witcher is for Netflix and The Lord of the Rings will be for Amazon.

  • Release date: TBA 2021

Hawkeye | Disney+

Hawkeye is coming to Disney+ in late 2021. Image source: Disney+

Hawkeye might not be the most capable Avenger, but he’s getting his own show late this year that will see him team up with Kate Bishop, and if you’ve read the comics, you know that Kate Bishop is also Hawkeye. To be clear, not Lady Hawkeye or Hawkgirl — just Hawkeye. It’s still not totally clear what direction Marvel plans to go with this, but Hailee Steinfeld might be getting ready to take Jeremy Renner’s spot in the MCU soon.

  • Release date: Late 2021

Loki | Disney+

Tom Hiddleston’s Loki appeared to be one of the few permanent casualties of Avengers: Infinity War, but keeping the trickster god down takes more than a single thrashing at the hands of Thanos. As we saw in Endgame, Loki used the tesseract to escape his fate in a different timeline as the Avengers were jumping through the past, and now he’s at the mercy of the Time Variance Authority, which is a group that governs the countless realities of the multiverse. As delightfully weird as WandaVision is going to be, Loki might be the most fun Disney+ series.

  • Release date: May 2021

MacGruber | Peacock

MacGruber (Will Forte) has been suspiciously quiet ever since his movie premiered in 2010, but more than a decade later, the dumbest secret agent on the planet is making a comeback on NBC’s Peacock. We have no idea what MacGruber will be doing in this streaming series, but we know it will be outrageously stupid.

  • Release date: TBA 2021

Ms. Marvel | Disney+

In addition to being one of the more recent superheroes to debut in Marvel Comics, Pakistani-American Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is one of the first Marvel heroes to be a fangirl before turning into a hero herself. This project is exciting for too many reasons to count, but it will also lead directly into Captain Marvel 2.

  • Release date: Late 2021

Peacemaker | HBO Max

Peacemaker will be a spinoff of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Image source: HBO Max

After finishing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn jumped from Marvel to DC to direct The Suicide Squad, which is slated to come out in August 2021. Don’t worry, he’ll be back for more Guardians before too long, but in the meantime, he’s writing a Suicide Squad spinoff show for HBO Max focusing on Peacemaker (John Cena), and will also direct several episodes. If Disney can have its own comic book shows, so can WarnerMedia.

  • Release date: TBA 2021

Star Wars: The Bad Batch | Disney+

One of my favorite discoveries of 2020 was The Clone Wars cartoon, which introduces many of the characters that we saw in The Mandalorian season 2. The Bad Batch is a sequel and a spinoff, focusing on Clone Force 99, which made its debut in the seventh season of Clone Wars. Not only does the animation look like a step up from its predecessor, but it will fill in yet another blank of the Star Wars timeline as the canon continues to grow.

  • Release date: TBA 2021

WandaVision | Disney+

Marvel Studios was forced to push back all of its Disney+ shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we won’t have to wait much longer for the first to finally make its debut, as WandaVision begins streaming early this month. Marvel fans had to go an entire year without any new content, so you can bet that they are champing at the bit to see what Vision and Scarlet Witch have been up to and what the MCU looks like post-Endgame.

  • Release date: January 15th, 2021

Y: The Last Man | FX on Hulu

Y: The Last Man is coming to FX on Hulu in 2021. Image source: FX

Few shows have been stuck in development hell as long as the adaptation of beloved comic book Y: The Last Man, but the show is finally expected to make its way to FX on Hulu this year. As the name suggests, the comic is about the last man on the planet following a plague that wiped out every creature with a Y chromosome. So how did he survive? Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thrilby, Ali Badshah, and Diane Lane are set to star in the show.

  • Release date: TBA 2021
Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.