Showmax brought South Africans four of the top six TV shows of 2021, according to MetaCritic’s roundup of the TV shows mentioned on most critics’ Top 10 lists. This includes Succession and The White Lotus, ranked first and second respectively, as well as Mare of Easttown and Hacks.
Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax comments
“It’s great to see the top international critics confirm that Showmax is bringing Africans the best content in the world, and it’s encouraging to see local films like This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection in their Best of 2021 lists. But the people we really want to impress are our audiences in Africa, and for them, 2021 has been dominated by local content, with Showmax Originals like The Real Housewives of Durban, Uthando Lodumo, Devilsdorp and The Wife all setting new viewing records for Showmax this year, as you’ll see when we release our Most Watched of 2021 lists in January 2022.”
Here are 5 Top-Rated 2021 TV Shows To Stream On Showmax
Succession is currently leading MetaCritic’s round-up of the TV shows mentioned on the most Top 10 lists for 2021, having been named Show of the Year by everyone from Adweek to Complex to Vanity Fair. It’s also the most nominated series overall going into both the 2022 Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards.
Succession follows four very rich siblings behaving very badly while trying to win their father’s approval – and control of his company, a global media and entertainment empire.
As Vanity Fair says, “There’s no other show that’s as dramatically compelling or twistedly funny as HBO’s big hit Succession… the best showcase of performances on television… It’s hard not to reach for hyperbole when talking about how Succession makes the viewer feel, because the show utilizes its interpersonal drama—almost always, the relationship between a child and their father—to dig into the reach and power of big money, embodied in the show by the titanic and offensive personality of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox). The stranglehold that extreme wealth has on everything—on all of our lives—is demonstrated by how the Succession cast dances like puppets to his tune, battered by his indifference but easily manipulated by his charm… Succession has become an indispensable fixture of the landscape—a balm that makes the widening wealth gap humorous instead of, you know, a harbinger of the end of days.”
2. The White Lotus
The White Lotus is currently in second place on MetaCritic’s round-up of the TV shows mentioned on the most Top 10 lists for 2021, having been named Show of the Year by The Globe and Mail, The Ringer, Slant and more.
Set over the course of a week, the HBO series gradually peels back the glossy veneer of picture-perfect travellers, cheerful hotel employees, and the idyllic island locale itself to reveal something far uglier beneath.
As The New Yorker says, “Who is the standout in Mike White’s fable of the maladjusted élite? Is it Jake Lacy as Shane, the fratty, entitled honeymooner? Murray Bartlett as Armond, the hotel manager on a drug bender? Natasha Rothwell as Belinda, the resort’s spa manager who has the last dredges of her optimism drained? Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya, the woo-woo loner who drains Belinda of that optimism? This series gave us some of the best performances of the year.”
Hacks is currently in second place on Rotten Tomatoes’ roundup of the Best TV of 2021 and in sixth place on MetaCritic’s round-up of the TV shows mentioned on the most Top 10 lists for 2021, having been named Show of the Year by Decider and Paste.
The comedy-drama series centres on legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart in an Emmy-winning performance), who takes on an entitled, down-on-her-luck Gen Z comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder in an Emmy-nominated performance) in a bid to find fresh material and remain relevant as her performance dates start to dwindle.
Decider calls it “as good as it gets… expertly penned… a deft blend of brilliant observational humor and relatable hilarity.”
4. Mare of Easttown
Mare of Easttown is currently in fifth place on MetaCritic’s round-up of the TV shows mentioned on the most Top 10 lists for 2021, having been named Show of the Year by TVLine.
HBO’s Mare of Easttown dominated the Limited Series acting categories at the Emmys, with Kate Winslet winning Best Actress as small-town detective Mare Sheehan, who must investigate a murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart, and Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson taking home the Supporting Actor and Actress categories as her colleague and friend respectively.
“HBO reliably serves up a twist-laden murder mystery for us to solve every year, it seems — but even without the murder, Mare still would have been must-see TV,” says TVLine. “Yes, it gave us plenty of clues, but it also took its sweet time painting a deeply intimate portrait of a tight-knit small town where everyone knows everyone else’s darkest secrets. Kate Winslet shone, of course, in a complicated role that’s like nothing we’ve ever seen from her, but the excellent work from Jean Smart, Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson just added more detail and texture to a masterfully observed human drama.”
5. The Crime Of The Century
The Crime of the Century was named Best Political Documentary at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards; cracked The Wall Street Journal’s list of the best TV shows of 2021; and has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
From Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Inventor), The Crime of the Century is a searing indictment of big pharma and the political operatives and government regulations that enable over-production, reckless distribution and abuse of synthetic opiates.
As FilmWeek says, “Only Alex Gibney can get his arms around the behemoth that is the opioid crisis in America… It will open your eyes and make you angry.”
Other shows featuring on critics’ Top 10 lists for 2021 and Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best reviewed TV of 2021 include the romantic comedy Love Life S2; the HBO drama Scenes from a Marriage; the horror Chucky; the teen cringe comedies PEN15 S2 and Chad S1; the sci-fi comedy Resident Alien; and the superhero series Batwoman; the action series The Equalizer and Gangs of London; the sitcom Young Rock; the period drama The Pursuit of Love; and Friends: The Reunion, as well as shows headed to Showmax soon, like the final season of Insecure; Yellowjackets; Dr. Death; In Treatment S4; The Good Fight S5; and Curb Your Enthusiasm S11.
Well, there you have it, 6 Top-Rated 2021 TV Shows to stream on Showmax. If you don’t have a Showmax account yet, sign up HERE.
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