Best TV Shows December 2021


In the midst of a flurry of “Best of the Year” lists (including ours!), It’s easy to forget that like money, TV never sleeps. This means that when outlets (like us!) Release these top lists in early December, we tend not to be able to cover most of the amazing shows that have been posted throughout the month.

Good news then, because like Pepperidge Farm, Decider remembers. And we’re here to count the best December TV shows, right here, right now. From a high-profile HBO drama everyone on the media was buzzing about on Twitter, to a survival drama with a gruesome twist, to Marvel Studios hitting the mark with their latest series, we’re breaking them all down.

But a word on the methodology, first. Decider staff were asked to send in their personal list of the top five TV shows that aired at least one episode in December 2021. From there, those were weighted, ranked, and collated. The result is what you see below. Looking for previous listings? So check out January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and our picks for the best TV of 2021. For December? Read on.


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“The wheel of time”

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I’ll just say it: The wheel of time is not for everyone. But for those of us who love epics full of complex magical systems, the Lord of the Rings-inspired monsters and beautiful gleemen, it’s wonderful. Amazon’s daring adaptation of Robert Jordan’s beloved fantasy series hit high marks in its first season, with its dazzling final series of episodes. Even better, The wheel of time The Season 1 finale might have teased that the best is yet to come. – Meghan O’Keefe

Where to look The wheel of time


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“Station eleven”

HBO Max

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You could argue that now is not the best time for HBO Max to release Eleven station, an adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s beloved novel about… a pandemic that is wiping out most of humanity because people didn’t take it seriously enough. This synopsis alone may be enough to let you run for the hills… But wait! If you can bear Eleven station, you will be treated to a surprisingly beautiful and moving testimony of the healing power of art and how our connections with other people can help us move forward in the aftermath of tragedies that have shaken the world. – Abby monteil

Where to look Eleven station


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‘Dickinson’

Apple TV +

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Few shows have perfect three-season runs. And even fewer shows end on that positive note… But that’s exactly what makes Apple TV + sublime. Dickinson did, leaving us in December with one final set of episodes that encapsulated everything fans loved about the show. From a surprisingly filmed ending to the story of lovers Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Sue (Ella Hunt), to a haunting (and often hilarious) finale directed by showrunner Alena Smith, Dickinson proven that it will stand the test of time as one of the great TV series. And yes, despite what you may have heard elsewhere: this is historically correct. – Alex zalben

Where to look Dickinson


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‘Cobra Kai’

Netflix

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Ring in 2022 with the fourth season of Cobra Kai! Netflix’s new season is wildly entertaining Karate kid The alarm clock falls on New Years Eve, and the fact that it cracked the December 2021 Best of Decider list should tell you everything you need to know. As you might expect, the fight scenes are great, the storytelling is impeccable, and the show once again delivers a plethora of OMG moments that you will either love, hate, or love to hate. If you enjoyed the first three seasons of Cobra Kai, well, buckle up, my friend, because Season 4 is an unmanageable crane shot of non-stop fun and thrilling excitement! – Josh sorokach

Where to look Cobra Kai


8

‘Mac Gruber’

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If you’ve seen your favorite cult movie Mac Gruber, based on the classic SNL skit, you know what to expect from the Peacock TV sequel: more brilliantly childish and deliberately silly action flicks, starring Will Forte’s beautifully steamy ‘hero’ MacGruber. Bringing together movie stars Forte, Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillipe with new cast members of the game including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Elliott and Billy Zane, the series is made up of eight perfect episodes of fun jokes and heartbreaking action. throat. – Alex zalben

Where to look Mac Gruber


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‘PEN15’

Hulu

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Pen15 gave it all to us in December, and it’s a shame the beloved college comedy had to end. Nonetheless, Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine’s hit series ended on a masterful note, evoking the woes of adolescence, boys, and parenting relationships. A special episode, “Yuki”, was perhaps the highlight of Season 2: Part 2, a brilliant tribute to Maya’s mother. It’s sad to see such a fun show go off, but we look forward to future creations from Konkle and Erskine. – Fletcher peters

Where to look PEN15


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“How … with John Wilson”

HBO

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How … with John Wilson is an innovative beacon of creativity. Starring “Anxious New Yorker” John Wilson, the surreal series follows the documentary maker as he secretly captures the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while giving viewers daily advice on mundane topics like finding a seat. parking lot or throw away the batteries. A unique and heartwarming comedy that will make you laugh uncontrollably and smile brightly, the whole series is filled with surprises; but this month’s “How to Appreciate Wine” features an amazing twist involving cult leader of NXIVM, Keith Raniere. – Josh sorokach

Where to look How … with John Wilson


5

‘The Witcher’

Netflix

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What do you want in a TV show? Badass fight scenes? An elaborate tradition? Cool monsters? Heartbreaking will, isn’t it? Anything that makes you want to press play, The witcher has that for you. In its second season, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich’s fantasy saga is more ambitious and elaborate than ever. It’s the rare adaptation that manages to stay emotionally true to the source material while expanding its universe to new extremes. When spending time with your family, don’t forget Netflix’s makeshift family of Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan). – Kayla cobb

Where to look The witcher


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“The sex life of students”

HBO Max

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Mindy Kaling proves once again that she is the queen of young adult comedy with The sex life of the students, now streaming on HBO Max. It’s not really revolutionary to do a TV show about four college-age girls who find each other, fall in love, and fall for it. And yet, as she did with I have never, Kaling approaches worn-out tropes with such confidence and humor that it makes them feel fresh again. At the end of the first episode, you’ll be hooked. You will find yourself feverishly clicking on “next episode” to see if Kimberly will be able to keep up with her studies, if Bela will impress the editors of the college comedy journal, if Whitney gets caught having an affair. with her trainer, and if Leighton will ask this cute girl from the women’s center out. And then you will count the days until season 2. – Anna menta

Where to look The sex life of students


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‘Hawk Eye’

Disney +

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East Hawk Eye the best Marvel series on Disney + so far? This point is moot (see: All the Internet for more on this argument), but it is certainly Marvel Studios’ funniest series to date. Pairing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) OG sourpuss Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) with a shiny new hero in the form of Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) has already worked brilliantly, but the New York Christmas action comedy has Boomed in December thanks to the first co-stars Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) and the return of the Big Man himself, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio). Now start season 2! – Alex zalben

Where to look Hawk Eye


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‘Yellow jackets’

Show time

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Yellow jackets is on the surface an inverted genre Lord of the Flies, but it’s much more than that. The Showtime drama is also a spooky murder mystery, a showcase for insane acting skills, and a dark, comedic thrill ride. The series runs on two timelines: in 1996, we follow a high school football team struggling to survive in the wild after a plane crash; in 2021 we see how four survivors try to keep the secret of what happened there buried there. The show’s first episodes in December only deepened the mysteries of the show, made them weirder and more gnarly, and instantly struck a chord. Yellow jackets at the top of our list of must-haves – and must-haves to discuss. Yellow jackets is a show about toxic teenage girls, deep-rooted trauma, survivalism, midlife crises and cannibalism. It is also absolutely spectacular. – Meghan O’Keefe

Where to look Yellow jackets


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‘Succession’

HBO

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For the third consecutive season, Succession pulled the wool over our eyes. We were all so distracted by Roy’s kid making what a move, we completely forgot the real terror of this series: Logan Roy (Brian Cox). Watching Logan systematically fuck his kids and feel like nothing was the most brutal television. In the season 3 finale, Succession proved it wasn’t just the best drama or comedy on TV. It is also the most insightful dissection of abuse. Yet, as cruel as Logan’s actions were, there was also the sobering feeling that none of it had ever really mattered. Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Conner (Alan Ruck) may be upset in Season 4, but they’ll eventually get away with their millions. This is the other magic trick that HBO’s masterpiece has perfected over the years. He sculpts his Shakespearean drama so perfectly that you start to believe the lie that the rich are like us. – Kayla cobb

Where to look Succession


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