5 best 2021 limited series, from WandaVision to Midnight Mass

Paul Bettany is Vision and Elizabeth Olsen is Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION, exclusively on Disney+.
Paul Bettany is Vision and Elizabeth Olsen is Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION, exclusively on Disney+. /

2021 has been filled with incredible television — and limited series are no exception. Last year had everything from the revolutionary The Queen’s Gambit to the powerful I May Destroy You, so this year had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint! Read on to discover the five best 2021 limited series.

Best 2021 limited series: WandaVision

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Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios. All Rights Reserved. /

One of Disney Plus’ first big Marvel shows, WandaVision kicked off the year right. Though it premiered back in January, people are still talking about it nearly an entire year later — proof that it’s made quite an impact.

WandaVision has been renowned for everything from its bold, creative storytelling structure to its outstanding performances. The show was nominated for several Emmy awards and even earned a Grammy nomination for the certified bop “Agatha All Along.” If you’re one of the millions of people who loved WandaVision, look out for the spinoff Agatha: House of Harkness starring Kathryn Hahn, who will be reprising her scheming role.

Where to stream: Disney Plus

Best 2021 limited series: Mare of Easttown

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Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown Season 1, Episode 5 — Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO /

Mare of Easttown was another undeniable revolution, even breaking the HBO app during the finale. Week after week, people tuned in to speculate and try to solve the crimes rocking Easttown.

In addition to having the most-watched episode in HBO Max history at the time, the show was also a critical darling, winning several Emmys, including acting accolades for Kate Winslet and Julianne Nicholson.

Where to stream: HBO Max

Best 2021 limited series: Nine Perfect Strangers

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Nine Perfect Strangers — “Random Acts of Mayhem” – Episode 101 — Promised total transformation, nine very different people arrive at Tranquillum House, a secluded retreat run by the mysterious wellness guru Masha. Masha (Nicole Kidman), shown. (Photo by: Vince Valitutti/Hulu) /

Nine Perfect Strangers was definitely one of the most out-there shows to premiere this year. Based on the novel by acclaimed author Liane Moriarty, the show included an all-star cast, from Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, and Regina Hall to Bobby Cannavale, Luke Evans, and Michael Shannon.

If you’re looking for a little tranquility and a whole lot of chaos, Nine Perfect Strangers is the miniseries for you.

Where to stream: Hulu

Best 2021 limited series: White Lotus

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Murray Bartlett, Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus Season 1, Episode 1 – Photograph by Mario Perez/HBO /

Speaking of tranquility and chaos, White Lotus also mastered that combination. Led by an A-list cast among the likes of Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, and Alexandra Daddario, White Lotus combined mystery and satire into a deliciously addictive six-episode arc.

White Lotus is confirmed to be returning for a season 2, but much like American Horror Story and True Detective, it will be an anthology series, meaning you can expect a new batch of characters and a new location when it returns.

Where to stream: HBO Max

Best 2021 limited series: Midnight Mass

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Created by Mike Flanagan, who also helmed the much-revered The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass had a lot of hype surrounding it — and the anticipation was absolutely warranted. With Flanagan’s trademark combination of psychological horror and supernature scares, the show — which starred Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, and Rahul Kohli and centered around an ex-convict and a charismatic priest — has been lauded for its fresh plot and the genuine emotion it elicits.

Where to stream: Netflix

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