Limited series/Miniseries are quick, engaging and entertaining, so what better way to end the year but have look at the best miniseries of 2021, right? These OTT releases have been one of the greatest ways to get through this year when we have been in the constant mix phase of being in lockdown and being outdoors, simultaneously. Starting from WandaVision to Midnight Mass to Scenes from a Marriage, miniseries have been the cherry on the top of our regular TV series. Let us have a look at the ones which deeply impacted us in 2021.
Best Miniseries of 2021 That Will Stay With Us Forever
From platforms like IMDb to all the viewers across the world, the first television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, WandaVision charmed us, thrilled us and left us all emotional by the end. Produced by Marvel Studios, the show takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame showing us the story behind the transformation of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff into the iconic Scarlett Witch. The series is nine episodes long and is presently available on Disney+ Hotstar. You can read our review for the season finale, here.
Scenes from a Marriage
Developed, written and directed by Hagai Levi, Scenes from a Marriage is the remake of the 1973 Swedish miniseries by Ingmar Bergman of the same name. This heartbreakingly good series stars Oscar Issac and Jessica Chastain in the lead roles chronicling the struggle of married life. The HBO series is uniquely shot and intimate in its storytelling with a total number of five episodes. You can read our review for Scenes from a Marriage by clicking here and watch all the episodes now on Disney+ Hotstar.
Inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Netflix’s Maid is a miniseries that will surely leave you in tears. Created by Molly Smith Metzler, the series stars Margaret Qualley as Alex in a pivotal role telling the story of a young mother who escapes from the clutches of an abusive relationship and struggles to make a living for herself and her daughter. Streaming on Netflix, Maid consists of ten episodes. You can read our review about the same, here.
I Know This Much Is True
From the director of Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance’s I Know This Much Is True is based on the 1998 novel of the same name authored by Wally Lamb. The miniseries features Mark Ruffalo in two roles, identical twin brothers – Dominick and Thomas Birdsey and tells the story of the brothers’ parallel lives. Delving into topics of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, the series is six episodes long and is streaming now on Disney+ Hotstar.
Nine Perfect Strangers
Created by David E. Kelley, who has also served as a developer along with John-Henry Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers is the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel of the same name. The premise revolves are nine strangers who land up in a boutique health-and-wellness resort to heal themselves, but what they are greeted with is completely unexpected. Headlined by Nicole Kidman, the series is a trip of its own that you can stream on Amazon Prime Video. To read the review for the show, click here.
The nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy inspired this 2021 series. It focuses on “the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction” across the States, with a special focus on the drug OxyContin. The show stars established actors like Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter and others. You can watch all eight episodes now on Hulu.
Netflix’s miniseries Clickbait is a cult classic in the making, showing the dangers of social media. A plotline similar to a Black Mirror episode, the show is created by Tony Ayres and Christian White with Ayres as the showrunner and Brad Anderson, Emma Freeman, Ben Young, and Laura Besley serving as directors. This gripping whodunnit is streaming now on Netflix. You can read the review for it, here.
From the creator of Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan comes Midnight Mass– a supernatural horror miniseries that gives you literal chills. Starring Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli and Henry Thomas, you can read an overview of the series by clicking here. The show is now streaming on Netflix.
The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead’s critically acclaimed The Underground Railroad turned into a miniseries by Barry Jenkins tells the story of the character Cora who escapes the Georgia plantation and embarks on a harrowing train trip to seek true freedom as she is being hunted by a notorious slave catcher. Emotionally moving, the series highlights the network of abolitionists, hidden routes, and safe houses that helped enslaved African-Americans escape to freedom. The ten-episode long series is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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