What new series are going to generate the most chatter in 2021? Although, we mightn’t be fortune tellers, we can give you some advice about ten shows scheduled for release throughout the year and which you shouldn’t lose sight of as they promise to set the bar at an all-time high.

1. “The Lord of the Rings” (Amazon)

With a budget of $US 1 billion (for five seasons), the serialized version of “The Lord of the Rings” will only either be a spectacular success or a complete flop. J.A. Bayona is on board to direct the first two episodes in a closely kept secretive project of which only the cast is known and the fact that it will be set during the Second Age, in other words  before “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The series is set to premiere in late 2021.

"The Lord of the Rings".
“The Lord of the Rings”.

2. “Parasite” (HBO)

Director Bong Joon-ho will bring his parasites to television with a miniseries for HBO. According to the director, he will explore ideas and plots that he could not develop in the film, thereby expanding the parasitic universe. The miniseries began to take shape prior to “Parasite” making history by becoming the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best picture.

"Parasite"
“Parasite”.

3. “Conversations with Friends” (BBC)

The series “Normal People“, an adaptation of a novel by Sally Rooney, was one of the surprises of 2020. 2021 will see the release of an adaptation of the author’s first novel “Conversations with Friends” and which features the same team from “Normal People,” headed by screenwriter Alice Birch and director Lenny Abrahamson.

4. “Foundation” (Apple TV+)

Adapting Isaac Asimov’s magnum opus is no mean feat and for one reason or another any previous attempts to transfer the work to film and television have all ended up getting stuck at some phase of the project. That said, the Apple TV+ version from David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman will see the light of day with cast members including Jared Harris. this one certainly promises to live up to the original science-fiction classic.

"Foundation"
“Foundation”.

5. “The Gilded Age” (HBO)

The latest series from the creator of “Downton Abbey”, Julian Fellowes, will transport us to New York at the end of the 19th century, to a city marked by rapid economic growth that went hand in hand with a concentration of wealth and an increase in inequality. The series boast a luxurious cast, including names like Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon and Cynthia Nixon.

6. “Cowboy Bebop” (Netflix)

Given that anime seems to be working out so well for Netflix, they are currently well invested in producing anime or manga adaptations featuring actors. “Cowboy Bebop” will be one of those arriving in 2021, with John Cho playing Spike Spiegel, who is a “cowboy”: a bounty hunter working with the police who has resorted to this formula to tackle a dramatic increase in crime in a bleak futuristic world in which the Earth is uninhabitable, and humanity has colonized the Solar System.

"Cowboy Bebop"
“Cowboy Bebop”.

7. “Loki” (Disney+)

2021 is going to be the year of Marvel superheroes landing on Disney+ as there are already several series planned for 2021. That said, the one that most catches our attention is that starring Tom Hiddleston, who will once again become Loki in a series that shares the same name as his character and located in the chronology just after “Avengers: Endgame”. The show is set to debut in May.

"Loki"
“Loki”.

8. “Time” (BBC)

The British public network will premiere the latest work from the sharp and biting  Jimmy McGovern, which will offer a portrait of life in prison and the UK criminal justice  system as narrated through the lives of two characters played by Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. Both actors have already worked with McGovern in one of the screenwriter’s recent anthologies “Accused”.

Eric McNally (STEPHEN GRAHAM), Mark Cobden (SEAN BEAN). "Time".
Eric McNally (STEPHEN GRAHAM), Mark Cobden (SEAN BEAN). “Time”.

9. “Underground Railroad” (Amazon)

Director Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) writes, directs and produces this miniseries based on the Colson Whitehead novel that depicts a rail transport system in addition to a series of safe houses and secret routes established by abolitionists to help African American slaves reach Canada. The protagonists are two slaves who escape from the plantation.

"Underground".
“Underground”.

10. “The Book of Boba Fett” (Disney+)

One of the most successful series from 2020 was “The Mandalorian”, so expectations for this upcoming series starring Boba Fett are indeed high. The character was reintroduced for the second season of “The Mandalorian” and will now enjoy his own series set in the same period of the “Star Wars” saga. Scheduled for release in December 2021, Boba Fett will bring us one of the last releases of the year.

Toni de la Torre. Critic of television series. He works in ‘El Món a RAC1’, El Temps, Què fem, Ara Criatures, Sàpiens and Web Crític. He has written several pounds on television series. Professor at the school to Showrunners BCN and likes to lecture on series. Highlights the Premi Bloc de Catalunya 2014.