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The Best TV Shows Returning In 2021

Updated February 26, 2021 9.8k votes 178 voters 2.3k views267 items

List RulesVote up the returning shows with new episodes in 2021 that you're most exited about.

The returning TV shows 2021 is bringing are a mix of series finales, previously-canceled shows that have been renewed on a new channel, and plenty of long-running Emmy-nominated and fan-favorite shows. Which shows returning in 2021 are you most excited for? Vote up the shows you look forward to returning from this list of the most popular shows renewed for a new season and start planning your 2021 watchlist.

There were a lot of shakeups in filming and production in 2020, which means the 2021 TV schedule is still, in some ways, up in the air. Thankfully, many beloved shows have been renewed for 2021, or at least for a new season. No matter what happens you can be reassured that 2021 will bring more episodes of your favorite shows like American Gods, Riverdale, and The Masked Singer. There are several TV shows returning in 2021 that will be airing their final seasons, such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Expanse, and Dead to Me. As a balance, 2021 returning shows also include cancelled shows that were picked up by a new network and given a second chance, like Tuca & Bertie, formerly on Netflix and cancelled after one season before being picked up by Adult Swim.

Vote up the 2021 returning TV shows you're most excited to watch, then check out the most anticipated new shows of 2021 to mix in with your returning favorites.

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    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    Premiered2019

    NetworkDisney+

    Season 3

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    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

    Season 4

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    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    Season 3

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    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

    Season 3

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    Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

    Premiered2018

    NetworkYoutube Red, Netflix

    Season 3

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    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

    NetworkSyfy

    Season 6, Final Season

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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    NetworkFox

    Season 33

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    Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue

    Premiered2019

    NetworkAmazon Video

    Season 3

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  • Better Call Saul9
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

    Season 6, Final season delayed until first quarter of 2022

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more

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  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel10
    52
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Premiered2017

    NetworkAmazon Video

    Season 4

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web...  more

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale11
    57
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    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

    Season 5

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more

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  • Euphoria12
    44
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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

    Season 2

    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A...  more

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    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCBS All Access

    Season 4

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    Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne

    Premiered2019

    NetworkAmazon Video

    Season 2

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    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

    Season 8

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    Yellowstone

    Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley

    Premiered2018

    NetworkParamount Network

    Season 4

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  • Star Trek: Picard17
    32
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    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

    NetworkCBS All Access

    Season 2

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    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

    NetworkComedy Central

    Season 26

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    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

    NetworkFox, Hulu

    Season 3

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    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan

    Premiered2010

    NetworkCBS

    Season 11

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    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

    NetworkStarz

    Season 5

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    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

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    Season 4

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created...  more

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    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield

    Premiered2019

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    Season 3

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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

    Season 4, Final Season

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    Young Sheldon

    Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCBS

    Season 3

    Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, a...  more

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