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The Best TV Shows Returning In 2021

Updated February 26, 2021 9.4k votes 159 voters 2.1k 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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    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

    Season 4

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    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

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    NetworkDisney+

    Season 3

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    Season 3

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    Premiered2015

    NetworkSyfy

    Season 6, Final Season

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    Season 3

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    Premiered2019

    NetworkAmazon Video

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    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Premiered2017

    NetworkAmazon Video

    Season 4

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    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

    Season 6, Final season delayed until first quarter of 2022

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    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

    Season 5

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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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    Premiered2018

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    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

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    Premiered2013

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    Season 3

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    Premiered2013

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    Season 4

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    Premiered2017

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