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The 10 Best New Shows to Watch on Streaming Winter 2021

What to Watch and Stream to Escape right now

Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has the list of the best movies and TV series to watch and stream to escape in winter 2021.

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It’s almost February, you’ve watched all of Bridgerton and Ted Lasso, and now you’re trying to figure out how to best bide your time until your vaccination. We get it. Right now, winter feels like a long, dark tunnel, and we are all too aware that we’re going to need something to keep us occupied through these next few months. And at the same time, there’s so much content coming out these days, it can be hard to keep track of what’s appearing where and when, and even harder to know what’s worth watching.

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That’s why we’ve compiled this handy guide. Listed below are the ten new shows and seasons out this month that you definitely won’t want to miss. We’ve included dramas, comedies, reality TV, science-fiction, and more, meaning that there’s an escapist show for every taste. By the time you’re done watching them all, maybe it will be spring.

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The 10 Best New Shows to Watch on Streaming Winter 2021

1. New Show: WandaVision

2019 feels like a lifetime ago, but one thing we remember all too well is the excitement around Marvel’s blockbuster Endgame. A… lot has happened since then, and after a year without any new movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the first gap in over a decade – we finally have their next project. And it’s excellent.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: WandaVision. Courtesy Photo.

WandaVision is a continuation of the love story between Wanda and Vision, two of our favorite characters in the MCU, as well as a brilliant and original take on the old-fashioned sitcom. It’s unlike any content from we’ve seen from Marvel so far, and we think it will appeal to everyone – including those who are newcomers to the genre. And if you love what you see, there are two more MCU shows coming out in the next few months.

Where to Watch: DisneyPlus

2. New Show: Lupin

Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop in the new Netflix series, named for the adventures of well-known gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. After reading a book about Lupin, Diop is inspired to avenge his father’s wrongful death.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Lupin. Courtesy Photo.

With the tools at his disposal – namely, his charisma and mastery of disguise – he sets out to defeat the man responsible. We’re delighted that the magic of the streaming service has made this extremely absorbing French mystery available to international viewers.

Where to Watch: Netflix

3. New Show: Pretend It’s a City

Perhaps it’s cheating to call Pretend It’s a City a television show, when really it’s a documentary, split into seven parts.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Pretend It’s A City. Courtesy Photo.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the series consists of interviews between Scorsese and icon Fran Lebowitz, and footage of the two of them walking around New York. It is a visual escape, giving you a window to the city in a way that will make you feel you’re there.

Where to Watch: Netflix

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4. New Season: Batwoman

We are very excited for the second season of Batwoman, which is slated to be a reinvention of the DC show.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Batwoman. Courtesy Photo.

Javicia Leslie replaces Ruby Rose in the titular role, bringing new life and new stories to Gotham. We loved the first episode, and are enjoying the suspense of a week-by-week rollout for the rest of the season.

Where to Watch: the free CW website and app; season one available on HBO Max

5. New Show: Bling Empire

In a strange paradox, there is often nothing more escapist – or, let’s face it, relaxing – than a season of reality TV. And we particularly loved Bling Empire, which has been the talk of the Internet for the last few weeks.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Bling Empire. Courtesy Photo.

Those who enjoyed Keeping up with the Kardashians will love watching this group of Asian and Asian-American socialites as they enjoy their best and most glamorous lives in Los Angeles. Especially if you’re missing big nights out right now, you can vicariously enjoy them here.

Where to Watch: Netflix

6. New Show: Belle Collective

This new show from Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network is a reality series featuring five of the most successful Black female entrepreneurs in Jackson, Mississippi.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Belle Collective. Courtesy Photo.

Watch as the Belles manage their friendships, relationships, and careers, and as they put aside their differences to transform Jackson’s mid-twentieth century historic district together. Episodes one and two are available now, and the rest will be released on a weekly rollout.

Where to Watch: OWN online or YouTube premium

7.  New Season: Search Party

Everyone’s favorite dark and murderous comedy is back for its fourth season. If you missed the first three seasons, you’re in luck, because now you have something amazing to do next weekend.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Search Party. Courtesy Photo.

When a woman goes missing, a group of her self-involved New Yorker acquaintances find themselves obsessed with the case, but they have no idea how dangerous and out-of-hand their involvement is going to become.

Where to Watch: HBO Max

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8. New Show: Trickster

This supernatural coming of age series originally aired in Canada this past fall, and we’re excited that the CW has now made it available in the United States. Jared, a teenager in British Columbia, finds his life turned upside down by a sudden spree of magical occurrences.

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The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Trickster. Courtesy Photo.

Incorporating the Indigenous mythology of the Trickster, this show is unlike anything we’ve seen before. And if you enjoy it, make sure to check out the novel by Eden Robinson, Son of a Trickster. New episodes available weekly.

Where to Watch: the free CW website and app

9. New Season: Dickinson

Dickinson flew a little under the radar during its first season, but now that season two is out we are hoping more people climb on board.

The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Dickinson. Courtesy Photo.

The show covers the life of teenage poet Emily Dickinson, who has a lot of trouble fitting in. We love the way the series balances the struggles of Dickinson’s own era with an exciting, modern sensibility.

Where to Watch: Apple TV+

10. New Show: Firefly Lane

Tully and Kate seem like an unlikely pair – Tully is the most popular girl at school, and Kate is a social outcast. But somehow, the two fit together, creating a once-in-a-lifetime bond that carries the two women to middle-age.

The best movies and TV series of what watch and stream to escape in 2021: Firefly Lane. Courtesy Photo.

Based on the novel by Kristin Hannah, this new series tells the story of a friendship that spans a lifetime, including its many up’s and down’s.

Where to Watch: Netflix

What to Watch and Stream to Escape right now

If you’re looking for an escape, and searching for some of the best new movies or TV series of winter 2021, those are our top picks  of what watch and stream. What’s at the top of your list, dear reader?

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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