Vincenzo (Netflix)

I know Squid Game is the K drama that took the world by storm, but I found so much on the Korean Netflix show Vincenzo. It’s a surreal black comedy, with hyper-violence, daring twists and a very flawed anti-hero trail. The characters are well written and it’s a great exploration of corporate corruption and capitalism, as well as a memorable scene where a flock of pigeons targets a hitman. Clara, 29, personal assistant, Kent

What We Do In The Shadows, Season Three (BBC Two)

In a year so often filled with devastating stories in the news, it was such a welcome relief to have this hilarious, bonkers mock-up vampire documentary to turn to on a darker day. What we are doing in the shadows is a delightfully ridiculous time. Dalton Valette, 25, business consultant, United States

Sick of sleep (Disney +)

A real revelation … Dopesick. Photograph: Antony Platt / HULU

I still have two episodes left, but wow! I was only recently aware of the opioid crisis in the United States by watching shows like Justified. But to see how one company put profit before safety and created this crisis is shocking. Then there are the people behind the scenes trying to fight back. It’s a real eye-opener and a tragic story with an incredible cast, script, and direction. David Gillson, 52, analyst, North Yorkshire

Midnight Mass (Netflix)

Midnight Mass.
A mix of Stephen King, Lost, Guillermo del Toro and Nietzsche … Midnight Mass. Photograph: Eike Schroter / Netflix

My family and friends are tired of asking them if they have ever seen midnight mass. Located in a tiny fishing village miles from modernity, Midnight Mass is what you get when you take Stephen King, Lost, Guillermo del Toro, and Nietzsche, and put them in a blender. It’s full of goosebumps, but the writing is top notch. Each character is well balanced, so by the time things start to get crazy you’re really invested. Tom Stokes, 27, student, London

Time (BBC One)

Time is a blunt, sometimes shocking, but realistic portrayal of crime, the prison regime, and real human weaknesses. The acting of the actors, especially Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, is excellent. Unlike many serialized dramas these days, it was limited to a small number of episodes, which kept the energy and momentum at a high level. It left me emotionally drained – in a positive way. Kieran Gordon, 63, Wirral

It’s a sin (Channel 4)

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Viewing should be mandatory … It’s a sin. Photograph: Ben Blackall / Channel 4

It is a sin should be mandatory viewing. This wonderful TV series takes us back to the AIDS crisis and gives us a special glimpse of the times as we follow its characters through terror, confusion and pleasure. No one could have done better than Russell T Davies and the superb cast, and I want to thank them all. Heather, volunteer, Wales

Succession, season three (Sky Atlantic)

I wish I could light up a hidden gem that deserves more attention, but I kept coming back to a show. Succession dominates most other televisions for the quality of its writing, its acting and its construction of the world. While the show is strained almost to the point of an aneurysm, it’s also funny: Roman’s text message indiscretion towards the end of the series was just the kind of unexpected twist that made you cringe and laugh. same time. It’s impossible to mention every delight – even the melody of the theme is amazing. Graham, 41, researcher, Stockport

Our Yorkshire Farm, season five (Channel 5)

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A lesson worthy of all of us … Our Yorkshire farm. Photography: Canal 5

Our Yorkshire Farm follows a lovely family who work together in a beautiful but challenging area of ​​the Yorkshire Dales. It is heartwarming to see love and companionship across the range of ages, and inspiring to see parents raising large families where each of their children contributes with confidence, joy and happiness. The absence of materialism in their lives is an lesson worthy of all of us. Our nation should be proud of everything this program shows us. Jerry Latham, 88, retired, Uttoxeter

Young Royals (Netflix)

Young Royals is a Swedish drama set in an elite boarding school. It’s all there: love, intrigue, jealousy, death and betrayal, all wrapped up in a layer of class division, rights and privileges. It’s utterly captivating, and the cliffhangers might teach some British writers a thing or two. Charles Webber, 58, artist, London

Ghosts, Series Three (BBC One)

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Completely charming and fun … Ghosts. Photography: Robbie Gray / BBC / Monumental Television

The best find for me in 2021, a year when I desperately needed a smile and a laugh, was the haunted house sitcom Ghosts. I found it on BBC iPlayer and was completely charmed and amused. I watched series one and two and happily discovered a third series in the fall. I watch it over and over and I feel like an old friend. Katie Tunnicliffe, 61, Sheffield

A House Through Time (BBC Two)

It’s non-fiction to me. My favorite was the last of David Olusoga’s A House Through Time programs. I think it is a quiet work of genius, but immense. It is the story through the lens of ordinary people and ordinary places, using a single house as a brilliant storytelling device. As a provincial it’s wonderful to see places outside of London being explored. How they even find homes with such incredible stories must be worth a program in its own right. Mat Jordan, IT Project Manager for the NHS, Sheffield

Maid (Netflix)

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Brutal and brilliant … Maid. Photography: Ricardo Hubbs / Netflix

The best show I watched this year was the Maid miniseries. It’s brutal at times, but balanced with genuine emotion. Margaret Qualley was fantastic in the lead role of a housekeeper who dreams of being a writer, but almost overshadowed by her mother (played by her real mother Andie MacDowell). Jonathan, 39, lawyer, New York, United States

Easttown Mare (Sky Atlantic)

The only series that blew me away was Mare of Easttown. Kate Winslet is giving a career defining performance as the moody and troubled cop Mare Sheehan, whose dedication to her job and the townspeople she loves often leads her into further trouble. The plot twists and turns, so you never guess what the truth was and how it will play out. Intertwined with the dark drama, there is a lot of laughs to lighten the mood. Kevin Oxley, 59, Head of Technical Services at the University of Hull, Sheffield

The Outlaws (BBC One)

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Bitter perversity … The Outlaws. Photograph: Gavin Bond / BBC / Big Talk / Four Eyes

The Outlaws is Stephen Merchant at his best. Bristol has a special place in my heart. The accent, cadence, and perversely sharp humor bring back poignant memories of life in the West Country. I appreciated the characters (a group of offenders in community service) for their faithful portrayal of all that is personal and moral, without ignoring the costs these choices have on society as a whole. Anonymous, Malta

Grayson Perry Art Club (Channel 4)

Grayson Perry’s Art Club was my favorite show of 2021 – it was a great mix of the inner workings of an artist and enthusiastic audience members, with heartwarming stories and struggles. The exhibit was inspiring; something positive to aim for in these dark times. I love how it encouraged us to be creative. Kitty, 59, student, Scarborough