Covid-19. That’s all anyone’s been able to talk about for more than a year. The endless quarantining and social distancing have taken a toll on everyone—and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. 

With all the schoolwork and stress piling on, TV show have helped many of us through rough patches and boring weekends, while Netflix parties have helped us miss our friends a little less. As Ontario works its way through a second state of emergency, and we extend our lockdown stays at home, we could all use a hefty dose of escapism. So, here are some must-needed TV shows that we can look forward to this year.

Fate: The Winx Saga

This supernatural coming-of-age story follows a group of fairies as they learn to master their powers and fight the masters that threaten their world. Having premiered on Netflix in January, Fate: The Winx Saga is sure to satisfy fans of Stranger Things and Shadowhunter, and is a stellar option to open your 2021 viewing with.

Firefly Lane

Two best friends, Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke), have stuck by each other through the toughest of times since their teen years. Now in their forties, the duo struggles to keep the bond alive as they lead different lives. Firefly Lane is a heartfelt, slice-of-life TV series that offers a possible glimpse into the future for young adult viewers.

Legacies, Season Three 

After season two’s shocking cliff-hanger, it’s safe to assume all fans of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals are eager to know what comes next. With season three already releasing weekly episodes on Amazon Prime Video, fans don’t have to wait to witness Hope Mikaelson’s (Danielle Rose) legacy. Where the show takes us in its next episodes is anyone’s guess, but we’re ready for the wicked mystery.

The Flash, Season Seven

After a two-year hiatus, the fastest man in Central city is blitzing back to our screens in early March, this time on the hunt for his missing wife. The CW will air all episodes of season seven, which many suspect will be the last season in the series. The Flash is essential viewing for all DC fans and even for followers of Star Wars and The Avengers.

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone follows Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a soldier who unearths an extraordinary power that could unite her world after decades of villainous shadow. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s “Grishaverse” novels, the show will debut on Netflix in April and has already created quite the buzz amongst fans of the original book series. For those unfamiliar with the books, Shadow and Bone will be an edge-of-your-seat dive into an immersive Harry Potter-esque magical world.

Stranger Things, Season Four

After its first season dropped from obscurity in 2016, the unique sci-fi thriller, Stranger Things, skyrocketed among Netflix’s most-watched shows and became adored by people of all ages. While the previous season (spoiler alert) ended with heartbreak, a viral teaser for season four gives everyone hope that Hopper is still alive—somewhere. 

Shooting for season four was initially suspended because of Covid-19, and while details are scarce, the show will reportedly return later this year. With Millie Bobby Brown reprising the role as the telekinetic Eleven, her and her gang of friends look to face bigger and perhaps bloodier adventures in Hawkins. 

You, Season Three

It’s the series about a sociopathic stalker that we all know and love, and it’s set to return later this year for its third season. Fans are eager to know who Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) might stalk and, possibly, kill this season. While the release date isn’t confirmed, whenever season three arrives, it’ll certainly make you quiver in your seat.  

Lucifer, Season Five, Part Two

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is obviously a fan favourite amongst young adults—because who wouldn’t want to see a handsome devil play a detective? Season five was only partially released due to the pandemic, with the rest expected to arrive later this year. The second half is highly anticipated considering part one left us on a biblical cliff-hanger: God himself showing up.

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