What are the best drama and comedy series?

When it comes to the best box sets for 2021, every streaming service – from Netflix and BBC iPlayer to ITV Hub – has something for everyone.

That’s a good thing, because lockdown in conjunction with the winter weather means that being outdoors is a scary prospect right now.

Fear not, however – from drama to comedy, here is everything you need to know.


Meg, Julia, Liz and Kevin in the Motherland Christmas Special (Image Credit: BBC)

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Motherland, BBC iPlayer

The brilliant sitcom starring Anna Maxwell Martin as a stressed-out mom in a competitive parenting community will return for its third series this year.

In the meantime, the first two series are available on iPlayer.

The snake, what happened to Monique?
You can watch all eight episodes of The Serpent (Credit: BBC)

The snake, BBC iPlayer

This 1970s serial killer drama is currently being played weekly on BBC One.

Read more: The snake on BBC One: Is Charles Sobhraj still alive and where is he now?

However, if you can’t wait to see the next episode, currently all eight installments are on iPlayer for you to watch.

Emma Chambers as Alice Tinker
Emma Chambers as Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, alongside Geraldine in Dawn French (Image Credit: BBC One)

The Vicar of Dibley, BBC iPlayer

If you’ve seen and enjoyed the last few lockdown specials, there is good news.

Dawn French’s classic 1990s sitcom about a pastor grappling with her new life in a fictional Oxfordshire village is available to watch in full on iPlayer.

That means three series and all holiday specials.

No, no, no, no … yes!


Mother of God! (Image credit: BBC)

Line Of Duty, BBC iPlayer

The Police’s Most Popular Corruption Show will return to the sixth series this year.

The good news, however, is that all five series are available on the iPlayer.

That means intrigue, fabulous guest stars and, Mother of God, loads of bent copper pieces.

Industry on BBC2
“Bonking and Banking” in Industry (Credit: BBC)

Industry BBC iPlayer

The drama “Bonking and Banking” tells the story of five graduates who do everything to secure a job at a top investment bank.

The boundaries between colleague, lover and enemy are often blurred in this eight-piece suit.

Who doesn’t like a little bonking and banking aside from all that competitive backstabbing?

The generic photo of the cast of Bay ITV
The Bay is back this month (Credit: ITV)

The bay, ITV hub

If crime thrillers are your thing, ITV’s The Bay returns for its second series on linear television later this month (January 2021).

However, you can catch up on the first series of the drama on ITV Hub.

In the first series, Morven Christie starred as the family liaison officer in Morecambe, who had a fruity sexual encounter with the prime suspect in a homicide investigation.

Succession on Now TV
You can watch both series of Succession on Now TV (Credit: Sky)

Succession, now television

Both series, one of the most talked about drama on television in 2020, are available on Sky’s catch-up series.

The multi-award-winning series focuses on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of the global media empire Waystar RoyCo.

They are all in control of the company through the aging patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox).

Addictive and wonderfully bitchy, a new third series is coming up in 2021.

The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix

What is this, a drama about chess?

The seven-part drama was an unexpected success at the end of 2020.

It tells the story of an orphaned chess miracle – Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) – who fights against alcohol and drug addiction on her way to becoming the world’s best chess player.

Schitt's Creek on Netflix
The Canadian comedy drama has won numerous awards (Credit: Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek, Netflix

There are six series and 80 episodes of this Canadian comedy drama to keep you occupied for a while.

It plays Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara as a spoiled, wealthy couple who are losing their fortune.

Nowhere else do they have to rebuild their lives in the small town of Schitt’s Creek – bought by their son as a joke.

This has won a ton of awards over the past year and is well worth the watch.


The fourth season of Crown (Image credit: Netflix)

The crown, Netflix

Yes, we know millions around the world have already seen it, but if you haven’t, all four series are still available on Netflix.

It tells the fictional story of the British royal family from the early years of Queen Elizabeth, when a young woman came into the spotlight and her marriage to Prince Philip.

Claire Foy plays the young queen and is replaced over the years by Olivia Colman.

And in the fourth series, Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson appears as Margaret Thatcher.

GLOW on Netflix
The female wrestling drama is hilarious and touching (Credit: Netflix)

GLOW, Netflix

This comedy-drama is set in the world of female wrestling in the 1980s.

Wear with us.

Fighting actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) audits for the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW), but she soon takes over life.

Three series are available with retro stylings and unforgettable characters.

Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet in Bridgerton (Image credit: Netflix)

Bridgerton, Netflix

The streaming giant’s latest global hit is Regency-era drama Bridgerton.

Based on the novel by Julia Quinn, it tells the story of eight closely related siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family who are trying to find love.

Read more: Bridgerton on Netflix: Where was it filmed and who are the cast and characters?

It shows Regé-Jean Page, Phoebe Dynevor, Nicola Coughlan and Claudia Jessie.

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