From Netflix shows Shadow and Bone and Squid Game, to Kate Winslet starring in Mare of Easttown, these shows became hits only after their premieres. Photos: Netflix, HBO
From Netflix shows Shadow and Bone and Squid Game, to Kate Winslet starring in Mare of Easttown, these shows became hits only after their premieres. Photos: Netflix, HBO

8 biggest breakout TV shows of 2021, thanks to word of mouth – from Netflix’s Squid Game to Selena Gomez-lead Only Murders in the Building and Disney animated series What If … ?

  • Some of the year’s most successful TV shows, like HBO’s Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet in the lead role, scored low during their pre-launch screenings
  • Netflix shows Shadow and Bone, Bling Empire, Young Royals and Ginny and Georgia all became massive, critically acclaimed hits after their premieres

From Netflix shows Shadow and Bone and Squid Game, to Kate Winslet starring in Mare of Easttown, these shows became hits only after their premieres. Photos: Netflix, HBO
From Netflix shows Shadow and Bone and Squid Game, to Kate Winslet starring in Mare of Easttown, these shows became hits only after their premieres. Photos: Netflix, HBO
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