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The series “The Squid Game” steals the limelight in the best of 2021

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MADRID (EFE) .— “The squid game” was the surprise and great success of the year in the world of series in 2021, which closed in a big way “La casa de papel”, but when these two Netflix productions were the most popular the quality came from “Succession” (HBO) or “Wandavision” (Disney +).

It is impossible to make a list by item with the avalanche of premieres this year, so Efe’s list also appreciates its originality and its possibility of premiering.

Violent, raw, dramatic, bloody and immensely addicting, the series “Squid Game” premiered in September without advertising; Little did Netflix know that this survival game, which saw 456 contestants (sometimes literally) stretching their eyes to win a contest, was going to be the most-watched proposition in its history, with 142 million viewers in its first 28 days of broadcast.

Something special since its inception, because its creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, unknown in the west, wanted to capture the economic struggles and inequalities of his country, the first surprise was that the series swept through the smallest and caused panic among many parents, like Mal that a wave of tweets shut you out if you weren’t a follower.

Divided into two parts, the final season of “La casa de papel” ended the most-watched robbery in television history in Spain and was a huge international success (according to Netflix data, the series had 1,832 million views) the first 28 days of the five Seasons).

With a first part of five chapters of pure warfare and another five episodes devoted to nostalgia and farewell, the series created by Álex Pina said goodbye in style and became the second most popular in Netflix history. Tokyo, Nairobi, Rio, The Professor and Co. said goodbye to the series that changed Spanish fiction – with an ending that satisfied fans as it did not generate much criticism.

Chris Van Dusen’s “Bridgerton,” based on Julia Quinn’s bestsellers, is set in the competitive world of London’s high society, where young women search for husbands at court introductions. The series generated a legion of followers who are already looking forward to the second season.

The choice of their protagonists – the attractive Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton) and Regé-Jean Page (Simon Basset) – was undoubtedly decisive for the massive continuation of the series (the most watched on the platform up to “The Game of Squid”). ), but also their incredible costumes and romantic stories.

The seven-part series “Mare Of Easttown,” which was released in April 2021, portrays the life of a small town in Pennsylvania through the investigations that a local detective – the formidable Kate Winslet – carried out in her area to solve the death of a girl; In between, she also has to fight for custody of her grandson.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany repeat their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision – played in other Marvel films – in Wandavision, a tribute to the American sitcoms of the 1950s and 1960s, with the inclusion of these two overpowering creatures in Idyllic Life on the outskirts, until one day they suspect that not everything is what it seems.

The anticipation of the series “The Mandalorian”, which anticipated the universe of “Star Wars” created by George Lucas, lasted all year 2021 with the adventures of Din Djarin, the Mandalorian played by Pedro Pascal (although he has not seen to the end becomes)), a lone archer out of reach of the Republic whose mission is to protect one of Disney + ‘s most adorable characters, Baby Yoda, Grogu.

Without being a rigorous musical, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” includes essential musical numbers in all of its episodes to follow the plot, as protagonist Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) inadvertently listens to the most intimate desires of those around her through songs she makes sing, a situation that only his neighbor Mo (Alex Newell) knows.

“La fortuna”, the first series by Alejandro Amenábar, was stylishly presented on the Spanish platform Movistar +, with an impressive technical calculation to guide you through the story of the “Odyssey Falls” and the recovery of the treasure of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las. to navigate Mercedes. Its success brought it to German television and in January it premiered on AMC in Latin America, Great Britain and the USA.

The series with Álvaro Mel, Ana Polvorosa, Stanley Tucci and Clarke Peters is an adaptation of the comic book “El tesoro del Cisne Negro” by Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral. It is a pure adventure story that tells how the young diplomat Álex Ventura (Mel) unwittingly becomes the leader of the mission to recover the underwater treasure stolen by an American adventurer (Tucci).

Created together with Claudia Costafreda and starring Ana Rujas, “Cardo” from the Atresmedia Player platform became one of the surprises of the year, so that the magazine “Variety” (the film Bible) placed it in 3rd place in its international magazine Top series 2021.

An honest and unsweetened generation portrait, the focus of which is Maria in her late 30s, who works in a flower shop and is obsessed with enjoying a kind of aimless forward flight. Sex, drugs or alcohol spice up a series that differs from all other Spaniards with youth as the protagonist.


Although the addicts of the series were already behind the result of the great “Succession” created by Jesse Armstrong and released in 2018, no one had any idea what dimensions the third season would reach, especially if the subject of the production is not 99.9%. of the world’s population: the lives of the richest people in the world.

Successful occupation

Perhaps that’s why it is so successful: with characters at the height of Shakespeare’s tragedies – Brian Cox (the patriarch Logan Roy) and his children Roman (Kieran Culkin), Siobhan (Sara Snook), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Connor ( Alan Jerk). ) – the series revolves around its own axis in the most unexpected, disillusioning and treacherous maneuvers: the goal of changing so that everything stays the same.

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