ILX's Best Television of 2021 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends After January 31, 2022

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Here is a link to the complete list of this year's nominated shows and YouTubes:
Nominate the Best TV/Web/Streaming Series of 2021 - Nominations Closing January 10
also here: https://pastebin.com/3qgPF5J2

Here's previous years' threads for reference:
Top 77 Television and Streaming Video Series of 2019
ILX’s Top 77 Television and Streaming Video Series of 2020

Fans of prior years' polls will be happy to hear that Moka is back on board again to do images for the roll-out.

You can vote for as many as 25 shows but I AM ENCOURAGING YOU (YES YOU) TO SUBMIT A BALLOT EVEN IF YOU’VE ONLY WATCHED THREE OR FOUR SHOWS THIS YEAR… or even just one! We get about 50 votes for this poll in past years but, given our collective obsessive pandemic watch habits, I think we should be able to represent an even broader slice of the ILX audience. Can we get to 100 ballots? Lurkers are welcome! Participate daggummit!

This poll is set up so that both people who only watched a little television as well as massive media nerds like myself could have equal opportunity to play and influence voting, so here is how scoring works:

If you want to submit an unranked ballot, please note at the top of your email and I’ll give every show you nominate 8 points.

If you want a ranked ballot, please note that when you submit it and, regardless of how many shows you vote for, here’s how your ballot will be scored:

  • Your #1 show gets 15 points.
  • Your #2 show gets 15 points.
  • Your #3 show gets 10 points.
  • Your #4 show gets 10 points.
  • Your #5 show gets 10 points.
  • Your #6 to #10 shows get 5 points apiece.
  • Your #11 to #20 shows get 3 points apiece.
  • Your #21 to #25 shows get 1 point apiece.
In either case, if you list more than 25 shows on your ballot, I’ll ignore everything after 25.And just to keep things interesting (and inscrutable), to better measure our general enthusiasm for a show, 5 extra bonus points will be awarded for every five votes (ranked or unranked) for a nominee.

Placement tiebreakers are determined by Number of Votes / Number of #1 votes / Number of top five picks, in that order. Every vote counts!

As much as humanly possible, please make your ballot's choices pertain only to seasons and episodes that were released in 2020.

It's not required , but along with your poll vote, feel free to submit an unranked list of the five television or streaming series you liked best and/or saw for the first time this year that were NOT released in 2020 and we'll do a round-up of those as well.

Send your ballots to forksclovetofu at gmail.com

Voting ends on MIDNIGHT (US EST) on Monday, January 31 / Tuesday, February 1. I'll aim to post the winners shortly after we finish the ILM Music polls, once Moka has time to handle images. In the meantime, please use this thread to ask questions and campaign on the shows you think deserve the win and to drum up voters.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 18:35 (one week ago) link

And heck, here's the nominees:

100 Foot Wave s1 - HBO
1971 - Apple
50 States of Fright s1 - Hulu/Quibi
AP Bio s4 - Peacock
Action Button (YouTube)
Agua Donkeys s1 - Hulu/Quibi
All That Glitters s1 - Netflix
American Crime Story: Impeachment - FX
And Just Like That s1 - HBO
Arcane s1 - Netflix
Around the World in 80 Days s1 - BBC1/PBS
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens s2 - Comedy Central/HBO
Back on the Record with Bob Costas s1 - HBO
Beyond Evil s1 - JTBC/Netflix
Bizarre Beasts - YouTube
Black and Missing s1 - HBO
Blown Away s2 - Netflix
Blown Away: Christmas - Netflix
Blue Period s1 - Crunchyroll
Bluey s3 - Disney
Bosch s7 - Amazon
Brand New Cherry Flavor s1 - Netflix
Brooklyn Nine Nine s8 - NBC
Buffering s1 - iTV
Call My Agent s2/3 - Netflix
Can't Get You Out of my Head s1 - BBC
Centaurworld s1 - Netflix
Chad s1 - TBS
Chair s1 - Netflix
Channel 5 (YouTube)
City of Ghosts s1 - Netflix
Curb Your Enthusiasm - s11 HBO
Day of the Dead s1 - Syfy
Defunctland - YouTube
Desus and Mero s3 - Showtime
Dexter: New Blood s1 - Showtime
Dog House s2 - Channel 4
Doom Patrol s3 - HBO
Dopesick s1 - Hulu
Dr. Brain s1 - Netflix
Dug Days s1 - Disney
Elves s1 - Netflix
Evil s2 - Paramount+
Expanse s5/s6 - Amazon
Exterminate All the Brutes s1 - HBO
F is for Family s5 - Netflix
Falcon and the Winter Soldier s1 - Disney
Fisk s1 - ABC Aussie
Flatbush Misdemeanors s1 - Showtime
For All Mankind s2 - Apple
Foundation s1 - Apple
Generation Hustle s1 - HBO Max
Get Back: The Beatles - Disney
Ghosts (US) s1 - CBS
Ghosts s3 - BBC1
Girls5Eva s1 - Peacock
Graham Norton Show - BBC1
Great British Bake Off s12 - Netflix/ Channel 4
Great British Sewing Bee s7 - BBC
Great Pottery Throw Down s3 - BBC2
Hacks s1 - HBO
Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker s1 - Channel 4
Hawkeye s1 - Disney
Heels s1 - Starz
Hellbound s1 - Netflix
Hello Jack! s1 - Apple
High on the Hog s1 - Netflix
Home Economics s1/2 - ABC
Hospital Playlist s2 - Netflix
Hospital s7 - BBC2
House Through Time s4 - BBC2
How To with John Wilson s2 - HBO
Hunt For A Killer s1 - BBC Four
I Think You Should Leave s2 - Netflix
Insecure - s5 - HBO
Inside No. 9 s6 - BBC
Invincible s1 - Amazon
Iron Pineapple (YouTube)
It's A Sin s1 - Channel 4
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia s15 - FX
Jeopardy s∞- Syndicated
Jo Firestone's Good Timing - Peacock
Joe Pera Talks With You s3 - Adult Swim
Kevin Can F**k Himself s1 - AMC
Kid Cosmic s1 - Netflix
Kim's Convenience s5 - CBC/Netflix
Kings (Duran, Hagler, Hearns, Sugar Ray) s1 - Showtime
Landscapers - Sky/HBO
Last Week Tonight s8 - HBO
Lego Masters s2 - Fox
Let's Make a Mug Too s1/2 - Crunchyroll
Letterkenny s10 - Hulu
Line of Duty s6 - BBC
Lockpicking Lawyer - YouTube
Loki s1 - Disney
Long Call s1 - ITV
Looney Tunes Cartoons s2 - HBO
Lost in Space s3 - Netflix
Lupin s1/2 - Netflix
MacGruber s1 - Peacock
Maid s1 - Netflix
Mare of Easttown s1 - HBO
Matt McMuscles's Wha Happun? - YouTube
Maya and the Three s1 - Netflix
McCartney 3,2,1 s1 - Hulu
Midnight Mass s1 - Netflix
Midsomer Murders s22 - ITV
Mister Inbetween s3 - FX
Money Heist s5 - Netflix
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing s4 - BBC2
Mosquito Coast s1 - Apple
Motherland s3 - BBC2
Murders at Starved Rock - HBO
Mythic Quest s2 - Apple
Never Have I Ever s2 - Netflix
North Water s1 - AMC
Nuclear Family - HBO
Odd Taxi s1 - Crunchyroll
On Cinema at the Cinema s12 - HEI
Only Connect s17- BBC 2
Only Murders In The Building s1 - Hulu
Outlaws s1 - BBC1
PEN15 s2 pt 2- Hulu
Painting with John s1 - HBO
Pause with Sam Jay s1 - HBO
Philly D.A. s1 - PBS
Physical s1 - Apple
Pit Stop - YouTube
Pretend It's a City s1 - Netflix
Pui Pui Molcar s1 - Netflix
Q: Into the Storm - HBO
Real World Homecoming: New York - Paramount
Repair Shop s7 - BBC1/Netflix
Reservation Dogs s1 - FX
Rick and Morty s5 - Adult Swim
Rosehaven s5
RuPaul's Drag Race UK s2 and s3 - BBC
Ryukahr (YouTube)
Saturday Morning All Star Hits! s1 - Netflix
Scenes From A Marriage s1 - HBO
Schmigadoon s1 - Apple
Secrets of the Museum s2 - BBC2
Sex Education s3 - Netflix
Sex Lives of College Girls s1 - HBO
Shadow and Bone s1 - Netflix
Shaturday Morning Cartoons - YouTube
Silent Sea s1 - Netflix
Snackmasters s4 - Channel 4
So I'm a Spider So What s1 - Crunchyroll
Sonny Boy s1 - Crunchyroll
Sort Your Life Out s1 - BBC
South Side s2 - HBO
Squid Game s1 - Netflix
Staged s2 - BBC1
Star Trek: Lower Decks s2 - Paramount
Star Wars Visions - s1 - Disney
Starstruck s1 - BBC3
Stath Lets Flats s3 - Channel 4
Station Eleven s1 - HBO
Stephen s1 - ITV
Strictly Come Dancing s19 - BBC1
Succession s3 - HBO
Sweet Home s1 - Netflix
Sweet Tooth s1 - Netflix
Technology Connections - YouTube
Ted Lasso s2 - Apple
The Other Two s2 - Comedy Central/HBO
The Problem with Jon Stewart s1 - Apple
Them s1 - Amazon
This Time with Alan Partridge s2 - BBC1
This Way Up s2 - Channel 4
This is Pop s1 - Netflix


Trying s2 - Apple
UNHHhhh s6 - Wow Presents Plus
Ultra City Smiths s1 - AMC
Underground Railroad s1 - Amazon
Unforgotten s4 - ITV
University Challenge s51 -BBC2
Uprising - BBC1
VCR Party Live! - YouTube
Veritasium - YouTube
Vic Berger and Vice News: Filling the Void - YouTube
Videogamedunkey (YouTube)
Vigil s1 - BBC
WandaVision s1 - Disney
We Are Lady Parts s1 - Channel 4
Wellington Paranormal s3 - TVNZ2 /CW/HBO
What We Do in the Shadows s3 - Hulu
Wheel of Time s1 - Amazon
White Lotus s1 - HBO
Why Are You Like This? s1 - ABC Aussie
Witcher s2 - Netflix
Work in Progress s2 - Showtime
Worzel Gummidge s2 - BBC
Y the Last Man s1 - Hulu
Yasuke s1 - Netflix
Yellowjackets s1 - Showtime
Ziwe s1 - Showtime

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 18:39 (one week ago) link

forks looks like you linked last years thread into the nom thread

Spottie, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 18:56 (one week ago) link

good catch, fixed.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 19:19 (one week ago) link

This is Pop s1 - Netflix
Strictly Come Dancing s19 - BBC1

Rabbit Pen Warren (Leee), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 20:15 (one week ago) link

Okay, got it.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 20:31 (one week ago) link

now you guys go make 100 people vote!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 20:33 (one week ago) link

Voted!

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:12 (one week ago) link

I didnt get a chance to nom one I'dve voted for, Law and Order Organised Crime, its actually been good for such a long in the tooth show.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 23:06 (one week ago) link

Oh and ST Disco! Did no one want that even in the list!?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 23:13 (one week ago) link

Gah and Inside Job (the animated show)

.... I dont suppose we can do write in votes? I'm in a diff timezone to most of ILX and I keep missing threads when they move along.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 23:16 (one week ago) link

Write in if you want as long as it's a show that had three or more new episodes in 2021 and that didn't place last year... but I would campaign hard here if you expect to see it place!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 00:23 (one week ago) link

Two earlybird voters already, I recommend you beat the crowd and just throw in a ballot for whatever's on your mind... doesn't need to be a big thing!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 00:24 (one week ago) link

WRITE INS/MISSED NOMS:
Resident Alien
ST Disco
Inside Job
L&O: Organized Crime

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 02:24 (one week ago) link

they're legit, feel free to vote for em!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 06:59 (one week ago) link

Is Inside Job worth sticking with? Watched the first few episodes but couldn't really get into it

groovypanda, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 08:36 (one week ago) link

4 ballots! Hey, why don't you send me your hastily assembled ballot tonight?

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:24 (one week ago) link

I feel like there should be a way to assign negative points to something you watched the beginning of and thought was bad!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:31 (one week ago) link

Campaigning: OK it's weird to stump for something I have not in fact watched but I just started South Side with season 1, a show I feel like I've never heard people talk about, and if season 2 is nearly as good it deserves serious consideration. Just plain old simple sitcom funniness, but so many shows fail at this! I will try to have s2 at least part-watched before the deadline so I can vote for it.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:33 (one week ago) link

Though the best "not much to it but just plain funny and there seems to be no chatter about it" show I watched this year was The Other Two.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:33 (one week ago) link

4 ballots! Hey, why don't you send me your hastily assembled ballot tonight?

― i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:24 PM (fourteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

still catching up on things! there's so much tv

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:41 (one week ago) link

Is Inside Job worth sticking with?

I'm enjoying it! Wasnt fussed with ep1 but yeah it got good. But you have to be into loads of popculture/metaref riffing. I'm here for Christian Slater's angry fuckup dad, he's great in this. And it understandably has the vibe of Gravity Falls (but quite a bit ruder).

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:57 (one week ago) link

South Side is fucking great and season 2 is as good as season 1 if not better.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:06 (six days ago) link

VC, don't let perfect be the enemy of good!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:06 (six days ago) link

I have 2 shows I want to finish watching before voting. On the plus side I actually watched enough TV this year to make a top 10 list.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 14 January 2022 00:23 (five days ago) link

Yeah I decided I'll submit after one more show (Station Eleven). I'm probably making a top 20 list this year!

Vinnie, Friday, 14 January 2022 04:32 (five days ago) link

Voted!

mike t-diva, Friday, 14 January 2022 10:48 (five days ago) link

Voted, because face it, I won't get to see most of these Oscar movies until after the Oscars anyway.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 15 January 2022 02:17 (four days ago) link

lol wrong poll

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 15 January 2022 02:18 (four days ago) link

7 votes! I love the early energy! If you know you're only gonna vote for like ten shows, why not get your ballot in over the weekend?

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 15 January 2022 03:51 (four days ago) link

Point of fact: there are now over 200 shows listed as nominated.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 16 January 2022 02:07 (three days ago) link

I completely slept on the nominations phase of this poll, so I would like to suggest the following:

Things I would very much rep for:
GeoWizard Missions (YouTube)
Dickinson S2 and S3 (Apple TV+)
Dear White People S4 (Netflix)

Things that I might decide to pad out my ballot with:
Murder Among the Mormons S1 (Netflix)
Couple’s Therapy S2 (Showtime)
Special S2 (Netflix)
Starstruck S1 (BBC)
Motherland S3 (BBC)
Atypical S4 (Netflix)
Superstore S6 (Netflix)
Love Is Blind: After the Altar (Netflix)
Love on the Spectrum S2 (Netflix)
Love is Blind: Brazil (S1, Netflix)
Project Runway S19 (Bravo)
Tiger King S2 (Netflix)
The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (Netflix)
The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Netflix)

tangent x (tangenttangent), Sunday, 16 January 2022 11:56 (three days ago) link

voted ...

that's not my post, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 05:15 (yesterday) link

NB: if i haven't written you back and you've submitted a ballot, i haven't seen it!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 18 January 2022 06:17 (yesterday) link

10 ballots and over 90 shows already voted for. Consensus is going to be hard to come by and every vote is likely to sway the final totals!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 02:56 (seven hours ago) link


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