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The 5 Best and the 5 Worst of 2021 TV, So Far

Nicole Kidman on Nine Perfect Strangers, and Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder on Hacks. Photo Credit: HBO Max and Hulu.

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The 5 Best of 2021 TV:

Even with the pandemic shutting down the production of many current shows, 2021 still managed to pull off some darn good TV. Give it up for streaming services that totally blew cable television out of the water.

Here are 5 TV shows you NEED to add to your watchlist.

1. Hacks (HBO Max)

HBO Max’s Hacks deserved every Emmy it received and every Emmy it didn’t receive. The talented Jean Smart stars as Deborah Vance a fading comedian who teams up with canceled comedy writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder). An unlikely pairing eventually finds their connection and their way in this hilarious series.

The show manages to be everything and more even though the concept is pretty basic. So, despite what you might think from the trailer, you won’t be disappointed.

2. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

It’s been forever since Steve Martin and Martin Short teamed up together to bring quality entertainment. And this time they’ve teamed up with Selena Gomez on Only Murders in the Building! Truly an unusual group, but one that works surprisingly well.

In this comedic mystery, the three come together to create a podcast in which they work to solve a murder in their building. When they dig deeper, stories are unraveled, and trust wavers. Although, the one thing that stays constant is the humor and overabundance of Steve Martin’s dad jokes.

3. Mare of Easttown (HBO Max)

Kate Winslet. Need I say more?

In this murder mystery, Mare is the police officer tasked with solving a murder in her small Pennsylvanian town. The twist at the end will leave you speechless, and reeling in awe. Mare of Easttown has A+ acting and a storyline that will have you coming back for more.

4. Squid Game (Netflix)

You’ll have to put subtitles on for this one unless you speak Korean, but I promise it’s more than worth it. Squid Game received widespread recognition over Tik Tok and is now No. 1 on Netflix’s trending list and potentially its biggest show ever.

It is gory and well-produced. And you’ll want to binge it all at once! A group of people who are in debt fight to stay alive and to win the grand prize of ₩4.5 billion. Who will prevail and who will die?

5. Firefly Lane (Netflix)

This one might be an unpopular opinion since Rotten Tomatoes didn’t like it, but I did. Two best friends Kate and Tully have known each other since high school. Kate has lived in the shadow of Tully their entire friendship but is living the life Tully ultimately wants.

Drama ensues throwing a wrench into their decades-long friendship. Firefly Lane is an easy watch and verges on cheesy, yet it’s entertaining and you’ll be left wanting a season 2 to answer important questions.

The 5 Worst of 2021 TV:

And while there is good TV, there is certainly bad TV. Many of these either had unbearable plots, endings that tanked the entire show, or were downright boring.

Here’s a list of 5 shows you should avoid at all costs.

1. Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)

Ouch, even Nicole Kidman couldn’t save this show. Nine Perfect Strangers is based on the book of the same name, but in order to provide a fresh and new perspective, it refrains from repeating the novel’s storyline.

Each episode dragged a bit, and while the characters were interesting and given depth, the plot and resolution failed. And sorry, but Nicole Kidman’s attempt at a Russian accent made everything a bit tacky. In short, it’s about a healing retreat that strives to help a group of visitors heal from their past traumas.

2. Cruel Summer (Freeform)

Initially, this show had great potential. However, its ending completely ruined everything it was doing right. Cruel Summer is a thriller about a young girl who goes missing and the nuances within her abduction.

It plays into some obvious tropes and many of its twists are predictable. Watch at your own risk!

3. Genera(t)ion (HBO Max)

There were some good characters and decent storylines, but altogether this show just didn’t work. A majority of the characters were unlikable and it tried too hard to push the boundaries.

Genera(+)ion brings to life a group of high schoolers, some of whom are figuring out their gender and sexual identities. It attempts to dig deeper into the lives and minds of Gen Zers and how the internet affects and shapes their adolescence.

4. Gossip Girl 2021 (HBO Max)

Let’s just say the original Gossip Girl deserved to stay untouched. The Gossip Girl 2021 reboot was terrible and so obviously created by an out-of-touch group of adults that were trying to appeal to Gen Z.

The only thing I can applaud is the diversity within the casting. But other than that, the storyline about teachers creating a troll Instagram account to try and keep their students inline? Implausible and downright ridiculous.

5. Solos (Amazon Prime)

With big names like Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and Constance Wu, you’d think this show would’ve done better. But, Solos goes to show that good actors can’t save bad writing.

Each episode of this seven-part series attempts to provide a groundbreaking meaning behind humanity. Almost like it tried to one-up Black Mirror, but got it all wrong. Since it was shot during COVID it kept every character isolated to one room, which was a cool concept in theory. However, the monologues were dry making the length of each episode excruciating to sit through.

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Will There Be a Season 3 of ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Will There Be a Third Season of 'Firefly Lane'?

Since Firefly Lane recently aired its second season, many fans have been wondering whether or not the series about two best friends, Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke), will return for a third season. 

Unfortunately, Netflix announced that the second will be the last, meaning that a third season will not be happening. 

However, there is some good news on the horizon.

Even though Firefly Lane will end with a second season, it will be a supersized season with a total of 16 episodes. 

The first 9 episodes aired on December 2, 2022, while the remaining 7 will hit the streaming giant on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

In a way, it kind of feels like there are three seasons because of the months-long hiatus between the two parts of the second season.

The first half, Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1, ended on quite a cliffhanger with Kate learning that she has stage 3 breast cancer. As she attempted to reach out to her longtime bestie to find comfort and make amends, she missed her by mere moments, as Tully accepted a job in Antarctica and left for the airport. The two have been on the outs for a few months following an accident involving Kate’s daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and Tully

It’s unclear how the adventure of these two best friends will conclude, but Netflix did leave fans with a bit of a teaser that brings the narrative into the present-day—10 years into the future—to Tully’s wedding day. Kate is nowhere in sight, leaving some fans to wonder if she didn’t survive, while an anxious Johnny (Ben Lawson) waits near the altar with Kate’s brother, leading some fans to theorize that Johnny and Tully are getting married

We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out when the second half of the season drops this summer! 

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Does Kate Die on ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 ended on quite a devastating cliffhanger. 

After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer during a doctor’s visit, Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) bolted to Tully Hart’s (Katherine Heigl) penthouse apartment to seek out comfort and make amends. The former best friends were not on speaking terms at the time, but the soul-crushing news forced Kate to reach out to the only person she’s ever trusted. Sadly, they missed each other by mere moments—as Kate got off the elevator to visit her friend, Tully got on the elevator with her bags to hop on a plane for a months-long assignment in Antarctica.

Of course, fans immediately started wondering if Kate would survive the ordeal come Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2. 

The Netflix drama is based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name, so if you’ve read the book, there’s a good chance you know how this is going to end. That being said, the series has also deviated from the book on occasion, so it’s possible that the events won’t pan out in the same way, leaving fans on their toes and in for a wild ride. 

In Firefly Lane Season 2 Episode 9, Kate is told she has a “rare and very aggressive” form of breast cancer, which doesn’t bode well for the character regardless of what happens in the book. Life expectancy and survival rates are improving all the time, and Kate does have a solid support system, so selfishly, we hope she makes it out. 

Spoiler—in the novel, Kate does die from the disease, with fans getting to see Tully pick up the pieces and try to be there for Kate’s family, including her daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and her significant other, Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson).

Again, it’s unclear if that’s what will happen in the Netflix series as well.

Netflix gave fans a quick preview into Part 2, which seemed to cause even more confusion.

The 10-year flash-forward scene seems to take place at Tully’s wedding—and it definitely looks as though Tully is marrying Johnny, which would indicate that Kate died. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the flash forward, she does give Johnny and Tully the a-okay to get married in the books. Prior to her death, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

Only time—and the final season—will tell how Kate’s story will end.  Find out our theories on who Tully might be marrying. 

Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023,

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Who Does Tully Marry on ‘Firefly Lane’?

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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 has hooked fans, but it’s the “special teaser” at the conclusion of episode 9 that really has everyone talking. 

While the episode ended with Tully and Kate not on speaking terms, the clip from the second half of the final season jumps 10 years into the future, a timeline we haven’t yet visited.

And the clip is raising a lot of eyebrows as it seems to take place at Tully’s (Katherine Heigl) wedding.

Fans are all rooting for Tully to finally find love and settle down, but the specific clip is cut in a way that almost suggests that Tully is marrying Johnny (Ben Lawson), Kate’s (Sarah Chalke) husband. 

In the final moments of episode 9, Kate is diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, which forces her to reach out to make amends with Tully. Unfortunately, she misses her by seconds as Tully leaves her penthouse sweet to catch a flight to Antarctica on an assignment. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

The book may offer some insight into the upcoming nuptials—though, keep in mind, the show and the book vary slightly.

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the 10-year flash forward, in the books, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

This might lead some to believe that Tully is marrying Johnny in the show, however, it’s important to note that they do not get married in the book, nor do they get into a relationship. She does, however, make good on her promise and helps him raise the children while dealing with some personal struggles. 

So, if it’s not Johnny, why is he so nervous? It’s possible he just wants Tully to get this right. And it could very well be that the groom is Danny (Ignacio Serrichio), their former KPOC colleague and the one that got away. 

Does Tully Marry Danny?

The former couple split up because of career ambitions, and as fate would have it, years down the line, they ended up being penthouse neighbors and good friends. Danny, however, had a girlfriend, who even spent the holidays with Tully, so they remained good friends. Still, there was always an unspoken bond between Danny and Tully.

In the final moments of episode 9, before she jets off to Antarctica, Danny shows up to say goodbye and tells her that he’s always thinking about her, indicating that there are definitely still feelings on his part. 

Tully is a professional, so she doesn’t let the comment shake her, but I imagine that finding out your best friend has cancer might give her a new perspective on life—it’s too short, and you should follow your heart. From what I’ve seen, her heart has always pined for Danny all the years, so if I had to bet my money on it, I would say he’s the one she’s marrying in the flash forward, 

As they say, better late than never. 

Unfortunately, until Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023, we won’t know the answer for certain. 

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