5 must-see animated series of 2021


2021 was not only the year of action-packed epics and biopics, but also the brilliant animated series that captured all hearts.

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the best animated or maybe must-see series of 2021. Here’s a look at the top five animated series, ranked from top to bottom.


5 animated series of 2021 you must see

1) What if … from Marvel?

An animated anthology series created by AC Bradley, What if…? explores alternate timelines in the multiverse that show what would happen if certain events in the MCU movies happened differently. The series is supported by narration from The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) alongside numerous MCU characters reprising their roles. It is available to stream on Disney +.

What if…? tops the list of must-see series not because it’s part of the Marvel Universe, but because it’s a visual feast for the beholder. Each episode has a different plot that revolves around a different character and their major moment. Seeing certain events unfold differently will send any Marvel fan into a frenzy, not least due to its mind-blowing action sequences.

by marvel What if…? has an IMDb rating of 7.5 and one 93% Score Rotten Tomatoes. The series has been renewed for another season after such a positive response from critics and viewers. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“It’s a relatively breezy and often humorous series that gives a bizarre and wacky twist to the Marvel timeline as we know it.”


2) inground days

Pixar animated shorts, Days dug revolves around the beloved Dug from the movie Up as he discovers the dangers of the suburbs. His adventures take place immediately after the film, with its owner Carl Fredricksen. The series is directed by Bob Peterson and is available to stream on Disney +.

Days dug looks like a cute little reminder of the beautiful Pixar movie Up, that’s why it’s on this list. Anyone who has loved this adorable golden retriever from the movie will love his daily adventures as he tries to adjust to the suburban lifestyle. The animated series also has appearances by Russell with Old Man Carl as one of the protagonists.

Days dug has an IMDb rating of 8.2 and one 100% to score on Rotten Tomatoes because who wouldn’t love an animated series about a dog? According to Common Sense Media:

“Pixar has once again captured the magic of the movie ‘Up’ in this delightful series of short films.”


3) Invincible

Invincible is an adult superhero animated series that revolves around Mark Grayson / Invincible, a 17-year-old who struggles with his personal life and superhero duties. He longs to live up to his father, the legendary Nolan Grayson / Omni-Man. The series is based on the Image Comic series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. Invincible is available to stream on Prime Video.

Invincible is an interesting watch because the world of comic book film adaptation has been ruled by Marvel and DC. The animated series shows another side of the superhero that cinematic universes usually don’t spotlight, as well as the fact that the characters were voiced by brilliant actors like Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, and JK Simmons.

Invincible has an IMDb rating of 8.7 and one 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. According to USA Today:

“The old-fashioned animation, paired with in-depth character work and a thoughtful plot that sticks to your skin, makes the series stand out proudly among the comic book crowd.”


4) Monsters at work

Disney’s favorite monsters are back with Monsters at work, an animated series set after the premise of the film Monsters Inc., where Henry J. Waternoose III was arrested and the famous duo of Mike and Sulley took over the business.

The series revolves around Tylor Tuskmon, a recent Scare Major graduate of Monster college. Tyler is named a Mechanic on the Plant’s Facilities Team and dreams of working alongside Mike and Sulley. The series is available to stream on Disney +.

Monsters at work is yet another cute sequel to one of Disney’s most beloved Disney movies. Everyone who saw the movie Monsters Inc. and needed an answer on the consequences of Mike and Sulley’s change of mind, Monsters at work is it for them. Sadly, there’s no Boo on the show, but she does get mentioned every now and then, which means they’re still on her mind.

Monsters at work has an IMDb rating of 7.1 and one 65% note on rotten tomatoes. According to Rolling Stone:

“Combine them with well-executed burlesque plays that evoke both films without sounding like rehashing, and the early episodes laid the foundation for solid comedy for all ages.”


5) Star Wars: The Wrong Lot

Star wars only made a comeback this time it was lively. Created by Dave Filoni, the series revolves around the “Bad Batch” of elite and experimental clones that make their way through an ever-changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone wars. Star Wars: The Wrong Lot is part of the Star Wars franchise and is available to stream on Disney +.

Star Wars: The Wrong Lot is a must-see animated series for all Star wars fan, not only because of its breathtaking animation, but because it acts as a sequel as well as a spin-off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series received a positive response from its viewers and has been renewed for another season slated for next year.

Star Wars: The Wrong Lot has an IMDb rating of 8 and holds a score 88% on rotten tomatoes. According to News.com Australia:

“The Bad Batch is catnip for dedicated Star Wars fans. It’s an action-adventure anime series with thrills, relatable characters on the right side of the war, blaster pistols and enough traditions and Easter eggs to summon some excited cries. “


Honorable mentions: animated series version

Honorable mentions for must-see animated series include Dota: Dragon Blood, Most in the middle, Star Trek: Prodigy, Eden, Marvel’s MODOK, Spidey and his amazing friends, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

Stream the best of the 2021 animated series on OTT platforms and reignite the inner child.



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