Now that we’re all staying home and glued to our screens until further notice.
By Ashima Sethi
For many series fans, it seems like we’ve been waiting a lifetime for follow ups to our favourite shows. Whether its Money Heist or Made in Heaven, I think it’s safe to say we’re all suffering from collective amnesia about what even happened last season, all thanks to delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that have left us
waiting dying for any new information.
But now that we’re all going to be home, glued to our Smart TVs and smartphone streaming apps until further notice, there’s no better time than the present to watch a bunch of series summaries on YouTube in anticipation for this year’s new releases because there’s plenty in store! Here’s our picks for what to look out for.
LUPIN SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)
Everyone’s new favourite heist series saw its release this January with an initial five episode release. Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, a fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise created by author Maurice Leblanc, it follows Assane Diop (Omar Sy) as he sets out to avenge his late father. The last season ended on a massive cliffhanger so fans of the series will be thrilled to hear that the story continues next month. Netflix released a statement that said Lupin has become the streaming giant’s most-watched French-language original series of all time, so if you’ve not seen it yet, definitely do!
Release date: 11th June
MADE IN HEAVEN SEASON 2 (PRIME)
Fans have been waiting since March 2019 for a follow up to the hit show, and FINALLY the producers have come out to say that filming for the second season has resumed. Created by Zoya Akhtar, the series follows Tara (Sobita Dhulipala) and Karan (Arjun Mathur), two Delhi-based wedding planners as they navigate societal taboos, often coming to terms with stiff traditions clashing against their more modern dreams. Upon its release, the show was celebrated for its raw depiction of life in a very judgmental society, one where money, status, and the dream of having the biggest, fattest Indian wedding will always reign supreme.
Release date: TBC
YOU SEASON 3 (NETFLIX)
The crazed stalker we all love to hate is back! Netflix has announced that is has finished filming the latest insallment of their hit psychological thriller You, that is slated for release in June of this year. Sera Gamble, the show’s creator took to Twitter recently to say: “The episodes are bonkers and the performances are insanely good.” Starring Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, the series will see the continuation of Joe’s complicated relationship with the ‘love of his life’ as they move into a new suburban life together. Expect lots of drama and a little sprinkle of death if this season is anything like the last one.
Release date: June 2021
NEVER HAVE I EVER SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)
First released during the summer of 2020, Mindy Kaling‘s coming of age dramedy Never Have I Ever stole hearts all over the world. Loosely based on Kaling’s childhood in Boston, USA, the series stars Tamil-Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in one of her first lead roles and follows high schooler Devi Vishwakumar as she tries to deal with the recent death of her father, maintaining top grades, the hierarchies of high school, a dream crush on Paxton Hall Yoshida (Darren Barnet), and navigating complicated feelings for her childhood nemesis, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) so expect plenty of cringe-worthy moments and happy tears in season 2.
Release date: TBC
MONEY HEIST SEASON 5 (NETFLIX)
This year will finally see the release of the fifth and final season of Netflix hit, Money Heist. A crime thriller series that still holds the title of being the streaming giant’s most-watched non-English title, with the fourth installment attracting a whopping 65 million viewers. With almost no information on the internet available about what trouble the Professor (Álvaro Morte) and the gang are going to get up to in this season, show creator Álex Pina only had this to say for those desperate for any info: “We’ve spend almost a year thinking about how to break up the band, how to put the Professor on the ropes, how to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters…the war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season.”
Release date: September 2021
DELHI CRIME SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)
First released in 2019, Delhi Crime is an Indian drama series that went on to win several accolades, including a prestigious Emmy Award. The first season centered on the heartbreaking real-life gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in 2012, more famously known as the ‘Nirbhaya’ case, and starred Shefali Shah in the lead role as Vartika Chaturvedi, the DCP who leads the investigation. An anthology series, the next season will focus on an entirely new crime, and although its a dramatised series, the next crime will also take inspiration from a real event and integrate it into the show’s main plot. Fans of Shah’s performance will also be happy to hear that she is rumoured to be reprising her role in this new season.
Release date: TBC
STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4 (NETFLIX)
The last time we had the cast of Stranger Things grace our screens was all the way back in 2019. The series from creators The Duffer Brothers first garnered attention because of its mix of 80s nostalgia and supernatural elements that parallels popular films from directors like Steven Spielberg. It has been confirmed that the entire core cast is set to return in the fourth installment, and while the plot remain under wraps for the most part, the creators have said that season 4 will see the characters travel outside of Hawkins, Indiana. While the team has not said whether this season will be the last one, it’s looking likely that a season 5 is also in the works.
Release date: TBC
THE FAMILY MAN SEASON 2 (PRIME)
Amazon has announced that The Family Man is officially making a return for a second season. A breakout hit with plenty of positive reviews from critics and audiences, the plot centres on the complicated life of Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee), a talented spy working for the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Created by Raj and DK, the series continuation will see Bajpayee, Sharad Kelkar, Priyamani and Sharib Hashmi reprising their roles. A high octane action thriller, the second installment promises a lot more hurdles, one of which takes the form of a new rival named Raji who will be played by Samantha Akkineni.
Release date: 4th June