A look back at 2021 in pop culture, from Britney to Broadway | entertainment


Britney was released. Bennifer came back. Broadway too, yay! And actually the Beatles! He said goodbye to Bond – James Bond – at least the Daniel Craig version.

Harry and Meghan spoke to Oprah and we listened. We also listened to Taylor Swift sing about a failed affair and a missing scarf (ex-lover: hang on to knitwear at your own risk!)

It was a year of reunions: the cast of “Friends” for example and three of the “Sex and the City” four in one reboot. And revivals: “West Side Story” caused an Oscar-enthusiastic sensation 60 years after the original. Even Tony Soprano came back for a minute.

Live entertainment brought a cautious joy – cautious because it could stop at any time. And nice guys got their way – at least in TV comedy, where “Ted Lasso,” Jason Sudeikis’ show about an adorable serious American coach transplanted to breakneck British football, swept the Emmys. The entire cast of “Ted Lasso” was great, but if we want to capture the mood of the year we might check out the goldfish.


You know the goldfish. The happiest animal that Lasso likes to tell his players because it only has a 10-second memory (although science may disagree). It’s good when you hold a grudge in sports, but also when you’re trying to get through a roller coaster year like 2021 when we thought we were up and then we were down again. And again. And again.

To you, lucky goldfish. And here is our annual, very subjective journey into the memory trail of pop culture:


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