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The Best TV Shows of 2022 and How to Watch Them

Updated: Feb 25, 2023


Best TV Shows of 2022

With the ever-increasing amount of TV content being produced, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest shows. But, the upside is that at the end of the year, there are always new shows to discover and enjoy. Here are some of the best TV shows of 2022 that are worth checking out:


1. House of the Dragon

This prequel to the wildly popular Game of Thrones features even more dragons and powerhouse performances from Milly Alcock and Emma D'Arcy. Set in the world of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, House of the Dragon tells the story of the Targaryen family, who ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with dragons for nearly 300 years. The series is set in the world's Targaryen past, about five centuries before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the rise of House Targaryen, including the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.




2. Andor

A Star Wars series set before the events of Rogue One, Andor is packed with talent and offers a mix of palace intrigue, class warfare, and fights against fascism. The series follows the story of Cassian Andor, a Rebel spy played by Diego Luna, who is on a mission to gather intelligence on the Death Star and steal its plans. The show will feature a mix of new and old characters, as well as an array of new planets and locales, making it a must-watch for Star Wars fans.




3. The Lord of the Rings

The Rings of Power: Amazon's massive fantasy series delves deep into J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle-earth, with kingdoms rising and falling and epic battles constantly taking place. The series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth and will explore the world-changing events, including the rise of the dark lord Sauron and the forging of the rings of power. With Amazon reportedly spending $715 million on this production, the show is sure to be a visual feast with massive sets and a cast of thousands.




4. Severance

This unique show follows a corporate cog named Mark who opts into a program that divides his consciousness so he can't remember his non-work life when he's at the office and vice versa. The show explores the idea of work-life balance and the pressure that many people face in the modern workforce. It's a thought-provoking and entertaining show that will make you question the choices you make in your own life.




5. Barry

HBO's Barry has always been a standout series, with Emmy-worthy performances from Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. In its third season, it takes a darker turn as Hader's hitman-turned-actor tries to make amends while evading the law. The show is a dark comedy that deals with serious themes such as guilt, trauma, and redemption. The performances are top-notch, and the writing is sharp and intelligent, making it a must-watch.




6. The Bear

The Bear is a darkly funny series that had everyone talking earlier this year. The show follows a burnt-out fine dining chef named Carmy (Jeremy Allan White) who comes home to Chicago to run his late brother's struggling Italian beef restaurant. He's aided (or hindered, depending on the day) by his newly hired sous chef (Ayo Edebiri) and his loudmouth cousin (Eben Moss Bachrach), both of whom struggle to reconcile Carmy's vision for the restaurant with their own. The series does an excellent job of capturing both the breakneck speed and the razor's edge that some eateries operate on every single day. It's a greasy intensity and upstart scrappiness that makes the show so appealing. The first season was also only eight episodes, each 30 minutes or so, making it easily bingeable over a good couch-based meal.




7. I Love That For You

I Love That For You is a tragicomedy series that follows the story of Joanna, a woman who has an obsession with televised home shopping networks. After failing an audition, she lies about still having cancer to gain sympathy and gets a job on the network. The show follows her journey as her career takes off, but she struggles to keep her lie a secret while also improving her personal life. The show is full of surprises, and the audience is kept on the edge of their seats as they wait to see how the story will unfold. It is a show that is both hilarious and heartbreaking.




8. The Afterparty

The Afterparty is an ensemble comedy series that focuses on the murder of a pop star at a high school reunion afterparty. The show features a star-studded cast, including Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz, Zoe Chao, Ilana Glazer, John Early, and Dave Franco, and follows the perspectives of different classmates as they try to solve the mystery. The episodes weave together in a complex and intriguing way, with plenty of comedic moments, but also touches of nostalgia and longing for the past. The series is a unique and entertaining watch, with a mix of humor and emotion.




9. The White Lotus

The White Lotus is a critically acclaimed anthology series created by Mike White. The second season of the show was full of twists, turns, and cliffhangers that kept audiences guessing until the final reveal. The cast of the season was impressive, with standout performances from the female actors such as Jennifer Coolidge, Meghann Fahy, Aubrey Plaza, and more. The show also featured strong performances from Michael Imperioli and Tom Hollander. The season is set against the stunning backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, adding to the romantic drama, cultural intrigue and witty lines that made the show a hit among audiences. It is a show that will leave you guessing and laughing long after the final episode.




10. 101 Places to Party Before You Die

101 Places to Party Before You Die is a travel show that takes audiences on a journey to discover the best party spots around the world. Hosted by real-life best friends Adam Pally and Jon Gabrus, the show visits a different city each episode, showcasing the local food, drink, and nightlife experiences. The show's appeal lies in the dynamic and humorous banter between the hosts as they navigate the party scene and their tight schedule. The show offers a glimpse into some of the most exciting and unique party destinations, making it a must-watch for travel enthusiasts and party-goers alike.

The dynamic between the hosts adds a comedic element to the show, making it a joy to watch. However, with the recent merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, it is uncertain if the show will have a second season, making it all the more reason to enjoy it now.




11. We’re Here

We're Here is an unscripted series that follows the journey of three RuPaul's Drag Race alumni- Shangela, Eureka, and Bob the Drag Queen, as they travel to different small towns each week. They team up with local queer individuals or allies to put on a drag show and showcase the unique perspectives of the LGBTQ+ community. The show is an emotional journey, with the residents facing and overcoming past traumas and current struggles for justice and visibility. It serves as a powerful reminder that the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is ongoing and necessary across the United States. It is an essential watch for anyone interested in LGBTQ+ rights and visibility.




12. Abbott Elementary

The best TV shows cannot be complete without including Abbott Elementary, a series about a struggling Philadelphia elementary school. The show is created and led by showrunner and star Quinta Brunson, and has received positive reviews for its second season. Brunson's character Janine is highlighted as a standout performer, but the entire cast is praised for their comedic talents, specifically Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, and Janelle James. The author recommends the show as a must-watch for the holiday break.




13. Peacemaker

The show is directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and stars John Cena as the titular hero/villain Peacemaker. The show is noted for its creative and intricate world-building in just eight episodes, which includes a variety of characters, secret government agencies, and even an eagle sidekick named Eagley. Cena's performance is praised for its complexity and bombastic nature, and the supporting cast of Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, Robert Patrick, and Danielle Brooks is credited for adding to the show's overall appeal. The show's opening credits sequence is also highlighted as being "bizarrely hypnotic."




14. Hacks

Hacks is a must-watch for year-end lists, due to its strong and consistent quality. Now in its second season, the HBO series is praised for the performances of its lead actors, Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, both of whom gave career-defining performances. This season, Smart's character Deborah Vance embarks on a journey to find her new comedic voice and audience, and the ensuing road trip dramedy between her and Einbinder's Ava is described as both charming and cringeworthy. The show is said to be a reminder that everyone's lives will have ups and downs, and the true story can be found in how we navigate through them.




These are some of the best TV shows of 2022 that are worth checking out. From fantasy to drama, these shows offer something for everyone, and they are sure to keep you entertained and engaged. So, be sure to binge now, if you haven't already.



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