Just gonna come right out and say it: there is so much TV. Seriously—so much. Obviously, Netflix is a powerhouse, but we’ve now reached a point in the streaming era where HBO Max has hit its stride (Did you see Station Eleven? Are you watching Peacemaker?), Hulu’s usually good for a couple bangers per year, Peacock is gaining traction, and Apple TV+ has such a massive budget for stars (and Jon Hamm agrees) that you’ve just always got to be aware of what they’ve got coming down the pipeline. And that’s not even considering traditional TV prestige powerhouses like the O.G. HBO, or top-notch cable like FX or AMC. In short? There’s a lot of TV for us to watch, and a lot of it is going to be good.
Which is why we’re here—we want to make sure you’re spending your time only on the shows that are deserving of it. Sometimes that’ll be epic dramas that will bring you to tears. Other times it might be action. Other times it might be superheroes! Hell, sometimes it may even be traditional-style sitcoms that don’t need you to think much but will have you watching with a smile on your face and not a thought in your head.
Just like in 2021, there’s a lot of new shows to keep track of, but we’re going to do our best to do it. A few of these shows carried over from last year—Station Eleven and Yellowjackets started in 2021, but ended in 2022, so we’re counting them. A few of them are already on the air, and the rest are all shows that we either know for sure or can speculate should be coming later this year. And while we’ve done the research to make sure these are all worth getting excited about, we can’t promise they’ll be as amazing as they seem—not until they come out, at least. Which is where the fun part comes in: watching.
And so, without further ado, here are favorite TV shows of 2022 so far—and many more we simply cannot wait for.
The Dropout (March 3, Hulu)
We continue with this scammer series programming with The Dropout. Based on the podcast of the same name, The Dropout casts the excellent Amanda Seyfried as the fraudulent Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, alongside costars William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, and Alan Ruck, among others. New Girl creator Liz Meriwether is writing, so we’re certainly curious how the tone will turn out.
Pieces of Her (March 4, Netflix)
Based on Karin Slaughter’s novel of the same name, Pieces of Her sounds like a great one for those of us in the Toni Collette fan club. The Hereditary and Knives Out star returns to TV for a series that finds her playing the mother to a girl named Andrea; the two find themselves in the midst of a shooting, and the mother snaps into action, quickly dispatching the shooter. The rest of the series serves as a means to understand how they got to that point.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey (March 11, Apple TV+)
The first of two Samuel L. Jackson-led TV projects this year (the other being Disney+’s Secret Invasion) is The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, based on Walter Mosley’s novel of the same name. It’s another Eternal Sunshine-y premise: Jackson plays the titular Ptolemy Grey, a far-along dementia patient who falls into the care of a teenager (played by Judas and the Black Messiah star Dominique Fishback); eventually, they discover a treatment that can get him his memories back, and those memories prove super revealing. The show also stars one of the very best actors in the game, Walton Goggins. Sounds like it has the potential to be one of Apple TV+’s best dramas yet.
We Own This City (HBO, 2022 TBA)
David Simon and George Pelecanos are getting back into the world of the crime drama with We Own This City (based on the book of the same name), a 2015 Baltimore-set drama that unfolds at the same time as citizens of the city were demanding justice for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died under suspicious circumstances in police custody. Against that backdrop, Simon and Pelecanos once again plan to paint an intricate story of crime, corruption, and complex characters. This is one of our most awaited of the year; the cast is led by Jon Bernthal.
The Last of Us (HBO, 2022 TBA)
HBO is adapting The Last Of Us, based on the beloved video game of the same name, for what will surely be one of the network’s biggest shows of the year. The cast will feature The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal, as Joel, a smuggler who protects a young girl named Ellie (played by Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey) across a now Post-Apocalyptic country. If you’re worried about the adaptation, you have good reason not to be: Craig Mazin, who tackled the most realistic disaster possible—one that really happened—with Chernobyl is running the show along with Neil Druckmann, who wrote and directed the games. Be faithful! This is going to be good.
The White House Plumbers (HBO, 2022 TBA)
HBO is truly bringing the star power in 2022. Based on a book, the show tells the true story of two real people in Richard Nixon’s administration— E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, played, respectively by HBO veterans Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux—who tried to protect his presidency, and wound up destroying it. They’re joined in the cast by stars such as [deep breath]: Domhnall Gleeson, Ike Barinholtz, Kiernan Shipka, Lena Headey, and Gary Cole, among many others. This could be the political screwball true story that HBO hasn’t had in quite a while.
The Idol (HBO, 2022 TBA)
This truly unique-sounding series stars The Weeknd, who co-created the series with Reza Fahim and Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, who continues his relationship with HBO. The show follows a self-help guru (and modern day cult leader), played by The Weeknd, who begins a complicated relationship with a rising pop star (played by Lily-Rose Depp). The show is directed by talented multi-hyphenate Amy Seimetz and, like Euphoria, is produced by A24.
Extrapolations (Apple TV+, 2022 TBA)
We don’t know much about Apple TV+’s Exrapolations, except that it comes from producer and frequent Steven Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (who also directed The Report a few years back), and is an anthology series looking at how climate change could effect our word on social and societal level. The stacked cast includes Tobey Maguire, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Eiza Gonzalez, Matthew Rhys, Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Gemma Chan, Edward Norton, and Meryl Streep, among many others.
Masters of the Air (Apple TV+, 2022 TBA)
From the same people who brought you Band of Brothers and The Pacific (Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg still included), comes Masters of the Air, based on the book of the same name. The story here follows the 11 men inside a bomber known as the “Flying Fortress,” as they fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters. This story of survival will be maybe the biggest show for Apple TV+ yet, with fans and history buffs already swearing by Band of Brothers and The Pacific. The cast this time around will include Barry Keoghan and Austin Butler, among others.
Wool (Apple TV+, 2022 TBA)
Fans of Dune who want to see Rebecca Ferguson in more sci-fi…here’s your chance. The actress stars and executive produces Wool, based on the best-sellling phenomenon (which began as an e-book), about a dystopian future, where society exists within a giant silo deep underground—with disturbing regulations meant to protect them. Rashida Jones, Tim Robbins, and David Oyelowo also star.
Reboot (Hulu, 2022 TBA)
The majority of the shows on this list are some sort of action/drama/thriller/mystery, but it’s worth noting that we are always on board for a great comedy too. Reboot takes a meta-approach to what’s been happening in the TV world; in this show, the cast of an early-2000s family sitcom is brought back as a modern comedy series for Hulu. This meta-sounding premise comes from Modern Family creator Steven Levitan, and has a cast filled with funny people: Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Rachel Bloom, and Michael McKean, among others.
Wednesday (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
Tim Burton is directing every episode of Wednesday, a series centered on Wednesday Addams of The Addams Family during her years in high school at the Nevermore Academy, as she masters psychic powers, stops a killing spree, and solves a supernatural mystery. What a sentence! As if that didn’t sound great enough, Wednesday is going to be played by Jenna Ortega, an actress quickly emerging as perhaps our greatest modern scream queen—while only turning 20 years old this year. (In addition to Wednesday, she’s also had roles in the new Scream, Ti West’s X, Netflix’s The Babysitter sequel, and You, if you count that as horror). And in another perfect bit of casting Catherine Zeta-Jones is playing Morticia Addams. Sold!
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
The Ryan Murphy Netflix Machine strikes again, this time bringing his old friend front and center as the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer; this series differs, however, in that it comes from the lens of his victims. Richard Jenkins will play Dahmer’s father in a show that should be fascinating at the very least.
The Midnight Club (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
Mike Flanagan would have been considered one of the modern horror masters in recent years due to his films alone—Doctor Sleep, Gerald’s Game, Hush, and more—but it’s his TV relationship with Netflix that has taken his success to the next level. His next project is not another season of Midnight Mass, but another standalone series: The Midnight Club.
Based on the Christopher Pike YA novel of the same name, Midnight will still lean horror, but likely have more of a Stranger Things feel than any of Flanagan’s previous projects. The story is simple enough: seven terminally ill young people meet every night at the hospice home they live in to tell scary stories, and reach a pact: the first of them to die will have to communicate with the rest of them from the great beyond. Horror fans will be thrilled to see Heather Langenkamp as the charismatic doctor of the hospice, while Flanagan, as always, brings back a few of his old friends: Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel, and Samantha Sloyan will all return from Midnight Mass.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
It’s finally happening. After M. Night Shyamalan’s disastrous live-action film adaptation in 2010, there have always been calls to do the Avatar: The Last Airbender series in live-action again—but do it right. In steps Netflix; for a while, the original creators of the animated series were involved, but now they are not. Hope was seemingly lost—but the casting for the series, including Lost star Daniel Dae-Kim, has been top-notch. Hope restored.
Jigsaw (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
Nothing too crazy here—Jigsaw is a twisty, turny, heist drama with a good cast that includes Giancarlo Esposito and You star Tati Gabrielle. And Ridley Scott is one of the Executive Producers. Why not?
The Three-Body Problem (Netflix, 2022 TBA)
This is probably Netflix’s closest competition with The Sandman for their biggest show of 2022—and it’s one we almost can’t believe is actually happening. The first major project of former Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ deal with Netflix (they also produced last year’s comedic limited series The Chair) is the sci-fi epic The Three-Body Problem, based on the much-loved novel of the same name, often thought to be an extremely difficult adaptation.
The show’s cast is good: Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) was the first to join, with Jovan Adepo (Watchmen), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), among the cast. Thrones veterans John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) are also part of the cast.
Citadel (Amazon Prime Video, 2022 TBA)
Fresh off his role in Eternals, Richard Madden is teaming up with a pair of filmmakers often thought of with the MCU in The Russo Brothers for their ambitious series Citadel. The concept of Citadel is this: Madden plays a secret agent/spy, basically, in the main Citadel series. There will also be spin-off Citadel series based n Italy, India, Spain and Mexico, meant to expand the world of the show and the entire experience. It sounds like a lot to invest in, but if its good, that won’t be an issue. Priyanka Chopra and Stanley Tucci are also among the cast.
Paper Girls (Amazon Prime Video, 2022 TBA)
Based on one of the most beloved comics of the past decade by Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls is a fantastic, ’80s-ish nostalgia-vibed thing for genre fans. The story basically combines Stranger Things with time-travel; the adaptation counts Ali Wong among its cast.
Daisy Jones & The Six (Amazon Prime Video, 2022 TBA)
Based on the novel of the same name, Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of a rock ‘n’ roll band that became the biggest in the world—only to break up at the height of their fame. Writer Taylor Jenkins Reid has said she based the story of the book on watching Fleetwood Mac on TV as a kid. The cast here is really good: Riley Keough, Suki Waterhouse, Sam Claflin, Camilla Morrone, and Timothy Olyphant are among the big names.
A League of Their Own (Amazon Prime Video, 2022 TBA)
This has the same A League of Their Own title as the beloved baseball flick, but is telling a different story; this one will feature a number of actors who have impressed us in recent years, including Abbi Jacobson (who co-created the series), D’arcy Carden, Chanté Adams, and Nick Offerman.
Outer Range (Amazon Prime Video, 2022 TBA)
Yellowstone fever is everywhere, and maybe not as a direct result, but Amazon Prime Video has its own star-studded answer at just the right time. Outer Range centers on the Abbott family, led by Josh Brolin (who also executive produces here), along with Lili Taylor, Tom Pelphrey, and Lewis Pullman. The story here feels a little more rooted toward mystery (and is set in Wyoming), so we’re eager to see what comes of it.
Andor (Disney+, 2022 TBA)
Andor is yet another expansion to the Star Wars universe from Disney+; this series catches up with Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) five years before we first met his character in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The cast will also include Stellan Skarsgård, Killing Eve‘s Fiona Shaw, and a returning Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, among others.
Ms. Marvel (Disney+, 2022 TBA)
Ms. Marvel has also been on our radar for a little bit; it was on this list last year, but for whatever reason has been bumped to 2022 (possibly to line up better with 2023’s The Marvels, which it will tie-in with). This series will introduce Iman Vellani to the MCU as Kamala Khan—a superfan of the Avengers and Carol Danvers in particular—who lives in Jersey City and gains her own powers. Sounds kind of similar to Hawkeye—and it would be great for her to meet up with our new pal Kate Bishop, wouldn’t it?
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+, 2022 TBA)
Most awaited series of the year? May just be. Ewan McGregor is putting the robes back on and picking the lightsaber up for this series that will find him officially returning to the legendary Jedi role for the first time since 2005. The series will pick up 10 years after Return of the Sith, with Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke on Tatooine from a distance, before the plot kicks into overdrive. Hayden Christensen will return as Anakin Skywalker (!), and so will Joel Edgerton as Uncle Owen and Bonnie Piesse as Aunt Beru. Also joining the cast are: Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Benny Safdie, and Maya Erskine, among others.
Secret Invasion (Disney+, 2022 TBA)
While Kevin Feige has said that Secret Invasion in the MCU won’t be a world-spanning event like it was in the comics, it’s still exciting to see this story come to the MCU. In a nutshell: Skrulls have slowly but surely been taking the place of people all over the planet, and now they’re going to strike. The three heroes we know for sure will be a part of this series are Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, in his second TV series of the year), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Talos the Skrull (Ben Mendelsohn), who you may remember was…a good guy in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. So we’ll see how that whole dynamic works.
From an MCU dynamic, too, it’s worth mentioning that we don’t know how long Talos has been impersonating Fury on earth (as revealed in Far From Home). Maybe since the end of Age of Ultron? We may just find out. This series is also sporting an impressive new cast of its own, including Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Christopher McDonald among others.
Under the Banner of Heaven (FX, 2022 TBA)
The age of Garfield continues! Andrew leads this FX mystery series, based on Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book of the same name. Garfield plays a Mormon detective investigating a murder of a woman who finds his faith in question when he finds clues that the church may have been involved. The series is directed by David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk) with co-stars including Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sam Worthington, and Wyatt Russell, among others.
The Curse (Showtime, 2022 TBA)
Here’s one that that there hasn’t been much on, but we just really hope actually winds up happening. A lot of great names incoming: Emma Stone stars and executive produces this series, which can only really be described with the log line that has been released, which is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen:
“THE CURSE is a genre-bending scripted comedy that explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show.”
There’s just so much going on there. And it helps to know that the series comes from Nathan Fielder and the Safdies, with Fielder and Benny Safdie joining Stone in the cast.
The Staircase (HBO Max, 2022 TBA)
This scripted adaptation of an award-winning 2004 docuseries finds Colin Firth leading a stacked cast (also including Toni Collette, Sophie Turner, Parker Posey, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Dane DeHaan) as a famous writer accused of murdering his wife.
Tokyo Vice (HBO Max, 2022 TBA)
Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice) fans, take notice! The legendary filmmaker is directing the first episode of Tokyo Vice (and serving as an executive producer) for this story based on a nonfiction book of an American reporter discovering police corruption in Tokyo. Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, and Rachel Keller lead the cast, while Mann is an executive producer and will direct at least some episodes.
Love & Death (HBO Max, 2022 TBA)
Elizabeth Olsen leads an excellent cast (including Jesse Plemons, Tom Pelphrey, Krysten Ritter and Lily Rabe) in David E. Kelley’s Love & Death. This series is based on a true story, where Candy Montgomery (Olsen) brutally murdered her friend in Wylie, Texas. It’s sure to be grisly, messed up, fun.
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