The Top 22 Best TV Shows of 2022 list is here! Below are some of the breakout shows of the year, accompanied by reasoning as to why they’re the best. Consider this a gift from us to you.
22. Cabinet of Curiosities
a curation of eight unprecedented and genre-defining sinister narratives meant to challenge traditional notions of horror, ranging from the macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque, or classically creepy. Two of the eight tales are original works by del Toro.
Why It’s The Best: Guillermo Del Toro always has this particular aspect to his work. An appreciation for details. A refreshing mix of horror stories made well. So enjoy the freakiness of it with actors, you know. It’s a gem for horror fans.
21. Inventing Anna
A journalist with much to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene and their money.
Why It’s The Best: The scam artist we forgot about until Shonda Rhymes gave us this show based on the true story of Anna Sorokin. This show will have you split on whether you are on her side, the side of the law, or don’t care bc she robbed rich people who should’ve been smarter. Either way, it’s an entertaining series.
20. All Of Us Are Dead
It was a typical school day for Korean high school students until a student returns from the school’s science lab, infected by an unknown virus. As the infection spreads out of school and throughout the peninsula, the Military desperately interrogates the psychotic science teacher who started it all. At the same time, his students struggle to survive until help arrives.
Why It’s The Best: Needing a little zombie action in your life? Well, this is the one! How would you react if you were stuck at school with fast-running zombies? This show will keep you enthralled with the apocalyptic setting and gore.
19. The Dropout
TV show that chronicles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ attempt to revolutionize the healthcare industry after dropping out of college and starting a technology company.
Why It’s The Best: This is not the average bio series. It has good intentions and lies festering beneath the surface; this show will not overpromise and never deliver, unlike Elizabeth Holmes.
18. The Patient
A psychotherapist who finds himself being held captive by a serial killer with an unusual request: curb his homicidal urges. As the therapist unravels this man’s mind, he also has to deal with his own repressed troubles, creating a journey that’s just as treacherous as his imprisonment.
Why It’s The Best: To take a concept and flip it is A+. A serial killer who knows what he’s doing is wrong and seeks the help of a therapist to stop his ways. Just let that sit with you. People are complex, and this show will have you wondering how this will end.
17. Moon Knight
The TV show follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the mighty gods of Egypt.
Why It’s The Best: This was an unfamiliar hero to many of us, and seeing this character on screen was exciting. Out of the heroes that were used to seeing, he’s a unique one not only for his disorder but also because of the incorporation of Egyptian Gods.
16. Bel Air
Set in modern-day America, Peacock’s new one-hour drama tv show ‘Bel-Air’ re-imagines the beloved sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.
Why It’s The Best: If you were concerned about how they could revamp this iconic show, don’t be. This series remixed The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air into a mature modern-day series with comedic elements. You are engaging with each character as their development differs, and it will leave you wondering where will they go next.
15. The Crown (S5)
Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
Why It’s The Best: Something is alluring about the royal family, and though not everything in this show is real, there are a lot of truths. This show is captivating not just in acting but in beautiful shots as well. This show is not a bore It’s incredible how the drama will capture you.
14. Yellow Jackets
“Yellowjackets,” tells the narrative of a team of wildly talented high-school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they have attempted to piece back together.
Why It’s The Best: A mouthwatering juicy thriller with twists and turns. It has everything you need in a good show great cast, drama, suspense, and a little horror/gore.
13. Ted Lasso
A TV show about American college football coach Ted Lasso heads to London to manage AFC Richmond, a struggling English Premier League football team.
Why It’s The Best: Its southern optimism meets British pessimism. So, in other words, it’s funny, funny, and funnier.
12. Atlanta (S4)
Atlanta is a comedy-drama TV show that follows college dropout and music manager Earnest “Earn” Marks and rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles as they navigate a strange, seemingly otherworldly, Atlanta hip-hop scene.
Why It’s The Best: It requires you to think outside the box. This cleverly written show and conceptually terrific episodes make for some good entertainment.
11. The Bear
The Bear is an FX original tv show set in the grit of Chicago. It’s about a highly trained Chef, Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, who leaves his fancy job to run the family sandwich shop (The Original Beef of Chicagoland) after the untimely death of his older brother Mikey.
Why It’s The Best: It’s the first show to have an accurate depiction of what kitchen life is like. This show will have you stressed for characters like you’re in the kitchen with them, which is the crown jewel of viewership. When you tap into a viewer’s emotion, they won’t forget the feeling. Also, you forget you’re watching actors. You start to feel like these characters are real people from Chicago trying to get by. If you haven’t seen it, check out our article on why it’s a must-watch
10. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Jedi Master contends with the consequences of his most significant defeat — the downfall and corruption of his one-time friend and apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Why It’s The Best: This show is pure nostalgia. It gave us 2 of our favorite characters, Obi-Wan and Anakin-Darth Vaderback, in their iconic roles. The series adds a welcome piece to the Star Wars saga and fills a gap in the timeline that helps to better connect and appreciate the tortuous relationship between the disciple and his master.
9. The Rehearsal
A construction crew, a legion of actors, and seemingly unlimited resources all come together to allow ordinary people to rehearse for these moments by allowing them to play them out in carefully crafted simulations of Fielder’s design.
Why It’s The Best: It’s a masterpiece of uncomfortable comedy with smart writing and outstanding performances.
8. The Rings of Power
This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The series follows an ensemble cast of familiar and new characters as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Why It’s The Best: The scenes are beautiful and inspiring, making it easy to be lost in their world. The characters grow on you, so start preparing to have your favorite hobbit, elve, dwarf, or etc. It doesn’t get any better.
7. Abbott Elementary (S2)
Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary tv show about a fictional school in Philadelphia that follows a group of dedicated, passionate teachers and a tone-deaf principal as they navigate the hallways and classrooms of one of the worst public schools. Despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed.
Why It’s The Best: Who doesn’t like to laugh? Couple that with direct-to-camera eye contact, and this show will have you feeling right. Quinta Brunson has hit us with some stellar writing I mean, she even won an Emmy for it. This comedy series is a great way to add more laughs to your life.
6. Stranger Things (S4)
Elle is adjusting to her new life as a high school student, but when events in Hawkins escalate, and her friends are in imminent danger, Eleven goes with Dr. Martin Brenner and Sam Owens to a secret facility to help her regain her powers, while Mike, Will, Jonathan, and his friend Argyle try to track her down.
Why It’s The Best: At this point, I’m sure everyone has heard of this fan favorite in one capacity or another. The Duffer Brothers (show creators) spent time bringing the essence of 80s horror thrillers to life. And it’s that kind of care that we viewers can feel. There’s so much attention to detail in each season you feel like you’re in a time capsule. This show is in its final season and will end on a high note.
A supernaturally infused mystery charting tv show follows Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore Academy.
Why It’s The Best: Because they’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious, and spooky, They’re all together spooky, The Addams Family, lol. Seriously, an odd family that doesn’t conform to societal norms but still has a deep-rooted love connection to one another. That is a message. The season may have just started, but the character journey they’re taking Wednesday on is great. We get to dive deep into who she is away from her family and watch her grow. We also get introductions to other characters with abilities like turning into a werewolf, a controlling serin, or even turning people to stone like Medussa.
4. House of the Dragon
The Targaryen dynasty is at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 10 dragons under their yoke. Most empires crumble from such heights. In the case of the Targaryens, their slow fall begins when King Viserys breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne. But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm.
Why It’s The Best: Everyone knows how much Game Of Thrones was loved, so to hit us with a sequel, it took us by storm! We have stellar acting, dragons, and death. Enough said.
The series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. In an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue, Cassian will embark on the path destined to turn him into a rebel hero.
Why It’s The Best: Let this show awaken the rebel hero within you. It’s a show where people fight for what’s right. It’s easy to follow, and you find yourself really rooting for the main character, who’s not completely innocent of things but willing to do what’s needed.
2. Barry (S3)
Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another “mark,” depressed, low-level hitman Barry Berkman seeks a way out. When the Midwesterner reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor who is bedding a mobster’s wife, little does Barry know that the City of Angels may be his sanctuary?
Why It’s The Best: The show is brilliant. The show has some intense performances but also balances out with funny moments. A compelling and exciting show for the win.
1. The Peripheral
Stuck in a small Appalachian town, a young woman’s only escape from the daily grind is playing video games. She is such a good player that a company sends her a new video game system to test…but it has a surprise in store. It unlocks all of her dreams of finding a purpose, romance, and glamor in what seems like a game…but it also puts her and her family in danger.
Why It’s The Best: This is a new and refreshing story. It’s creative, thoughtful, and engaging, with great acting. After watching this, you’ll want to blur the lines between virtual and reality.