The Best TV Shows of 2022

The best shows of 2022 had us glued to our TV screens, binging or watching week after week. Here are the best TV shows of 2022, from 'The Bear' to 'Atlanta.

Best TV Shows of 2022
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Best TV Shows of 2022

We have completed another year of TV viewing and 2022 did not disappoint by delivering some standout projects. The wide variety of streaming services that are currently available—including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Amazon Prime Video, among others—often leaves us with too many options to watch (and even higher bill than a cable subscription). But that also means there was no shortage of excellent TV shows to dive into in 2022. 

From sitcoms to dramas, this year provided outstanding, top-of-the-line content with some remarkable performances from our favorite TV stars. People couldn’t stop talking about new shows like The Bear and Abbott Elementary. While the return of highly anticipated fan favorites like Better Call Saul, Euphoria, and Atlanta also had people glued to their screens week after week. Superhero shows also had a strong year with the debut of Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, Peacemaker, and more, while Andor was one of the most superior shows of the last 12 months.

It is our duty year after year to scour every streaming service and TV channel to find the best the entertainment world has to offer, and this year was no different. While some of the shows we loved were highly popular and among the most watched, there are other less obvious titles that we highly recommend you watch before the year is through if you haven’t yet. Check out our list below for our selections of the best 15 TV shows of 2022.

15. 'The Righteous Gemstones'

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14. 'Stranger Things'

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13. 'Peacemaker'

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12. 'Only Murders In the Building'

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11. 'Severance'

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10. 'Barry'

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9. 'Ms. Marvel'

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8. 'Euphoria'

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Network: HBO

Season: 2

Genre: Drama

Where to Watch: HBO Max

The old cliché (and it’s a cliché because it’s true) is that a person has to be at their lowest before they can rise up. And accordingly, the second season of Euphoria stares into the dark abyss and does not blink. We watch in abject horror, thinking that perhaps now, we’ve seen Rue hit the bottom. But after hitting it, she keeps on digging deeper. 

The intervention in Episode 5 “Stand Still Like the Hummingbird”—where Rue’s family, Jules, and Elliott stage an intervention for Rue’s addiction—is mesmerizing to watch because of how raw and hurtful it is. (It also nabbed the No. 1 spot in our Season 2 episode ranking.) Rue is purposeful in her cruelty against her mother and everyone else that’s involved. She’s trying to push everyone away, and make herself as unlovable as she feels inside.

Jules: “I love you.” 

Rue: “No the f*ck you don’t. You love being loved! You’re a f*cking greedy whοre who just likes sucking the life out of people.”

Zendaya delivers Emmy-worthy acting in this episode and subsequent ones. We didn’t spend enough time with Kat or Jules this season. We would have loved to see more of Fez and Lexi. And the show suffers, in general, from a lack of cohesiveness and consistency. But Euphoria Season 2, much like an addiction, is about the highs and lows. And accordingly, the highs and lows are often one and the same.  —Kevin Wong

7. 'Abbott Elementary'

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6. 'House of the Dragon'

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5. 'Andor'

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4. 'Industry'

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3. 'Atlanta'

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2. 'The Bear'

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1. 'Better Call Saul'

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