It’s 2023 now and I’m just catching up on my year-end best lists for 2022, which includes a very tough one to do given how much television came out this past year.
It’s a wide range, from all kinds of streaming services, but here are what I’d consider the best TV shows of 2022.
10. Our Flag Means Death Season 1 – I went into this series expecting a silly What We Do In The Shadows type pirate parody. What I didn’t expect was one of the most touching screen romances of the year involving Blackbeard, the famous pirate. A truly unique series that thankfully secured a season 2 after a huge fan outpouring.
9. Warrior Nun Season 2 – I watched both seasons of this show this year, just in time to be disappointed with the rest of the fans when Netflix canceled the series without a conclusion. Season 2 of Warrior Nun was truly amazing, an upgrade over the first as they lean into the true insanity of the universe they had created and it’s a shame it won’t be back for more.
8. Cyberpunk Edgerunners Season 1 – A performance so good it sparked a wave of sales for Cyberpunk 2077 itself. Proof that Night City has a lot of life as an IP, thanks to the script from CDPR and animation from TRIGGER. Cartoon or otherwise, this is easily one of the best shows of the year, and one that has rarely left my thoughts since I watched it.
7. The White Lotus Season 2 – I don’t know how Mike White did it, but he’s managed to create a dark comedy that’s as compelling as any high-fantasy blockbuster coming out on Sunday nights. Season 2 was even better than Season 1 with its more interesting cast and truly wild finale. I can’t wait for season 3.
6. The Boys Season 3 – This show can’t be missed, and the resurrection of Soldier Boy and the exploration of Vaught’s roots made for perhaps the show’s best season yet. Things are pretty good in terms of our current political climate, and Season 4 with an “unleashed” Homelander is going to be scary, I can already tell.
5. The Bear Season 1 – A show that perfectly encapsulates the stress of working in a kitchen and also a terribly human story with a memorable cast. It also features one of the best episodes of any show this year with its seventh episode being an all-timer that everyone should watch.
4. House of the Dragon Season 1 – I wasn’t convinced that any show could wash the taste of the final seasons of Game of Thrones out of my mouth, but House of the Dragon is a stellar show that once again focuses on politics rather than world-scale wars. Amazing performances all around here, especially from Paddy Considine.
3. Best Call Saul Season 6 – Better Call Saul is probably better taken as a whole than in any particular season, but this was as good a finale as we could have hoped for for one of TV’s most underrated series. Bob Odenkirk survived a heart attack to end the series with the best performance of his career and also helped create a star in the form of Rhea Seehorn.
2. Andor Season 1 – If you had told me a year ago I would have done it Andor in my second place list here, I’d say you were crazy. Disney’s Star Wars era was more down than up, and Andor felt like a completely foreign series that didn’t need to exist given that we know it’s the end in the form of Rogue One. Instead, what we got was a wonderful, compelling exploration of fascism and rebellion that is miles deeper than anything we’ve ever seen from the Star Wars universe past or present. It might be the best piece of Star Wars fiction we have.
1. Dismissal Season 1 – It’s a show that will top many lists, including mine. Severance is one of the weirdest series you’ll ever see, but it’s a crown jewel in Apple’s lineup. It’s a surreal masterpiece full of mystery and top-notch performances from underrated actors, and easily the show I can’t wait to see come back the most.
- Stranger Things season 4
- Wednesday Season 1
- Slow Horses season 2
- Reacher season 1
- Reservation Dogs Season 2
- She-Hulk season 1
- Black Bird
- Season 1 Rehearsal
- Peacemaker season 1
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