Best TV Shows of 2022: “Andor” to “White Lotus”

Narrowing down the list of the best TV shows of 2022 is an easy and impossible task at the same time.

I can probably name 50 series that I loved this year, 30 that I loved and 15 that kicked me out. “Severance”, “Derry Girls”, “Barry”, “Our Flag Means Death”, “What We Do in the Shadows”, “This Is Going to Hurt”: These are all great, but they didn’t make my Top 10 list.

Yes, writing, acting, pacing and editing are key. But what makes TV great is more than just adding all the little parts together to make something entertaining. I’m looking for something more emotional, deep. So when I sit down as a TV critic, what shows have I done Wants To watch in 2022?

It’s our list of the 10 best TV shows of the year, in terms of form and function, aesthetics and themes, and everything in between. It’s the kind of TV show that feels right when you click play.

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10- “Blue”

Disney +

I’ll admit I came to “Bluey,” an animated Australian preschool show about a family of anthropomorphic dogs, because I’m a new dad. But when I click on Disney+ to watch it, it’s not really for my 1 year old. “Bluey” is a great watchable preschool show for those over 5, but it’s actually more than that: It captures the spirit of play, the realities of parenting and the beauty of childhood, all in crisp seven-minute episodes that are as much an experiment as they are a series. Complex like “Atlanta”. The topics are easy enough for children to understand and deep enough to move parents to tears. No small feat for a blue-heeled little dog.

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Emma Sir, Joe Barnes, and Rose Matafio

9- Starstruck


This delightful romantic comedy from New Zealand comedian Rose Matafio follows 29-year-old Jessie (Matavio), who works dead-end jobs and navigates through life when she begins dating a movie star (Niksh Patel). Season one featured a strong story of meeting and finding love, but season two is an even better chapter on trying to maintain love when you come from different worlds and carry the baggage of failed relationships. Matafeo is a comic delight, a master of both physical jinxes and an accomplished actor.

Jeremy Allen White as Carmen, overworked chef

8. “The Bear”

FX / Hulu

Last summer’s show wasn’t a scintillating sci-fi epic or an A-list piece, but rather a half-hour mini-drama about a struggling Chicago sandwich shop and the gourmet chef he’s trying to fix. Starring Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) as the chef and Ayo Edeberry as his gifted, underappreciated apprentice, “Bear” stormed Hulu this summer with flying knives and F-bombs. The series’ chaotic, frantic atmosphere mimics the intensity of a restaurant kitchen, making it one of the year’s most mobile series. It takes you to a tiny, dirty, dingy kitchen, but you swept it away nonetheless.

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My Kim is like Sunja's

7- Pachinko

+ Apple TV

Perhaps the most ambitious new series this year, “Pachinko” is Apple’s first trilingual TV show, with dialogue in English, Japanese, and Korean. It tells the story of time and continent jumping about the members of one Korean family. Set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1920s and America and Japan in the 1980s, the series examines generational trauma and ambition. “Pachinko” doesn’t keep his audience at arm’s length; The intimacy of the story is deeply felt. Stunning and impeccably acted, Pachinko speaks three languages ​​yet never falters in telling a poignant and painfully beautiful story.

Kate Conner and Joe Locke star

6. “Heartstopper”


Elation is the best way to describe what you’ll feel after watching this Netflix teen romance about two teenage British boys who are all over each other. Based on the graphic novels by Alice Osman (and adapted by the author), “Heartstopper” brilliantly depicts the struggles of being an eccentric teen, choosing not as a theme of despair but of exhilarating hope. It uses gifs from the comics that add to the feeling that “Heartstopper” is part reality, part fantasy; These teens feel love so deeply that their feelings literally move. Its positive take on the story of coming out and falling in love is essential during a year when violence against LGBT people made dark headlines.

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5. “Abbott Elementary”


Emmy Award-winning creator and star Quinta Brunson has done more than create a hit network sitcom in the age of streaming. She created likable characters, defining settings, and hilarious jokes with Abbott (Wednesday 9 EST/PT). Bronson plays Janine Teague, an idealistic, energetic second-grade teacher at a Philadelphia elementary school who is often hilariously and ruthlessly faced with the realities of low budgets and terrible bureaucrats. There are more TV shows than ever before, but there aren’t that many truly funny sitcoms with perfect actors and instantly classic parts. Abbott has it all, even a cameo as Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty in Season 2. What else could we ask of Bronson?

The space race moves to Mars in the third season of Apple's alternate history drama,

4- “For all mankind”

+ Apple TV

Apple’s alternate history of the space race, which posits what might have happened had the Soviet Union defeated the United States on the moon and the competition for the final frontier had not ended, has climbed to a spot on the list of all-time great TV dramas. The third season, set in a 1990s version as NASA, the Soviet Union, and a private corporation compete in a three-way race to set foot on Mars, is cleverly scripted, with proven action pieces. There is no show but “Mankind” has the same knack for setting up and rewarding, taking the stress and drama out of every moment.

Theo James, left, and Megan Fahey play married tourists in Italy in the second season of

3. “The White Lotus”


Few TV shows are such a wellspring of internet memes and are full of references to classic cinema, literature, and history. But the inconsistency applies to Lotus, which traveled to Sicily in its second season to wreck fortune at a resort. This year it was all about sex, sexuality, lies and murder, soap opera stuff, but not for a moment did “Lotus” enter melodrama. Creator Mike White penned scripts that asked big questions and intentionally didn’t provide answers. This may seem like the series is too over-the-top, but instead it’s tantalizing, enticing, and addictive. “Lotus,” which was recently renewed for a third season, is the kind of series you just can’t stop watching. And you don’t want to, not even for a second.

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Paulina Alexis as Willy Jack, Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan, Devron Won-A-Tay as Bear and Lean Factor as Cheese in

2. “dog hold”

FX / Hulu

The comedy about teens living on a Native American reservation is unique in its perspective and approach, and its writers and actors are so skilled at crafting near-flawless television, that it deserves a category of its own. In Season 2, friends Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs), Bear (Defron Won-A-Tay), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis), and Cheese (Lynn Factor) face adolescence, resulting in a global take. Experiment with the privacy of Rez Dogs lives. Each episode can differ greatly from the next, but it’s a very satisfying step in the overall journey. Arriving in California after two seasons of Skimming, Scratching, and Hope sets up Dogs for a great season 3.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

1. “Andor”

Disney +

Andor shouldn’t be as good as it was. The Disney+ “Star Wars” series that came before it ranged from good to bad, each a somewhat soulless extension of a Disney series from a galaxy far, far away. So why would “Andor,” a sequel to a prequel movie (2016’s “Rogue One”), be any different? But it was. The series was adult, convoluted, and utterly indifferent to all the silly bits of “Star Wars” generating toy sales and angry Internet discussions. “Andor” just told a good story, more action, better writing and more amazing than any other “Star Wars” series or movie since “The Empire Strikes Back”. Without lightsabers or Jedis, “Andor” made the Empire terrifying again, brought emotional stakes to rebellion, made galactic politics interesting and managed to comment on the real world: creeping tyranny, the prison industrial complex and the wealth gap. So many TV shows try to do too much and fail, so it was really cool to see something so big and flashy knock him out of the park.

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