My Top TV Shows of 2022

Top TV Shows of the year

We’ve covered the top movies and books of 2022, so now it’s time for the most extensive post – my top TV shows of the year! Usually, I’d split this one up into two different posts, one for the TV shows that have been running for a longer time and one for the most recent releases, but I’ve really tried to contain myself. It’s fairly long still, but I did my best to narrow it done. Be prepared for a bunch of honorable mentions!

CONTINUED TV SHOWS

This list will feature all the shows that had their sophomore year and beyond. I just can’t help myself, but put them in these categories.

5. Sanditon (Season 2)

Sanditon could have easily been ruined. Most of their leads left after the show was initially cancelled and then revived. They had every chance to fail, but somehow made me really invested in Charlotte’s new endeavors and all the other characters lives. Well done!

4. Never Have I Ever (Season 3)

Devi used to be able to annoy me a lot, but she has grown so much during the past seasons and I loved seeing that growth. And it’s not just her, the others – especially Paxton – had their own moments of maturity as well and I was here for it. Honestly thought that this was the best season thus far.

3. Stranger Things (Season 4)

I’ll admit to it. I have no problem in doing so. I am an Eddie Munson stan as well. I’m not saying he was the only good thing about the season – far from it – but I get the appeal and I do miss him still. Stranger Things has its strengths and weaknesses, but when we don’t focus on Mike and El, actually have the gang be together – it’s still one of the most engaging shows at the moment. Although I will never understand why we had to split it in two parts.

2. Only Murders in the Building (Season 2)

I wasn’t sure I was still going to like Only Murders in the Building after the first season. There were a lot of cameos I wasn’t exactly excited about and I thought that the format might get stale, but they pulled it off. Now I’m on team Theo and Mabel and hope it will happen. Who would have thought he’d become one of my favorite characters? (It’s actually not very surprising, I don’t know why I said that.)

1. Yellowstone (+ its spin-off shows)

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I’m cheating, because I’m putting old and new shows in here, just so I don’t have to make them compete in the new release category. I’ve fallen down a hole of cowboy shows and I have never been happier. There’s not even plot sometimes and I know that annoys people, but it calms me down so much to just watch cowboys at work for five minutes straight without anything else happening. These shows get so violent and brutal sometimes, I think someone described them as trauma porn even, but overall, I find them relaxing. I think something’s wrong with me.

1883

I thought I was going to be so bored just watching a bunch of “pioneers” make their way through North America, but Elsa Dutton is an icon. She’s a child, don’t get me wrong, not always the most mature or knowledgeable, but she felt everything with her whole body and soul and didn’t give a damn what people thought of her. For that time? That’s commendable.

1923

They got people like Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren to star in TV show (as a couple no less), which is exciting in itself, but somehow I’m in my Spencer Dutton (played by Brandon Sklenar) stan era and I have no regrets. Taking place 40 years after the show 1883 ended, we still have Elsa narrating the tragedies her family faces. It’s a weird clash to suddenly see horses alongside cars in town, but I’m very curious where we’re going with it all.

Honorable Mentions

Here’s some more shows that I enjoyed continuing to watch in 2022.

  • The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)
  • Starstruck (Season 2)
  • Good Trouble (Season 4)
  • The Umbrella Academy (Season 3)
  • The Wilds (Season 2 – already cancelled)
  • Bridgerton (Season 2)
  • Euphoria (Season 2)

2022 RELEASES

2022 brought us an onslaught of new shows that were fun and exciting. Not all made it (and I have a post dedicated to shows that were cancelled too soon, which you can check out HERE), but I’m still here to celebrate my faves.

6. The Bear

The Bear is a show that stressed me out so much. I think it brought back all the trauma from working in the food/hospitality industry growing up, because I did not enjoy that. I loved how real it felt though, gotta give them props for that! I’m very excited for the continuation of the show, even if the showrunners don’t want to see the romantic potential with their leads … it’s never good to just ignore natural chemistry.

5. Heartbreak High (reboot)

I know that the og Heartbreak High has a special place in many an Australian heart, but I adored this reboot. I was really bummed that not more people watched it and that it’s still in renewal limbo. Out of all the Gen Z shows I’ve watched in 2022, this one felt like it was the most honest and authentic. Also … very Aussie. I like that.

4. 1899 (already cancelled)

You’ve seen me rave about 1899, which was from the makers of Dark and promised to take us on another wild ride. Well, as Netflix likes to do, they disappointed us all by not promoting it properly, not giving it time and cancelling it, despite the 3-season-plan of the creators. I hate it here sometimes.

Also, the making of for the show was incredible! The technology we have these days, I had no idea.

3. Severance

I did not watch this show on a weekly basis while it was all hyped, I instead watched it on my own without talking to anyone in the midst of winter. Not going to lie, it took me bit to get into it, but it ended up just being mindblowing. In the beginning, I thought I’d love to sever my brain from work, but THE IMPLICATIONS! Never thought about it like that and it’s … wow! Can’t wait for more.

2. The Sandman

The Sandman is magical! There’s just no other way to describe it and I think it’s fair to say that “The Sound of her Wings” is one of the single best episodes of television I got to watch. For that one alone it had to be ranked fairly high.

1. Interview with the Vampire

I’m all the way back in my vampire phase, because I am being fed! This adaptation was brilliant and complex and so beautifully done. I mean, THE NUANCE! I cannot wait to see what they’re going to adapt the Witches of Mayfair. Only a couple more days until I get to see it.

Other Shows I Enjoyed

Narrowing it down to just 6 shows (which is a weird number for an end-of-the-year-ranking anyway) was hard. So, have some more!

  • Heartstopper
  • Wednesday
  • Vampire Academy
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Walker: Independence
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty
  • Bel-Air
  • The Rings of Power

Some SERIOUSLY Hidden Gems

And last but not least, here are some shows I THOROUGHLY enjoyed, but feel like that went completely under the radar for most people. They were up there among the best and deserve a special spotlight.

  • The Afterparty (limited series)
  • Wolf Like Me
  • The Flatshare (limited series)
  • The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself (already cancelled)
  • Conversations with Friends (limited series)
  • Outer Range

What did you think of my favorite shows of 2022? Did we watch similar stuff? Is there a show I missed out on? Let’s chat!

28 thoughts on “My Top TV Shows of 2022

  1. I loved seeing your favourite TV shows, although I have a lot I need to watch especially on the 2022 new releases. Hopefully this year 🤞🏻 The Flatshare is one I really want to check out soon. I enjoyed the book and I think the TV show has a lot of potential.
    I watched yellowstone last year and it was a pleasant surprise. The episodes went so quick and I wouldn’t look up to any of the decisions made but it made me like it fictitiously because of that I guess. I would love more nuanced sibling plots though.
    Again, I loved reading this list ❤️ and I hope you discover lots of new favourites in 2023!

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Sophie! The Flatshare was really cute. It differed a bit from the book, but that was a good thing in some parts.
      Oh, I’m curious what you mean by more nuanced sibling plots? How far along are you with the show?

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      • I have finished s4, but yet to start s5! I do think I would like more sibling based plot even though what they have makes sense for the different personality types & plot. It would be interesting to see them have long term interactions, I feel like to an extent their moments are formulaic. Beth and Jamie conversations are always the same style and Kayce seems indifferent to what happens outside his family. As it has reasons, I don’t think it is bad writing but if something could push them all together to talk more I would be curious. Especially as a shared childhood could lead to good conversations and I would love to know more about their childhood, were they ever closer or did they talk about their father a lot.
        I do have a soft spot for sibling plots so it could be my desire over logic. 😅 Sorry didn’t expect this comment to be so long!

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      • I think the fact that they aren’t really close makes a lot of sense considering their upbringing and with us finding out information about what went down between Jamie and Beth when they were teens for example. I think this family is really warped and just … doesn’t talk? John is trying to get his kids together as he’s growing older, but it sure is a struggle. Please don’t apologize for a long comment. First, I asked and secondly, I thought that was a really interesting POV and I definitely get what you mean.

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      • I agree, their behaviour makes a lot of sense and it is a warped family. One of my favourite scenes of the series was probably Beth and Kayce’s conversation at the start of season 2 (??). I think she was telling him to leave or prove monica wrong. She had a similar conversation with Monica too which I found very interesting. I wished for more like that but, in all fairness, that conversation had ended so there is no need to go back to it.

        I feel like most my questions are around Lee randomly– were Jamie and Lee closer? why did Beth go to Jamie when she was a teen and not Lee (I can guess an answer here though)? And I was curious to see Jamie’s behaviour at university (did he find someone else to follow or did he become more independent away from the family)? But I’m not sure theses flashbacks would benefit the plot, I’m just curious. 😂

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      • There’s a really great moment in Season 5 between Beth and Monica, in general a little bit more about their relationship and I really liked that. Of course, in the grand scheme of the show, it’s still minuscule.

        Oh, I so hear you about Lee. I just wonder where he is in all the flashbacks most of the time, but I just think he was working, since he was John’s fave haha I personally hate Jamie though, so I don’t really want more of him. Still understand you curiosity of course!

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  2. I loved Never Have I Ever so much, that season was so great and that cliffhanger, I’m, AHHHH. I’m still screaming about it and hate waiting ahah. I agree it’s probably the best season so far.
    I was intrigued by your words on Severance and watched the trailer and, wow. this seems a bit messed up and I am even MORE intrigued, now? Is that a scary show? I’m curious ahah.
    I HAVE to watch The Flatshare sometime, I really enjoyed the book! 🙂
    Loved this list! ❤

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  3. Loved seeing your favorite shows! 🥰 I also really enjoyed Never Have I Ever, The Sandman and 1899 (on my way to rage against Netflix for canceling it 😠). Only Murders in the Building and Heartbreak High sound so good, I have to finally watch them this year!

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    • I’m still so upset about 1899. I thought with the success of Dark, they’d give them the freedom and room to do another 3-season-show, but noooo.
      I can see you enjoying Only Murders in the Building and Heartbreak High – if you ever want to talk about them, just message me!

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  4. My husband and I just binge watched all of Yellowstone. I love it so much. It makes sense because I loved Sons of Anarchy and it’s by the same people lol If you haven’t watched SoA I highly recommend it (it’s also lots of trauma and violence though).

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