22 Best New Shows of 2022
The TV industry has fully recovered from COVID.BY ZACH DECEMBER 15, 2022 - Updated JAN 3, 2023
It's that time of year again and oh boy, 2022 was a big year for TV indeed. In addition to the many new shows that premiered this year, we also had a massive tidal wave of shows returning after a hiatus extended by the difficulties of shooting during a pandemic. I will chronicle my top 10 of the returning shows in a separate list, but this one is all about brand new shows or limited series that debuted this year.
But first, some interesting trends... While traditionally this list is dominated by limited series, this year marks a notable increase in great shows that will be continuing. In one category, you have the big IP shows (LOTR, Star Wars, Game of Thrones) all of which will likely continue for multiple seasons. As I compiled this list, there were even a handful of shows which I had no idea were renewed for another season (some probably should have been limited series).
And if anyone still cares about the so-called "streaming wars," Apple is winning. 5 of the top 10 on this list are on Apple TV+. While HBO and HBO Max combined still have the highest number of shows with 6, none of them cracked the top 10. Hulu is still going strong with 4 shows on the list, the better half of which were (unsurprisingly) developed by FX. Finally, Netflix still only makes 1 new good show a year.
About this list
As with all my annual "Best New Shows" lists, a series is included if:
Its first (or only) season aired this year
It has more than 1 episode (i.e. no TV Movies)
I watched every episode of the season
This year, I started 34 new tv series. These are my picks for the best 22 of 2022...