10 of the Best Shows of 2022 (So Far)

By Dani Cook

2022 and 2021 have been phenomenal years for television. Here’s a look at some of the best shows to have come out in 2022 and 2021.

1O. Ghosts (BBC)

This hilarious British sitcom follows a young couple who unexpectedly inherits the substantial country estate (manor house), Button House. The derelict home comes from a 99-year old distant relative and isn’t quite as empty as the couple would expect. The house is nearly bursting with squabbling ghosts of those who have died on the property over the centuries. The couple and the nine ghosts roaming the vast residence (not to mention the dozens in the plague pit) are only further cramped by the lively and contrasting personalities of each departed soul. A few of which include a caveman who was the earliest resident of the land, a disgraced MP who clearly died trouser-less, and Lady Button herself, the former owner in the Edwardian era. Once the couple decides to keep the house and renovate it, against the strong urges of their lawyer’s advice to sell, the real fun begins.

Many of the cast members act as not only performers but also writers on the witty sitcom. After already having been fellow cast members on series such as Horrible Histories and Yonderland (family-geared comedies), this is the ensemble’s first post-watershed (adult) comedy. The show’s success has led to an American adaptation of the same name from the network CBS.

9. Master of None Presents: Moments in Love

Master of None Presents: Moments in Love is the third installment of the series that no one expected but everyone needed. After show creator Aziz Ansari was forced to deal with some very public and personal controversies, fans of the first to two seasons were left to question the fate of the acclaimed series. Focuses may have shifted from the endearing Dev and his dating life, but the new series is in no way a downgrade. It’s a totally new experience.

Moments in Love follows Dev’s good friend Denise and her wife, Alicia. Denise is now a bestselling author, and the couple has taken to country life in upstate New York. This contrast is stark when compared to the bustling setting of Manhattan from previous seasons. Settling into their charming country home, conversations quickly turn to children. The couple suffer difficulties in getting pregnant which creates tension between the women and sets them on separate paths. The series title, “Moments in Love” could not have been better chosen with the raw, uninhibited depiction of these women going through marital conflicts, fertility issues, and the love that pushes those moments forward.

8. Murder Among The Mormons

The Netflix docu-series Murder Among the Mormons will awaken a fascination about historical Mormon documents that you never knew you had. The true-crime documentary follows Mark Hofmann, a now-infamous forger who created numerous documents related to the church of Latter-day Saints. The rollercoaster of events that this miniseries takes the audience on perfectly fits the now-popular genre of suspenseful docu-series for which Netflix has become known. This series has it all, from deception to murder, to a master forger, not unlike a real-life depiction of the lead character in Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. You’ll be on the edge of your seat over whether or not these historical religious documents are authentic or the work of a criminal mastermind.

7. Trying

As this list may convey, the British know comedy. This Apple TV+ series takes on the could-be weighty subject of adoption and infertility with wit, charm, and countless laughable moments. The second season of Trying premiered this year and only underlined its significance with its clever writing and the lovable chemistry between the central couple, not to mention Imelda Staunton’s (Harry Potter, The Crown) always impeccable performance.

Trying was the second partnership between Apple and the BBC after Prehistoric Planet. It has now been confirmed for a third season by Apple, so now is the perfect time to get into this lovely, comedic show.

6. WandaVision

Although one might say the only way you haven’t heard of this Disney+ hit is if you’ve been living under a rock, let’s just put it here anyway for our subterranean friends. As Disney’s first venture into the Marvel miniseries, WandaVision exceeded expectations. This ambitious drama filled with intrigue, action, and heart, manages to stay captivating, all while switching decades in nearly every episode. Props to the set designers. 

With the ever-changing sets, viewers of all ages can find moments to smile. Whether it is the 60’s Bewitched-themed intro of one episode or the breaking of the fourth wall in another (hat tip to The Office and Modern Family), there is something for everyone. Disney managed to take two lesser-known Avengers who audiences thought they knew and turn them into characters to truly adore. If you haven’t already seen WandaVision on Disney+, you’re in for a treat.

5. Insecure

HBO’s Insecure manages to take the tried and true television formula of “young woman dating in the big city” and bring something new to the table. Creator and lead Issa Rae brings an authenticity to the comedy-drama that was unseen in past iterations such as Sex and the City. In her authentic relatability, the character Issa Dee is awkward in the most endearing way. This is fitting, as the series was partially based on Rae’s acclaimed web series, Awkward Black Girl. The situations that Issa finds herself in will have you laughing and recounting your own similar experiences.

At HBO’s 2016 Television Critics Association, Issa Rae commented on the potential mainstream reaction to the show:

We’re just trying to convey that people of color are relatable. This is not a hood story. This is about regular people living life.

This is a perfect description of the series. It truly is a story about “regular people living life” and brings the African-American community into a light that has seldom been seen. Insecure reiterates that people are people. Everyone has the same struggles and we can all be a bit awkward or Insecure at times. The fifth and final season airs on HBO, October 24. 

4. What We Do in the Shadows

Adapted from the 2014 film of the same nameWhat We Do in the Shadows takes the mockumentary genre and gives audiences a hilarious thrill. Show creator Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) co-directed and starred in the original film with Taika Waititi (Thor: RagnarokJojo Rabbit). Although the film was an utter joy, television seems to be the right format for this story, able to provide endless ridiculous situations to place this amusing trio of vampires. Season 3 premiered on FX on September 2, impeccably timed to have a laugh in the run-up to Halloween.

3. Mare of Eastown

When this HBO miniseries premiered in April 2021, it took the internet by storm each week as a murder mystery unfolded before police investigator Mare Sheehan. Played by the always-phenomenal Kate Winslet, this crime drama tells the story of Mare Sheehan, an investigator tasked with solving the murder of a teenage mother, all while trying her best to keep her own life together. Dealing with personal dramas concerning divorce, potential romances, her son, and a custody battle with her grandson’s ex-addict mother, life is not easy for Mare. Mare of Eastown will grip you with the now Emmy winning performances of Winslet, Evan Peters (X-MenAmerican Horror Story), and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage CountyI, Tonya), as well as take you on a journey with an unforgettable surprise ending.

2. Ted Lasso

If you watch nothing else this year besides Apple TV+’s comedy Ted Lasso, you will be utterly fulfilled and come out a better person for it. Having swept up at the 2021 Emmy’s with a total of seven awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series to star Jason Sudeikis, few programs have been this deserving. The praise this series has received is in no way an overestimation of its quality. 

Ted Lasso is above all, a character show: It’s primary strength. The plot follows an American football coach who is hired to coach a Premier League football (soccer) team. The results are hilarious, but it is Lasso’s warmth and never-failing positivity that herds these unlikely characters to strike a friendship and, eventually, create a family. Each character is uniquely endearing, highlighting the phenomenal writing which only better showcases the award-winning performances of each actor. Ted Lasso is currently airing new episodes every Friday, with the season finale set to release October 8. Don’t miss it.

1. For All Mankind

For All Mankind earns the top spot on this list for its phenomenal execution juxtaposed with its equally underrated presence in the television arena. Self-described by show creator Robert D. Moore as “Mad Men at Nasa,” that labeling does not disappoint. This Apple TV+ science-fiction drama starts off in 1969, on a historic day: The moon landing. Audiences all over the world are seen glued to their television sets, watching the first man step foot on the moon, place his country’s flag in the lunar soil, and proudly salute the Soviet Union flag. It’s a shock on first viewing and pulls you into the “how?” and “why?” of it all. This one shift in history sets off a string of events that puts NASA on a course towards the stars. Driven by a competitive spirit and the sting of losing to an opponent, this event reframes the Space Race. The program is put into hyper-drive and immediately begins actions to place the first woman on the moon (a feat that has never happened in reality) and to create the first lunar base. For All Mankind wonderfully asks the question, “What if the space race never ended?”

Season 2 of For All Mankind premiered in February 2021 and has been renewed for a third. Show this series the love it deserves and watch For All Mankind on Apple TV+.

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