The calendar has finally turned the page to 2022. While I can't promise you that it will be a better year than 2021, I can assure you there are some incredible shows coming your way. In no particular order, here are 12 shows I can't wait to watch in 2022.
It was not easy trimming this list down. In fact, it started as a list of five and then morphed into 10 before I finally cut it off at 12. Here are some other shows I've got mentally circled in 2022:
- Gangs of London Series 2
- Snowpiercer Season 3
- Westworld Season 4
- Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 1
- The Mandolorian Season 3
- Moon Knight Season 1
- Willow Season 1
- After Life Season 3
- Billions Season 4
- Halo Season 1
- Witcher: Blood Origin Season 1
Peaky Blinders Series 6 (Netflix) - Release TBD
Peaky Blinders will air its sixth and final series in 2022. The show has followed the titular gang out of Birmingham from humble beginnings to a position of power in the political and criminal worlds (no difference I 'spose..).
The show will cover Tommy Shelby and the rest of the Peaky Blinders as they square off against Oswald Mosley, who Tommy failed to assassinate. I am interested to see how they address Aunt Polly with the untimely passing of actor Helen McCrory in 2021. Showrunner Steven Knight has long said the show will end with the air raid sirens signaling the start of WWII. I can't wait to watch it play out.
Better Call Saul Season 6 (AMC) - Release TBD
Another great show coming to an end in 2022. Better Call Saul has served as a hybrid prequel/sequel to the mega-hit Breaking Bad. We've seen glimpses of what happens after Breaking Bad ends, but the show has mostly focused on Saul Goodman's life leading up to when we met him in that show.
Saul is now firmly entrenched in the underbelly of the cartel and drug trade and something explosive is coming. I'm pumped to see the scene that set up this line from Saul's first appearance on Breaking Bad. "It wasn't me, it was Ignacio!… Lalo didn't send you?"
Righteous Gemstones Season 2 (HBO) - Release Jan. 9, 2022
Time to lighten the mood with a little comedy. The show premiered in 2019 and COVID-19 made for a lengthy delay between seasons. The dark comedy/crime follows the televangelistic Gemstone family and the craziness they get into. The entire cast is great, but I'm most excited to see Danny McBride and Walton Goggins share the screen again. Those two are dynamite together.
Ozark Season 4 Part One (Netflix) - Release Jan. 21, 2022
One of Netflix's most revered shows will come to an end in 2022 as Ozark will air the two halves of its final season. The show has followed the Byrde family as they've slipped deeper and deeper into the criminal world. After solidifying their position with the cartel in Mexico, they will have to navigate the consequences of their actions back in Lake of the Ozarks.
Lord of the Rings Season 1 (Amazon Prime) - Release Sep. 2, 2022
This is going to be a huge deal for Amazon, good or bad. Amazon paid $250 million for the rights to the show and has committed over $1 billion for at least five seasons. The IP is massively popular so anything less than stellar will get torn apart by fans and critics.
Pam & Tommy (Hulu) - Release Feb. 2, 2022
The Hulu miniseries will tell the story that almost everyone has heard but few truly know. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape took the internet by storm. We can probably blame them for why we know who Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian are now. The cast looks incredible with Lily James and Sebastian Stan looking almost too good as the title characters they play.
Peacemaker Season 1 (HBO) - Release Jan. 13, 2022
2021's The Suicide Squad took me and most who watched completely by surprise. A sequel to a mediocre 2016 flick was way off my radar. With James Gunn at the helm, I should have known better. Peacemaker is the character Jon Cena played in the 2021 film. The show will pick up after the events of the movie and follow him and some of the characters more associated with him.
To be frank, I didn't even know who Peacemaker was before The Suicide Squad, but I was quickly hooked. The show has a chance to allow the DC Extended Universe to start to gain ground on the MCU as well. With The Batman set to release in March 2022, this is a chance for the DCEU to show it is capable of going on a little streak of awesomeness. Fingers crossed.
Stranger Things Season 4 (Netflix) - Release TBD
Yet another massively popular show coming to an end in 2022. Stranger Things was one of Netflix's first uber hits. They'd seen successful shows launch, but Stranger Things was grander. The gang in Hawkins, IN has faced threats from numerous dimensions throughout, and each time the stakes have been raised. With season four featuring more locations around the US and world, I'm looking forward to one last trip into the Upside Down. Here's to getting back out!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 (Amazon Prime) - Release Feb. 18, 2022
Amazon's period piece sitcom has been absent for over two years. Season three ended with a few characters in sticky situations. The show is worth a watch for a ton of valid reasons, but if nothing else watch it for the reminder that Alex Borstein is waaaaaay more than the voice of Lois Griffin.
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (HBO) - Release March 2022
The Showtime Lakers were appointment viewing, so it only makes sense to put a TV show about them on HBO! The show will follow the Lakers' rise to dominance in the 1980s after drafting Magic Johnson. John C. Reilly will play owner Jerry Buss. The trailer is giving me serious Walk Hard vibes and excitement is palpable.
House of the Dragon Season 1 (HBO) - Release TBD
This is another show where I am both excited to watch and nervous it won't go well. House of the Dragon is set in the world of Westeros from Game of Thrones. Thrones went from being by far the biggest show imaginable to and complete afterthought when fans expressed their displeasure at the ending.
House of the Dragon will take place a few hundred years before GoT and cover the fall of House Targaryen. Fire & Blood was a great read so my optimism is sky high, like a dragon's butt.
Ted Lasso Season 3 (Apple TV) - Release TBD
Ted Lasso marks our final series finale on the list. That being said, I'm certain Apple will throw around whatever money it takes to keep their hit show running. This series has been dominating the award shows since it came out, and season two's finale is setting up for a terrific three-act story.
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