The 20 Most-Anticipated TV Shows of 2022

Jan 25, 2022

Category: Entertainment

The plethora of productions that came to a massive halt when the pandemic started has left many beyond impatient. Countless shows were put on hold for safety’s sake, and we completely understand that. However, as it goes for every branch of entertainment, 2022 is looking like a comeback year for fans of just about everything. Considering that was the case, we have all the more reason to look forward to what’s coming up next in all our favorite TV shows in 2022.

If television hasn’t managed to hold you over at one point or another since the dawn of the decade, then we applaud your ability to find other hobbies. However, any form of sensory escape is warranted in this day and age, as networks have managed to keep many of us entertained for quite some time. With an onslaught of cable essentials and streaming service exclusives spreading around like wildfire, we’d be remiss not to discuss the ones that viewers have been waiting on for years. So, allow us to present to you our picks for the 20 most-anticipated TV shows of 2022.

Photo: FX

Atlanta

Whether you know him as Donald Glover or Childish Gambino, the immensely versatile performer has left fans of his FX program waiting on the edge of their seats since 2018. Seeing as the most recent season of Atlanta aired four years ago, a recap is as warranted as its follow-up. In season 2, the dynamic of Earn’s love-life had grown rather questionable, all the while his best friend and client in Paper Boi was only getting bigger. Summing up ten episodes’ worth of context in a mere sentence is never simple, but what’s worth noting about the forthcoming season is that the ATL-bred rap star and his crew are heading to Europe — and, honestly, everything else about it seems noteworthy too.

Release Date: March 24th
Season: 3
Network: FX
Creator(s): Donald Glover

Photo: HBO

Barry

Bill Hader’s critically-heralded Barry is expected to return in the new year, too, serving as another show that hasn’t seen the light of day since before the pandemic. Hader’s titular character has grown tired of being a hitman, which has gradually proved to be detrimental, and he is seeking greener pastures as he learns how to become a better actor. With the help of his inspiring teacher, Gene Cousineau, and glass-half-full classmates, Barry’s acting class has ultimately become more important to him. Be that as it may, NoHo Hank and his Los Angeles-based crew of Chechen mobsters have other things in mind. Forewarning: this is a lot funnier than it sounds.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 3
Network: HBO
Creator(s): Alec Berg and Bill Hader

Photo: Peacock

Bel Air

To the delight of ’90s kids, The Fresh Prince reboot is finally happening. This time, however, things are looking a lot more serious. That’s not to say the original show didn’t tackle important subjects in its own right, but this Will Smith-developed reimagination of the classic sitcom has been pinned as a drama, and that should say enough already. A viral, 4-minute fan film directed by Morgan Cooper is what inspired the forthcoming Peacock exclusive, which goes to show how much can come out of a Will Smith-cosign. In the meantime, just sit right there.

Release Date: February 13th
Season: 1
Network: Peacock
Creator(s): Will Smith and Morgan Cooper

Photo: AMC

Better Call Saul

It’s rare to see a spin-off turn out as good as its origin, but leave that up to Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman to make it possible for five whole seasons. Better Call Saul serves as the prequel to the revered Breaking Bad and is truly capable of standing on its own, but any sort of knowledge regarding the latter is beneficial to the viewing experience. Seeing as this is the critically-acclaimed show’s final season, a proper farewell is definitely in store for Mr. McGill.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 6
Network: AMC
Creator(s): Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

Photo: Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios

The Boys

Regardless of what Martin Scorsese has to say about contemporary superhero flicks, critics have had nothing but praise when it comes to this Prime Video-exclusive drama. With a bevy of Emmy nominations under its belt, the high-octane comic book adaptation is finally coming back — and even has a couple of spin-offs with production underway. Anything from the minds of producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is often bound to be pinned as gold, and The Boys is a show that falls right in line.

Release Date: June 3rd
Season: 3
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Creator(s): Eric Kripke

Photo: Disney

Cars on the Road

While Pixar’s pair of sequels to the original Cars have been subject to disappointing reception, we’re still excited to see what Lightning McQueen can bring to a smaller screen. Produced by Up director (and current Pixar head) Pete Doctor and studio vet Marc Sondheimer, the show will take viewers along for the racecar’s ride across the country. Aside from the fact that Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy will be reprising their beloved roles as Lightning and Mater, fans of the series can expect an onslaught of new characters as they venture out of Radiator Springs on their long-term road trip.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: Disney+
Creator(s): TBD

Photo: ViacomCBS

Halo

Point us in the direction of any longtime Xbox owner who hasn’t been begging for an on-screen adaptation of Halo — take your time, we’ll wait. The upcoming Paramount+ exclusive takes place in the 26th century, which is fitting since it seems like the show has been in the making for centuries now. In what looks to be a battle of epic proportions, Master Chief and the United Nations Space Command are set to take on the Covenant. Whether you’re an avid Halo enthusiast or a fan of anything sci-fi, this adaptation is guaranteed to entertain.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: Paramount+
Creator(s): Kyle Killen and Steven Kane

Photo: HBO

House of the Dragon

While Game of Thrones came to an incredibly polarizing end a few years ago, veteran HBO subscribers shouldn’t have seen this as a surprise. Nevertheless, the premium channel is tailoring to fans of everything fantastical with the Emmy-winning series’ forthcoming prequel. House of the Dragon is based around Fire & Blood, another tale from the mind of George R. R. Martin, and it’s set 200 years before the continent-spanning events that go down in Westeros in GoT.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: HBO
Creator(s): Ryan J. Condal and George R. R. Martin

Photo: HBO

The Last of Us

The story behind this soon-to-be-released apocalyptic drama parallels that of what we mentioned about the Halo series: gamers have been waiting on it for quite some time. Set roughly 20 years following society’s deterioration, Joel and Ellie are back to make the most of this relatively horrific tale of survival. While many of us are still looking forward to a potential third The Last of Us video game, it’s refreshing to know what is in store for fans of the series thanks to HBO.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: HBO
Creator(s): Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann

Photo: Amazon Studios

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

If The Hobbit wasn’t extensive enough of a prequel for the fans of the lore-filled Tolkien franchise, then this massively expensive brand-new series should do the trick. The Rings of Power is set to take place centuries before the original Lord of the Rings and its aforementioned follow-up and will present a rare point in time in which the entire world of Middle Earth is at peace en route to diving into several elements that the films hadn’t shed enough light on.

Release Date: September 2
Season: 1
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Creator(s): J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay

Photo: Disney

The Mandalorian

The show that gave us Baby Yoda is far more than your average Star Wars tale, serving as an epic story all unto itself. As one of the most renowned shows in Disney+‘s catalog, it seemed as if The Mandalorian could do no wrong in its first two seasons. At the end of the day, series creator and Iron Man director Jon Favreau is no stranger to throwing a metal-clad protagonist through an abundance of high-octane action. With that being said, this will not be the only show to expect this year from a galaxy far, far away.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 3
Network: Disney+
Creator(s): Jon Favreau

Photo: Disney

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Genuinely, we know as much about this upcoming Disney+ series as you do — and it isn’t a lot. However, what we can guarantee in the meantime is that Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen are reprising their roles for the first time since Revenge of the Sith, and that’s more than enough for us. Obi-Wan Kenobi hasn’t seen the light of day since the third Star Wars prequel, and we are sure looking forward to seeing him once again in what looks to be an action-packed return.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1 (limited series)
Network: Disney+
Creator(s): Joby Harold

Photo: Netflix

Ozark

To put things lightly, the trials and tribulations of Marty Byrde’s money-laundering scheme have had some major implications on his family. For those who haven’t watched the show, but are well aware of Jason Bateman’s filmography, then a surprise is surely in store — in other words, this is a far cry from Arrested Development. It’s absurd to think that the lionized drama is coming to an end this year, but the first part is season 4 is well underway, with its succeeding half set to bring the show to a grand finale later on in 2022.

Release Date: January 21st (Part 1) / TBA (Part 2)
Season: 4
Network: Netflix
Creator(s): Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams

Photo: Disney

Pam & Tommy

First thing’s first: this is not a Disney movie. Secondly, supporting cast members Seth Rogen and Nick Offerman are a pair of noteworthy actors no matter what the plot entails, so this upcoming miniseries likely would’ve turned up here regardless of what it was about. There are few celebrity stories more scandalous than when Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s lurid sex tape got leaked out to the public, and it’s about time that Hollywood gave the viral moment in pop culture some due diligence, with Lily James and Sebastian Stan portraying the ’90s lovebirds.

Release Date: February 2nd
Season: 1 (limited series)
Network: Hulu
Creator(s): Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

Photo: Netflix

Russian Doll

The hilariously brooding Netflix exclusive was renewed for a second season, albeit to the surprise of many. Mind you, this surprise doesn’t come as a result of poor reception, but merely the lack of awareness as to how this story could continue. The eerie dramedy revolves around Nadia, a woman who has found herself in an incessant time loop and can’t find her way out of the same night. There is no way to give more information without spoiling the show, but Amy Poehler’s writing and Natasha Lyonne’s Emmy-winning performance are merely a pair of reasons why this is worth looking forward to.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 2
Network: Netflix
Creator(s): Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler

Photo: Netflix

Stranger Things

Very few shows manage to fully engulf social media timelines upon releasing a new season quite like Stranger Things. With that being said, it’s been over two years since the world-famous Netflix exclusive has graced the tube with new episodes — luckily, that wait comes to an end this summer. Eleven finds herself in California this time around, alongside Will and his older brother, but they are looking forward to visiting the rest of the gang back in Hawkins after a tiring school year. While that sounds fun, it seems like they tend to forget how much drama comes to shape whenever they all hang out together.

Release Date: Mid-2022
Season: 4
Network: Netflix
Creator(s): The Duffer Brothers

Photo: Warner Bros. Television and Apple Inc.

Ted Lasso

If you stumbled upon a mustachioed buddy dressed up in a tracksuit this past Halloween, then this should come as no surprise. Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso is one of the more likable protagonists around, and that stands regardless of how countless sports journalists have approached him throughout the series. With the second season coming to a rather tumultuous end, it’s safe to say that the pot will be getting stirred even more heading into season three following Nate’s betrayal. Apple has also reached a significant deal with the Premier League, permitting them to use actual branding moving forward.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 3
Network: Apple TV+
Creator(s): Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly

Photo: Netflix

Wedensday

It’s often easy for younger generations to disregard the fact that The Addams Family began as more than a pair of ‘90s films — similar to how older ones overlook the New Yorker cartoons that inspired the ’60s sitcom. For this reimagining, master of eccentricity Tim Burton will be diving into the life of Wednesday Addams, making the fan-favorite character the star for once. Wednesday is said to revolve around the titular macabre daughter’s life in high school as she attempts to solve a mystery that has haunted her family for years.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: Netflix
Creator(s): Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Photo: HBO

Westworld

For those who haven’t got around to it yet, picture this: a futuristic world where theme parks have developed into hyper-realistic interactions with artificially intelligent hosts who ultimately take over the park and venture out of it in search of purpose. At the start of quarantine, HBO gifted the public with season 3 of Westworld and even introduced Aaron Paul to The New World. It’s a show that takes some time to digest, but once it’s fully down, there’s simply no way to get enough of it.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 4
Network: HBO
Creator(s): Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

Photo: HBO

Winning Time

While the current Los Angeles Lakers are facing some on-court turmoil, their Showtime-era roster could do no wrong, as that sense of bravado trickled down from the front office and never left. Based on a book by Jeff Pearlman that spares no detail of the team’s glitzy history, Winning Time kicks off at the dawn of the ’80s, when late owner Jerry Buss purchased the Lakers then, in a matter of no time, drafted all-time guard Magic Johnson. There are countless significant moments you can expect re-enacted throughout, like their tireless battles against the rivaled Celtics and even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appearing in the classic ’80s comedy Airplane!. From household names to bench-warming role players, Winning Time brings every player, coach, and front office member to the forefront — as well as a young Jack Nicholson sitting courtside.

Release Date: March
Season: 1 (limited series)
Network: HBO
Creator(s):Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht

Honorable Mention

Photo: Comedy Central

The Curse

Fans of Nathan for You have been begging for its creator/host’s return to television, and it seems as though this year is finally the time. While there is little to no information available in regards to when we can expect it, there is a bit more entailing what we can expect: Nathan Fielder and Emma Stone playing a pair of cursed newlyweds who attempt to conceive a child, all the while producing their own show on HGTV. In other words, it will be hilarious and is another brainchild from one of the award-winning Safdie brothers in collaboration with Fielder.

Release Date: TBA
Season: 1
Network: Showtime
Creator(s): Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie

30 Most-Anticipated Movies of 2022

With the proliferation of streaming services and the ever-shrinking theatrical release window, television series are increasingly having to share the small screen with new hit movies. Fittingly, there’s no shortage of movies to expect this year both on TV and in cinemas, and we’ve got you covered with a guide to the best films on the horizon.

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