It was a unbelievable 12 months for tv. I in all probability stated that final 12 months — and doubtlessly the 12 months earlier than — however details are details. Tv has by no means been higher. 

This 12 months, nevertheless, was particularly compelling for its selection. Huge-budget exhibits like Home of the Dragon delivered, however we additionally bought compelling sci-fi with The Peripheral, genius comedies like Unhealthy Sisters and subversive anime like Spy X Household. Even the down-in-the-doldrums Star Wars franchise bought itself a real masterpiece in Andor. 

So, with out additional ado and in no explicit order, listed below are the CNET crew’s favourite exhibits of 2022.

Learn extra: CNET’s favourite motion pictures of 2022



I’ve fantasized about dwelling within the Star Wars universe for many years (who hasn’t?) and Andor reveals what it’d truly be like. On this present, you may neglect that this can be a galaxy run by an area wizard that shoots lightning from his fingers.

As an alternative, you may be centered on the grinding actuality of life underneath an oppressive regime’s boot, the hazard of making an attempt to climb its company ladder and the facility of collective motion in dealing with overwhelming odds.

Attending to observe Diego Luna on the trail to changing into his morally grey Rogue One hero is a deal with, however Andor’s actual joys are the unseen tales of rebels, Imperials and one unnervingly obsessed area cop. Andor is the perfect Star Wars story since The Empire Strikes Again.

—Sean Keane

Home of the Dragon

Ollie Upton/HBO

Home of the Dragon was probably the most nice TV shock of 2022. Sure, the present has pacing points and a few episodes had been method too darkish. However suppose again to the start of the 12 months, when Home of the Dragon was a thriller. Contemplating the foul style Sport of Thrones’ eighth season left in lots of mouths, there was an simple inclination to suppose Home of the Dragon would inherit the worst attributes from its predecessor and few of its strengths. 

Home of the Dragon is totally different sufficient from Sport of Thrones to face by itself, however comparable sufficient to remind you of why you really liked Sport of Thrones within the first place. That is a giant win.

—Dan Van Increase

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners


Some exhibits simply haven’t any proper being good. 

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners – an anime based mostly on an bold, buggy online game the web dunked on for months – should not be probably the greatest TV exhibits of 2022, however it’s. Simply. 

The tip results of a collab between sport developer CD Projekt Purple and Studio Set off, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a neon-drenched train in pure hyperstyle. It is pretty much as good as any anime I’ve watched within the final decade. A compact, well-told story in regards to the penalties of poverty and the pursuit of pure capital in any respect prices. I think I will be watching and rewatching this masterpiece for years to come back.

—Mark Serrels

Unhealthy Sisters

Apple TV Plus

This very good Irish black comedy comes from the pen of prolific sitcom author Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Disaster, Motherland). 4 sisters plot to kill their brother-in-law Jean-Paul after he mistreats every of them, together with his spouse Grace. Jean-Paul is probably one of many best villains on TV — his pet identify for Grace, “Mammy,” will hang-out your days, lengthy after you down this insane cocktail of homicide thriller comedy thriller. An absolute gem.

—Jen Bisset

The White Lotus, season 2 


HBO closed out the 12 months with seven weeks of candy, candy schadenfreude, making me lengthy for the proverbial water cooler so I might dissect every The White Lotus character’s chance of dying. This season’s rich-people playground: a resort in Sicily with requisite crashing waves on craggy shores, crumbling palazzi, and “influential native households.”

Throw in a few enterprising intercourse employees, some spouse-swapping and drug induced foibles, and you bought your self some appointment tv. Not solely did the sophomore season of The White Lotus convey the denizens of Twitter collectively in scrumptious shared suspense, it was additionally simply a particularly nicely made entry into the status TV canon, with onion-y layers of subtext and a humiliation of Emmy-worthy performances.

—Karisa Langlo

The Bear


I’ve by no means labored within the meals business, and The Bear confirmed I made the fitting determination. This frantic Hulu/Disney Plus slice-of-life drama performed like an prolonged panic assault, but managed to even be humorous and in the end heartwarming. Anchored by profitable performances from Ayo Edebiri, an incendiary Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Jeremy Allen White’s tight white T-shirt, The Bear irresistibly cooked up a portrait of a piece household you could not assist rooting for. Sure chef!

—Richard Trenholm 


Apple TV Plus

Within the coronary heart of an Omicron winter that eliminated me from household and pals but once more, as I wrestled with emotions of dwelling a distant work life and coming again to an workplace that felt alien to me, Severance arrived like a psychological tuning fork to resonate with every little thing I wanted. 

Apple TV Plus’ breakout essential hit present bought me from the primary trailers: its bleak, absurd, retro model, which jogged my memory of every little thing from Netflix’s Maniac to Charlie Kaufman motion pictures like Being John Malkovich. The thought of employees discovering their dwelling and work lives severed from one another did not flooring me (I’ve a excessive ceiling for weirdness). However the tone, the relentless dedication to the unfolding thriller, is unforgettably hypnotic. I performed the online game The Stanley Parable: Extremely Deluxe shortly after, and located it spoke to comparable obsessions: a way of time vanishing, life repeating, psychological anguish and preventing repression and melancholy. 

Additionally, Severance is enjoyable. The forged is stellar, and I might watch all of them endlessly. It is slyly humorous, excess of I believed it could be. The ending of season 1 let me down solely as a result of I used to be prepared for this to go a lot additional. I suppose that is what season 2 is for.

—Scott Stein

The Peripheral

Prime Video

Some science fiction exhibits disappoint me. As a lifelong William Gibson fan who’s learn all his work, I anticipated The Peripheral, an adaption of Gibson’s 2015 guide that is a part of a three-volume trilogy, to let me down. It did not.

The Prime Video sequence is every little thing I might need: disorienting storylines,  unusual close to and farther-future settings, and loads of large concepts (robotic telepresence, technological time journey) made this must-view TV for me. The thought of individuals leaping into different our bodies utilizing VR-like telepresence gadgets is one thing I’ve obsessed over since Avatar, and nonetheless feels forward of its time. 

However The Peripheral will get rather a lot odder than that. My spouse bought hooked, too, which isn’t any simple feat. We do not at all times agree on exhibits, however The Peripheral works as a mirrored image on our cracked, damaged present world, fears of disasters but to come back, and in addition serves as a superb, tangled sci-fi action-thriller. I used to be really unhappy to be left on a Season One cliffhanger, however Season Two already guarantees to be very fascinating. In order for you extra, simply go learn Gibson’s two books which are already accessible.

—Scott Stein

Abbott Elementary 


All hail, Quinta Brunson, creator, star and Emmy-winning author of this hit comedy. Set at a Philadelphia public faculty that is predominantly Black, the mockumentary sequence follows a handful of academics and their social media influencer of a principal (Janelle James) who’re simply making an attempt to do the perfect for his or her youngsters with the very restricted assets they’ve. Sheryl Lee Ralph, who performs veteran trainer Barbara, additionally gained an Emmy this 12 months. (And if there’s an award for finest acceptance speech ever, give her that one too.) Abbott Elementary is that uncommon present that is hilarious and heartwarming. Simply attempt to sustain with all of the popular culture references. Plus, Gritty visitor stars. Sufficient stated. 

—Anne Dujmovic

The Final Film Stars 


Within the ’80s, Paul Newman launched into a memoir undertaking. Good friend and screenwriter Stewart Stern carried out interviews with the actor and people closest to him, together with spouse Joanne Woodward, administrators, well-known pals and even his ex-wife. Newman later deserted the undertaking and burned the audiotapes, however hundreds of pages of transcripts survived. This six-part documentary sequence about legendary actors Newman and Woodward makes use of these transcripts to take a loving but unvarnished take a look at the couple, their private and non-private lives, and their 50-year marriage. 

Actor Ethan Hawke, who directed the sequence, brilliantly weaves movie clips along with voiceovers from the likes of George Clooney (reciting Newman’s phrases) and Laura Linney (studying as Woodward) amongst different well-known actors. Hawke additionally contains excerpts of his Zoom interviews with the actors he recruited, in addition to the youngsters of the enduring Hollywood couple, whereas he was placing the sequence collectively. The phrases “compelling” and “Zoom conferences” aren’t phrases you’d anticipate to see in the identical sentence. However these conferences are simply that, giving viewers a window into Hawke’s artistic course of as he wrestles with find out how to deal with a undertaking of this magnitude and through a pandemic too. 

—Anne Dujmovic



After I first began watching Barry, I believed the objective of government producers Invoice Hader and Alec Berg was to create a wacky comedy a couple of hitman making an attempt to change into an actor. Now I am satisfied Barry is among the finest exhibits on tv. 

Through the present’s run, The Ringer had a weekly recap with Hader on The Status TV Podcast. You can pay attention Hader breaking down advanced pictures and deep material virtually nonchalantly. He broke down his inspiration for sure parts of the story, discussing how writers on the present would resolve plot puzzles, whereas ensuring the present was nonetheless humorous all through. Watching season 3 had me saying to myself, time and time once more, that this present should not be this good — however it’s. 

—Oscar Gonzales

SAS: Rogue Heroes


I used to be laid up sick a few weeks in the past, so a present about World Conflict II commandos from the man who wrote Peaky Blinders was a wonderfully timed responsible pleasure. Rogue Heroes took the rousing heroics of Saturday afternoon classics like The Nice Escape and The Weapons of Navarone and mashed it up with the anarchic power of Inglourious Basterds plus AC/DC on the soundtrack. I smashed the entire sequence in a day. Sure, I’m a middle-aged dad, why do you ask?

—Richard Trenholm 

Extraordinary Lawyer Woo 


Magical. That will sound ridiculous, however that is what involves thoughts after I take into consideration this South Korean authorized drama/comedy sequence. Whenever you enter the world of Woo Younger-woo, you enter a world the place an enthralling, quirky younger girl who has autism spectrum dysfunction is compelled to problem folks and society’s thought of “regular” each single day. The magic comes from watching Woo Younger-woo be herself — she makes errors, she misses social cues, she solutions questions actually, she follows routines that consolation her however annoy others. She additionally wins case after case as a result of she’s an excellent and authentic thinker with a robust sense of justice who cares deeply about folks — a counter to a persistent stereotype that people with ASD are emotionally disconnected. 

There’s additionally magic in watching her household, pals and colleagues slowly overcome their prejudices and, to the sequence’ creators credit score, change into characters as totally fleshed out as our heroine. At a time when it appears the unhealthy guys win greater than they need to, watching Woo Younger-woo win authorized battles, and pals, simply makes you’re feeling good. The 16-episode season 1, with a soundtrack that jogs my memory of the music from Pixar’s Wall-E, was one of the vital well-liked worldwide sequence on Netflix in 2022. Watch it with the subtitles on. You wish to hear from these characters in their very own voices.

—Connie Guglielmo



If, after the Addams Household motion pictures and ’60s TV sequence, you felt Wednesday deserved a present of her personal, you are not being kooky (or mysterious or spooky). Directed by Tim Burton, the eight-part Netflix teen melodrama sequence follows the nihilistic Wednesday’s adventures as she’s expelled from one faculty (her eighth in 5 years) and strikes on to Nevermore Academy, her mother and father’ alma mater. Whereas the college is stuffed with outcasts and monsters of all varieties, Wednesday (a task Jenna Ortega kills) nonetheless manages to face out along with her pale pores and skin and black uniform. “She’s allergic to paint,” explains her mom, Morticia, performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

Wednesday’s flat look and clear and witty disdain for her friends will hold you in stitches, however there is a thriller to resolve: one thing is killing off college students and townsfolk within the small city of close by Jericho. The entire household performs supporting roles, together with Factor, the disembodied hand that may now roam freely as Wednesday’s sidekick sleuth. Christina Ricci, who performed Wednesday within the Addams Household motion pictures of the Nineteen Nineties, returns to the story as Marylin Thornhill, the college’s solely “normie,” or nonmagical trainer, who serves as Wednesday’s dorm mom and someday mentor.

—Steven Musil

Higher Name Saul


This Breaking Unhealthy spinoff took a one-note facet character — drug cartel lawyer Saul Goodman — via six seasons of more and more felony mayhem to create one of the vital multifaceted TV characters of the last decade. In his final season, Saul, aka James McGill (aka Slippin’ Jimmy, aka Viktor St. Claire, aka Gene Takavic) lastly met up with Walter White and Jesse, stated farewell to Kim Wexler, Mike Ehrmentraut and Howard Hamlin, and acquired his final judgment in a sequence finale that hit all the proper notes.  

Higher Name Saul’s ultimate season delivered twists, suspense and a nicely executed decision that dipped expertly forwards and backwards between a number of timelines earlier than, throughout and after Breaking Unhealthy. An understated flip by comedy legend Carol Burnett as an aged mark who brings about Saul’s downfall was one among a number of deft visitor performances this season. A love story disguised as against the law thriller, Higher Name Saul was all about Jimmy and Kim ultimately and the present’s inevitable, heartbreaking conclusion put a becoming bow on their absolute catastrophe of a relationship.

—Peter Butler 

Magpie Murders

Prime Video

Should you’re in search of a whodunit completed proper, do this pleasant time-traveling homicide thriller based mostly on Anthony Horowitz’s 2016 best-selling guide of the identical identify. Its story-within-a-story format investigates the suspicious dying of profitable thriller author Alan Conway whereas concurrently unfolding occasions in Conway’s newest novel, titled Magpie Murders. You get to play detective for greater than a single case right here, with impressively interwoven storytelling seamlessly connecting the parallel and more and more intersecting timelines. 

The six-episode sequence is grippingly suspenseful and splendidly witty. Plus, a part of the motion takes place in a Fifties English village which will harbor darkish secrets and techniques, however has the sort of small-town appeal that makes you wish to wander its quaint tree-lined streets.

—Leslie Katz

Derry Women 


Derry Women premiered its third and ultimate season in October, so now you can binge watch the whole award-winning sequence in per week like I did. On the floor, this can be a teen sitcom a couple of group of highschool women within the Nineteen Nineties, dwelling within the small city of Derry, North Eire, on the finish of The Troubles. Most teen women in TV exhibits (the fabulous Wednesday Addams apart) are portrayed as self-absorbed, foolish and clueless, solely caring about being well-liked and relationship boys. Sequence creator Lisa McGee drew on her personal upbringing to ship a easy message: Yeah. So what? 

The Derry Women are loyal, sincere and sometimes sensible past their years. They’re additionally humorous as hell, with the quick episodes (lower than half-hour aside from the finale) specializing in one ridiculous scenario after one other. The group attend a Catholic faculty run by the weary, sarcastic and wonderful Sister Michael, who turned one among my favourite characters. That is one other one the place you are going to want the subtitles on. They’re talking English, however I used to be flummoxed by the accents.

—Connie Guglielmo

The Previous Man 


This has been a superb 12 months for exhibits about spies of a sure age. Over the summer season we bought season 1 of The Previous Man, starring the formidable Jeff Bridges, with ever-excellent John Lithgow as a foil. Bridges performs a 70-ish retired CIA agent and man of motion haunted by his previous and compelled again into the sport — and he proves that he is nonetheless bought the chops for it. (We additionally meet his youthful self in prolonged flashbacks.) 

It is a tangled story, in fact, with tendrils winding tighter and tighter via his private {and professional} life. It tends towards the somber and will get talky at instances — like, philosophy seminar talky about deception, responsibility, identification, household — however there’s loads of motion throughout the seven episodes, too.

—Jon Skillings

Gradual Horses

Apple TV

The place The Previous Man takes us to places throughout the US and elsewhere, particularly Afghanistan, Gradual Horses largely confines itself to London. It offers us a shabbier set of spies as nicely, in profession purgatory as a result of they tousled large time, underneath the do-nothing management of the brilliantly boozy, rumpled and acid-tongued Gary Oldman. However they stumble their method right into a mission, begin uncovering secrets and techniques and present they’re to not be dismissed so flippantly in spite of everything, to the chagrin of the higher-ups at shiny MI5 headquarters, together with a crisp Kristin Scott Thomas. Season 2 kicked off originally of December, and if it’s good to atone for season 1 from earlier this 12 months, it is a fast and really pleasing six episodes.

—Jon Skillings


Channel 4

Having simply aired its 14th season, Taskmaster has been one among my favourite exhibits for years now and I’m nonetheless continually rewatching all of the episodes on a repetitive cycle due to how a lot it makes me snicker. The multi-award-winning present sees a panel of 5 comedians from the British comedy scene participate in quite a lot of weird duties (“Eat probably the most watermelon” and “Impress this mayor” to call however two) which are then scored and hilariously critiqued by host Greg Davies, assisted by sequence creator Alex Horne. 

In contrast to most panel exhibits, Taskmaster sees the identical set of contestants participate in all 10 episodes all through every sequence. It not solely helps you’re feeling really invested within the journey towards the ultimate, however it actually enables you to get to know all the forged alongside the best way — discovering out you like some comics beforehand unknown to you (for me, Fern Brady, Chris Ramsey or Sarah Kendall) or getting a deeper appreciation of the weird minds of these you already liked (Bob Mortimer, Rhod Gilbert, Sally Philips). 

Whereas it is actually foolish and typically puerile in its nature, it is also extraordinarily good-natured, at all times encouraging you to snicker with the staff at each their successes and frequent embarrassing failures. It is why I’ve discovered the present to be such a superb type of escapism that by no means fails to raise my temper and make me cry with laughter. As a result of how will you not snicker at a person making an attempt so exhausting to fart on cue that he dislodges a hemorrhoid on TV? For a bonus, try the companion podcast, hosted by Sequence 9 winner and very good comic Ed Gamble, that analyzes every episode with a earlier contestant or associated particular visitor. Just like the present, it is laugh-out-loud humorous and an prompt temper lifter.

—Andrew Lanxon 

Spy X Household


An anime a couple of slick, ruthless spy, a violent murderer and slightly woman with psychic powers make for probably the most shocking and heartwarming present I’ve seen in a very long time. The present, which has the three most important characters arrange a pretend household for infiltration functions, takes a playful take a look at the double lives they dwell and the way, regardless of all of it, they’re in a position to construct a heat and supportive household unit out of the facade. 

Spy X Household blends and twists a number of genres — household, comedy, motion, thriller — in ways in which should not work, however completely does. That is the proper gateway present for anybody intimidated by anime — there aren’t any over-the-top power blasts, large robots or different tropes of the medium. The present is accessible to stream on Hulu and Crunchyroll.

—Roger Cheng



Heartstopper is the LGBT present I want existed after I was a young person, and that is an opinion I am constructive many different homosexual adults share. Its tremendous candy, PG-rated tackle a homosexual love story leans into optimism whereas together with loads of thematic thrives that harken again to the unique internet comedian by Alice Oseman.

I like that this is not a coming-out story for most important protagonist Charlie (Joe Locke), however one about how he develops a friendship along with his classroom crush Nick (Equipment Connor) that evolves into one thing extra over the course of the season. Their relationship — and different relationships that develop of their wider circle of pals — is handled as one thing they’re discovering and navigating. Much more encouraging for younger audiences, almost each grownup character launched within the first season, whether or not mother or father or trainer, shows compassion and help for the principle forged.

Main bonus factors to the soundtrack, whose playlist of bouncy punk, rock and pop has fully taken over my Apple Music Replay checklist for 2022. 

Whereas there at the moment are many LGBT motion pictures and TV exhibits getting a large launch on streaming providers like Netflix and in cinema, I am merely obsessive about all of the completely satisfied beats Heartstopper hits.

—Mike Sorrentino

Star Trek: Decrease Decks

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This one was a shock for me. I am not a Star Trek fan by any means — I noticed the Chris Pine model after I was youthful and favored it, however it did not spark something. However let me inform you, Decrease Decks truly bought me curious in regards to the Star Trek universe. It is approachable, has an unimaginable forged and delivers a hilarious tackle Star Trek. The tales take very acquainted Star Trek/area exploration conditions and present them from the angle of the cadets from the decrease components of Star Trek ships. The sequence exhibits the grunt work, the forms and rivalries and I am laughing each episode — not simply because the writing is nice, however as a result of the present makes enjoyable of the Star Trek universe in such a method that even somebody who is aware of subsequent to nothing about that world can recognize it.  

—Alexandra Ready 

Fleishman Is in Bother

Michael Parmelee/FX

Nowadays, there is not any higher tv style than the bait-and-switch. Since each story has supposedly already been advised, exhibits like Hulu’s Fleishman Is In Bother, based mostly on the favored novel of the identical identify, have turned the tables and defied viewers expectations in probably the most satisfying of how.

The titular Fleishman is both a divorced NYC liver physician navigating his newfound relationship success on “the apps,” or his ex-wife, who has gone lacking. All of it comes collectively underneath the judgmental eye and sardonic narration of Toby’s buddy Libby, who finally ends up being way more integral than she appears.

—Karisa Langlo

The Supply

Miller Mobley/Paramount Plus

Fifty years after The Godfather’s launch, the film and the mystique surrounding it nonetheless captivate audiences. The Supply presents a dramatized behind-the-scenes take a look at the battle to get the film made. Based mostly on producer Albert S. Ruddy’s expertise making the film, The Supply is a 10-part restricted sequence on Paramount Plus that always weaves a lot of the film’s plot into the TV sequence. Not coincidentally, Paramount can be the studio that made the 1972 hit film. It is also the studio that just about did not make the film everyone knows. 

Ruddy, a former laptop programmer on the Rand Company, is handed The Godfather by legendary movie producer Robert Evans, introduced again to life spot on by Matthew Goode, who typically places the screws to Ruddy and director Francis Ford Coppola over casting decisions. (Marlon Brando was a monetary wild card, and Al Pacino was too quick for Evans’ tastes.) Then there’s the Mob. They make it clear in no unsure phrases they do not need the film made, till Coppola agrees to make adjustments to the ultimate script. 

Apart from, to Coppola the artist, it is not a mob film however “a metaphor for American capitalism.” It is also price tuning in to see what transpires with Frank Sinatra and the notorious horse head.

—Steven Musil

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