There was a lot of great TV in 2022, so many different genres and astounding performances with epic season finales that left us wanting more. To celebrate all the great shows that came out this year, we have put together a list of our favourites.
Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV)
Chronicling the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a hospital. When the floodwaters rise, power fails and heat soars, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital are forced to make decisions that will follow them for years to come.
No fault is to be found with his series, every aspect was a masterpiece in storytelling, emotion and respectful to the true events that it dramatized. Outstanding performances, direction, and visual effects, this is a show that will stay with you and leave you contemplating the actions of others.
His Dark Materials season 3 (HBO / BBC)
Based on “The Amber Spyglass,” the final novel in Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, in the final chapter of this epic fantasy series, Lyra, the prophesied child, and Will, the bearer of The Subtle Knife, must journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. As her father’s great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price.
Fans of the source material have longed waited for a faithful and true adaptation of Pullman’s trilogy. Now they have it. It is a faithful adaptation that makes its own changes when needed to help the story and delivered with care and love of people who also love and respect the material.
For All Mankind (Apple TV)
In season three, the Red Planet becomes the new frontier in the Space Race not only for the US and the Soviet Union, but also an unexpected new entrant with a lot to prove and even more at stake. Our characters find themselves going head-to-head as their ambitions for Mars come into conflict and their loyalties are tested, creating a pressure cooker that builds to a climactic conclusion.
For All Mankind is a perfect science fiction, touching on what we already know from the past with tweaks in this alternative history series. The cast deliver complex emotions tied with a gripped plot that can leave you with dread and excitement all at once. Every season finale is a chaotic ride in the best of ways with powerhouse performances.
Interview with the Vampire (AMC)
In the year 2022, the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac lives in Dubai and seeks to tell the story of his life or afterlife to renowned journalist Daniel Molloy. Beginning in early 20th-century New Orleans, Louis’ story follows his relationship with the vampire Lestat du Lioncourt and their formed family, including teen fledgling Claudia. Together, the vampire family endures immortality in New Orleans and beyond. As the interview continues in Dubai, Molloy discovers the truths beneath Louis’ story.
The chemistry between Lestat (Sam Reid) and Louis radiates off the screen, the entire story and electrifying bond between the two is a treat to watch that only gets better with the addition of Claudia (Bailey Bass). Entirely seductive and an enthralling watch.
House of the Dragon (HBO)
An internal succession war within House Targaryen at the height of its power, 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. The Targaryen dynasty is at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 10 dragons under their control. King Viserys breaks with a century of tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne despite later fathering a son and seeds of division sow friction across the realm.
House of the Dragon hooks you in with the power of the Targaryen family, their dysfunction and an marvellous ensemble cast that made this one of the most talked about shows of 2022 with good reason.
The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.
Jenna Ortega is captivating as Wednesday Addams in a role that fits her perfectly as if she were born to it. There is enough mystery to keep you entertained but Ortega is the main draw for the series.
The Sandman (Netflix)
When the Sandman, aka Dream, the powerful cosmic being who controls all our dreams, is unexpectedly captured, and held prisoner for over a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused. Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures.
This is a stunning and visual treat with a great story to match. Tom Sturridge is mysterious and charming as Dream with a great supporting cast as you sink deeper into the mystery of Dream.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.
Another season and Handmaid’s Tale proves that is still relevant and hard-hitting as it always has been. Seeds from previous seasons are coming into bloom ready for the final season and characters are facing consequences while dealing with the trauma of what happened.
And that is our list!
There are so many more amazing shows that came out this year and we look forward to all that 2023 will bring to our screens!