The 18 most anticipated TV shows premiering in 2022

We’re not going to sit down right here and wax poetic about 2021, the newest in a sequence of interminable years the place we’ve clung to tv like a life raft.

The excellent news is our raft continues to be very a lot afloat! We won’t even start to foretell what life in 2022 will deliver, however there’s consolation, as at all times, sitting on the sofa in entrance of a display. We struggled to slim down the TV premieres and returns we will not await in 2022, and we nonetheless have 18 (with some mild dishonest). What a time to be alive!

So as of launch, listed here are the 2022 tv shows we’re most excited to look at.

1. Euphoria Season 2

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Upon premiering in the summer season of 2019, Euphoria turned a cultural sensation, recognized for its ethereal model and emotionally clever strategy to coming of age. This 12 months, it is again with eight new episodes which, from the seems to be of the bonkers trailer, might be simply as mind-boggling obsession-worthy as the primary batch. Significantly, stop at 1:39; what is occurring with Cassie (Sydney Sweeney)?

Season 2 comes on the heels of two particular episodes, launched in late 2020 and early 2021. They chronicle the fallout from Rue (Zendaya) and Jules’ (Hunt Schafer) cut up in the Season 1 finale, so remember to catch them earlier than the brand new episodes begin airing weekly on Jan. 9. Lexi (Maude Apatow), Fezco (Angus Cloud), Nate (Jacob Elordi), Maddy (Alexa Demie), Kat (Barbie Ferreira), McKay (Algee Smith), and extra additionally return. — Alison Foreman, Leisure Reporter

Euphoria Season 2 premieres January 9 on HBO Max.

2. This Is Us Season 6

It is exhausting to consider that it has been six years because the premiere episode of This Is Us delivered its now-iconic “they’re associated!” twist. In these six years, the Pearson household dynamic has modified and grown in methods few Season 1 watchers may have predicted. We have watched Kevin develop from a self-absorbed sitcom actor right into a considerate and romantic household man. Kate’s good marriage with Toby slowly devolved right into a mutual separation. Randall is a politician who’s actively taking initiative to work on his psychological well being — the children are, in truth, principally all proper. 

Season 6 of This Is Us would be the present’s deliberate remaining season and can deliver the Pearsons’ story to a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion. What is going to we do when it is gone? How will we assure Sterling Ok. Brown’s yearly scheduled Emmy nominations? If Jack Pearson is not round, who’s going to inform us to “get in the corr?” So many questions, and a complete season of solutions lies forward of us…for the final time. — Alexis Nedd, Senior Leisure Reporter

(*18*)This Is Us premieres January 4 on NBC.

3. Peacemaker

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Because of author/director James Gunn, we are able to all faux that The Suicide Squad (2021) was the primary time DC ever made a film concerning the all-villain “hero” squad Job Power X. Yup. Nothing got here earlier than it. The Suicide Squad launched an enormous roster of DC villains to the on-screen universe, together with Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, and John Cena’s hilariously deadass tackle Peacemaker. Peacemaker is the form of man who thinks his single-minded pursuit of peace makes him a hero. The a whole lot of individuals he is keen to homicide in order to attain peace most likely disagree. Peacemaker’s “hero’s journey” will proceed in his eponymous HBO Max TV present, which additionally will discover his origins. — AN

Peacemaker premieres January 13 on HBO Max.

4. The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age showrunner Julian Fellowes is finest recognized for Downton Abbey, his tv present concerning the generationally rich higher class of a given society slowly dropping their relevance in favor of newcomers and outsiders who threaten their lifestyle by encroaching on their traditions alongside the sluggish, inexorable tide of modernity and conflict. 


The Gilded Age is that, however this time they’re in New York! In case you preferred Downton (we preferred Downton), you are gonna find it irresistible. — AN

The Gilded Age premieres January 24 on HBO.

5. The Afterparty

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In case you love Search Celebration or Solely Murders in the Constructing, then your new obsession might fast develop into this crime-comedy sequence that is simply as full of stars. It is Clue meets the highschool reunion from hell when one outrageous reveler turns up useless. Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou, and Dave Franco star. However that is not all. Created by the sensible genre-bending minds of Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, 21 Leap Avenue), The Afterparty reveals the occasions of that deadly evening from the various views of its company, tapping into totally different style vibes for every telling. Rom-com? Musical? Neo-noir? Motion? Nothing is off-limits. And we will not wait! — Kristy Puchko, Deputy Leisure Editor

The Afterparty premieres January 28 on Apple TV+.

6. Inventing Anna

Anna Delvey’s story is a type of uncommon few that captivated the complete web when it broke. For years, Delvey obscured her identification whereas conning New York’s rich and elite (folks and institutions) for enormous quantities of cash. Julia Garner performs Delvey in this Shondaland miniseries, as she awaits her destiny in jail and begrudgingly speaks to reporter Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky). We might by no means know the actual Anna, however the thought of her proves endlessly intriguing. — Proma Khosla, Leisure Reporter

Inventing Anna premieres February 11 on Netflix.

7. Bridgerton Season 2

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Netflix and Shondaland’s steamy interval drama made us all burn with longing after its 2020 debut, and the tonne shall quickly be abuzz with extra juicy gossip. Season 2 follows the courtship of the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), with new arrival Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). Daphne and the Duke could also be gone from our lives (by no means forgotten, due to some distinguished montages that stay in our heads rent-free), however the whispers, romance, and buried secrets and techniques of the tonne will maintain us coming again each season. — PK

Bridgerton Season 2 premieres March 25 on Netflix.

8. Successful Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

No matter how anybody feels concerning the staff itself, the LA Lakers are the dominant basketball staff in terms of popular culture; they’d Larry Fowl, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They’d showtime. They’d (and have) the world’s greatest celebrities sitting courtside for each residence sport. The story of how the Lakers went from one in every of a number of NBA groups to the staff that made superstars of its gamers might be detailed in Successful Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. And if you wish to compensate for the staff’s juicy secrets and techniques earlier than the present airs someday in March, it is primarily based on Jeff Perlman’s guide Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the Nineteen Eighties. — AN

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty premieres in March on HBO.

9. The Lord of the Rings

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First issues first: Do not count on to see Frodo and co. anytime quickly, as a result of Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings just isn’t truly an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s basic trilogy. As a substitute, the upcoming sequence takes place through the Second Age of Center Earth, which spanned over 3,000 years and noticed such occasions because the rise and fall of Númenor and the forging of the Rings of Energy. Simply which of those will Lord of the Rings cowl? We’re not fairly positive but. Prime has performed its playing cards fairly near its chest, solely releasing a picture and a cryptic map.

Regardless of realizing little or no concerning the plot, it will likely be such a thrill to return to Center Earth for extra excessive fantasy goodness. (One thing Prime has already confirmed it could actually do with The Wheel of Time.) Plus, this primary season of Lord of the Rings is the most expensive season of television ever made, so that you will be positive it will look attractive even when it would not fairly stay as much as Peter Jackson’s movies. — Belen Edwards, Leisure Fellow

The Lord of the Rings premieres September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.

Resulting from productions schedules and studio commitments, lots of 2022 premiere dates nonetheless aren’t mounted or accessible. So this is eight extra shows (or um, households of shows) that we’re anticipating — every time they do drop.

10. Home of the Dragon, HBO Max

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What do you suppose, Thronies? Has sufficient time handed because the laughably misguided remaining seasons of Sport of Thrones that we’re prepared to present Westeros one other likelihood? In case you do suppose there’s been adequate time to heal, then gear up for the Sport of Thrones prequel TV present that did not get canceled after HBO tanked $30 million on its pilot. 

Home of the Dragon truly has lots going for it, so far as Thrones successors goes. It takes place just a few hundred years earlier than the occasions of Sport of Thrones, so there would be the familiarity of seeing Starks, Lannisters, and their ilk with out coping with the precise characters we knew and liked. It is also supposed to inform the story of a civil conflict amongst dragon riders, which is objectively superior. Lastly — and that is the most essential half — Home of the Dragon is predicated on materials that George R.R Martin has already completed, which implies nobody will get to resolve they’re bored and end the present with a bullet-point define of how the story may go. Think about that. — AN

11. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+

What is going to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s solo Disney+ journey even appear like?

The sequence is poised to reunite Ewan McGregor with the Star Wars universe in a narrative set 10 years after the occasions of Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi Order is gone, Anakin Skywalker has been reborn as Darth Vader, and a middle-aged Obi-Wan is charged with defending the presumed final and finest hope for the way forward for the Jedi: A younger Tattooinian orphan named Luke.

It is a vital level in time for the Star Wars universe, however one the place the historical past and way forward for the eponymous Jedi Grasp on the coronary heart of the present is already written. That raises a lot of questions on what the string of episodes will discover, nevertheless it’ll be nice to listen to McGregor bringing again his stellar Alec Guinness impression. —Adam Rosenberg, Senior Leisure Reporter

12. Marvel’s Section 4 TV Shows, Disney+

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Marvel didn’t need to go so exhausting with its Disney+ tv debuts in 2021, however go it did. From WandaVision’s revolutionary format and introspection to Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s action-movie power to Loki’s mischievous appeal and beautiful visuals and Hawkeye’s shocking satisfiaction — Disney+ has ensured our continued subscription primarily based on the MCU alone. 2022 brings Oscar Isaac in and as Moon Knight, which guarantees darker fare and large Batman power (good timing since we’re actually itching for extra Daredevil); She-Hulk is the closest we’ll get to a solo outing for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, teaming up together with his cousin Jessica (Tatiana Maslany); and Ms. Marvel brings the much-anticipated debut of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). We get all that whereas having to emotionally put together for the comics bonanza of Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. By the point that Guardians of the Galaxy vacation particular rolls round in Dec. 2022, we’ll want the break. — PK

13. The Mandalorian Season 3, Disney+

For 2 seasons, The Mandalorian tricked us with its title, as a result of it was The Baby (a.ok.a. Child Yoda a.ok.a. Grogu) who stole the present. Certain, we liked watching Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) go on house adventures to save lots of his darling bebé, however the Season 2 finale modified every little thing. Grogu is off to Jedi college and we might by no means see him once more, which implies The Mandalorian’s essential focus has shifted. Even when it retains its weekly house caper construction, what’s Din’s goal? He’s grasp of the Darksaber which implies he’s off to Mandalore to rule, however that’s a drastic shift for a present that was about an unintended dad. Fortunately, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have greater than proved their mettle in terms of increasing the Star Wars universe — we’ll simply need to belief the Power as at all times. — PK

14. Stranger Issues Season 4, Netflix

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When Stranger Issues is again, you may understand it.

The tremendous in style sci-fi dramedy, chronicling a ragtag group of youngsters’ battle with an otherworldly realm and mysterious authorities group, wrapped filming on its fourth season in September. The new set of episodes do not have a launch date but. However with a killer cliffhanger finale debuted all the best way again in 2019, there’s lots to theorize about in the meantime.

What occurred to Eleven’s powers? How did the Russians get a Demogorgon? Is that a lot beloved character useless or alive? Will Mike and Eleven make it by way of their long-distance romance? A sneak peek dropped in November provides us sufficient to go on (we’re heading to California!), however we will not make sure till we’re again in the Upside Down. — AF

15. The Final of Us, HBO

Video video games are large enterprise in Hollywood now. Look no additional than The Final of Us, which marks a first-time entry into the style for HBO. This sequence adaptation stars Pedro Pascal (of The Mandalorian fame) and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, two survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic that is turned most of the world’s inhabitants into, properly, mushroom zombies. (The spores of a lethal fungus triggered the plague.)

With a creator staff that features Craig Mazin, who additionally created HBO’s award-winning miniseries Chernobyl, The Final of Us has all of the marks of a severe manufacturing worthy of HBO’s “status TV” originals library. There is not any assure at this level that it will truly arrive in 2022, however we will not wait to see how Joel and Ellie’s wrenching journey involves life — and modifications — as a filmed story. — AR

16. The Witcher: Blood Origin, Netflix

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The streaming viewers tossed their cash at Netflix when 2019’s The Witcher turned a runaway fantasy hit. Now, Netflix goes all in on all issues Witcher. Along with the animated Nightmare of the Wolf prequel that got here out in 2021, The Witcher: Blood Origin might be an much more prequel-y prequel that takes place 1000’s of years earlier than Geralt of Rivia was born. Blood Origin will cowl the Conjunction of the Spheres, an historic occasion in the timeline of the Continent that introduced the realms of elves, males, and monsters collectively for the primary time. And because the Conjunction introduced monsters, any person needed to provide you with the concept to mutate people into monster hunters…and, now you realize the place little Witchers come from.— AN

17. Harley Quinn, HBO Max

For a lot of, the perfect information to come back out of 2021’s DC FanDome was affirmation that Harley Quinn is coming again for a 3rd season on HBO Max.

Final seen in 2020, the animated action-comedy centered on the baseball bat-swinging anti-hero is an unskippable spotlight of the streaming service. Selecting up in the aftermath of a brutal break-up along with her longtime beau, the Joker, Harley units out on a journey of self-discovery as she finds out what it means to be unbiased, work as a part of a staff, be social, and even love.

Consistently shocking and grounded in a rippling emotional tapestry of fastidiously constructed relationships, Harley Quinn is a revelation. Its humorous and star-studded story of the day-to-day in Gotham Metropolis for a woman who simply desires to stay her supervillain life is likely one of the finest ongoing dramas in the DC Comics library so far, and Season 3 is all-but-guaranteed to be a winner.— AR

18. The Sandman, Netflix

There’s lots going for The Sandman, Netflix’s upcoming 2022 adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman comedian guide sequence. This updated-for-modern-times take introduces Dream (Tom Sturridge), lord of our sleepytime wanderings, right into a 2021 world.

Throughout the early 1900s, a darkish ritual summons Dream to the Earthly aircraft. 100 years later, he escapes and units out to reclaim his rightful area. However the forces that trapped him all these years in the past produce other plans. It is not clear how a lot this Netflix take will diverge from Gaiman’s comics, however for a narrative as liked as The Sandman, the chances for this big-budget streaming sequence are limitless. — AR

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