It’s hard to believe we’re quarter past 2022. The first three months of the year have passed and, despite your best efforts, we suspect you haven’t been able to keep up with all the best TVs. offers from 2022 so far.
This is where we come in. We’ve rounded up six top new shows you might have missed earlier this year, with Netflix, Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus exclusive TV series all featured below.
Before diving in, however, there are a few conditions. First, we didn’t include shows that started airing in late 2021 and didn’t become popular until after the turn of the year, so TV series including Yellowjackets aren’t included. We’ve also ruled out comic book or superhero-focused TV shows, such as Moon Knight and Peacemaker, as Marvel Phase 4 projects and DCEU spinoffs are still sure-fire hits for Marvel and Warner Bros. respectively.
Finally, we decided not to include shows whose final season launched in 2022. Fans of Ozark and Euphoria may bristle at this, but we only wanted to include shows that debuted this year on our list. The purpose of this article is to introduce you to shows that you may not be aware of, hence their omission from your watchlist.
So here are the six best new TV shows of 2022 you need to stream on Prime Video, HBO Max, and more.
the after party
Where to stream it: Apple TV Plus
Fans of thriller movies and shows have been treated to plenty of good (and not so good) murder mystery productions in recent years, including Knives Out and Death on the Nile.
The Afterparty, however, is an Apple TV Plus show that breaks new ground for the detective-oriented fictional genre. Like Knives Out, it focuses as much on comedy as it does on its story-fueled murder mystery, but it’s The Afterparty’s character-driven episodic format that sets it apart from similarly styled projects.
From the mind of Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie), The Afterparty stars Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Tuca & Bertie) as Detective Danner, a police officer investigating the murder of Xavier Duckworth Jr (Dave Franco of 21 Jump Street) during a high school reunion.
The show’s synopsis seems pretty routine, but it’s the way The Afterparty’s narrative unfolds that sets it apart from other thriller projects. Each episode is told from the perspective of a different character, like Ben Schwartz’s Yasper or Sam Richardson’s Aniq, whose embellished memories of the previous day will keep you guessing who the real culprit is.
Each character’s version of events creates brilliantly exaggerated comedic moments, shocking twists, and an intriguing take on millennial culture and the flourishing of life (or lack thereof). The Afterparty has been renewed for a second season, so there will be more comedy-centric murders for viewers to try to solve in the future. In the meantime, be sure to check out Season 1.
Where to stream it: netflix
If you’ve watched with Moon Knight on Disney Plus – and why wouldn’t you if you’re an MCU fan? – you may have noticed how spooky and creepy it is compared to previous Marvel Studios projects.
Part of its eerie vibe, jarring tone and unsettling aesthetic is due to co-directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, who also brought their penchant for psychological thrillers and horror films to one of the most Netflix’s greatest TV hits of 2022 – Archive 81.
Based on the podcast series of the same name, Netflix’s Supernatural show stars Mamoudou Athie as Dan, an archivist hired by a mysterious firm to restore a collection of damaged videotapes from the 1990s. of Dan, however, the footage in question belongs to a filmmaker – Dina Shihabi’s Melody Pendras – who disappeared while investigating a sinister cult. As Dan delves deeper into the mystery behind Dina’s disappearance, it’s not long before he is pursued by the same dangerous forces and finds his own life in danger.
Archive 81 has been praised for its mix of supernatural horror and film noir, creepy jumps and haunting plot. Unfortunately, the show was surprisingly canceled by Netflix at the end of March, guaranteeing the end of the hugely popular series after just one season. Still, it’s worth taking the time if you haven’t already.
Our flag means death
Where to stream it: HBO Max
There have already been plenty of high-profile HBO Max shows this year, but Our Flag Means Death is one of those truly surprising hits that no one saw coming.
And, honestly, he deserves all the applause he got. The period romantic comedy show is wonderfully endearing, brilliantly witty and features a featured performance by Taika Waititi (Thor: Love and Thunder, Free Guy) as the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard. – who doesn’t want to see that? Oh, and, at just 30 minutes each, you can binge all 10 episodes of the first season in a single afternoon if you want.
Set in the 18th century, Our Flag Means Death stars Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Jumanji: The Next Level) as Steve Bonnet, a true and a world-weary aristocrat who trades his life of comfort and fortune for adventures on the high seas. His incompetence as a pirate captain, however, prevents Bonnet from gaining the trust of the dysfunctional crew he assembles. That is, until a chance encounter with the legendary Blackbeard and his band of bloodthirsty pirates sees Bonnet and company indulging in all sorts of comedic escapades.
What makes the success of Our Flag Means Death so astonishing is the lack of fanfare surrounding its release and the fact that it is an original IP. Despite its humble beginnings, Our Flag Means Death was the most requested show around the world at the end of March – not bad for a brave pirate captain and his underdog crew. Stick this on your “to watch” list ASAP.
Pam and Tommy
Where to stream it: Disney Plus (UK); Hulu (US)
If horror or comedies aren’t your thing, how about watching a TV drama based on the biggest celebrity scandal of the mid-90s instead? That’s what you’ll get with Pam and Tommy, a fictionalized retelling of the so-called “greatest love story ever sold.”
Set in the late 20th century, when the internet was in its infancy, Pam and Tommy depicts the tumultuous marriage between Baywatch superstar Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan). The series, which charts the rise and fall of their whirlwind three-year romance, serves as the backdrop to the theft of the couple’s infamous sex tape, which was stolen and distributed online by disgruntled worker Rand Gauthier ( Seth Rogen), who was fired by Lee for supposedly shoddy work he did on the renovation of Lee’s house.
In our spoiler-free review, we called Pam and Tommy “a gripping, dramatic, and surprisingly tender tale of the pitfalls of fame. Its infamous story and sparkling cast will grab you at first, but its karma-centric parable, the humanization of its characters and intimate moments are what makes it shine as a show.”
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea — it certainly wasn’t Anderson’s, who, unsurprisingly, declined to participate in its production. But, for a show whose plot is largely centered around the world’s inaugural sex tape, it’s a Hulu series (and the Disney Plus TV offering) that’s far funnier, dramatic and deeply moving than it looks. appears on the surface.
Where to stream it: First video
We could have included a number of Prime Video shows here, such as The Boys: Diabolical or The Legend of Vox Machina. But, considering Reacher gave Ozark a serious run for its streaming crown in late January and early February, it seemed like an obvious choice to include.
Based on the first book in Lee Child’s best-selling mystery novel series – Killing Floor – Reacher stars Alan Ritchson (Titans) as Jack Reacher, a former military policeman turned vagabond who is framed for murder in a town fictional rural Georgia, USA. Determined to clear his name for a crime he didn’t commit, Reacher agrees to help police chief Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin) and fellow officer Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitgzerald) find the real culprit and unravel the biggest conspiracy at play.
Critics praised the Prime Video TV adaptation’s fidelity to Child’s novels – which isn’t necessarily true of Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher movie iteration. Prime Video’s Reacher is also hugely entertaining, with its mix of action, mystery thriller and dry comedy helping it become the first Amazon Studios production to top Nielsen’s acclaimed streaming chart (per Variety ). Thanks to this success, it will come as no surprise to learn that a second season of Reacher has already been greenlit.
Where to stream it: Apple TV Plus
You may have heard colleagues, family members, friends or other social media users mention a show called Severance in passing. And there is a very a good reason – several, in fact – why you need to check if you’ve slept on it somehow. You know, other than Ben Stiller being the director.
The workplace sci-fi psychological thriller stars Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, The Good Place) as Mark, an employee of a company called Lumon Industries. The biotech company is renowned for its “separation” program, a medical procedure by which employees’ non-work memories are separated from their company-time memories. As the story progresses, Mark gradually uncovers a massive conspiracy at the heart of Lumon Industries, which has major repercussions for those hired by the sinister company.
Severance’s supporting cast includes a plethora of household names including Christopher Walken, Patricia Arquette and John Turturro, so it had the makings of a good watch. Even so, there are very few industry insiders who could have predicted the unprecedented success and critical acclaim Severance has earned, with many praising the cast’s performances, production design, strange and suspenseful plot, cinematography, musical score and thematic resonance on the work. conditions of employees worldwide.
Peaky Blinders season 6 and Better Call Saul season 6 (both 100% rated, though the latter won’t be released until April 18) are the only shows with better review scores – from review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes – than the 98% “certified fresh” of Severance evaluation. For an original series created by first-time screenwriter Dan Erickson, that’s no small feat, and the series’ renewal is just the reward for its outstanding performance. Also expect Severance to be up for several gongs on the 2023 awards circuit.