There is so much television these days. Everyone’s in the game show: from legacy networks like NBC and CBS to premium cable companies like HBO and Showtime, streaming services like Netflix, and even companies better known for other things like Amazon and Apple.
Viewers’ attention is drawn in so many directions that you’re bound to miss a show that will become a cultural phenomenon or an Emmy darling. While shows like Yellowstone and Dragon House attracted record viewership in 2022, many shows flew under the radar.
‘American Gigolo’ (2022 – )
The 1980 Paul Schrader neo noir crime drama, american gigolo, is something of a cult classic from a filmmaker known for writing some of the most complex and morally gray characters to ever grace the big screen. Showtime’s adaptation of american gigolo may not live up to Mr. Schrader, but with some excellent core performance, it’s worth a try.
The show follows Julian Kaye (Jon Berntal), a gigolo who is released from prison after being exonerated for a murder he did not commit. Throughout the show, he and Detective Sunday (Rosie O’Donnell) Delve into the underworld of sex trafficking and prostitution to unravel Julian’s past and find out what happened. It’s dark, moody, sexy, and while different from the movie, it’s well worth your time.
“Let the Good In” (2022 – )
2022 has been a great year for vampire TV shows, and Showtime’s new take on the Swedish vampire classic Leave the one on the right in might be the best of the bunch. Taking the story of a vampire child out of Sweden and transplanting it to New York, this new take on the story is more inspired by the original than just an adaptation.
The show centers around Mark (Demian Bichir) and Eleanor (Madison Taylor Baez), a father/daughter duo who return to New York to protect their vampire daughter. When Eleanor befriends their lonely neighbor Isaiah (Ian Foreman), their life becomes complicated as Ian’s mother, Naomi (Anika Noni Rose), begins to suspect that something is up with his new neighbors. Leave the one on the right in is an exciting, chilling and moving story about how far we’re willing to go for those we love.
‘Dark Winds’ (2022 – )
In recent years, thanks to shows like Reservation dogs and Yellowstonetelevision has been at the forefront of promoting the representation of Native American communities. dark windsbased on Leaphorn & Chee detective novel series Tony Hillermanis another example of stories that have gone unreported for far too long.
The show is set in the 1970s and follows the Leaphorn detectives (Zahn McClarnon) and Chee (Kiowa Gordon) as they tackle a shocking double murder case that makes them question everything they ever knew. The show has everything you could expect from a good crime thriller, and McClarnon delivers one of the most overlooked performances of 2022.
‘Decoupled’ (2022 – )
Co-created by darren starthe creator of the iconic sex and the cityyou couldn’t be blamed for thinking that his new show, Decoupledhas some similarities to his past work: it’s another show that follows a group of singles as they navigate the complex world of sex and dating in New York City, but this time focusing on the lives of gay men .
What separates Decoupled other shows is its central character, Michael (Neil Patrick Harris). After a sudden and shocking breakup, Michael is back on the dating scene after a long time, only to find that a lot has changed. The specificity of being a gay man in 2022 creates a lot of tension and comedy that makes Decoupled one of the best new comedies of the year.
“I like it for you” (2022 -)
saturday night live alum vanessa bayer has always been underrated as a performer. She can play innocent, sweet, and silly better than anyone. Finally, with I like it for youVanessa Bayer has a show where she’s front and center, and it’s truly glorious.
The show is loosely based on Bayer’s real-life battle with childhood cancer and his time at SNL: in the show, a teleshopping network takes the place of SNL. She plays Joanna, a woman who dreams of hosting her show on SVN. When the opportunity seems about to be snatched from her, she chooses to drum up sympathy by lying about having cancer. It sounds dark, but the show is hilarious! This is partly due to its incredible cast, which also includes comedy icons matt rogers, Molly Shannonand Jennifer Lewis.
‘Loot’ (2022 – )
Of Succession to triangle of sadness to Glass Onion, impossible to turn on the TV without coming across a show or a movie satirizing the rich idiots who run the world. AppleTV+ Booty talk about how someone as rich as Elon Musk can grow and learn to use their privilege for the betterment of the world. Is it a fantasy? Probably, but it’s nice to believe, and with a cast including the likes of Maya Rudolph, Joel Kim Booster, and Ron FunchesThat’s hilarious.
Reflecting the real situation around the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos’ divorce, which made MacKenzie Scott one of the richest people on the planet, Rudolph plays Molly Novak, who becomes rich independently and has no idea what to do with it. As she becomes more involved with her charity, she begins to transform from an out-of-touch billionaire to someone who is truly invested in helping.
‘The Big Brunch’ (2022 – )
Part of our cultural obsession with The great British pastry fair is that most American reality TV shows are made to pit people against each other out of greed and desperation. Meanwhile, TGBBS They are just nice people who cook for the love of the job and have a good time. Now America finally has its own sweet cooking show in the form of Dan Leviit is The big brunch on HBO Max.
The big brunch brings together cooks from across North America to participate in a series of brunches for a cash prize of $300,000. The problem? Each contestant was chosen because of their commitment to improving their community through their food. The show works very hard to highlight the importance of what these cooks do and how they each do it in their own way. There’s no drama, no fights, and no real negativity. It’s just a positive show about great people and the universal power of food.
“The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” (2022 – 2022)
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most beloved actors of all time. Her incredible screen presence has fascinated audiences for decades. The Apple TV+ mini-series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grayperhaps his best performance to date.
Jackson plays the titular Ptolemy Grey, an elderly man who deals with mortality as he undergoes treatment to restore his memories, bringing with them revelations about his past. Her performance is incredibly emotional and complex. It’s a role Jackson isn’t seen in very often and a performance not to be missed.
‘Tokyo Vice’ (2022 – )
We don’t have enough Michael man movies nowadays. After doing classics like Heat, Thief, man hunter, and Collateral, we’ve only had one Michael Mann movie in the last 10 years. Now, thanks to Deputy Tokyo, it’s like we get eight mini-films from Michael Mann per season. To be honest, he only directed the pilot, but as the show’s executive producer, Deputy Tokyo has Mann’s visually chilling and intense crime drama style written throughout.
The show, based on the real-life memoir of the same name by the journalist Jake Adelsteinthe show follows Jake (Ansel Elgort) as he dives headfirst into the criminal underworld of Tokyo trying to prove himself as a journalist. Along the way, he meets detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe), who teaches Jake the unspoken rules of Tokyo and the Yakuza. Flying somewhat under the radar after debuting on HBO Max, Deputy Tokyo is an incredible show that deserves more love than it gets.
“Someone Somewhere” (2022 – )
Sometimes you just need a show that will make you feel good, even when life gets tough. That’s what someone somewhere is. He finds joy in a world that knocks you down and leaves you beaten.
The stars of the show Bridget Everett as Sam, a woman who never quite adjusted to the small town she grew up in. She deals with the grief of losing her sister, her complicated relationship with her family, and a dead end job, where she meets Joel (Jeff Hillier), another outcast who introduces her to a community of outsiders who show her that happiness is still possible.
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