10 Best Netflix Original Series 2022 – Esquire

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Sure, Stranger Things officially conquered the world. But there’s more to this year’s slate than the Upside Down.
Just like that, another half year of Netflix originals is back on your TV slate. Did you sleep on giving the green light on watching Squid Game? Or, never worked up the verve to finally give Sex Education a spin? Too bad! Hours, days, and weeks of new Netflix originals are already on the platform and those shows, a distant memory. Favorites like Bridgerton, Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, and Ozark each returned for new seasons, along with surprise hits like Inventing Anna. Truly, there’s something for everyone in that little red rectangle. When you’re finally ready to commit to a new binge, or simply return to an old favorite, read through our list of the best Netflix original series of 2022. So far, of course.
If you count yourself as one of the many disturbing podcast junkies, or cult narrative super fans, then Archive 81 is the perfect watch for you. When an archivist is assigned to recover a series of damaged tapes, he soon learns that the recordings document a satanic cult. As he works to uncover the truth, he’ll also need to fight from being pulled in himself.
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For a show oriented around grieving, fans might have a tough time parting from this dark comedy whose final season released this January. Ricky Gervais, who also writes and directs the episodes, stars as Tony, a widower who must navigate life after losing his wife. In the most recent batch of episodes, Tony faces a new journey of grieving as he processes the loss of his father.
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Years ago, most of us wouldn’t have imagined that the next nail-biting thriller on television would star Jason Bateman. (That’s not all predictions got wrong.) But this spring, America’s favorite criminal couple faced the end of their scheming in the fourth and final season of Ozark. Well, at least on Netflix. TBD what exactly happened in the finale.
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As the Internet constantly reminds us, “They hate to see a girlboss winning.” That’s especially true when that girlboss is guilty of fraud. No, we’re not talking about Elizabeth Holmes; we’re talking about New York’s favorite fake heiress Anna Delvey–whose life of glamour and grand larceny took a steep turn when she was arrested in 2017. Based on Jessica Pressler’s viral exposé for The Cut, Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, and Laverne Cox star in the scandalous Shondaland adaptation.
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A reality dating show that seemed to be tailor-made for love in the time of Covid-19 when it debuted in 2020, Love Is Blind returned for another season of pod romances. The new season followed its previous format–in which contestants got to know one another without being able to see each another but don’t worry: this season sees plenty of new twists.
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Whether you’re a history buff or only know the name Leif Erickson from that Spongebob episode, the History Channel spinoff Vikings: Valhalla is a surefire thriller. Following the vikings as they raid across Europe, the series depicts some of the most famous Norsemen, tracking their legacies along with new developments in civilization, like the origins of Norse Paganism.
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Yes, Bridgerton is back with Season Two. And luckily, we don’t need to rely on any gossip from Lady Whistledown to get a run-down on what the episodes entail. This season focuses on Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest son who’s become more focused on duty than love.
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After three long years, Stranger Things is finally back with its fourth season. The new episodes see Eleven adjusting to a new home in California–wistfully writing to Mike about their reunion over spring break. Guess what? Things go to shit. Explosions, creepy dolls, and a horrifying new villain, the sabbatical wasn’t too leisurely.
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The hit time travel superhero series The Umbrella Academy, based on the comic strips of Gerard Way, returned in 2022 with its third season. As teased at the end of the second batch of episodes, the new season focuses heavily on the Sparrow Academy–a new collective accidentally formed due to an error made by the Umbrella Academy while time traveling.
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First premiering in 2019, the second season of Russian Doll was been long-awaited by fans. The supernatural dramedy follows Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne, whose death at her 36th birthday party leads her into a never-ending Groundhog Day of reliving her final day. The second season didn’t quite live up to the massive expectations placed on it, but we’ll take a hang with Lyonne any day of the week.
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