Best Miniseries of 2022, So Far – MovieWeb

Miniseries have become the golden goose of streaming and 2022 has proven that theory with some of the best content yet.
Miniseries seem to be the new golden goose of streaming as it feels like every service is producing multiple series per month. It's an appealing draw — creators can develop characters and stories longer than within the confines of a feature length film, big name actors are more inclined to sign on to something with a limited life span (so they won't be stuck playing the same character for eight years), and studios don't have to worry about the box office. As a result, there have been a huge amount of new miniseries in the past several years, and it is difficult to keep up with them all. That being said, these miniseries are some of the best that have been released in 2022 so far.
WeCrashed stars Jared Leto as Adam Neumann, the founder of WeWorks, and Anne Hathaway as his wife Rebekah. The series follows the rise of the co-working space, whose valuation reached a ridiculous $47 billion, and the crash that followed. Leto is great as the eccentric business owner, as is Hathaway who is wonderful opposite her co-star. WeCrashed is now streaming on Apple TV+.
Pam & Tommy chronicles the turbulent three-year marriage of actress Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan). The series focuses on the theft and distribution of their infamous honeymoon sex tape, and features some of the best performances of the year. Seth Rogen's Pam & Tommy, based on the 2014 Rolling Stone article by Amanda Chicago Lewis, has received 10 Emmy Award nominations including nominations for an excellent Seth Rogen, Stan, and James, who is receiving her first Emmy nomination. Pam & Tommy is now streaming on Hulu.
Irma Vep, which debuted with a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, is about Mira (Alicia Vikander), an American movie star looking to change the direction of her career. Mira travels to France to star in an adaptation of the silent film Les Vampires. Vikander’s acting is stunning against the gorgeous backdrops of France. Irma Vep is available on HBO Max.
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The Essex Serpent is a gothic romance period drama based on the book by Sarah Perry. The series stars Claire Danes as the recent widow Cora Seaborne, an archeologist who travels to the coastal town of Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. There she meets the local pastor Will Ransome (played by Tom Hiddleston) with whom she forms an unlikely bond. The Essex Serpent has stunning cinematography and gorgeous costuming as well as an interesting plot, not to mention a specifically fascinating performance from Hiddleston. The Essex Serpent is available on Apple TV+.
Jessica Biel stars as the titular Candy Montgomery in the biographical drama Candy. The miniseries is based on the 1980 murder of Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) in Wylie, Texas. Montgomery is accused of the axe murder and eventually stands trial in the small town. The entire cast is amazing in this captivating drama and is an interesting telling of this dark story. Candy is available on Hulu.
The Thing About Pam is about the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria and the involvement of her friend Pam Hupp (played by Renée Zellweger). Adapted from the Dateline podcast, this series stands out among the many miniseries this year because of its use of comedic undertones plus Zellweger’s fantastic performance as the self-proclaimed businesswoman. The Thing About Pam is available on Hulu.
The Girl From Plainville is based on the true story of the death of Conrad Roy III and the later conviction of his girlfriend Michelle Carter. Elle Fanning is captivating as high schooler Michelle Carter and received praise for her performance, as did her costars Colton Ryan and Chloë Sevigny. The series is emotional and shed light on cyberbullying, but offers few easy answers on this painful event. The Girl From Plainville is streaming on Hulu.
The great Ewan McGregor is back as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the highly anticipated Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series takes place 10 years after the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) with Obi-Wan now hiding out on the planet Tatooine. Obi-Wan Kenobi brings back memorable cast members like Jimmy Smits, James Earl Jones, and Hayden Christensen who reprised his role as Darth Vader. McGregor is excellent as the titular character as is Deborah Chow's directing style. The show also adds the expanded universe Lucasfilm is creating. Obi-Wan Kenobi is available on Disney+.
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Pistol is a biopic following Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (Toby Wallace) as the band forms and rises to notoriety. The series, created by Craig Pearce, is a stylized telling of the Sex Pistols short story and leads to an entertaining series. Pistol is full of crazy characters based on real people including Vivienne Westwood (Talulah Riley), a famous fashion designer of the punk rock movement, and Chrissie Hynde (Sydney Chandler), the lead singer of the Pretenders, who steals the show. Pistol is now streaming on Hulu.
Samuel L. Jackson delivers one of his best performances yet in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. The six-episode miniseries, based on the novel by Walter Mosely, follows Ptolemy Grey (Jackson), a 91-year-old man with dementia who temporarily regains his memories after the murder of his nephew. The relationship between Jackson and Dominique Fishback, who plays Robyn, is beautiful and honest, resulting in a wonderful, heartfelt, and melancholic story. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is available on Apple TV+.
Black Bird tells the true story of James “Jimmy” Keene (Taron Egerton), a promising football star who turns to a life of crime. The series, based on Keene’s autobiography In with the Devil: a Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption, follows Keene as he is transferred to a maximum security prison after being offered an opportunity to commute his sentence by becoming an informant. The miniseries is intense and dramatic with Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in particular delivering amazing performances, in addition to this featuring one of the last characters Ray Liotta ever played. Black Bird is now streaming on Apple TV+.
The scale of miniseries has only grown over the years leading to incredible sets, amazing stories, and top-tier talent. It has gotten to the point where companies like Apple are paying $250 million for their miniseries (evidenced by the upcoming series Masters of the Air), and the trend only seems to be continuing. With so many great series already released, audiences can only be excited about what miniseries 2022 will end with.


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