Best TV Shows of 2022 – Harper's BAZAAR

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The must-see sitcoms, scammer watches, and documentaries steering the cultural conversation this year.
In an age when more shows are released than there is time to watch them, it can be hard to sort through all the new stuff for a series that will really affect us. So far, 2022 has given us several series that offer not only novel jokes or plots, but a unique and diverse perspective often underrepresented on TV. Whether it’s through belly laughs or quiet sobs, the beauty and meaning within these shows leave us affected long after each episode ends.
It’s not often that all of Twitter agrees that a show is not just good but excellent, one that has everyone who watches laughing out loud in delight and going about their days a bit happier. With Abbott, creator Quinta Brunson has made a record-breaking comedy about some of the unsung heroes of society, public school teachers, with its mockumentary style making viewers feel like part of their dysfunctional work family.
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This sweet slice-of-life comedy about a group of young adults with autism shows that the condition is truly a spectrum, illustrating the unique lives of Jack, Violet, and Harrison as they live and work in Los Angeles. Written by Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims and adapted from the Israeli series On the Spectrum, the show depicts the complications in the characters’ lives with hilarity and empathy, eventually asking the audience, “What’s the big deal about normal?”
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Starting a conversation about a beloved cultural icon who turned out to be a monster behind the scenes is no easy feat. In his stellar four-part docuseries, W. Kamau Bell examines Bill Cosby’s legacy alongside his sex crimes, showing how the comedian’s heinous history went all the way back to his earliest years, and allows space for the survivors to tell their stories however they choose.
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Dropping in the middle of the “Great Resignation,” Severance is a chilling look at a dystopian workplace that severs employees’ work selves from their personal selves. The high-concept arrangement becomes more and more chilling as the employees explore the decisions and sacrifices behind the separation of their conscious minds.
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At this point, most of us know the story of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, the tech billionaire who turned out to be a pretender. Elizabeth Meriwether’s eight-part series excels in showing the human cost of the scam, from the drugstore executives inspired to invest to the whistleblowers aghast at the level of fraud. As Holmes, Amanda Seyfried does an impressive job in her and Meriwether’s interpretation of the inscrutable fraudster.
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Though the term period piece usually evokes ball gowns and palaces, HBO’s depiction of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime era is just as detailed and deserving of the name as any episode of The Crown. Adapted from Jeff Pearlman’s book, the drama is a feast of ’80s fashion and prestige actors—including John C. Reilly, Sally Field, Gaby Hoffmann, and Adrien Brody—with the history behind the five-time championship team shown in the full, fourth wall-breaking style of executive producer Adam McKay.
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Creator Soo Hugh’s adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel Pachinko is not an easy watch, though almost every scene is visually stunning. The generational story of a family living through Japan’s colonization of Korea sheds light on a history of discrimination that has been undertaught in history. Sunja’s story, depicted by Minha Kim as a teenager and Yuh-Jung Youn in older age, is told with specificity that becomes universal, honoring a generation of women who, despite war and hardship, endured.
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The driving force of Pamela Adlon‘s family dramedy has always been more emotion than plot, leading viewers through the everyday joys and struggles of being a single mom raising three kids and looking after her own elderly mother. In its final season, the semiautobiographical show ends its run in the same way, faithfully providing scenes that are funny, cringeworthy, sentimental, and existential all at once.
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Katori Hall’s drama about a Southern strip club returns with The Pynk facing the first surge of the pandemic in one of the best COVID-19 storylines so far. Stars Nicco Annan, Brandee Evans, Shannon Thornton, and J. Alphonse Nicholson lead the stellar cast as the Chucalissa residents adapt their hustles to ever-changing protocols and the existential drive to reevaluate their lives.
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The second season of the Emmy-winning HBO Max comedy doubles down on the odd couple dynamic between comedy veteran Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and Gen Z writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) as they develop a new act on tour. In between a slew of guests appearances from female stars including Laurie Metcalf and Ming-Na Wen, both Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder steer the show through their introspective, vulnerable performances.
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For her first television show after Insecure, Issa Rae steps behind the camera to tell the story of aspiring Miami rappers Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion). Rap Sh!t is a hilarious ode to female friendship and the hustling behind a rap group’s “big break,” all told through Instagram Lives and front-facing cameras. (City Girls rappers JT and Yung Miami also serve as co-executive producers.)
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This prequel to AMC’s crime saga Breaking Bad has taken its time in showing how morally ambiguous Jimmy McGill became the crooked lawyer Saul Goodman. It has also become its own achievement of thoughtful pacing and deep character exploration, with a stellar final season that rewards two years of waiting to learn the fates of Jimmy and Kim Wexler.
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While all shows have high expectations for a sophomore season, Hulu’s murder-mystery comedy had a very high standard to meet after its wonderful premiere run. It meets that bar with a second big mystery that allows the impressive supporting cast to shine alongside leads Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, as the main trio race to figure out who killed Bunny.
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Taking place mostly in the kitchen of an old-school Italian beef shop, this FX drama has garnered comparisons to Uncut Gems for its breakneck pace and intense tension. It’s also a skilled exploration of grief, following culinary wunderkind Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) as he returns home to Chicago to take over his deceased brother’s sandwich shop.
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In his new HBO show, Nathan for You‘s Nathan Fielder allows people facing emotionally fraught interactions to rehearse how they will go, anticipating all the different ways real-life conversations can go. It’s a premise that sounds deeply complicated before you go down the rabbit hole of implications the show brings up, from the power dynamics between Fielder and the “real” participants to the boundaries between fiction and reality.
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