The best Netflix TV shows of 2022 so far – SFGATE

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in season two of “Bridgerton.”
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Although the streaming landscape has grown much more competitive in the past few years, with new media companies jumping in year after year to launch new platforms to varying degrees of success, Netflix remains king when it comes to content. The industry-leading service releases dozens of shows and movies a month, with its most popular programs clocking in literally 115 million hours viewed.
How do you pick what to watch? Well, you could always roll the dice and let Netflix select a random title for you. Or you could take a tip from the experts, whose job is to literally parse through the glut of entertainment and pick the most interesting shows to dive into.
We should clarify that this isn’t an all-encompassing best-of list, which would certainly include “Is It Cake?” and season four of “Ozark” (but don’t get us started on the journalistic farce that is “Inventing Anna”). Rather, this is a short and sweet selection of the shows that we thought were worthy of feature stories. We’ll be updating this throughout the year, so check back in for more recommendations.
“In the original ‘Karate Kid’ film series in the 1980s, the lines between good and evil are as clear as the borders of a martial arts mat. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is the good-natured underdog, training under the zen style of his sensei, Mr. Miyagi. His opponent, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), follows the militant ways of Cobra Kai: strike first, strike hard, no mercy.
“In the Netflix reboot titled ‘Cobra Kai,’ now in its fourth season, the original actors have returned as adults who run their own dojos, but are still clinging to their old rivalry, which infects their own karate-obsessed children.” — Dan Gentile, read more
“This season, the focus is on Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), who, to put it lightly, is certainly a cad and ‘a rake with a capital R,’ as the first episode describes him. Previously, we had observed Lord Bridgerton frightening away all of his sister Daphne’s suitors, mistakenly believing that he and he alone should select her husband in a fit of protection, all the while behaving precisely like the type of man he did not want to see his sister marry.  
“Now, Lord Bridgerton is seeking his own bride, though he is quite insistent that she should be only perfectly amiable, rather than making a love match as his own parents, Lord Edmund and Lady Violet Bridgerton, so famously held.” — Fiona Lee, read more
“Like many comics, Ali Wong rose to comedy fame in New York. But before she started doing up to nine shows a night on the NYC circuit, Wong got her start in San Francisco. She was raised in Pacific Heights and began her career at the comedy venue-slash-laundromat Brainwash, which closed in 2017. She also showcased the city in her 2019 film ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ which she starred in and co-wrote. 
“The new Netflix special, which follows ‘Baby Cobra’ and ‘Hard Knock Wife,’ was filmed at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey. The special largely revolves around gender disparities and the complications of marriage. Her set opens with a joke about how when male comedians achieve fame, they date models, celebrities and pop singers, while a top female comic friend of hers is currently dating … a magician with a poor Yelp rating.” — Dan Gentile, read more
“On the new Netflix show ‘Murderville,’ Will Arnett plays a homicide detective enlisting guest stars as deputies to join him in cracking cases. But the six-episode series breaks the mold of procedural parodies with one important twist: The guest stars aren’t given a script. Each improvised episode ends with the guest having to guess which suspect was actually responsible for the crime.
“The guest list features A-list improvisers such as Conan O’Brien and Ken Jeong, but also a local legend, with proud Oaklander and former Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch appearing in episode two. In recent years, Lynch has taken up acting with guest roles on ‘Westworld’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'” — Dan Gentile, read more
“‘Hype House,’ from the name on down, should be incredibly hateable. It’s hard to stomach the wealth these kids accrued from corny dance routines and obscene viral antics on TikTok. Hype House alum Charli D’Amelio made $17.5 million last year, according to Forbes, and the show is rife with scenes of opulent, cookie cutter mansions and expensive cars. One kid nearly impulse buys a Tesla because he’s bored. But ‘Hype House,’ meant to be the younger demographic’s ‘Real Housewives’ or ‘Vanderpump Rules,’ instead devolves into a depressing portrait of fame and wasted youth.” — Katie Dowd, read more
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Dan Gentile is the culture editor at SFGATE. He moved to San Francisco from Austin, TX where he worked as a vinyl DJ and freelance writer covering food and music. His writing has been featured in Texas Monthly, American Way, Rolling Stone, Roads & Kingdoms, VICE, Thrillist and more. Email: [email protected]


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