Although 2021 blessed us with shows like Wandavision, Succession, and Mare of Easttown, we have to give props to 2022 for living up to its name as well. With the return of favorites like Euphoria, Bridgerton, and White Lotus, 2022 is proven to be a jam-packed year full of nail-biting shows guaranteed to have your eyes glued to the screen.
Here are some shows that we couldn’t look away from this year:
- The White Lotus
Fans of season one of The White Lotus might think that there is absolutely no way that anything can top it. Although I am still confused about a couple of deaths during season two, it’s still a season where you can study frame by frame and notice something different every time. Creator Mike White takes viewers on a trip to Sicily on an adventure of opera, palazzos, and toxic masculinity, all jam-packed into a murder mystery that will have you glued to your seat.
- Abbott Elementary
One of those rare occasions when the hype machine gets it right: Abbott Elementary is exactly as great as everyone says it is. Throughout Quinta Brunson’s teacher-centric sitcom, her cast is witty and shrewd, and her shrewd comedic timing lifts the show. In the same way as a few other beloved sitcoms before, Abbott is a series that can be played countless times without ever losing its appeal.
As a fan of reboots and remakes, I was initially hesitant to watch Wednesday. Even now, I’m still humming along to the popular Addams Family tunes, committed to preserving Morticia as an icon of gay culture, and the family stands for all things spooky. The Netflix adaptation by Tim Burton is visually stunning, perfectly creepy, and a wonderful combination of nostalgia and modernity. The titular character is brilliantly portrayed by Jenna Ortega. In the series, mysterious deaths occur at Wednesday’s new school, Nevermore Academy, and in the nearby town of Jericho. Ortega manages to make Wednesday’s doom-and-gloom attitude effortless as she investigates the situation. But what’s most frightening? Easily binge-watchable in one day, the series is incredibly addictive.
Lord Anthony Bridgerton, Daphne’s brother, takes center stage after we say goodbye to the Duke of Hastings. Edwina Sharma, a newcomer, has caught his attention, but her older sister Kate questions his intentions. In intervening, Kate and Anthony end up sparking a few sparks of their own. There are fewer sex scenes in Bridgerton’s sophomore season than in season one, but that doesn’t make it any less sexy. The irresistible enemies-to-lovers arc and Anthony and Kate’s too-hot-to-handle chemistry will leave you blushing nonetheless.