So Far, These Are The Best TV Episodes of 2022

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Vote up the TV episodes that first aired in 2022 and stood out from the rest.
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There is a lot of good television out there in 2022, and that means the best episodes of the year are stellar and scattered across networks and streamers and genres and styles. When it comes to finding the best TV episodes of 2022, audiences spoiled for choice. Thanks to all of our best episode lists, we can find the top-ranked episode for shows like Halo, Euphoria, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Better Call Saul, and The Boys - but of those top episodes which rule them all? There is more and more TV to watch every year but thanks to your votes, it is a little easier to find the best of the bunch.

The best episodes of the year range from family animation to true crime, comic book adaptations, surrealism, thrillers, and even super satisfying classic sitcoms. There are hundreds of new shows out this year - and the bulk of them are not only good, they're prestige, they're parts of beloved franchises, they're the shows we binged in single sessions or waited torturous weeks between episodes. That's just the new shows! There are also the ongoing faves, all seemingly having one of their best seasons in 2022, and serving up new favorite episodes. And on top of all of that, a lot of shows ended in 2022 leaving us with amazing series finales (and plenty of perfect penultimate episodes). It makes for quite the competition, which is why we've made this list of the best 2022 episodes for you to rank.

So, was it one of the many fabulous finales and smashing season-enders that were the best episodes this year? Or was it something superb from the middle of a show? Vote up the best of the best episodes and vote down the episodes that just don't deserve the title.

  • Atlanta - Three Slaps
    Photo: Atlanta / FX

    Honestly, this is one of those episodes that kind of ruins your day. The kind of episode that makes you wonder why in the world it was chosen to be the season opener for one of the most anticipated shows on hiatus in the last few years. But the boldness of abandoning the characters of Atlanta to premiere a one-off based on a tragedy is what makes the show must-watch television.

    Modeled after the Hart family murders in 2018, the episode shows the journey of a black boy ending up in the care of a pair of white women after a school employee witnesses him being slapped by his mother. There are ups, downs, and historical revisions but the emotional impact of seeing this semi-true story unfold will stick with viewers for a long time.

    • Original Airing: March 24, 2022
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Series: Atlanta
  • Even if all it did was remind you how great Kate Bush is, that's enough to make this the best episode of Stranger Things season four. But it did more than that - it is where the careful braid of the story starts to unravel, as schemes get double-crossed, horrible history is unearthed, and the strength of the bonds between everyone are tested.

    Plus, the Victor Creel storyline reaches a peak that is particularly satisfying for fans of '80s horror films.

    • Original Airing: May 27, 2022
    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 4
    • Series: Stranger Things
  • The Bear - Review
    Photo: The Bear / FX

    Have you ever sat down to watch an episode, enjoyed it, and when the screen goes dark for commercial break and the credits come up you realize that if the TV show had been a monster it could have eaten you? That's the seventh episode of The Bear.

    There is only one episode left to the season and a lot has gone wrong that needs to find some sort of satisfying balance before it ends. Only, just like in a working kitchen, all those little problems have started an avalanche that both the characters and the audience cannot escape from. It's unrelenting, intense, and so satisfying.

    • Original Airing: June 23, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 7
    • Series: The Bear
  • Severance - Hide and Seek
    Photo: Severance / Apple TV+

    Somehow unsettling in that uniquely Severance way, this episode still finds lighter moments to balance things out - but the same way a tightrope walker uses a pole. While Ms. Cobel somehow gets more terrifying, the relationships between characters - those of both innies and outies - have found their definitions (including Irving and Burt), bringing them all solidly in place with only a third of the season left to use that momentum.

    • Original Airing: March 18, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 6
    • Series: Severance
  • The Boys - Herogasm
    Photo: The Boys / Amazon Prime Video

    This episode adapts the six-issue comic book limited series of the same name and it also sort of made a lot of people feel some feelings about Jensen Ackles in a beard. Every strand of story converges into a fireball (or, energy blast) of an event leaving you as emotionally raw as possible for the last two episodes of the season.

    • Original Airing: June 24, 2022
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 6
    • Series: The Boys
  • Our Flag Means Death - We Gull Way Back
    Photo: Our Flag Means Death / We Gull Way Back

    When considering the best episodes of Our Flag Means Death it almost doesn't seem fair to include episodes nine and ten - yes, they have, whew, so much emotion and the cliffhanger is intense in the best way - but none of that could have had the impact it did if it wasn't for "We Gull Way Back."

    Feelings are hurt in this episode, relationships are changed, a seagull curses someone, Will Arnett as Calico Jack is a kind of perfection, and it all wraps up with a foot touch. And, on top of all of that, this episode has the best implementation of a Fleetwood Mac song in television history.

    • Original Airing: March 17, 2022
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Series: Our Flag Means Death