14 TV Shows You Didn't Watch In 2022 But Should Have

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Vote up the shows you should have checked out in 2022.

While a lot of what is coming out on TV is incredible, there is just so much content that there's no way to see it all. That means there's a lot of solid options that fall by the wayside. These are just some of the great shows you might have missed in 2022 that deserve your attention.

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  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
    Photo: Paramount+

    Not into Star Trek? Well, then this is the perfect Star Trek show for you.

    Even though Strange New Worlds is kind of a spinoff from fellow Paramount+ Trek series Discovery and is also a prequel to the original series, it's somehow the most welcoming series set in this universe since The Next Generation. In many ways, it achieves the goal of the Chris Pine-starring Kelvin timeline in the movies, in that it's an exuberantly stylish, action-packed jumping-on point for newbies while satisfying true believers.

    Crucially, Strange New Worlds is really, really fun. From the first episode, it traffics in familiar tropes but does so with refreshingly earnest emotions and an obvious desire to entertain the heck out of anybody watching, whether they care that Captain Pike is Kirk's doomed predecessor or not. That first episode is basically an argument for why Star Trek is great, and from there, the first season is off to the races, exploring what's very best about Trek in each adventurous crackerjack of an episode. It's just a blast to tag along with a diverse, lovable crew of stone-cold hotties boldly go where other shows have gone before, but do so with the energy and enthusiasm of the first.

    -Tucker DeSaulnier

    • Actors: Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong
    • Premiered: May 5, 2021
    92 votes

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  • Our Flag Means Death
    Photo: HBO Max

    Though viewers are typically inspired to start Our Flag Means Death for Taika Waititi, cast as the legendary Blackbeard, they end up staying for the chaotic antics of a lovable pirate crew led by Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby). The historical roots are there; It's true that the great pirate Blackbeard took a break from pillaging and spent a fortnight with Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, upon his ship The Revenge. Why? According to showrunner David Jenkins, the two were busy falling in love. Yes, both pirate crews are masculine, strong, and violent, but they are also masculine in telling each other bedtime stories, tending to each other's wounds, and hugging and caring for one another.

    There's a reason why Our Flag Means Death has garnered one of the most dedicated online fan communities in years — its viewers felt seen. The show, a period piece set during the Golden Age of Piracy, has reached into the chests of so many people, validated them, and illustrated that no matter how out of place you might feel in the world, you will always find a home. No matter how weird, alone, lost, or unlovable we think we are, we can find peace in others who will show us the love we deserve. The humor is jam-packed and includes stand out cameos from Fred Armisen, Leslie Jones, Will Arnett and many more, as well as a plot that is genuinely interesting and a band of characters that come to feel more like friends. Our Flag Means Death is so much more than "the gay pirate show." 

    -Raelyn Giansanti

    • Actors: Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Samson Kayo, Victoria Ortiz, Ewen Bremner
    • Premiered: March 3, 2022
    110 votes

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    67 VOTES
    The Patient
    Photo: FX

    In general, I'm strictly anti-serial killer content in my entertainment. No disrespect meant to the true crime fans out there – it just isn't my cup of tea. But then Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg had to go and create The Patient. Faster than you can say "The Americans was really good, actually," I found myself hooked on this bone-chilling limited series.

    The premise is deceptively simple: acclaimed therapist Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) is bonked over the head one night and wakes up chained to the floor in an unfamiliar furnished basement. His captor is Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), a serial killer desperate to curb his urges before he takes another life. He is convinced that therapy is the only way out for him, and that Alan is his last hope. What goes unspoken between the two men – at least at first – is the knowledge that, should Alan fail, he will very likely become Sam's next victim.

    This show could have easily been a ghoulish spectacle filled with gore and violence. Instead, it becomes a thoughtful meditation on familial love, personal faith, intergenerational trauma, and the value of therapy itself. That's not to say there aren't intense moments in the series – I found myself gasping aloud more than once. But ultimately, The Patient is more invested in the work than it is shocks.

    This show does more in 10 brief episodes (usually around a half-hour) than plenty do over multiple seasons. If you're looking for a thought-provoking end-of-year watch, look no further – just be prepared to ask yourself, "How does that make me feel?"

    -Sarah Hatheway

    • Actors: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, Linda Emond, Laura Niemi, Andrew Leeds
    • Premiered: August 30, 2022
    67 votes

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    30 VOTES
    Slow Horses
    Photo: Apple TV+

    Slow Horses is like a favorite sweatshirt: you don't love it because it's stylish, flashy, or reinvents the hoodie game. No, you love it for its comfortable familiarity. And plenty about Slow Horses is definitely familiar. It's a very British spy show starring Gary Oldman, who previously played John Le Carre's ultimate British spy George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy more than a decade before, and it's more about the day-to-day of spying than action sequences or derring do. The overall feel of Slow Horses isn't new in the slightest, and that's part of what makes it work.

    See, Oldman plays a burned out old misanthrope of an intelligence agent who grumpily leads a group of outcast spies who don't fit in at MI5, so this is a spy story about a bunch of rejects who aren't great at their jobs. The dash of also-familiar workplace comedy gives the show a nicely sardonic and universal tone, and even allows for some light subversion as the first season chugs along.

    Because Slow Horses is called Slow Horses, is British, is deliberately low-key, is on Apple TV +, and is not Ted Lasso, it will likely remain under-appreciated in its second season, which is a shame. This is exactly the kind of show that too often goes unnoticed, and that's hard to recommend because it doesn't lend itself to breathless hyperbole; you won't run out shouting that it's the greatest show of 2022, but you'll probably think Slow Horses is pretty dang good. And hey, the cast is stacked with ringers like Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Olivia Cooke. 

    -Tucker DeSaulnier

    • Actors: Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas
    • Premiered: April 1, 2022
    30 votes

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    35 VOTES
    Dark Winds
    Photo: AMC+

    AMC lost one of its last remaining blockbuster hits in 2022 when The Walking Dead officially ended (though there are still spin-offs shambling on), so the network experimented a little bit with its new shows this year. Dark Winds almost feels like a throwback to Breaking Bad with its Southwestern setting, but the pulpy crime story draws way more from the Elmore Leonard tradition of Justified with its story of a heist, murder, and mysterious crime spree on Navajo land in the 1970s.

    Zach McClarnon gets a long-deserved lead role after standout turns on Fargo, Westworld, Hawkeye, and Reservation Dogs as a Navajo officer tasked with investigating a grisly slaying on tribal land connected to an armored car robbery and helicopter crash. The investigation is just one thread of a twisting story that includes FBI plants, a money laundering operation, and a fake priest. It’s the ideal brand of cop show where every character, no matter how small, is idiosyncratic enough to be a fan favorite.

    -Kyle Chorpening

    • Actors: Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Rainn Wilson, Elva Guerra
    • Premiered: June 12, 2022
    35 votes

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    59 VOTES
    The Old Man
    Photo: FX

    Anyone who misses the taut action of 24 but could do with slightly less enhanced interrogation scenes will find a lot to love in The Old Man. The decades-spanning spy series packs an A-list pedigree both onscreen and behind the scenes with Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges playing the main character and Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts executive producing and directing the first two episodes. Bridges plays a retired CIA operative who gets pulled back into action after his former handler tries to have him killed. The show unravels to reveal a web of double-crosses and betrayals reaching back to an Afghan warlord’s that Chase helped escape the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s.

    The story scratches that spy itch, but the action is on a different level than the typical TV show. Watts stages some choice set pieces in his episodes including a brutal face-off where Bridges (and his stunt double) fights his way out of a moving SUV. There’s a second season coming too, so there’s time to catch up and get on board.

    -Kyle Chorpening

    • Actors: Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Shawkat, E.J. Bonilla
    • Premiered: June 16, 2022
    59 votes

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