Here we go!
To finish off these last few weeks, here are my most anticipated TV shows of 2022. I didn't cover a ton of TV shows outside of the Marvel Disney+ shows last year, so I will try to do more TV outside of Disney+, whether it's cable, Hulu, HBO Max, or Netflix. There are a plethora of shows coming out this year, and I will definitely attempt to do more TV reviews. That said, here are my most anticipated TV shows of 2022.
I will be taking a week off after this. I need a break from the blog for two reasons: one, it's a lot of work and I'm going back to school, and, two, I want to plan for 2022 a little bit. I'll be back this weekend with Cobra Kai content.
10. The Old Man
I hadn't really heard about this show until I started doing research for this ranking. While I was looking for TV shows, I found this, and it sounds right up my alley. It's an assassin-crime thriller starring Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow. It's based off of a book which I will try to read before I watch this. It sounds interesting, it sounds fun, and it sounds like my kind of thing.
The Old Man is set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. The Lord of the Rings
I haven't read The Lord of the Rings all the way through. I've tried before, but I don't think I can. I have to watch the movies. I haven't yet, but I've wanted to for years. This is a prequel set thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which will be cool. I like fantasy films and TV shows. High fantasy, like Game of Thrones and The Witcher, aren't really my thing, but The Lord of the Rings has always appealed to be for its sweeping, epic scale. I will be checking out this TV show with a lot of excitement.
The Lord of the Rings premieres on Prime Video on September 22.
8. Resident Alien (Season 2)
The first season of Resident Alien was fun. Not great, but the central performance from Alan Tudyk was absolutely incredible. It deftly blends the sci-fi, comedy, drama, thriller, and mystery genres into a really unique TV show. It can feel overstuffed at times, but it is an entertaining show. Season one ended on a nice cliffhanger and there were definitely plot lines that were left hanging, so I am interested to see what happens in this show.
Season two of Resident Alien drops on Hulu on January 26.
One thing that Marvel Phase Four is doing that I don't love is female versions of all of our male superheroes: Ironheart, Kate Bishop, She-Hulk, Jane Foster Thor, etc. So I wasn't super excited for this show. However, Tim Roth is reprising his role as the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, which is super cool, and the quick look we got on Disney+ Day seemed cool. It feels like the style of the Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk 70s show, which I think is fun.
She-Hulk debuts on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
In 2021, The Suicide Squad came out and kind of blew up expectations. That movie was really good, and one of the highlights of that was John Cena's Peacemaker. And he gets his own spin-off show now, which I think looks fun. I really like the idiotic seriousness of this character, and I hope they carry that over to this show. James Gunn gets the creator credit, so, hopefully, he brings back the magic that he brought to The Suicide Squad.
Peacemaker premieres on January 13.
5. Ted Lasso (Season 3)
The first season of Ted Lasso was incredible. It had heart, comedy, a great story, and an emotional core that delivered a nice message. Season two was a bit disappointing and much more messy than the first season, but it still had the likability and charm of the show. The finale, however, was great, and set up a huge conflict that I want to see continued into the third season. Season two definitely was not great, but it followed through in the end, leaving me very excited for the next season of this show.
Ted Lasso arrives on Apple TV+ sometime in 2022.
4. Secret Invasion
The Secret Invasion run in Marvel Comics is a famous story where the Skrulls take the place of a bunch of people on Earth and try to sneakily take over. They have been slowly setting this up with the after-credits in Far From Home and WandaVision, with Skrulls popping up randomly. Nick Fury is returning to take down these hidden Skrulls, and Samuel L. Jackson is joined by Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman cast in unknown roles. I've been very excited for this show since it was announced, and I'm so glad we are finally getting it.
Secret Invasion premieres on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
3. Moon Knight
Moon Knight is about Marc Spector, a superhero who suffers from multiple personality disorder. That's immediately a cool concept. Throw Oscar Isaac in there and a Batman-like vibe from the footage we got on Disney+ Day, and you've got what looks like the coolest upcoming Disney+ Marvel show. I really like everything they've said about this series. We haven't gotten a ton of information, but I am over the moon excited (that was a good little pun, huh?).
2. Stranger Things (Season 4)
This is tied for number one. I put it at number two, because I don't actually like writing that I have two number ones, but I am so excited for this. Stranger Things is one of my two or three favorite TV shows of all time. Season three of Stranger Things is my favorite season of a TV show...ever. I absolutely adore this show and everything about it. It has this Spielberg-like vibe while also blending in a hint of Stephen King. That is a dream come true. The reason I put it behind my slightly higher number one is simply because I haven't dug all of the marketing. They have dropped a gazillion twenty second teasers and one full trailer. And they all gave me a weird vibe. But that doesn't bother me. I'm so excited for the next season of this show.
Stranger Things 4 hits Netflix mid-2022.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Simply put: Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of my favorite fictional characters. Ewan McGregor is one of my favorite actors. Darth Vader is my favorite villain ever. I never really thought an Obi-Wan show was necessary, but come on. This is going to be awesome. While I do think that the area between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is explored way too much, we haven't seen it explored with characters we actually know and love. What was Obi-Wan doing after Revenge of the Sith? What was Vader doing after Revenge of the Sith? These are questions that I've asked before, and I cannot wait to see them answered in this show.
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney+ sometime in 2022.