2022 is already half over. High time to take stock and go over which cultural works already made our year worthwhile. Today: the best series of 2022 so far.
10. Marvel (Disney+)
The new series of Ms. Marvel marks the happy entry of the Belgian directorial duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, it is also the first Marvel series in which the main character is a Muslim woman. Enough reasons to give this superhero series a chance.
9. My Brilliant Friend (season 3) (HBO Rai/Canvas)
For spoiler reasons, we can’t reveal too much about Season 3 of My Brilliant Friend, in case you haven’t seen the first two seasons yet. after all, it would also be pointless to start Elena Ferrante’s four-part cycle of novels on which this series is based only in the third part. So just take it from us that this third season is again a textbook example of how to make an excellent literary film adaptation.
8. Russian Doll (season 2) (Netflix)
Thanks to the pandemic, it took a while before we saw the second season of Russian Doll got to see. This year we were allowed to enjoy Natasha Lyonne’s bizarre time travel adventures again, although Groundhog Day this time exchanged for Back to the Future. And all the theories about what exactly is happening in the series have actually gotten even wilder.
7. Better Call Saul (season 6)
The sixth and final season of the pre-eminent series that proves that a spin-off should not always be a poor decoction. More and more people even dare to claim that Better Call Saul his father series Breaking Bad transcends. Whether you agree or not, you can find out for yourself in this final season, which finally reveals how Jimmy McGill changed his name to Saul Goodman.
6. Euphoria (season 2) (HBO/Streamz)
The first season of Euphoria seemed specially made to give parents of adolescents a heart attack. The second season took it even further, with even more harrowing scenes of drug addiction, even more extremely unhealthy relationships, and even less euphoria. But hey, all very colorfully portrayed.
5. Station Eleven (HBO Max/Streamz)
Looking for the ideal companion during a pandemic, now a new corona wave that seems to be knocking at our door? Look no further from Mackenzie Davis in the apocalyptic series station Eleven, in which the world’s population is being decimated by a deadly flu.
4. Stranger Things (season 4) (Netflix)
What else can we tell you about the fourth season of Stranger Things that you have not already been able to read everywhere? Kate Bush and Metallica have already read it, given the large crowd of young fans who returned from the Upside Down with a considerably outdated music taste. The key question of this grandiose season – do the makers finally dare to kill a main character? – we will of course not answer here.
3. Yellowjackets (Showtime/Streamz)
Is the lost with teenage girls? Is the mean girls with cannibalism? However you want to describe it, wild genre mixes are possible yellow jackets do count. And those who pay close attention will not only see the most compelling mystery TV in years, but above all a subtle portrait of femininity.
2. We Own This City (HBO/Streamz
The grand return of David Simon and George Pelecanos to their beloved Baltimore feels in many ways like an unofficial sequel to The Wire† Once again, a grand tapestry of diverse characters and storylines is woven. Once again, Simon uses his journalistic background to paint a profound, nuanced overall picture. And once again, Baltimore’s corruption is exposed to the core. The biggest and most disturbing difference with The Wire? This time you get to see 100 percent true facts.
1. Severance (Apple TV+)
In Severance work quite literally stops when you close the office door behind you, thanks to a chip being implanted in your brain. Ben Stiller directed a beautifully stylized, mysterious thriller series for Apple TV+ that doubles as an ethical labyrinth for the viewer.