The Best TV Shows to Watch in 2022
We're already charging toward the end of 2022 and there are so many new shows ready for serious binging, but not all of the big hits are the ones we expected when the year began. Potential hits like Amazon's billion-dollar The Rings of Power have not exactly blown audiences away. With the great Streaming Wars still underway, the age of television has hit a strange new peak. Hulu, Netflix, Apple+, Amazon, Disney+, Paramount+, the list goes on. Many of these streaming services offer constant content updates, with some, like Netflix, banking on their ability to create some game-changers in the field (Stranger Things, anyone?).
Of course, money doesn’t guarantee success. The Rings of Power, Bezos-corp's attempt to wow audiences with a billion-dollar extravaganza, was marred by a slew of early negative reviews. And then Amazon blocked all negative reviews, using its control of IMDB, and the Prime platform, to hide its many scathing critiques. This isn't the first time that throwing money at a series has failed to create something worthwhile. As Apple found out with its incredibly mediocre Foundation series, it’s impossible to make something good just by having a big budget. Indeed, some of the shows most likely to be successful hits in 2022 are those with lower budgets and more passion; shows that don’t have a studio bearing down on them at every turn.
Not all TV series need to be big-budget science fiction hits, either. National Geographic has an exciting new offering for us, HBO is brought some new dramas and some new reality shows, and Apple TV+ is widening its offerings by a massive amount.
Clearly, the future of streaming is not a panacea to the past problems faced by studios trying to produce new and exciting content… but the sheer scope offered by these new streaming services means that there are very likely going to be some surprising hits along the way.
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