The best shows to binge-watch during the holidays in 2022

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This year is a bit different for the entertainment industry, with more people returning to theaters and more must-see TV shows appearing on streaming networks. That’s a pretty big change from 2021, when many movies launch on services like HBO Max on the same day they hit theaters. But if you’re used to catching up on everything on your couch, don’t worry – still lots of to see through the holidays. (And make sure check out our recommendations from last yearwhich is still good, I swear!)

station eleven

Probably the best piece of media I’ve seen this year, station eleven is an adaptation of the novel by Emily St. John about the swine flu pandemic that is collapsing society. Wait, don’t run away! While the series may at first evoke our worst COVID experience, it also turns into a hopeful tale about the power of stories (and pop culture!) and relationships. relationships between people. It offers something we can all use right now: Hope.

Tuca and Bertie Part 3

After being unexpectedly canceled by Netflix in 2020, cartoon duo Tuca and Bertie found a new home on Cartoon Network last year. The third and (unfortunately) final season of the series aired this year, and it’s still a lot of fun. Created by Lisa Hanawalt and executive produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman)tells the story of a pair of friends as they face life, love, and a simple existence in their 30s.

Also on HBO Max:

White Lotus (Season 2): Mike White’s series of privileged resort guests, this time in Sicily instead of Hawaii, is still a treat.

Harley Quinn (Season 3): This show is still one of the best DC series currently airing. Catch a funnier and more adult take on your favorite Batman movies.


Yes, it’s another Star Wars show, but Andor turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. Created by Tony Gilroy (who helped transform Rogue One into a stellar movie), it centers on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a petty thief with a healthy distrust of the Empire. The film follows his journey to become a member of the insurgents, and in doing so, it also serves as a blueprint for bringing down authoritarian systems.

the flame of love

Katia and Maurice Krafft are a rare couple, two adept volcanologists who are also madly in love. They spend their lives documenting active volcanoes, often by directly confronting lava flows, rock explosions, and acid lakes. the flame of love unearthed their original footage to show how far they’ve come in the name of science. But it also paints a portrait of a truly rare couple, a couple for whom we are still very much indebted for their contributions.

Also on Disney+:

Tales of the Jedi: An animated short series that gives us a little more backstory about Ahsoka Tano and… Count Dooku? If you were interested in Star Wars anime, but don’t want to go through tons of old episodes, this is a good start.

blue: It’s still the best kids’ show on TV. Bluey’s latest installment is as funny and poignant as ever. This is a rare program that can teach both children and their parents.

Cyberpunk: Edgeunners

Electronic 2077 had a notoriously tough game launch, but Night CIty’s setting has always been fascinating. border runner is a cartoon centered around that universe, centered on a lucky street kid who finds himself fitted with a military-grade spinal implant. You know, typical teen stuff. Will his new-found powers keep him on the wrong side of the law? And will he ever get revenge on the people who ruined his life? The movie doesn’t have much new in it, but it does have really engaging characters and some of the best animation in recent years.

Midnight Club

Mike Flanagan can’t do anything wrong. Talent behind Midnight Mass, sleeping doctorand excellent”The obsession of…” horror shows on Netflix have now targeted a Christopher Pike adaptation, and the results have been fantastic. The show, co-created by Leah Fong, follows a group of terminally ill teenagers as they tell ghost stories and uncover supernatural mysteries in their hospice mansion. It’s a reflection on the power of storytelling, but it’s also Flanagan’s other exploration of the value of life.

Also on Netflix:

Wednesday: Come see Tim Burton finally get the role in The Addams Family, stay to see Jenna Ortega’s flawless performance.


Can an award-winning chef really return home and save his family’s beleaguered sandwich shop? Or is he just trying to get over his brother’s death the only way he knows? Bear captures the energy and frenzy of kitchen life better than any TV show — forget all the flashy stuff you’ve seen on it chef’s table. But amid the madness, it’s the story of a family found together to mourn and save the place they all hold dear.


What makes Elizabeth Holmes tick? This series, starring Amanda Seyfried as the infamous Theranos founder, paints a more complete picture of Holmes than the previous series. HBO Documentary 2019 Inventor. We see Holmes’ early life, as well as her early connection to Sunny Balwani (Naveen Andrews, perhaps the best television adaptation any South Asian man could possibly have. hope). After proving her intelligence in college, she started building the world’s best blood testing machine with Theranos. We all know how that happened. As the hype surrounding Theranos began to crumble, Dropouts turns into a compelling portrait of self-deception.

Also on Hulu:

Fleishman is in trouble: Toby Fleishman is getting divorced. But as he begins to rebuild his own identity, he also needs to deal with the ruins of his marriage (and find his missing ex-wife).


Taking the idea of ​​work/life balance too far, quit follows a group of people who have received a procedure that completely splits their memories between life at home and at the office. The result is two completely separate personalities in the same body, both trapped in their respective cages. quit It’s a bit slow, but it’s a fascinating exploration of corporate control like Terry Gilliam’s. Brazil. (Be sure to check out our interview with the show’s creator, Dan Erickson, on Engadget Podcast.)


Adapted from Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel, pachinko tells the story of a Korean family through several generations starting in 1917 and lasting until the late 80’s. We see a young fishmonger fall in love and find his way to Japan as an outsider, while her grandson struggles to maintain his identity in the pressured business world. pachinko has almost everything you’d want in a family epic: Children struggling to live up to their parents’ standards, forbidden love, and the constant threat of generational trauma. Also, it has one of the best opening scenes of the year.

Other things to see

good fight (Most important +): During its six seasons, good fight tackled the madness of our current social and political climate better than any other TV show. First and foremost, this is a legal proceeding, but from the mind of Michelle and Robert King, it is ultimately more than that.

London Gangs (AMC+): Now the second season, London Gangs is one of the most brutal crime shows on TV. It’s part gangster epic, part martial arts (it comes from Gareth Evans, director of Raid movie). While the plot is getting more and more ridiculous, it’s worth watching just because of the sheer ambition of its action sequences, many of which are far more difficult than anything we’ve seen in the series. recent American movies.


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