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Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon will be released this year | Source: People.com

Stay Tuned: The 10 Best Shows to Watch in 2022

While the box office may have taken a hit last year, resulting in an 80 per cent year-over-year decline from 2019, according to Comscore, 2021 was a great year for TV shows and streaming services.

According to Forbes the two biggest streaming services, Netflix and Disney+ both increased its subscriber-ship. In the second quarter of 2021, Netflix added 1.5 million net new subscribers globally. Disney+ banked an extra 12.4 million net new subscribers for the quarter reaching 116 million global subscribers.

And it’s mainly thanks to the quality of TV shows available.

In 2021 streaming programs will dominate 73rd annual The Primetime Emmy Awards. The Crown on Netflix and The Mandalorian on Disney+ each earned 24 nominations more than any other more program. WandaVision also on Disney+ has 23 nominations. 

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Further bolstering the quality of shows, trusted review platform Rotten Tomatoes announced a total of 21 shows reached the rarified rating of 100 per cent Certified Fresh in 2021.

We saw shows that become worldwide sensations such as Squid Game, Succession and the biggest cable show in America Yellowstone. The best news, however, is the trend will continue this year. There’s an abundance of some returning TV shows mixed with some brand new shows that will keep viewers tuned in. Here’s a look at the most anticipated TV shows of 2022.

Stranger Things 4, Netflix

The return of one of Netflix’s most popular original productions will again explore the depths of the monstrous world of The Upside Down. The franchise has been nominated for 39 Emmy awards with the latest fourth season, again set in the 1980s, scheduled for a mid-2022 release. Creators of the Duffer brothers have reportedly said either the fourth or fifth season will be the last so you can be sure fans will be tuning in to this show again in 2022.

Source: US Weekly

House of the Dragon, HBO

The highly anticipated Game of Thrones spin-off is sure to have on the edge of their seats this year. Set about 200 years before the events of the cult American fantasy drama, the new story circles around the House of Targaryen at the peak of their power. The new series stars Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke scheduled to be released this year consisting of 10 episodes.

The Lord of the Rings, Amazon Prime Video

Taking fans back to the world of Middle Earth, the eight-episode season is premiering on Amazon Prime Video on 2nd September. Set in the second age of Middle Earth before the events of the Lord of the Rings books and films, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters confronting evil. The most expensive television series ever made is a five-season production commitment by Amazon worth at least A$1.3 billion.

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Source: Time Out

Pam and Tommy, Disney+

Focusing on the tumultuous relationship of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, the recently released trailer sent a buzz across social media. Starring Lily James as Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee, other cast members include Seth Rogan and Nick Offerman. The series is described on Hulu as “The eight-episode comedic limited series tells the true story of the release of the first-ever viral video in history — the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.”

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Source: Slash Film

Peaky Blinders Season 6, BBC

After a large production delay, the final season of the action-packed British drama is finally coming to screens this year. Continuing the story of Birmingham’s Shelby family, creator Steven Knight said “Peaky is back and with a bang. We find the (Shelby) family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher.” Starring Cillian Murphy as lead character Tommy Shelby, fans can be prepared for what Knight describes as “the best series of all,” although this year’s exact release date is still TBC.

Ms. Marvel, Disney+

The Marvel and Disney+ world is again getting ready to expand in 2022 with the introduction of another TV show, this one focusing on Kamala Khan – a regular 16-year-old girl who becomes a superhero. Starring newcomer Iman Vellani in the lead role, is one of a few Marvel productions with a young adult focus and is planned for a mid-2022 release.

Inventing Anna, Netflix

True crime fans will be eagerly awaiting the next addition to Netflix’s crime library, the new series Inventing Anna. Releasing on February 11, 2022, the series is based on the article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” by Jessica Pressler on the true story of Anna Delvey who fooled the rich and famous of New York.

Julia Garner as Anna Delvey | Source: Variety

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+

A new release in one of the biggest franchises in the world always garners attention. The latest in the Star Wars franchise has done exactly that with fans eagerly awaiting the new TV show starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Joel Edgerton. The series, directed by Deborah Chow who helmed episodes of The Mandalorian, begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

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Source: Men’s Journal

Halo, Paramount+

Based on the incredibly popular video game franchise of the same name, the American military science fiction series is expected to be released in early 2022. Executively produced by Steven Spielberg, the series is “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.”

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Source: PC Gamer

Bridgerton Season 2,

The next chapter of the hit Netflix drama from the same production company as Grey’s Anatomy, Shondaland, will reportedly air on 25th March 2022. The most-watched series on Netflix upon its release with a viewership of 82 million, the show is set in a reimagined 1800s British high society featuring lead actor Jonathan Bailey alongside his character new love interest played by Simone Ashley. Fans will also be pleased to know last year creator Chris Van Dusen revealed on Twitter the show will be run into a third and fourth season.

If Netflix is your go-to and you love to curl up with a good book – after a long day at work – you will enjoy our coverage of The Most Exciting Book-to-Screen Adaptations to Come in 2022.

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