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The 29 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2022

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Time flies and we can’t believe spring is upon us either. But there’s still a lot of 2022 ahead of us and it’s time to take an updated look at our selection of some of 2022’s most anticipated TV shows and returning series, especially since the calendar keeps changing and new dates get announced.

Here’s a selection of some of 2022’s most anticipated TV shows. Keep in mind that the calendar is very much in flux and we only know the exact release dates for some of these titles. But 2022 is shaping up to be a year with a lot of binging potential — both in terms of new series and returning properties.

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All Creatures Great and Small , Season 2 (January 9), PBS: It’s no secret that season one of this PBS Masterpiece show contributed to the soothing of our souls in 2021. This is why we looked forward to season two featuring an even more arresting landscape of Yorkshire Dales National Park, cows in need of compassionate veterinarians, and the very spoiled Pekingese dog Tricky Woo . 

Peacemaker (January 13), HBO Max: The DC Extended Universe’s (DCEU) first foray into television was hinted at the end of The Suicide Squad . John Cena returns here as Peacemaker, a superhero who believes in peace at any cost. James Gunn, who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad and instilled it with his characteristic irreverent brand, wrote all eight episodes of this show and directed five of them.

Ozark , Season 4 (January 21), Netflix: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner return to the fourth and final season of this family saga that follows the Byrdes from the suburbs of Chicago to the Ozarks, in Missouri, as they try to keep ahead in a dangerous game with a Mexican drug cartel. Season four of Ozark will have two seven-episode parts. The first one was released in January and the second one in April .

The Afterparty (January 28), Apple TV+: This murder mystery comedy series is created and directed by Chris Miller ( Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ) and stars Tiffany Haddish, Ilana Glazer and Dave Franco. Each one of the eight episodes from The Afterparty is told from the perspective of a different character in the show and all of them reframe the story of a murder mystery that takes place during their high school reunion. 

Pam & Tommy , (February 2) Hulu: Lily James ( Cinderella ) is Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan ( Falcon and the Winter Soldier ) is Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in this original limited series from Hulu. Pam & Tommy first made headlines when pictures of James and Stan’s transformations into their characters hit the internet . The show focus on Anderson and Lee’s relationship during the 1990s and how the sex tape from their honeymoon was stolen and leaked. You can read our Pam & Tommy review here . 

Inventing Anna (February 11), Netflix: This nine-episode limited series is created by Shonda Rhimes — the uber-producer also executive produces the successful Bridgerton for the streamer. The show is inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler about how the pretend German heiress Anna Delvey found a place in New York’s social scene and ended up being a master in the art of scamming. Anna Chlumsky plays a reporter loosely based on Pressler. Julia Garner ( Ozark ) is the deceitful Anna. You can read our review of Inventing Anna here . 

Bel-Air (February 13), Peacock: Inspired by the Morgan Cooper viral fan video that reimagined The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a drama shot in 2019, this Peacock original is executive produced by Will Smith himself and has already been picked up for two seasons. Newcomer and West Philadelphia local Jabari Banks has been cast as Will in the show. Bel-Air has seen showrunners come and go a couple of times .

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The Dropout (March 3) , Hulu: Amanda Seyfried plays Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes in this limited series from Liz Meriwether ( New Girl ). The Dropout follows the rise and fallout of Holmes and her blood-testing start-up and is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name . Alan Ruck ( Succession ), William H. Macy ( Shameless ) and Laurie Metcalf ( Lady Bird ) round out the cast. Read our full review of The Dropout . 

Sanditon , Season 2 (March 20), PBS: This somewhat controversial adaptation of Jane Austen’s last and unfinished novel left things very much on a cliffhanger when ITV, the channel that aired the show in the UK, canceled it after the first season. Fortunately, the fate of its heroine Charlotte (Rose Williams) was saved when PBS renewed the show for second and third seasons. Bear in mind though that Charlotte’s romantic interest, Sidney Parker (Theo James), didn’t return to Sanditon . You can read all about Sanditon ’s season two here . 

Bridgerton , Season 2 (March 25), Netflix: Even if Regé-Jean Page didn’t make us swoon in this second season of the Regency-era London-set show, there was still a lot to look forward to in this new adaptation of Julia Quinn’s series of novels. The older of the Bridgerton siblings, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), is next in line to get himself a wife. Simon Ashley ( Sex Education ) plays Kate Sharma, Anthony’s romantic interest and candidate for the family’s newest Viscountess. The show has already been renewed for seasons three and four. You can read our review of Bridgerton season two here . 

Moon Knight (March 30), Disney+: This new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) show, the first one to be released since Hawkeye , stars Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector. He’s “a complex vigilante who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. These multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters in the series and will appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography,” according to Marvel’s synopsis. You can read our full review of Moon Knight here . 

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The First Lady (April 27), Showtime: This show is executive produced by and stars Viola Davis — she plays Michelle Obama — and focuses on first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Ford and Gillian Anderson is Roosevelt. Danish director Susanne Bier helms all ten episodes of this story. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi (May 27) and Andor (2022), Disney+: There’ll be two new shows from the Star Wars universe this year. In the first of them, the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor dons the Jedi’s garb once again. The six-episode series will explore Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine. Then there’s the prequel series Andor in which Mexican actor Diego Luna returns to his defining role from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , playing the rebel spy Kassian Andor. 

Ms. Marvel (June 8) and She-Hulk (2022), Disney+: Following WandaVision , Falcon and the Winter Soldier , Loki , What If…? , Hawkeye and Moon Knight , this new batch of MCU shows on Disney+ hopes to continue their success. Newcomer Iman Vellani plays Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel . She’s a 16-year-old Pakistani American growing up in Jersey City and she has an affinity for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). In the comedy She-Hulk , Tatiana Maslany ( Orphan Black ) plays a lawyer who specializes in representing superheroes. Expect a visit from the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the show. 

The Old Man (June, 16), FX on Hulu: Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat star in this adaptation of Thomas Perry’s novel of the same name . Bridges is the titular old man. He’s been on the run for decades but the arrival of an assassin (Gbenga Akinnagbe) upends his peaceful routine. The Old Man is taking a little bit to get to the small screen because the shooting of this show has been postponed on two occasions — first due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then after Bridges was diagnosed with lymphoma in October of last year . 

House of The Dragon (August 21), HBO: This Game of Thrones prequel show is set 300 years before the events of the famed and successful show based on George R.R. Martin’s novels and tells the story of House Targaryen and its platinum blonde members. Martin executive produces and is a co-creator alongside Ryan Condal ( Rampage ), who also serves as the showrunner. House of the Dragon ’s cast includes Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (September 2), Prime Video: This prequel show is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings . “Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth,” reads Amazon Studio’s official synopsis. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ’s director J.A. Bayona helms the first two episodes of the eight-episode first season.

Willow (2022), Disney+: Let me add yet another Disney+ title with this sequel to Ron Howard’s 1988 film of the same name . Set decades after the events of the movie, the series sees Warwick Davis return as the sorcerer Willow Ufgood. Jon Chu ( Crazy Rich Asians ) has been tapped to direct the pilot.

Dark Winds (2022), AMC and AMC+: Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman , this psychological thriller follows two Navajo police officers looking for clues in a double murder case. The show is set in the 1970s Southwest and stars Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon. Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin executive produce the series with Vince Calandra, who is also the showrunner.

New TV Shows Without a Confirmed Release Date

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Interview With the Vampire , AMC: If you’re an Anne Rice fan and weren’t too pleased with the 1994 adaptation of Interview with the Vampire — or if you’re young and never bothered to watch it — this AMC series boasts Rice as a non-writing executive producer, which might make for a better outcome. The eight-episode first season has cast Jacob Anderson ( Game of Thrones ) as Louis, played by Brad Pitt in the movie, and Sam Reid as Lestat, played by Tom Cruise in the movie.

Daisy Jones and the Six , Prime Video: Based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s historical bestselling novel of the same name , this limited musical series stars Riley Keough ( Zola ) and Sam Claflin ( The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ). The show is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, who has a very solid track record in the production of adaptations of best-selling women-centric novels ( Wild , Gone Girl , Big Little Lies , Little Fires Everywhere ). Daisy Jones and the Six follows a rock band’s ascension into success and their unavoidable fall during the 1970s.

Avatar: The Last Airbender , Netflix: Fans of the original animated series rejoiced when it was announced that actor Daniel Dae Kim ( Lost ) had joined the cast of the live-action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender . The show has also tapped actors Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley and Dallas Liu.

Returning TV Shows With a Confirmed Release Date

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Russian Doll , Season 2 (April 20), Netflix: Natasha Lyonne stars and serves as showrunner and executive producer in this second season set four years after her character, Nadia, and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop. The new episodes “will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens. Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations,” according to Netflix. 

The Flight Attendant , Season 2 (April 21), HBO Max: This dramedy and international thriller based on Chris Bohjalian novel of the same name returns for an eight-episode second season in which Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) finds herself in Los Angeles and sober. She moonlights as a CIA asset while still very much donning the flight attendant uniform, court heels and rolling suitcase. The new season was shot in Los Angeles, Berlin and Reykjavik. Besides Cuoco, expect to see Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez again.

Stranger Things , Season 4 (May 27), Netflix: The 1980s-set fantasy drama returns for a fourth season in which El (Millie Bobby Brown), Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Will (Noah Schnapp) are now living in sunny California, far away from Hawkins, Indiana, and the town’s troublingly easy access to the Upside Down. Chances are we’ll all need a recap of what happened during Stranger Things ’ season three finale, which first streamed in July of 2019, by the time season four debuts. Just a reminder that yes, Jim Hopper (David Harbour) is very much alive .

Only Murders in the Building , Season 2 (June 28), Hulu: “Following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez) race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue — the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbors who all think they committed murder,” reads Hulu’s official synopsis of season two of one of our favorite murder mystery comedies from last year. Cara Delevingne and Amy Schumer will be two of the new famous faces this season.   

The Crown , Season 5 (November 2022), Netflix: The Emmy-winning show returns for a fifth season and, once again, changes the actors who play the main characters. Imelda Staunton takes over from Olivia Colman and portrays Queen Elizabeth II. Dominic West will be Prince Charles. Elizabeth Debicki will inhabit a very tall Princess Diana. And Lesley Manville takes over from the slightly underutilized Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret.

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"Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins" is available on Hulu and Disney+ and airs Sundays on National Geographic.

Staying within the limits of his comfort zone is not Jeff Jenkins’ style – his motto, after all, is “life begins where your comfort zone ends.”

The Texas-based travel journalist is the host of National Geographic’s new show “ Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins ,” and he’s more likely to find himself in a sumo ring in Japan, swimming with sharks in Mexico or dancing with penguins in Patagonia.

Jenkins spoke with the Texas Standard on how he got bit by the travel bug , what it means being a plus-size traveler and what places and companies can do to make traveling inclusive for everyone.

This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity:

Texas Standard: It’s incredible what you’re doing with this new show. How did you get into this travel journalism bit? 

Jeff Jenkins: I used to be a high school choir teacher, and I actually taught at Manor High School; I did that for nine years, realized I didn’t want to do that. And I got into entrepreneurship and I asked myself the question, like, what do I truly want to do? If money wasn’t an option, if whatever I was to dream up was to actually happen for me, like, what would you do?

And I was like, I want to travel the world, help people and get paid to do it. And that’s what took me down this journey of content creation and becoming a journalist in the travel space. And then I realized that nobody was talking about like being plus-size and traveling around the world, and so I wanted to be that representation.

You are a poster person for “follow your dreams.” I mean, really, all that advice over the years – “follow your heart; go with what it is that you really want to do” – you made it happen.

Yeah, I’m not surprised, but I am surprised. And like, now I tell people, “yeah, I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.” It’s one of those things of – it sounds woo-woo in a sense – but like literally committing to what you wrote down or you dreamed up. Because I promise you, as a kid, I had really big dreams.

And then I think just as life started going on or adults always was like, “Nah, let’s be more realistic. Let’s just find a job that you can do and work for somebody just to have that security.” And if I just stepped out, which I started doing, and started dreaming again and gave myself permission to dream, it was really easy to commit to those dreams.

One of your earliest episodes, wasn’t it in Japan, sumo wrestling? What was that like?

Oh, man, it was incredible. Japan is my favorite country to visit. So to be back there, it was like very full circle. And to be able to do a lot of martial arts stuff that I never even thought to do – to be able to even get in a ring with a sumo wrestler who was a former world champion – it was definitely daunting and scary and a lot of stuff, but it was a lot of fun.

 You have a different take on the whole travel genre. You really throw yourself into this personally. Why do you want to sort of put yourself there? 

I want to redefine what travel looks like. I want people that look like me – plus-size people, people of color, people who just never thought about traveling – to just get out there and travel. And even in that New Zealand episode, there was a really cool moment when my guide kept saying to me, “There’s no dignity in caving.” So he was like, if you have to get on your knees, if it looks ugly when you’re doing it is totally fine because this is what caving is.

I think that authenticity is what comes out in this show. I think your motto – correct me if I’m wrong here – is “life begins where your comfort zone ends.”

Sure is. And that was one of the first mottos I got to hear when I went to Japan for the first time. It was my first international trip, first time getting on an airplane at 20 years old when I was at college at Florida.

And so for me, I’m thinking of it in the same way as traveling. Like you don’t have to look a certain way to travel and enjoy yourself.

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Can I ask you about that? You mentioned a couple of times you’re a plus-size traveler, and you’ve said there are other considerations that you just have to take into account when you’re traveling – like what?

Size restrictions, weight limits – those are two of the main ones. And then it’s just like more so just the industry hasn’t evolved, in a way, because one thing I feel like the show is teaching people is that if you make some modifications, small modifications in a safe way, you are now able to allow other people or a marginalized group of people to be able to do something.

And always go from the dollars and cents, like it actually makes sense for you, no pun intended, to make these modifications so that you can have more people and more business.

What kind of modifications, you mean? 

So, like harnesses: You can buy larger harnesses, and a lot of brands don’t even think to do that. Extended sizes on wet suits – I didn’t even know that there were wetsuits in my size. There are wet suits in my size, but brands or these different excursions don’t actually include it; they always stop at a certain size. And so to be able to just have extra sizes now will allow more people to be able to do and enjoy those experiences.

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You know, I would think that at some level, one of the big obstacles could be, you know, yourself, if you’ll pardon me saying, because like, for instance, you have an idea of how you present yourself, then you have that complicated by, you know, television. You’re getting into a sumo ring and you decide to take the shirt off, right? And I know that there are a lot of people who’d be really hesitant to do that, but you’re going to live this experience. 

Yeah. And so for me, I probably wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t doing it for my mission. But yeah, I really do think that … there’s just a lack of representation. And so I always tell people, representation really does matter, because when people see themselves represented, they’ll get out there and do it.

And so for me, I get to be that representation to a lot of people. Now they’re like, “Oh, I could go do that. Oh, yeah, I can see me out there because I see somebody that looks like me doing it as well.”

You have a favorite moment so far?

You know, one, I love my crew. My crew are just dynamic, from the film producers to the PAs to the editors. I just really, really enjoyed everybody.

But one of my favorite times shooting was when we were in Vietnam, and I felt like I got to be Anthony Bourdain. We did a whole street food experience and got to ride around on motorbikes around the city; we’re zipping and dodging through the traffic. So that was just an epic time. And like, I even felt like my crew were all enjoying themselves as well.

Okay, that’s a fun part. Is there anything so far that you wouldn’t do again?

Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of stuff, but one in particular is like, I don’t see myself ever crossing another suspension bridge over a mile in the sky with planks in the thing that were slippery – like, I could just slip. Although I was harnessed up and everything, it’s still like, no, I’m good. This is something I did once and I don’t have to do it again, you know?

You get a lot of praise for this show. I was looking at Rotten Tomatoes, and the score is pretty impressive , man. Are you surprised by all the success?

Yes, and, well, not yes – to the level, yes, I’m surprised. To get a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s like incredible; 9.6 on IMDB . But to see the impact it has been for multiple generations – so I feel like this is a multi-generational show – people are taking videos of like, “my child can never sit with me and watch a show, and they’re glued to the TV, and they’re entertained just as much as I’m entertained.” So it’s been beautiful to hear. It’s like, “this is a show I didn’t know I needed” – and that’s what I hear constantly.

“Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins” is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. CT on the National Geographic channel.

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