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This year has been a reset for the entertainment industry, with more people returning to theaters and more must-see TV shows hitting broadcast networks. This is a fairly big change from 2021, when many movies came out on services like HBO Max on the same day as movie theaters. But if you used to catch up on everything on your couch, don’t worry — it’s still there Many To watch the holidays. (And be sure to check out our recommendations from last year, which are still pretty good, I swear!)

Eleventh station

Probably the best media I’ve seen this year, Eleventh station It is based on Emily St. John’s novel about a swine flu epidemic ravaging a community. Wait, don’t run away! While the series may initially evoke the worst of the COVID experience, it also morphs into a hopeful story about the power of stories (and popular culture!) and human connection. It offers something we can all use right now: hope.

Tuca and Bertie Season 3

After being unofficially canceled by Netflix in 2020, cartoon duo Tuca and Bertie found a new home on Cartoon Network last year. The third and final season of the series (unfortunately) aired this year, and it continues to delight. Created by Lisa Hanawalt and Executive Produced by Raphael Pop-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman)follows a pair of friends as they deal with life, love, and simply existence in their 30s.

Also on HBO Max:

white lotus (Season 2): Mike White’s series about the exploits of special resort guests, this time in Sicily instead of Hawaii, is still fun.

Harley Quinn (Season 3): This series remains one of the best DC series currently airing. Hear a more adult comic and spin on your Batman favourites.


Yes, it’s another Star Wars show, however Andor It ended up being one of the biggest upsets of the year. Created by Tony Gilroy (who helped transform Rogue One In Astral), it focuses on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a petty thief who is distrustful of the Empire. The show traces his journey towards becoming a member of the rebels, and in doing so, a scheme to bring down authoritarian regimes.

the fire of love

Katya and Maurice Kraft were a rare pair, two expert volcanologists who were also madly in love. They’ve dedicated their lives to documenting active volcanoes, often by directly encountering pyroclastic flows, magmatic eruptions, and acid lakes. the fire of love They reveal their original footage to show how far they’ve gone in the name of science. But he also paints a portrait of a truly rare couple, to whose contributions we still owe much.

Also on Disney+:

Capricorn Tales: An animated short series that gives us a slightly more dramatic storyline about Ahsoka Tano and… Count Dooku? If you are interested in star Wars Animation, but don’t want to scroll through a lot of old episodes, this is a good start.

bluish: This is still the best kids show on TV. The latest season of Bluey is as funny and touching as ever. It is the rare show that can teach children and their parents.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

Cyberpunk 2077 movie It’s had a notoriously rocky launch, but Night City’s setting has always been compelling. Edgerunners is an anime set in this universe, focusing on a brave street kid who finds himself equipped with a military-grade spinal implant. You know, typical teenage stuff. Will his newfound powers keep him on the wrong side of the law? Will he take revenge on the people who ruined his life? The new show doesn’t offer much, but it does feature really compelling characters and some of the best animation in recent years.

Midnight Club

Mike Flanagan can do no wrong. talent behind Midnight MassAnd the Dr. Sleepand excellentChase … ” The horror show Netflix has now set its sights on adapting Christopher Pike, and the results are glorious. Co-created by Lia Fong, the show follows a group of terminally ill teens as they tell scary stories and explore the supernatural mysteries of their hospice mansion. It’s a meditation on the power of storytelling, but also another Flanagan exploration of the value of life.

Also on Netflix:

Wednesday: Come to see Tim Burton finally get his shot in The Addams Family, stay for Jenna Ortega’s utterly heartwarming performance.

The bear

Can an award-winning chef really go home and save his family’s sandwich shop? Or is he just trying to work through his brother’s death the only way he knows how? The bear It captures the energy and frenzy of kitchen life better than any TV show – forget all the shiny things you’ve seen on TV Chef’s table. But amid the madness, it’s the story of a found family coming together to grieve and save the place they all love.


What makes Elizabeth Holmes tick? This series, which stars Amanda Seyfried as the notorious founder of Theranos, paints a more complete picture of Holmes than the 2019 HBO documentary inventor. We see Holmes’ early life, as well as her initial relationship with Sunny Balwani (Naveen Andrews, perhaps the best TV brilliance any South Asian man could hope for). After proving her wit in college, she sets out to build the world’s best blood-testing machine with Theranos. We all know how it went. When the hype around Theranos begins to crumble, leakage It turns into a fantastic image of self-deception.

Also on Hulu:

Fleischmann is in trouble: Toby Fleischmann is going through a divorce. But as he begins to rebuild his identity, he also needs to deal with the wreckage of his marriage (and finding his missing ex-wife).

to cut

Taking the idea of ​​work-life balance a step too far, to cut It follows a group of people who undergo a procedure that completely divides their memories between home and office life. The result is two completely separate personalities within the same body, both trapped in their respective cages. to cut It’s a bit of a slow burn, but it’s a fascinating exploration of company control à la Terry Gilliam Brazil. (Be sure to check out our interview with the show’s creator, Dan Erickson, on the Engadget Podcast.)


An adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s 2017 novel, Pachinko It follows a Korean family through several generations starting in 1917 through the late 1980s. We see a young fishmonger fall in love and make her way to Japan as an outsider, while her grandson struggles to maintain his identity in the pressured world of business. Pachinko It has almost everything you could 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 sequences of the year.

Other things to watch

good fight (Paramount+): Over six seasons, good fight Address the insanity of our current social and political environment better than any other TV show. It’s first and foremost a legal proceeding, but it comes from the minds of Michelle and Robert King, and it ends up being so much more than that.

London gangs (AMC+): Now in its second season, London gangs It is one of the most brutal crime shows on TV. It’s part gangster epic, and part martial arts (it comes from Gareth Evans, director Raid Movies). While the plot is getting increasingly funny, it’s only worth a watch because of the sheer ambition of the action sequences, many of which go much harder than anything we’ve seen in American movies lately.

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