Despite the fact that the streaming industry has become considerably more competitive in recent years, with new media firms launching new platforms to varying degrees of success, Netflix remains the king of content.
Every month, the industry-leading service publishes dozens of episodes and movies, with its most popular programming racking up over 115 million hours of viewing.
What criteria do you use to decide what to watch? You could always take a chance and let Netflix choose a title for you at random. You might also follow the advice of the professionals, whose job it is to sift through the overflow of entertainment and select the most intriguing shows to watch.
We should emphasize that this isn’t an all-encompassing best-of list, which would undoubtedly include “Is It Cake?” and season four of “Ozark” (but don’t get us started on “Inventing Anna”).
Rather, this is a quick rundown of the shows we believed were deserving of feature pieces. We’ll be adding to this throughout the year, so keep checking back for new suggestions.
So far, the best Netflix series of 2022
Stranger Things 4
‘Stranger Things’ new season goes full horror: the program’s young heroes are developing, and the show is maturing with them, with some terrifying effects.
This time, they’re up against Vecna, a demon with a unique method of torturing his victims by playing on their deepest fears. The Netflix hit has begun to wrap up the storyline, tying up strands and providing fans some long-awaited answers, given it is the last season.
One of the finest things about this season is how it combines the ordinary traumas of being a teenager with the scary supernatural forces that lurk in Hawkins, integrating its major sci-fi plot with the mundane details of its characters’ lives.
“This season, the focus is on Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), who, to put it mildly, is a cad and, as the first episode puts it, ‘a rake with a capital R.’
Lord Bridgerton had previously been seen scaring away all of his sister Daphne’s suitors, erroneously believing that he and he alone should choose her marriage in a fit of protection, all the while behaving exactly like the sort of guy he didn’t want to see his sister marry.
“Now, Lord Bridgerton is looking for his own wife, however, he is certain that she should only be completely agreeable, rather than a love match, as his parents, Lord Edmund and Lady Violet Bridgerton, famously did.”
The comeback of this superb British drama, which was dropped by its original UK broadcaster Channel 4 but was subsequently picked up by Netflix (through rapper Drake, who lobbied for its rebirth and is now the show’s executive producer), is surely one of Netflix’s few 2022 highpoints.
It tells an at-once densely detailed yet narratively propulsive story of East London life, which deftly covers everything from gang crime and drug deals to gentrification, coercive relationships, and immigration policy, and has only gotten better and better. Now in its second Netflix series or the fourth series overall, it tells an at-once densely detailed yet narratively propulsive story of East London life, which deftly covers everything from gang crime and drug deals.
“In the new Netflix program ‘Murderville,’ Will Arnett portrays a homicide investigator who enlists the help of guest stars to solve cases. The six-episode series, however, differs from other procedural parodies in one key way: the guest stars aren’t given a screenplay. Each fabricated episode concludes with the visitor guessing which suspect was the true perpetrator of the incident.
“Not only does the guest roster include A-name improvisers like Conan O’Brien and Ken Jeong, but it also includes a local icon in the form of proud Oaklander and former Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who appears in episode two.” Lynch has dabbled with acting in recent years, including appearances on ‘Westworld’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'”
“The lines between good and evil are as obvious as the limits of a martial arts mat in the original ‘Karate Kid’ film series from the 1980s. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is a good-natured underdog who trains with his sensei, Mr. Miyagi, in the zen method. Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), his opponent, adopts Cobra Kai’s militant methods: hit first, strike hard, and show no compassion.
“The original players have returned as adults who manage their own dojos in the Netflix remake ‘Cobra Kai,’ now in its fourth season, but they are still clinging to their old rivalry, which infects their own karate-obsessed youngsters.” Dan Gentile is a writer who lives in New York City.