The Most Overlooked TV Shows of 2022
Some shows meet with immediate popular success and are deservedly showered with Emmys. They are becoming meme factoriesand people dress up as their characters for halloween. They are the first answer to the question “So, what are you watching these days?” The lucky ones get a Saturday Night Live show or inspire renewed interest in Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches. But with over 500 scripted TV shows produced per year, some of them are bound to fall through the gaping cracks of the zeitgeist. Here are five shows you may have missed in the din of 2022:
Outdoor Range (Amazon)
For perhaps the most resource-rich organization on the planet, Amazon often oddly forgets to properly market its TV series, like 2020’s lavish Intercontinental Organized Crime Saga. ZeroZeroZero. Outdoor beach is a case in point. Marketed as a Dark Western, Brian Watkins Outdoor beach is closer to twin peaks that Yellowstone, a beautifully eerie, beautifully shot sci-fi humdinger set in present-day Wyoming. Taciturn rancher Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin) discovers a mysterious, bottomless hole in his pasture the same day one of his goofy children (Tom Pelphrey) accidentally kills one of his insufferable neighbor’s (Matt Lauria) sons. during a bar fight that goes off the rails, an eccentric hippie (Imogen Poots) shows up to camp on the ranch, and the neighboring patriarch (a stage-gobbling Will Patton) announces his intention to grab a part of Abbott lands. Figuring out who or what is in the hole and where that thing — filled with musical numbers, vanishing mountains, and sentient bears — is heading will be the most fun you’ve had in a long time.
Reservation Dogs (FX)
Inexplicably excluded from this year’s Emmys, the second season of FX’s groundbreaking half-hour comedy about a group of four disgruntled Native American teenagers is once again set on a desolate Oklahoma reservation. This season sees the city clean up in the aftermath of a tornado, with several of the characters embarking on a road trip through California. A stellar cast of largely unknown actors gives each character a rich realization that makes the series more than a deserved skewer of America’s treatment of its native populations. Showrunner Sterlin Harjo deftly incorporates elements of Native American mythology and, most impressively, continues to use quirky humor to pack in emotional punches that showcase intergenerational trauma, loss and neglect without ever ending. feel like a special after school.
Once in a while (Apple+)
If watching a big set of morally bankrupt Miami smoke shows cover up murder on two timelines sounds like your jam, then this is the show for you. One of the first truly bilingual prestige television shows, From time to time is a pure guilty pleasure, a whimsical soap opera that shamelessly takes up the clichés of detective series, the I know what you did last summer subgenre and potboiler novels. In 2000, a group of discolored college graduates rush their friend Alejandro to the hospital after a beach party overdose when they collide with another car on a deserted Florida road, killing the driver, a young mother. Their fateful decision to stage the scene as if Alejandro was driving alone sets in motion a 20-year quest by Detective Flora Neruda (Rosie Perez) to corner them. When a mysterious blackmailer demands a million dollars from each of them in 2020, the friends are reunited once again to protect their secrets – and themselves.
Someone Somewhere (HBO Max)
Comedian Bridget Everett’s lyrical, autobiographical dramedy is set in small-town Kansas, where Sam (Everett) works through her grief over the death of her sister, helps her parents (the late Mike Haggerty in his last role, and Jane Brody) to save their farm, and navigates the trappings of middle age with a group of eccentric friends. Everett, perhaps best known for her bawdy musical numbers on the comedy sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, demonstrates an extraordinary range in a moving performance, and the series illuminates, rather than pokes fun at, rural life. Sam and his pals are the kind of people in their 40s rarely portrayed seriously on television – single, childless and gloriously alive, luckless in love but with a strong bond. someone somewhere will stay with you long after you finish it and HBO has given it an unexpected and heartening revival for a second season.
The Afterparty (Apple+)
At a house party after their 15-year high school reunion, someone murders dingbat pop music star Xavier (Dave Franco) by pushing him out of a second-story window. A talented cast of comedians, including Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz, Zoe Chao and Ike Barinholtz, take turns to hilariously babble Detectives Danner (Tiffany Haddish) and Culp (John Early) as they try to figure out the thriller and the show. frequently returns to the past to uncover the grudges, secrets, and unrequited loves that make nearly everyone a plausible suspect. Detective Danner gets his own extraordinary episode, the one about the character Chao (also named Zoe) is mostly animated, and for all the awkwardness, you probably won’t find out who the killer is until the final episode.