The 10 Best TV Shows of 2022 so far (The Hollywood Reporter critics) – The Hollywood Reporter

Atlanta (FX)

Three years later, Donald Glover’s bold and sometimes surreal examination of race and fame returned with a season in which four out of 10 episodes were separate without the primary cast. The best of them – “Three Slaps”, “Rich Wigga, Poor Wigga” – intriguingly blend in with the hilarious and sometimes very sad installments that found the central characters traveling across Europe. – Daniel Feinberg

Barry (HBO)

In its third season, the HBO series plunged into new depths of gloom with its title character’s quest for forgiveness — and with this incredible highway chase, she hit new heights of art, too. At the same time, it’s still good for laughs, especially when misrepresenting the entertainment industry’s ruthless antics or marveling at the wisdom of a bignet shooter. Is it still a comedy? Should we call it a drama now? I have no idea. I just know it’s an excellent TV. – Angie Han

The best of Saul on demand (AMC)

Authors Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan are masters of the semi-final escalation — and as the finale approaches (the last six episodes are set in July and August), the series heightens the tension, horrific turns, and tragic love story in its heart. Is Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) screwing up Kim (Rhea Seehorn)? Is Kim spoiling Jimmy? and with the Too bad Timeline looms, does Saul Goodman in the future have any hope of a happy ending? – DF

Better things (FX)

Pamela Adlon’s drama ended its five-season run in vintage form, as a celebration of our true families and the families we build for ourselves with friends, loved ones, and even strangers we meet along the way. Highlights included a trip to London, a cameo from Danny Trejo, a wedding, an abortion, a musical number, and if you look closely, you can see a possible UFO, all accompanied by laughter and tears. – DF

the heart (Netflix)

Heartstuber She may not reinvent the wheel with her liberal diffusion of YA romances — but she makes use of it better than any other recent show, and in the service of young, young characters defined more by joy than pain. Leads Kit Connor and Joe Locke share a chemistry worthy of Nick and Charlie, and their relationship is portrayed in such a sad, rosy glow that it could almost make you wish you were a teen again. approx. – Uh

pachinko (APPLE TV +)

Soo Hyo’s adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s novel takes freedom in structure and plot but retains the emotionally epic scale of the generation-spanning narrative. It is driven by impeccable productive design, a masterful balance between restraint and melodrama, clever use of language and a staff that has many advantages – Minary Academy Award winners Yoh Jung Yoon, Minha Kim and Jin Ha, among others – are on the list. In addition, she features the best credit sequence on TV. – DF

Ruthaniel (HBO)

From Hana Gadsbyez Nanette Lebo Burnham inside, turmoil within the comedy’s private space occurs regularly enough to cause discomfort for traditional stand-ups. The paradigm shift this year was Jerrod Carmichael’s impressively intimate watch – directed and edited by Burnham – which played half a confession group and half a supporting cast. Carmichael’s appearance grabbed the headline, but Ruthaniel It is as much about the secrets and lies that bind every family together. The personal storytelling is often hilarious and brilliantly constructed. – DF

to cut (APPLE TV +)

At first, what’s curious about this show is its dystopian premise, or perhaps its weird, middle-flavored combinations. But what remains after the credits end for this exciting season is the humanity of the characters – including a depressed Mark (Adam Scott) and defiant Hailey (Brett Laure) – who stumble toward love, community, and rebellion within a system designed to eradicate everything. – Uh

someone somewhere (HBO)

Don’t let the vague title fool you: the series is nothing if not specific about the daily rhythms of the small Midwest community it’s set in, sensitive to heartaches, joys, laughter – lots and lots of laughs – its characters find inside he-she. Sam Bridget Everett is the center of her narrative, emerging from the mists of grief to rediscover her creative passions, but pure Jeff Heller, Joel is her heart. – Uh

under the sky banner (HULU)

In a year where you could barely throw a rock without hitting the billboard for another new show on true crime, this show was distinguished by its excellent performances (particularly by Andrew Garfield and Wyatt Russell) and its cultural idiosyncrasies (creator Dustin Lance Black firsthand knowledge of Mormon life, and this shows) — but also for her insistence on tracing the roots of the murder and returning to the foundations of the society in which it is set, which raises far more troubling questions than the usual ones plucked from the headlines fare. – Uh

This story first appeared in the June 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.