Though we were stuck living within the confines of a pandemic, 2021 did give us great TV shows to binge. We escaped to lands near and far and followed the lives of a plethora of colorful characters.
According to Whip Media’s TV and movie viewership tracking app TV Time, which boasts 19 million global users, TV lovers are most excited about the following new and returning series. Of note, only series with set release dates were included on the lists.
Several highly anticipated titles are not listed solely because their premiere dates are currently not set in stone. For example, the upcoming HBO Max Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is noticeably not listed even though it is one of the most anticipated shows for the new year. This series was created by Ryan J. Condal and George R.R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels that were adapted into the Emmy Award-winning series. This new show will tell the story of the Targaryen civil war that took place roughly 300 years before the events portrayed in GoT.
It’s also important to note that cable networks are at a bit of a disadvantage when competing with streaming giants like Netflix with its 214 million paid subscribers binge-watching its content. Showtime is a perfect example of this. The cabler has some of the best series on TV but with roughly 36 million global subscribers its shows don’t get the same viewership. Thus, brilliant series like new favorite Yellowjackets, which will be getting a second season (thank you!), may not get the same attention though it’s one of the most gripping series out there. And the sixth season of Billions is the most-anticipated yet for the beloved series but again, it doesn’t garner the same level of attention from a numbers standpoint.
Apple TV+ also has some incredible series such as Ted Lasso, which is getting a third season though an exact premiere date has not yet been confirmed. The Morning Show is another favorite and fans are crossing their fingers for a third season though this hasn’t yet been announced.
As for those series with confirmed premiere dates for 2022, there is a lot of fantasy, drama and a slew of shows based on popular video games. A few to keep an eye on are Netflix’s upcoming Resident Evil, The Last of Us on HBO Max and the new Halo series that will stream on Paramount+ in the new year but alas, no confirmed dates for these.
Here are the series viewers intend to watch though that doesn’t always translate into actual views.
New TV Shows:
- Peacemaker (HBO Max/Eight Episodes/January 13)
- How I Met Your Father (Hulu/Ten Episodes/January 18)
- The Gilded Age (HBO/Nine Episodes/January 24)
- The Afterparty (Apple TV+/Eight Episodes/January 28)
- Pam & Tommy (Hulu/Eight Episodes/February 2)
- Reacher (Amazon Prime Video/Eight Episodes/February 4)
- Power Book IV: Force (Starz/Ten Episodes/February 6)
- Inventing Anna (Netflix/Ten Episodes/February 11)
- Vikings: Valhalla (Netflix/24 Episodes/February 25) *This is a spin-off to the History Channel series
- The Lord of the Rings (Amazon Prime Video/Eight Episodes/September 2)
Returning TV Shows:
- The Righteous Gemstones (HBO Max/Season 2/Six Episodes/January 9)
- Euphoria (HBO Max/Season 2/Eight Episodes/January 16)
- Ozark (Netflix/Season 4/Ten Episodes/January 21)
- Servant (Apple TV+/Season 3/Ten Episodes/January 21)
- Raising Dion (Netflix/Season 2/Eight Episodes/February 1)
- Raised by Wolves (HBO Max/Season 2/Eight Episodes/February 3)
- Dollface (Hulu/Season 2/Ten Episodes/ February 11)
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video/Season 4/Eight Episodes/February 18)
- Outlander (Starz/Season 6/Eight Episodes/March 6)
- The Orville: New Horizons (Hulu/Season 3/Eleven Episodes/March 10)
There are also series that have done so well that new seasons can be expected. For example, Netflix announced this week that the second season of The Witcher was a huge hit for the streamer following its December 17 premiere. The show dominated the global Top 10 charts with season two debuting at No. 1 with viewers spending 142.43 million hours immersed in the magical world created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and starring Henry Cavill. The Witcher’s first season closely followed at No. 2 on the English TV list and both seasons made Top 10 lists in more than 90 countries making it highly likely that a third season will follow in 2022/23.
And of course, the love of the K-Drama cannot be overlooked. Netflix subscribers are very excited to binge All of Us are Dead, which is set to premiere at some point in January. The South Korean apocalypse series takes place in a high school that’s become ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak and trapped students must fight their way out or turn into one of the rabid infected. Additional highly-anticipated Korean series coming to Netflix at some point in 2022 are The Sound of Magic, Glitch and a Korean spin-off of Money Heist.
Comic inspired series are also at the top of fans To-Watch lists for the new year. Disney+ has several new series that originate from Marvel, including She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and Secret Invasion. And Disney’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the Jedi Master and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, is also among the most-anticipated shows of next year. Netflix’s The Sandman, based on the popular ‘90s comic book of the same name from Neil Gaiman and DC Comics, is another series fans are excited about.
The takeaway here is that as good as 2021 was for television, 2022 is looking even better!