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Rank Your 2022 Shows Throughout the Year


Annara Snow

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It's almost 2 months in, and I think it's time to start a thread for this year. 

Guidelines (taken from the Rank Your 2020 Shows thread:

  • Rank the seasons of shows that are released this year.
  • You may expand your list to older seasons/entire shows if you feel like it, or you can have two separate lists (I prefer to put them all on the same list, but not number them and put them in square brackets. This way you can see how all the shows I've watched match against each other.)
  • I you missed out on a show that aired late last year, and you sneak it in with shows from this year, that's fine. Or go back to the 2021 thread. (Personally, I think it doesn't make any sense to put shows that were dropped on, say, 31 December 2021, on the old list, so I think we should just consider the shows that were released in the last few days of 2021 as 2022 shows, as people were mostly watching them in January. This is what I'll be doing.)
  • Rank however you wish: numbers 1-infinity, quality grades (great, mediocre, bad, clusterfuck)
  • Simply list the shows, or talk a bit about them.

No one really cares about the "rules" here anyway. It would just be nice if more than 2-3 people would post this year.

My list so far (I'm counting Stay Close - released on the New Year's Day - and Love Me, Australian show released on 26 December and still not available in most of the world, as 2022 shows.)

Great:

1.     Station Eleven -  although I counted it for 2021, the last 3 episodes aired this year so it goes on this list too. Beautifully written, shot and directed, with an amazing cast, this is a completely different kind of a post-apocalyptic show, one about connections between people rather than an endless cycle of senseless violence (not that it doesn't contain that, but it is fortuantely not The Walking Dead or The 100.
2.    The Expanse season 6 - great ending to one of the greatest SciFi shows of our time. Yes, it didn't feel like a real ending of the saga - because it is not. But as an end of this chapter of the story, it was amazing and satisfying, while planting seeds for future storylines we will hopefully see on some other streaming service or network. If not, there are always the books.
3.    Peacemaker - I was skeptical when this show was announced, because of the main character, but I had faith that James Gunn could make it work, and he sure did. This is to comic book shows what The Suicide Squad and GotG movies are to the big screen - hilarious, smart, fun and full of action and character-based, R-rated. original and amazing.
4.    4400 season 1 - surprisingly good, bold and interesting reimagining of tthe 4400, using the potential of the premise in a way that the original series did not, focusing on the issues of marginalized people (most of the 4400 in this version are POC, LGBT or marginalized in some other way, but so are some of the representatives of the authorities) and making the authorities much more openly antagonistic, while also developing an interesting SciFi mythology.
5.    Women of the Movement - harrowing miniseries based on the real life racist murder of 14-year old Emmet Till in Mississipi in 1955 and the efforts of his mother Mamie Till-Mobley to get some sort of justice, with an amazing central performance by Adrienne Warren.
6.    Love Me - Australian remake of a Swedish miniseries is a really good mature and emotional look at contemporary romance at various ages.

Good:
7.    Yellowjackets season 1 - the show is addictive, fun, great for speculation, and really enjoyable to a fan of Lost and The Wilds such as me. It is particularly good in its portrayal of its main characters and female friendships and rivalries, with a great cast. However, over the course of the season, I became a bit skeptical of the writers' ability to resolve the plots in a satisfying way. Hopefully season 2 proves me wrong.

Hit and miss:
8.    Stay Close - this British miniseries, adaptation of a Harlan Coben novel, is mostly your run of the mill mystery drama, somewhat elevated by a good cast. But it also has one element (i.e. two prominent antagonists) that is utterly bizarre and feels like it came from some completely different show.

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Changing it up this year. No more numbers, just placing shows in different categories.


Great/Excellent

The Expanse season 6 - I loved the show's ending even if it was a bittersweet goodbye with the last 3rd of the book series left only in book form.

Cobra Kai season 4 - Possibly the strongest season yet, or at least the best finale. I don't know how this show keeps pulling material inspired by those quirky movies.

Station Eleven - I didn't know what to expect, but it turned out to be a superb show. A slow burns that develops strongly. Beautifully acted throughout.

Good/Really solid

Peacemaker - Much better than I expected. It was silly and highly entertaining, but with some good character moments.

Reacher - Another pleasant surprise. Nothing complex about this show, but solidly acted and executed. A generally entertaining, well paced story.

OK/No regrets watching

Beforeigners season 2 - I like the premise but the execution isn't always there; it went a bit bananas at the end.

The Book of Boba Fett - A lot of great moments packaged together in a mediocre story and fairly weak characterization. 

Waste of time

N/A for now

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Great

1. Station Eleven - Such a smartly written, beautifully acted show!

2. Yellowjackets - Nuff said I always loved Juliette Lewis, since What's Eating Gilbert Grape. But the young cast also rock.

3. The Expanse - Final season wasn't the best, but overall a worthy ending to the grat show.

Good

4. Peacemaker - Surprisingly refreshing watch.

5. Cobra Kai - This show just keeps being better and better.

6. Reacher - Pleasant surprise and iconic look of the main character.

7. The Afterparty - Fun show with every episode shot in a different style and from a different point of view. Can say I enjoy it even after only 6 episodes out of 8.

Hit and miss

8. The Book of Boba Fett - Few great episodes, but mostly just meh.

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From what I have seen so far:

 

Great:

 

Nothing yet.

Good/at least interesting

Reacher

Boba Fett

Yellowjackets

Waste of time:

Station Eleven, aka Snorefest 2022. Say what you want about Walking Dead ( and I couldnt get through it and found it quite ridiculous) but at least something happens in it.

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7 hours ago, Calibandar said:

 

Station Eleven, aka Snorefest 2022. Say what you want about Walking Dead ( and I couldnt get through it and found it quite ridiculous) but at least something happens in it.

The Walking Dead (at least before I finally dropped it) is like:

- people just walk around and nothing happens for 80% of the time

- then suddenly someone acts like a total idiot and gets killed by zombies is a super dumb and gruesome way

or

- suddenly there's yet another group of crazy terrible people who want to kill and rob you/eat you/torture you for the lolz/just kill people for the lolz/whatever other insane nonsense this new group is about. More gruesome deaths and torture porn

- then again nothing happens for a long, long time and people walk around being sad and occasionally argue whether they should or shouldn't kill people, but while there's always someone in favor of one or the other, the characters always change roles:

A: We should not ever kill people! Killing = bad!

B: No, we should kill people, because you gotta make tough decision to survive etc.!

(next season)

A: OMG they killed [my friend/some random person]! You bastards! I'm now really into killing and I'm gonna KILL EVERYONE!

B: Oh no, I feel really bad about killing people and violence is bad now I'm gonna ran away and live in a hut away from everyone.

(next season)

A: I changed my mind, I'm for peace again.

B: Yeah, I changed my mind, too.

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Top to bottom as of now

Ozark 1st half of final season, loved it. Ready for it to end but love it

Peacemaker, oddly good show that I had to be talked into watching, didn't like it until a couple episodes in

Reacher, better than expected, look forward to future seasons

Cobra Kai, IDK, I liked it enough to watch but definitely ready for it to be done. 

Book of Boba Fett, would be higher but I'm penalizing it because what I liked most about it was characters from another show.

Curse of Oak Island, just an interesting show for me, the history and archeology parts of it, not the dragging it out parts

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Gomorrah, final season, 2021 (in Italy), 2022 here;

Little Drummer Girl, 2018, watched it last month;

The Last Duel, 2021, watched it last month;

Killing Eve, season 3 -- 2020, but I only watched it in the last two weeks;

Inventing Anna, Shondaland Netflix Original -- 2022;

Reacher, season 1 -- Am Prime;

And, oddly, because I so disliked season 1 I didn't finish it, All Creatures Great and Small, season 2, PBS; Masterpiece. The final episode, which I saw last night, was their Christmas episode, which would have been right for the earlier broadcast in the UK, made me cry.  It was Christmas, they were all so happy, but in the sky above it wasn't Santa's sleigh and reindeer flying, but bomber planes of WWII were flying. I really like the whole season.

 

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The Good

Station Eleven
- Incredible show, literally blew me away and left me weeping like a child. Its one of those shows that might well stay with me forever thinking about the characters.

Succession Season 3 - Might be late 2021 but I saw it late. Holy shit this show is good, the writing is absolutely biting and the small cast size really keeps you obsessing about each character. That its written by the guy behind Peep Show really becomes obvious at times.

The Great Season 2 - Again a beautiful show that feels utterly unique and has its own voice. Doesn't try to be historically accurate and is all the better for it. Kind of glad I finished it just before the events in Ukraine today because it might have soured my enjoyment. 

The Tinder Swindler - I gave in and watched this and it was pretty incredible how messed up some people are.

Peacemaker - Only seen one episode so far but its good. Best title sequence ever.

The Bad

Boba Fett - Really tedious retread of the Mandalorian, so much so that it gives up and just admits its not about Boba Fett. Pointless

The woman in the house across the street... - I don't get what this was trying to do, but whatever it was, it failed.

 

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2 hours ago, Heartofice said:

The Good

Station Eleven
- Incredible show, literally blew me away and left me weeping like a child. Its one of those shows that might well stay with me forever thinking about the characters.

Succession Season 3 - Might be late 2021 but I saw it late. Holy shit this show is good, the writing is absolutely biting and the small cast size really keeps you obsessing about each character. That its written by the guy behind Peep Show really becomes obvious at times.



The Bad

Boba Fett - Really tedious retread of the Mandalorian, so much so that it gives up and just admits its not about Boba Fett. Pointless


 

Station 11, I keep hearing mixed reviews, some say it's boring and tedious and some say it's great, is there a comparable show?

Has Succession entire season dropped, kinda waiting to binge it

Boba Fett, had same feeling. The best parts were the Mandolorian people

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8 minutes ago, dbunting said:

some say it's boring and tedious

More so, even silly.  Like you bet a little girl can walk and push supply loaded grocery carts through Chicago snow on below freezing winter night, for hours and hours -- and only starting after she's already been up all day, then at night at the theater -- that was just frackin' ridiculous.  She's not intended to be Supergirl.  Is she?

So 2 1/2 eps were all this viewer could hack.  I often enjoy ridiculous, but it has to be intentional, for starters.  This wasn't intentional.  It was terrible writing.

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28 minutes ago, dbunting said:

Station 11, I keep hearing mixed reviews, some say it's boring and tedious and some say it's great, is there a comparable show?

Has Succession entire season dropped, kinda waiting to binge it

Boba Fett, had same feeling. The best parts were the Mandolorian people

I think with Station Eleven you have to just set your expectations as to what it is. It’s not some post apocalyptic gritty drama zombie fest like Walking Dead. It’s a medative story on the power of art and stories. 
 

I think it’s a beautiful show, but it has frustration built in if you don’t have patience. Each episode tends to jump to a new character, which sounds annoying but I loved every episode. 
 

The best comparison would be Leftovers, which I also would say is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, but is clearly divisive and isn’t for everyone 
 

Id ignore the above comment by Zorral which I can only imagine is trolling. But if your taste is more soapy and less intellectual then maybe pay attention to it. Up to you.
 

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38 minutes ago, dbunting said:

Station 11, I keep hearing mixed reviews, some say it's boring and tedious and some say it's great, is there a comparable show?

Has Succession entire season dropped, kinda waiting to binge it

Boba Fett, had same feeling. The best parts were the Mandolorian people

I can't really think of a good comparison to anything other than maybe The Leftovers, but it jumps around back and forth in the timeline a lot more than that show did. The first episode starts as the pandemic breaks out* and shows the early stage of the pandemic and people struggling to survive, and then the next episode is about the post-apocalyptic world 20 years later, then you get another episode following another character over a couple of decades before and during the pandemic, etc.

There are several main characters, and they are all connected, which isn't obvious at first, but their interconnections become clear as the show goes on. So while episodes follow different characters, they all end up appearing in most of the episodes or being mentioned when they don't.

I didn't find it boring at all, but I like character-based stories. If you're looking for a lot of action and people fighting and killing each other, this is not that kind of show (not that this doesn't happen from time to time, it's just not the main thing and does not happen that often as in most post-apocalyptic shows). Bad things do happen, but it's more about people forging connections with each other and trying to find some hope in things like art and performing.

*Yes, it is a show about a pandemic that ravaged the world (in this case, one with a 98% mortality rate or something like that), but this is a coincidence. It was based on a book published a few years ago, and the shooting of the miniseries started before COVID. They had to stop production because of it and ended it later.

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4 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

a show about a pandemic that ravaged the world (in this case, one with a 98% mortality rate or something like that),

I.e, among other things, this is a cozy pandemic, which the very idea of, advocated by so many in the very first weeks of it HERE even, just fracking chapped my chaps.  No pandemic is cozy, and I knew it, and I know it, and so this, like Sweet Tooth, makes me feel like tooth decay.

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14 hours ago, Zorral said:

Like you bet a little girl can walk and push supply loaded grocery carts through Chicago snow on below freezing winter night, for hours and hours -- and only starting after she's already been up all day, then at night at the theater -- that was just frackin' ridiculous.  She's not intended to be Supergirl.  Is she?

This is such a minor, insignificant detail, that I can't believe anyone can point it out as an argument which is supposed to prove the show's silliness (not to mention I have no idea where "hours and hours" came from, it was never showed how far it was from the market to Frank's place, it could well be just around the corner. Plus she was only steering, Jeevan was pushing). Station Eleven is about connections between characters and the power of art, as someone pointed out. Seems you either buy it as a whole, or you get left out.

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9 hours ago, Zorral said:

I.e, among other things, this is a cozy pandemic, which the very idea of, advocated by so many in the very first weeks of it HERE even, just fracking chapped my chaps.  No pandemic is cozy, and I knew it, and I know it, and so this, like Sweet Tooth, makes me feel like tooth decay.

... Sorry, what?! Absolutely nothing about the pandemic in Station Elven was "cozy". I'm super confused by your comments.

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18 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

I can't really think of a good comparison to anything other than maybe The Leftovers, but it jumps around back and forth in the timeline a lot more than that show did. 

 

This quote kills me! I loved The Leftovers, but hate timeline jumping! I guess if my watch list allows I will try this.

I still haven't watched the last season of Dark because it got so tedious to watch.

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13 hours ago, Zorral said:

I.e, among other things, this is a cozy pandemic, which the very idea of, advocated by so many in the very first weeks of it HERE even, just fracking chapped my chaps.  No pandemic is cozy, and I knew it, and I know it, and so this, like Sweet Tooth, makes me feel like tooth decay.

Yeah this and your other comment make me think you accidentally downloaded the wrong show and have become very confused.

Do you think maybe you've been watching Oceans Eleven?

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2 hours ago, dbunting said:

This quote kills me! I loved The Leftovers, but hate timeline jumping! I guess if my watch list allows I will try this.

I still haven't watched the last season of Dark because it got so tedious to watch.

This show isn't confusing in terms of timeline jumping.

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23 hours ago, dbunting said:

This quote kills me! I loved The Leftovers, but hate timeline jumping! I guess if my watch list allows I will try this.

I still haven't watched the last season of Dark because it got so tedious to watch.

You should finish Dark because season 3 was amazing! But it was indeed confusing and complicated - I needed a rewatch to fully understand everything that was going on. It is one of the most rewatchable shows I've ever seen - I've liked it more and more on every rewatch when I could spot all the details and parallels.
The finale was however very emotional and great even if you didn't fully understand everything that had happened before it.

Station Eleven, however, is not confusing in terms of the timeline. Sorry if I gave you that impression.

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