The best TV shows of the year + An illustration of a couple sitting on a couch watching a large television that says “Best of 2022: Television!“
Sam Dier / WBEZ
The best TV shows of the year + An illustration of a couple sitting on a couch watching a large television that says “Best of 2022: Television!“
Sam Dier / WBEZ

Now that it’s officially winter, there is no better time to catch up on the best TV series of the year. The New Yorker’s Inkoo Kang is back to wrap up the best in television of 2022.

Here is Inkoo’s list:

'Mo'

Mo on Netflix

Loosely based on the life experience of show creator Mohammed Amer, Mo is darkly funny series about a 30-something Palestinian immigrant living in Houston. The reason why this one topped Inkoo’s list is because of its nuance. “It’s this incredibly hyper-local story of Houston and its immigrant communities,” Inkoo says. “At the same time it’s this really global story of a refugee family.”

'My Brilliant Friend'

My Brilliant Friend on HBO Max

Based on the extremely popular Neapolitan book series by Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend follows the disparate lives of two girls during a politically charged time in postwar Italy. “There’s no right way to be a woman because being a woman is just terrible,” Inkoo explains, “especially in this world.” The series is entirely in Italian, but Inkoo says reading subtitles is worth it.

'This is Going to Hurt'

This is Going to Hurt on AMC+

Adapted from the memoir by show creator Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt features Ben Wishaw as burnt-out doctor Adam. He struggling to navigate proper work-life balance in an overwrought British public health system. It’s a medical drama, but it’s also so much more than that.

'Rothaniel'

Rothaniel on HBO

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s stand-up special is an intimate glimpse into Jerrod’s coming-out story at the age of thirty. It’s directed by comedian Bo Burnham who released a stylistically similar comedy special in 2020 focusing on his mental health. While Jerrod is hilarious, what really draws the audience in is his vulnerability. Inkoo explains that the special is meant for Jerrod to “project onto the larger world an open wound that he himself is facing because of his unresolved tensions with his mom over his sexual orientation.”

'The Patient'

The Patient on FX

This psycho-thriller created and written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg explores the relationship between a therapist named Alan, played by Steve Carell, and his patient Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), who’s struggling with serial killer tendencies. “It feels really human in a way that serial-killer dramas almost never do,” Inkoo says. Instead of being focused on the “grizzly act of killing,” Inkoo explains it’s more centered on the why and the how, which leads to a surprising amount of empathy for a complicated character.

The best TV shows of the year + An illustration of a couple sitting on a couch watching a large television that says “Best of 2022: Television!“
Sam Dier / WBEZ
The best TV shows of the year + An illustration of a couple sitting on a couch watching a large television that says “Best of 2022: Television!“
Sam Dier / WBEZ

Now that it’s officially winter, there is no better time to catch up on the best TV series of the year. The New Yorker’s Inkoo Kang is back to wrap up the best in television of 2022.

Here is Inkoo’s list:

'Mo'

Mo on Netflix

Loosely based on the life experience of show creator Mohammed Amer, Mo is darkly funny series about a 30-something Palestinian immigrant living in Houston. The reason why this one topped Inkoo’s list is because of its nuance. “It’s this incredibly hyper-local story of Houston and its immigrant communities,” Inkoo says. “At the same time it’s this really global story of a refugee family.”

'My Brilliant Friend'

My Brilliant Friend on HBO Max

Based on the extremely popular Neapolitan book series by Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend follows the disparate lives of two girls during a politically charged time in postwar Italy. “There’s no right way to be a woman because being a woman is just terrible,” Inkoo explains, “especially in this world.” The series is entirely in Italian, but Inkoo says reading subtitles is worth it.

'This is Going to Hurt'

This is Going to Hurt on AMC+

Adapted from the memoir by show creator Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt features Ben Wishaw as burnt-out doctor Adam. He struggling to navigate proper work-life balance in an overwrought British public health system. It’s a medical drama, but it’s also so much more than that.

'Rothaniel'

Rothaniel on HBO

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s stand-up special is an intimate glimpse into Jerrod’s coming-out story at the age of thirty. It’s directed by comedian Bo Burnham who released a stylistically similar comedy special in 2020 focusing on his mental health. While Jerrod is hilarious, what really draws the audience in is his vulnerability. Inkoo explains that the special is meant for Jerrod to “project onto the larger world an open wound that he himself is facing because of his unresolved tensions with his mom over his sexual orientation.”

'The Patient'

The Patient on FX

This psycho-thriller created and written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg explores the relationship between a therapist named Alan, played by Steve Carell, and his patient Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), who’s struggling with serial killer tendencies. “It feels really human in a way that serial-killer dramas almost never do,” Inkoo says. Instead of being focused on the “grizzly act of killing,” Inkoo explains it’s more centered on the why and the how, which leads to a surprising amount of empathy for a complicated character.