Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s time to go back and pick out our favorite new shows that have been added to Netflix over the six months. This list only includes worldwide Netflix Originals and unlike our movies, we carefully select these titles. More than 225 new series have been released in 2022 so far, so let’s narrow down our top 10.
If you missed our roundup of the best new movies added in 2022, go back and check that out.
So without further ado, in no particular order, here’s our favorite new Netflix Original series from 2022 so far.
Weird stuff (Season 4 – Part 1)
Any surprise that the highly anticipated fourth season is on this list? It shouldn’t. Weird stuff season 4 blew away all competition (including a highly anticipated Star Wars release) to claim the show of the summer and the honor of being the greatest English-language series on Netflix of all time.
We had to wait three years for the show to return, but The Duffer Brothers and the entire team and cast didn’t let us down. ST4 exceeded all expectations and managed to tell a story that is grounded, engaging and will keep you hooked for the second part to be released in July 2022.
heart stopper (Season 1)
Netflix is no stranger to the coming-of-age comedy series featuring Sex education One of the best shows on Netflix, but adding to the collection this year, is the Alice Oseman adapted series that received critical acclaim when it released in April 2022.
Starring Kit Connor and Joe Locke, the LGBTQ series sees a relationship develop between Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson in high school.
The show’s impact cannot be underestimated either. Purely anecdotally speaking, every bookstore I’ve entered has the book front and center and while the plural of anecdote isn’t dates, it’s not something I’ve experienced since I started covering Netflix years ago.
The series has since been extended for two additional seasons.
Ozark (Season 4)
Ozark has been one of Netflix’s biggest shows since its first debut in 2017. Since its release, we’ve followed the Brydes from disaster to disaster, somehow always coming out on top. With their house of cards on the verge of falling, will they be able to overcome the odds? That was the question that the final series of episodes (split into two halves) in the earlier parts of 2022 answered and did in a dramatic way.
While Ozark perhaps now over, we’ll be seeing more of Jason Bateman in front of and behind the camera as part of his production company (Aggregate Films) overall deal with Netflix.
Lincoln’s lawyer (Season 1)
Lincoln’s lawyer feels like the kind of show you got lost in when you first joined Netflix at the start of your membership (unless you got Netflix in the last 5 years!) throwing you in with compelling characters, a believable story, and a well-known concept.
Adapted from Michael Connelly’s books and character, we see Manuel Garcia-Rulfo put on a stellar performance as the Lincoln attorney.
The series was recently renewed for a second season of 10 episodes.
Love, death and robots (Season 3)
Love, death and robots is a big hit here at What’s on Netflix, with the series being one of the most unique Netflix has ever produced.
While not every episode of Season 3 keeps up with the show’s incredible track record, the impressive array of studios and animations featured this season will keep you engaged from start to finish.
We don’t know yet if the show will return for a fourth installment, but even if it doesn’t, we’ll continue to recommend it Love, death and robots to everyone.
The Last Kingdom (Season 5)
Netflix released two major historical action series in 2022 with Vikings: Valhalla be the other big title, but of the two (and hoping to keep this list varied) we’re going to choose The Last Kingdom as our favorite new release given the title is (almost) now complete.
Originally with the BBC, Netflix acquired the show later in life and while the show has never been the biggest show in the world, it has been quietly tucked away
As mentioned above, the show isn’t quite done yet. A film was shot in the summer of 2022 that will officially complete the adjustments.
Archive 81 (Season 1)
This horror mystery series is an adaptation of the podcast series and may have been one of Netflix’s best entries in the space for quite some time. Rebecca Sonnenshine is behind the series where an archivist is hired to mend a bunch of old ties, investigates a cult and tumbles down a rabbit hole.
Despite being one of Netflix’s top-rated shows of 2022, the show failed to garner enough viewers (or anything else) to go ahead and receive a second season renewal order. That is a tragedy and ties in with the many canceled shows from 2022.
Battle Kitty (Limited Series)
This year has been a tough year for Netflix Animation with a slew of projects already in progress canceled and a few in development also thrown out, but that doesn’t mean completed projects haven’t made it to Netflix and may be our favorite of the year. Battle Kitty†
Featuring Nintendo-esque visuals, the series takes a new look at Netflix’s underused interactive technology, taking you on an adventure and progress on Battle Island with the adorable kitten.
It really is a unique experience and while we wish it had a lot more interactivity, you could only find this kind of content on Netflix
The Cuphead Show!
We’ll stick with the animated series for a while and get to The Cuphead Show! that’s an honest breath of fresh air in the busy animation landscape that harks back to animation styles of yesteryear.
Adapted from the video game, the children’s series has us following Mugman and Cuphead going on short adventures with great humor that transcends age groups and an iconic style that will have you hooked from the get-go.
There will be two more seasons, with season 3 being the last. Season 2 should be released on Netflix in the summer of 2022.
Deposits – Power & Glory
Although listed as a standalone season, Borgen – Power & Glory is technically the fourth season of the political thriller series from Denmark, which means we’d recommend you watch the first three seasons (which are currently still available on Netflix) before diving into this Netflix Original season.
All the big stars from the first three seasons return for another masterclass on how to make a great political show, even with Netflix’s House of cards or The West Wing ashamed.
The new season follows Secretary of State Birgitte Nyborg who sees her career on the line as an oil dispute in Greenland threatens to turn into an international crisis.
What is your favorite new show of 2022 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.