The fall TV season of 2021 has certainly brought us some new shows worth being excited about. This is a list that includes the CSI revival, CSI: Vegas, the latest NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Hawaii, an adaptation of Isaac Animov’s Foundation books, and a Wonder Years revival. Some shows, however, have been pushed back until 2022 due to pandemic-related concerns and issues, while others were simply already slated to debut sometime during the coming year. As the year winds down, now is a good time to set our sights on the year ahead and take a closer look at some of the TV shows we’re most excited for in 2022.
The Lord of the Rings
Amazon Video is bringing us a Lord of the Rings series in 2022 that should please even the most diehard fans of the original film series. You should be equally pleased if the source books were your introduction to this enchanting, ambitious, and adventurous story. Both familiar and new characters will be featured.
House of the Dragon
Based on the series Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spinoff will be on HBO in 2022. It focuses on events that take place roughly 300 years before the time period of the popular Game of Thrones series.
The Last of Us
HBO is also generating early buzz with this post-apocalyptic adventure horror drama. Set in a world where modern human civilization is no more, the series follows a survivor attempting to sneak a teenage girl out of a quarantine zone. Other noteworthy series coming in 2022 in the HBO family include:
• The Boondocks: This one is a new version of the Cartoon Network series on HBO Max.
• Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai: Based on the beloved 1984 movie, this is an animated version of The Gremlins.
• Peacemaker: Set to debut on HBO Max in 2022, this superhero series has a comedic edge to it as it presents the origin story of a DC character introduced in a popular comic series.
The Witcher: Blood Origin
Netflix has a knack for generating early buzz with some of its upcoming series, and this is certainly true with this show. Based on a popular book series, this fantasy drama zeros in on the events that led up to the conjunction of the spheres.
George Lucas’ 1988 film of the same name got mixed reviews from critics when it debuted more than 30 years ago, but it has since developed a cult following of sorts. This new Disney+ series basically follows the same storyline where a famer protects a special baby from a foul-tempered queen.
Disney+ is also getting plenty of attention directed at this upcoming series. It’s a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One that focuses on Alliance Intelligence officer Cassian Andor.
Speaking of the Star Wars universe, this Disney+ series is set about a decade before the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan assumes his iconic role as the protector and instructor of Luke Skywalker in this highly anticipated 2022 series. Disney+ has two other Star Wars related shows we’re equally excited about for 2022:
• A Droid Story: With the help of R2-D2 and C-3PO, this upcoming Disney+ series introduces us to a new hero.
Don Cheadle stars in this dramatic sequel to Avengers: Endgame set to debut on Disney+ in 2022. It’s an Iron Man story arc that has Tony Stark’s tech falling into the wrong hands.
Marvel Studios also brings us this Disney+ series coming your way in 2022. Genius inventor Riri Williams creates a new-and-improved suit of armor similar to the one used by Iron Man by using stolen material to achieve this goal.
What’s interesting about this Peacock series set for a 2022 debut is that it’s a fresh take on the popular ’90s Will Smith sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The big twist is that this update is a dramatic, darker take on the story of a troubled teen sent to live with relatives in Bel-Air.
Disney+ is also giving us a new take on familiar character in 2022. This series is centered on the life of Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters. When not in the form of the green title character, She-Hulk is a mild-mannered lawyer who obtained her unique transformation ability after getting a blood transfusion from her cousin.
Disney Channel presents a familiar style of animation with this cartoon series set to debut in 2022. A group of young students are being trained to become Viking warriors in this humorous series.
AMC+ takes us back to the 1970s with this psychological thriller. Based on Tony Hillerman’s series of books, Dark Winds takes us along with Navajo police officers as they carry out their duties.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Netflix is reimagining this Nickelodeon series. The updated version is set in a time when Aang and his team have to work together to defeat Fire Lord Ozai.
The Old Man
John Lithgow and Jeff Bridges are the well-known names featured in this Hulu series coming in 2022. Based on the book by Thomas Perry, the series draws us into the world of a former intelligence officer who’s happy living off the radar until he becomes the target of an assassin.
As long as we’re on the topic of big names, Samuel L. Jackson leads the cast of this Disney+ series based on the popular comic book series. It follows the story of a group of Earth superheroes collectively called the Illuminati who discretely work together to confront extraterrestrial shapeshifters known as the Skrulls.
Interview with the Vampire
Back in the ’70s, Anne Rice won over critics and fans with the best-selling book about the origins of the vampire Lestat. In the ’90s, Tom Cruise earned mixed reviews for his portrayal of the same character in the film adaptation. In 2022, a series based on the same story will debut on AMC, which has Rice serving as one of the producers.
Finally, if you’re a fan of the popular video game series Halo, you’ll definitely want to check out the TV show inspired by it. Set to debut on Paramount+ in 2022, Halo is set in a 26th century world where an alien threat must be defeated in order to save humanity.