Top 20 Best Netflix Original Series of 2022
Top 20 Best Netflix Original Series of 2022

Get ready for one of the best years ever for new Netflix shows. There are so many good Netflix shows coming in 2022. Some of the best Netflix shows so far are coming back with new seasons in the new year.

With award-winning favorites like The Crown, Stranger Things, and Ozark finally being re-upped with new seasons, and beloved originals like Big Mouth and The Witcher getting spin-offs, there’s something for everyone to look forward to this year.

With plenty of imminent arrivals and rumored releases coming down the line, Netflix is sure to keep you busy.

List of top 20 best Netflix original series of 2022

1. Archive 81 (Now Streaming)

2. After Life (Now Streaming)

3. Bridgerton season 2 release date

4. You season 4

5. Ozark (Pt 1: January 21; Pt 2: TBA)

6. Inventing Anna (February 11)

7. Love Is Blind (February 11)

8. Vikings: Valhalla (February 25)

9. Bridgerton (March 25)

10. The Crown (November)

11. Locke and Key season 3

12. Stranger Things season 4

13. Virgin River season 4

14. The Witcher: Blood Origin

15. Bling Empire

16. Anatomy of a Scandal

17. Russian Doll

18. The Pentaverate

19. The Umbrella Academy

20. Resident Evil


What Are The Best Netflix Original Series of 2022

1. Archive 81 (Now Streaming)

Archive 81 is an American horror streaming television series developed by Rebecca Sonnenshine and executive produced by Sonnenshine, Paul Harris Boardman, and James Wan. The series is based on the podcast of the same name, about researchers cataloging the video archive of a missing filmmaker. It stars Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi in leading roles. The series was released on January 14, 2022 on Netflix.

If you count yourself as one of the many disturbing podcast junkies, or cult narrative super fans, then Archive 81 might be the perfect watch for you. When an archivist is assigned to recover a series of damaged tapes, he soon learns that the recordings document a satanic cult. As he works to uncover the truth, he’ll also need to fight from being pulled in himself.

2. After Life (Now Streaming)

After Life is a British black comedy-drama streaming television series created, written, produced, and directed by Ricky Gervais, who plays lead character Tony Johnson. It premiered on 8 March 2019 on Netflix. The second series premiered on 24 April 2020. The third and final season premiered on 14 January 2022.

Set in the fictional town of Tambury, After Life follows newspaper writer Tony Johnson, whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies from breast cancer. He contemplates suicide, but instead decides to spend his life punishing the world for his wife's death by saying and doing whatever he wants regardless of how it makes other people feel. Although he thinks of this as his "superpower," his plan is undermined when everyone around him pities him and tries to make him a better person.

3. Bridgerton season 2 release date

Bridgerton season 2 premieres on Netflix on March 25, 2022. Netflix just confirmed the news on Christmas Day 2021, the one-year anniversary of the release of the hit series.

Maybe one of the best gifts Netflix has ever given us fittingly arrived on Christmas Day 2020 with the premiere of Bridgerton. Following its high-profile debut, which easily made the series one of the most-watched Netflix originals of all time, all eyes are on Bridgerton season 2.

Obviously, because of the hit’s acclaim and popularity, Netflix sanctioned another season right away in order to reduce the gap of hiatus.

The second season of Bridgerton will continue the story as told by the series of novels by Julia Quinn, though focusing on a new featured protagonist, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). By now, you have probably heard the bittersweet news that Regé-Jean Page will not star in the second season, much to the disappointment of, well, everyone.

There are at least two more seasons to look forward to since the series has been renewed for seasons 3 and 4.

4. You season 4

You season 3 premiered on Netflix on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Fans waited almost two full years for the new season, and it was well worth the wait.

Just days before You season 3 was released, Netflix surprised fans with a big announcement: You season 4. Netflix renewed the hit series starring Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti for a fourth season.

It looks like the early renewal could shed some months off the wait until You season 4. Right now, we’re expecting You season 4 to be released on Netflix at the end of 2022 (likely October, November, or December).

There are a lot of moving parts with a show like You. They change casts each season, and the new season moves to a new location. There’s some chatter You season 4 could take place in Paris. It could also take place in a small town if it follows the You books a little more closely.

We’ll have to wait and see, but the key part of that is “wait.” It’s going to be a while until we see Joe Goldberg in You season 4. Hey, at least Cardi B might be involved this time, though.

5. Ozark (Pt 1: January 21; Pt 2: TBA)

Ozark is an American crime drama streaming television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix and produced by MRC. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series. The ten-episode first season was released on July 21, 2017; the ten-episode second season was released on August 31, 2018, and the third season (also ten episodes) was released on March 27, 2020. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which will consist of fourteen episodes split into two parts with the first part being released on January 21, 2022.

Ozark has received largely positive reviews from critics, with praise for its tone, acting, directing, and writing, and production values. The series has received a total of thirty-two Primetime Emmy Award nominations including two for Outstanding Drama Series, with Bateman winning for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2019 and Julia Garner winning twice consecutively for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020. Bateman has received two further Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.

After a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes wrong, financial advisor Martin "Marty" Byrde proposes to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri. Marty suddenly relocates his family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to the remote summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri. When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals, including the Langmore and Snell families, and later the Kansas City Mafia.

6. Inventing Anna (February 11)

Inventing Anna is an upcoming American drama streaming television miniseries created and produced by Shonda Rhimes, based on the New York article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" by Jessica Pressler. The series is set to premiere on Netflix on February 11, 2022.

In June 2018, it was announced Netflix and Shondaland had acquired the New York article "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" by Jessica Pressler, turning it into a television series with Shonda Rhimes serving as producer and writer, alongside Betsy Beers. David Frankel will direct and executive produce two episodes of the series, including the first. The nine-episode miniseries is scheduled to premiere on February 11, 2022.

As the internet constantly reminds us, “They hate to see a girlboss winning.” That's especially true when that girlboss is guilty of fraud. No, we’re not talking about Elizabeth Holmes; we’re talking about New York’s favorite fake heiress Anna Delvey–whose life of glamour and grand larceny took a steep turn when she was arrested in 2017. Based on Jessica Pressler’s viral exposé for The Cut, Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, and Laverne Cox star in the scandalous Shondaland adaptation.

7. Love Is Blind (February 11)

According to Netflix, Love is Blind season 2 premieres on Feb. 11, 2022, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The first five episodes of the season will be available to stream that day.

Netflix will release the next four episodes on Feb. 18. Then, the season finale will be released on Netflix on Feb. 25.

Netflix hasn’t announced the full cast of season 2 yet. We do know that Vanessa and Nick Lachey will be back to host the new season.

Netflix shared a promo for the new season and it included other stars of Netflix reality shows, like The Circle, Too Hot to Handle, and more!

Chloe Veitch of Too Hot to Handle and The Circle is in the pods in the video, but it doesn’t look like she will actually be in Love is Blind season 2.

A reality dating show that seemed to be tailor-made for love in the time of Covid-19 when it debuted in 2020, Love Is Blind is back for another season of pod romances. By the looks of the trailer, the new season will follow its previous format–in which contestants will get to know one another without being able to see each another. However, if the dramatic ups and downs on last season (including one contestant getting down on one knee) are any indication, there’s sure to be plenty of new twists.

8. Vikings: Valhalla (February 25)

Vikings: Valhalla is an upcoming historical drama television series created and written by Jeb Stuart, and a spin-off to History's Vikings. This series starts a century after the original series and will tell the tales of some of the best-known Norsemen in history. Filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is set to premiere on Netflix on February 25, 2022.

Set 100 years after Vikings, As tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reach a bloody breaking point and as the Vikings themselves clash over their conflicting Christian and Pagan beliefs. Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Harald Hardrada begins an epic journey that will take them across oceans and through battlefields, from Kattegat to England and beyond, as they fight for survival and glory. The series shows the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Whether you’re a history buff or only know the name Leif Erickson from that Spongebob episode, the History Channel spin-off Vikings: Valhalla is sure to be a thriller. Following the vikings as they raid across Europe, the series depicts some of the most famous Norsemen, tracking their legacies along with new developments in civilization, like the origins of Norse Paganism.

9. The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window (January 28)

If you’ve been missing the years of horror movie parodies (like the Scary Movie era), you may be pleased to find some farcical frights in The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. Kristen Bell stars in this spoof of The Woman in the Window as Anna, a woman with a passion for wine and window-watching, who believes she’s witnessed a murder. One look at the trailer will have you questioning your own sanity. (In a good way.)

10. The Crown (November)

The fourth season of The Crown, which follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, was released by Netflix on 15 November 2020.

Olivia Colman stars as Elizabeth, with main cast members Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O'Connor, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty and Emerald Fennell all reprising their roles from the third season. Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Stephen Boxer are added to the main cast. Additionally, Charles Dance returns in the season's first episode and Claire Foy reprises her role as Elizabeth in a cameo flashback scene.

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.

The fourth season covers the time period between 1979 and 1990, is set during Margaret Thatcher's premiership, and introduces Lady Diana Spencer. Events depicted include the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Falklands War, Michael Fagan's break-in at Buckingham Palace, Lord Mountbatten's funeral, the Princess of Wales's appearance at the Barnardo's Champion Children Awards, and Thatcher's departure from office.

Award-winning royal drama The Crown will return for its fifth season this fall. Amidst the unexpected announcement that the series will continue its reign after this new season, Netflix has also confirmed that its cast will be succeeded by a new crop of actors– including Imelda Staunton taking the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. Though the season is far off, most history buffs could likely guess what’s coming next in the historically-based series. (See: Princess Diana’s famous BBC interviewing exposing Prince Charles’s affair.)

11. Locke and Key season 3

Locke and Key season 2 premiered on Netflix on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Like You season 3, fans had to wait a super long time for Locke and Key season 2, and that was mostly because of the pandemic.

Locke and Key premiered on Netflix in February 2020, one month before all TV and film production shut down for at least six months. The cast and crew were finally able to get back at it, but it was clear that fans were in for a long wait.

Well, that good news is that might not happen with Locke and Key season 3. There’s a really good chance we could see the new season soon-ish.

Locke and Key season 3 has already wrapped production. The cast and crew started filming the new season this spring and wrapped this summer. That’s the good news.

Now, it’s just whether or not Netflix wants to roll out the new season so close to Locke and Key season 2. If that happens, we could see Locke and Key season 3 on Netflix as early as February 2022.

It’s much more likely that Locke and Key season 3 will be released on Netflix in late summer or fall 2022, but fans definitely won’t have to wait 18 months between seasons this time.

12. Stranger Things season 4

Stranger Things season 4 is officially coming to Netflix in 2022. Netflix shared the news in August 2021, along with a teaser trailer for the new season of the Netflix original series.

At TUDUM, we were hoping to learn the Stranger Things season 4 release date. That didn’t happen, but we did get a look at the new teaser trailer and introduction to Victor Creel.

On Stranger Things Day 2021, Netflix shared another look at the new season featuring the Byers, Eleven, and Mike, along with Jonathan’s new friend Argyle. Netflix also announced Stranger Things season 4 is coming in the summer of 2022.

There’s a big rumor going around right now that Stranger Things season 4 is coming May 2022. There are other rumors that season 4 is coming to Netflix in July 2022. We’ll just have to wait and see if that happens, but it’s probably the best release date prediction we’ve seen so far.

Production on Stranger Things season 4 wrapped in September 2021.

13. Virgin River season 4

Virgin River season 3 premiered on Netflix on Friday, July 9, and it’s been one of the most popular seasons of a Netflix show in 2021 so far. If not for Manifest popping off on Netflix during this time, Virgin River would have been the No. 1 show on Netflix until Outer Banks season 2 premiered on Netflix at the end of July 2021.

Virgin River has already been renewed for season 4 AND season 5. Netflix announced that news in September 2021.

The good news is that production has ended, and we could definitely see Virgin River season 4 release date on Netflix sometime in the spring of 2022. Netflix might hold the series until the summer of 2022, but it could be done earlier than that if production goes smoothly.

The cast and crew usually film new seasons of the series between August and December, so we’ll have to see if that remains the case for Virgin River season 5. There’s a chance, if production on season 5 gets going in early 2022, we could see the fifth season by the end of 2022.

Two seasons of Virgin River in one year? Sign us up for that!

14. The Witcher: Blood Origin

The Witcher: Blood Origin is an upcoming fantasy miniseries adapted from The Witcher book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. It will serve as a prequel to the Netflix television series. Set 1200 years before the events of the television series, Blood Origin will depict the creation of the first Witcher, as well as the events leading to the "Conjunction of the Spheres". It will also explore the ancient Elven civilization before its demise.

It was announced in July 2020 that Netflix had greenlit a six-part miniseries prequel to their television series adaptation of the Andrzej Sapkowski novels. Declan de Barra was hired to serve as showrunner. In January 2021, Jodie Turner-Smith was cast to star in the series. Laurence O’Fuarain would join the cast in March, but by April, Jodie Turner-Smith had to exit due to scheduling conflicts. In July, Michelle Yeoh was added, with Sophia Brown taking over the role vacated by Turner-Smith.

Filming on the series began in August 2021 in the United Kingdom, with additional castings including Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis and Dylan Moran announced. De Bara announced it had finished filming and went into post-production in November 2021.

15. Bling Empire

Bling Empire is an American reality television series released on Netflix on January 15, 2021. The series focuses on the lives of wealthy East Asian and East Asian-American socialites based in the Los Angeles area, described as real-life Crazy Rich Asians. It is the first American reality television series in which the main cast are all East Asians living in the United States. On March 10, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.

Bling Empire, a series set around a group of wealthy Asian and Asian-American socialites living in Los Angeles, has been renewed for a second season arriving in the spring. It appears that many of the original cast members are still on board, but what they have in store for us is still a surprise.

16. Anatomy of a Scandal

If you loved Behind Her Eyes on Netflix, you’ll be pleased to know that the streaming service is getting ready to launch another must-see thriller adaptation.

This time, Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal gets the TV treatment and it’s attracted an impressive cast starring Sienna Miller.

The TV series is an adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s novel of the same name, a hit psychological thriller about sexual consent.

Described by Netflix as an “insightful and suspenseful series”, it focuses on a sexual consent scandal among the British privileged elite, and the women caught up in its wake.

Anatomy of a Scandal is the story of political high-flyer James, who is accused of a terrible crime, and his wife Sophie, who is utterly convinced that he is innocent.

But when the case goes to court, barrister Kate, who is prosecuting, has her own reasons for believing that James is definitely guilty – and she’s determined to prove it.

If you liked the TV adaptation of Apple Tree Yard, you won’t want to miss this similarly-paced thriller.

Heading up the cast in the two main roles of Sophie and Kate are Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery.

Miller is best known for her roles in the films Layer Cake and Alfie.

Dockery shot to fame as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey and is also known for roles in Godless and Good Behaviour.

They will be joined by Rupert Friend (Homeland, The Young Victoria) as the older version of James, as well as Ben Radcliffe (Pandora) who plays the character in his younger days.

The six-part TV series was announced by Netflix in May 2020 and was still completing casting early in 2021, but it is not ready to launch on the streaming service just yet.

When it is ready to debut, it will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

17. Russian Doll

Russian Doll is an American comedy-drama streaming television series, created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, that premiered on February 1, 2019, on Netflix. The series follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne), a game developer who repeatedly dies and relives the same night in an ongoing time loop and tries to solve it, leading to her finding Alan Zaveri in the same situation (portrayed by Charlie Barnett). It also stars Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Its first season received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Lyonne. In June 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.

Russian Doll follows a woman named Nadia who is caught in a time loop as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. She dies repeatedly, always restarting at the same moment at the party, as she tries to figure out what is happening to her. She meets a man who is experiencing exactly the same thing in a different event.

18. The Pentaverate

Based on a reference from Mike Myers’s 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Pentaverate will see the actor in his first lead role since the 2008’s The Love Guru. In fact, the series will see Myers in multiple roles–as he plays all members of the underground society responsible for causing major world events since the Black Plague. Co-stars so far include Ken Jeong and Keegan Michael-Key.

19. The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero streaming television series based on the comic book series of the same name written by Gerard Way. Created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, it revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father's death and the threat of an imminent apocalypse. The series is produced by Borderline Entertainment, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Universal Cable Productions.

The cast features Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, John Magaro, Adam Godley, Colm Feore, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, Marin Ireland, and Kate Walsh. The adaptation began development as a film optioned by Universal Pictures in 2011. It was eventually shelved in favor of a television series in 2015, before being officially greenlit by Netflix in July 2017. The series is filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario.

The first season was released on Netflix on February 15, 2019. In April 2019, Netflix reported that 45 million households had watched season one during its first month of release, thus becoming one of the most streamed series of the year. That same month following the success of the first season, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on July 31, 2020. Both seasons received positive reviews from critics. In November 2020, the series was renewed for a third season, set to be released in 2022.

20. Resident Evil

Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, is a Japanese horror video game series and media franchise created by Capcom. It consists of survival horror, third-person shooter, and first-person shooter games. The franchise has expanded into a live-action film series, animated films, television series, comic books, novels, audio dramas, and other media and merchandise.

The first Resident Evil was created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara and released for the PlayStation in 1996. It is credited for defining the survival horror genre and returning zombies to popular culture. With Resident Evil 4 (2005), the franchise shifted to more dynamic shooting action; it influenced the evolution of the survival horror and third-person genres, popularizing the "over-the-shoulder" third-person view. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) moved the series to a first-person perspective.

Resident Evil is Capcom's best-selling video game franchise, with 120 million units sold worldwide as of September 2021. It is the best-selling horror game series, in addition to the film adaptations being the highest-grossing live-action video game film series, making Resident Evil the highest-grossing franchise in the horror and zombie genres.

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