The Digital Pix: our team pick their favourite 2022 TV series

The Digtial Fix team chooses their favourite TV series of 2022 from Andor and Better Call Saul to House of the Dragon and Solar Opposites.

The Digital Pix TV series: Severance

At The Digital Fix, we spend our days watching movies and TV, which is a pretty fun way to earn a living. Still, the nature of the job means that we don’t always get to write about the shows we love. So as a New Year’s treat to ourselves, everyone on the team has been allowed to choose and write a little about their five favourite TV series of 2022.

These are the team’s ‘Digital Pix of the year 2022’. They’re not necessarily the best TV series of the year, but they are our favourites. Also before we begin here are a few honourable mentions that didn’t make the cut; White Lotus, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Wednesday, The Midnight Club, Westworld, The Afterparty, and many, many more.

Jakob Barnes – Staff Writer

The Digital Pix: Andor

Andor

The best Star Wars series by some distance and quite possibly the best thing to ever come from the franchise. A thriller series that excels in every department, from the brilliant performances of the Andor cast, to the stunning production design and nuanced writing. Bring on Andor season 2.

The Digital Pix TV series: Welcome to Wrexham

Welcome to Wrexham

You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the wonderful journey Ryan Reynolds, and Rob McElhenney are taking the town of Wrexham on right now. Welcome to Wrexham is what football is all about; the people. I can’t wait to see more of Paul Mullin in Welcome to Wrexham season 2.

The Digital Pix TV series: House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon

Game of Thrones is back in a big way. This tense, taut fantasy series featured some of the best acting of the year, and with all the backstabbing and betrayal of the House of the Dragon characters, the impending war in Westeros is sure to be fiery to say the least.

The Digital Pix TV series: Severance

Severance

It’s not often a TV series can truly surprise you these days, but Severance is such a razor-sharp, refreshingly original show full of mystery that you just cannot predict where it’s heading. I am so ready for Severance season 2 to melt my brain.

The Digital Pix TV series: Euphoria

Euphoria season 2

This drama series doesn’t even make sense sometimes, but it sure is compelling. Drugs, sex, violence, and the school play to end all school plays; what more could you ask for? Well, Euphoria season 3 would be nice, but we’re not being greedy.

Charlotte Colombo – Staff Writer

The Digital Pix TV series: Heartstoppers

Heartstopper

Not only did this show kick-start my Alice Oseman obsession, but it was really nice to see a show focussed on queer joy that didn’t end with a dramatic break-up and one (or both) of them dying.

The Digital Pix TV series: Love Island

Love Island

I know Love Island isn’t exactly in our usual remit, but I think it would be a crime to not include it because of all the iconic moments that happened this year: from Davide and Ekin-Su’s enemies-to-lovers arc to the infinite memes that spanned this year like “I licked her tit, or whatever.” They should put this season of Love Island in the British Museum.

The Digital Pix TV series: Bridgerton

Bridgerton

I can’t put into words the chokehold Bridgerton had over me this year. I wasn’t sure how the series would work without The Duke, but Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley are mesmerising. It’s also incredibly quotable, and Anthony Bridgerton’s declaration — “You are the bane of my existence. And the object of all my desires” — lives in my head rent-free.

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Abbott Elementary

Quinta Brunson’s Abbott Elementary is really intelligent and subtle with its humour but is also the televised equivalent of a warm hug and hot chocolate. The only problem is that I relate too much to Ava Coleman (Janelle James).

The Digital Pix TV series: The Boys

The Boys

Even if the series debuted in the orifices of someone’s anus, that doesn’t make it any less hilarious, gripping, and frustratingly on-the-nose in its thinly-veiled criticism of capitalism, the alt-right, performative activism and celebrity culture.

Fiona Underhill – Overnight Writer

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The Bear

Absolutely blown away by the performances, the script, camerawork and editing of this very funny but very heartfelt tale of a Michelin-starred chef returning to Chicago to run his deceased brother’s sandwich shop. Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach are so impressive.

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The Tourist

This Australian crime-mystery series stars Jamie Dornan as a man with amnesia and Danielle Macdonald as the cop who tries to help him discover who he is and what he’s doing in the outback. Brilliant Australian actor Damon Herriman also stars.

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Bad Sisters

An Irish comedy series about four sisters who conspire to murder the husband (played by Claes Bang) of the fifth sister (Anne-Marie Duff). The standouts of the excellent cast are Sarah Greene and Eve Hewson. Daryl McCormack and Brian Gleeson play a pair of brothers who run an insurance company and who investigate the suspicious death. Will keep you guessing until the end.

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Interview with the Vampire

A new adaptation of Anne Rice’s Southern Gothic masterpiece, with Sam Reid playing Lestat and an astonishing performance by Jacob Anderson as Louis. The modern-day sequences set in Dubai, with Eric Bogosian uncannily channelling Anthony Bourdain, are one of the best aspects of this very clever adaptation.

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Starstruck/Love & Anarchy (season 2 of both)

Two perfect romantic comedies came back for second seasons in 2022. The London-setStarstruck (HBO Max) sees Kiwi Rose Matafeo struggling to maintain a relationship with a movie star played by Nikesh Patel. The Stockholm-based Love & Anarchy (Netflix) is set in the
literary world, with a woman in her 40s having an affair with a man in his 20s. It also explores grief and mental health and will have you both laughing and sobbing.

James Osborne – Weekend Writer

The Digital Fix TV series: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul

Endings can be difficult, and in the case of Better Call Saul season 6, the task was not only to act as a conclusion to the misadventures of Jimmy McGill but also to mark the end of the entire Breaking Bad timeline. Thankfully (and to be honest, unsurprisingly) it absolutely nailed it, with an understated and desperately tragic climax to the story. In hindsight, it couldn’t have ended any other way.

The Digital Fix TV series: Andor

Andor

The biggest surprise of the year was, without a doubt, Andor – a series which I had about as much anticipation for as an appointment with a GP. The Star Wars series surpassed all possible expectations and has put itself squarely in the conversation as potentially the single greatest piece of Star Wars media out there. It’s really that good.

The Digital Fix TV series: The Bear

The Bear

I was always going to love The Bear because anything that treats food with as much reverence as I do has a one-way ticket to my heart. It also helps greatly that The Bear is a deeply emotional, and often deeply stressful, exploration of chosen family stuffed to the brim with stellar performances.

The Digital Fix TV series: Star Trek Strange World

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Along with Lower Decks (which took an unfortunate dip in season 3, after an excellent season 2) Strange New Worlds is forging a template for modern Star Trek. The series isn’t perfect, but it’s a staggeringly huge improvement on the other recent live-action Star Trek shows, and it’s a blessing to return to the episodic format along with characters you actually enjoy watching.

The Digital Fix TV series: The Crown

The Crown

I liked The Crown season 5; shoot me. The latest season of the soap opera is what it has always been: an excessively dramatic, heavy-handed, opulent series about the aching strain of power, overflowing with hammy acting and obvious metaphors; what’s not to love?

Emma Jane Betts – Staff Writer

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Better Call Saul

Saul Goodman’s story finally reached its end in 2022, and oh boy, this Breaking Bad spin-off didn’t disappoint when it came to upholding its quality writing, acting, and storytelling. We laughed, we cried, and we were able to say goodbye to slipping Jimmy once and for all – Better Call Saul was truly a fabulous show from the beginning to its melancholic end.

The Digital Fix TV series: Spy X Family

Spy x Family

There was plenty of amazing anime series released in 2022, but my personal favourite was the delightfully funny and wholesome Spy x Family. Seeing an unlikely family consisting of a spy, an assassin, and a cute telepathic kid come together to try and save the world was a highlight of my TV schedule –an experience I couldn’t recommend highly enough.

The Digital Fix TV series: Trainwreck

Trainwreck: Woodstock 99

Every year there is at least one documentary that makes me gasp and say, ‘ man, that is wild,’ and in 2022, that docuseries was none other than Trainwreck: Woodstock 99’. From scams uncovered, stages being torn apart, and music fans essentially recreating Lord of the Flies, every chapter of this story was addictive as you watched the music concert from hell play out on your small screen.

The Digital Fix TV series: The Bear

The Bear

When I first heard of a show about a chef taking over a sandwich shop, I’ll admit I had my doubts, but oh boy, was I wrong to ever question The Bear. It is tense, brilliantly acted, and got my emotions fired up with every episode – definitely a drama series to pick from the 2022 TV menu.

The Digital Fix TV series: What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows has proven, like its immortal protagonists, that it’s a show that just never gets old. Season 4 of the fantasy series following the lives of the Staten Island vampires is packed with non-stop laughs, gothy thrills, and stands as one of the most light-hearted and feel-good watches from 2022, period.

Anthony McGlynn – Staff Writer

The Digital Fix TV series: Severance

Severance

The first season of Westworld is strong in the DNA of Dan Erickson’s captivating psychological thriller, where a group of employees push back against the corporation where their minds are wiped every working day. The kicker: they consented to the procedure and have to convince their “outies” to set them free – and that’s only the half of it.

The Digital Fix TV series: For All Mankind

For all Mankind season 3

From the moon to Mars in Apple’s alt-history Star Trek-like that continues go from strength to strength. Humanity remains at the core, both in NASA’s mission and the ongoing storytelling, where the people provide just as much intrigue as the night sky.

The Digital Fix TV series:The Digital Fix TV series: 1899

1899

Another ambitious Netflix series from the creators of Dark that features multiple characters who seem drawn together by fate. 1899 is more subdued than Dark, and you won’t need multiple wikipedia pages to completely follow it, but it’s still some of the most cerebral, riveting TV this year.

The Digital Fix TV series: Guardians of Justice

The Guardians of Justice

Rather than try to convince Marvel and DC to let him deconstruct their heroes and villains, Adi Shankar goes the Alan Moore route and invents his own means of superhero commentary. The Guardians of Justice is unscrupulous and daring, demonstrating what comic book adaptations could look like with a little more courage.

The Digital Fix TV series: All of Us Are Dead

All of Us Are Dead

School sucks, but at least you weren’t locked inside during a zombie apocalypse. Despite all the blood and chaos, the mini-series still finds time to let its characters grow, maybe even more so than if they were stuck in class, a poignant indictment of state education.

Tom Percival- Editor

House of the Dragon: is Rhaenyra Targaryen mentioned in Game of Thrones?

House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon and its incredible cast of characters reignited my burning interest in the politics of Westeros. Here’s to a second season full of even more plotting and murder!

The best 2022 TV series Derry Girls

Derry Girls

It shouldn’t be up to Channel 4 to educate us on the Good Friday Agreement, but Derry Girls did in one episode what the English school system couldn’t in 18 years. Aside from teaching important history lessons, the final series of Derry Girls managed to be sweet, funny, and poignant

Solar Opposites season3 release date: Korvo, Terry, and the family

Solar Opposites

Solar Opposites has always been the thinking man’s Rick and Morty (don’t @ me your opinion means nothing to me), and the weird, unhinged sci-fi shenanigans of the Schlorpians continue to delight me.

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Inside No 9

Inside No 9 is basically the best show on the BBC. Tuning each week is always a delightful surprise. Will the episode be funny, scary or thrilling? The only thing you can guarantee is that you’ll be entertained.

Barry season 4 release date: Bill Hader as Barry

Barry

Bill Hader continues to knock it out of the park, and Barry graduated from quirky little comedy series to one of the most heartbreaking shows ever this year.