There's no denying it: 2022 has been a standout year for television. A number of popular shows returned and were on the top of their game, from the breathtaking full-circle final season of "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" to exemplary new episodes of fan-favorite shows including FX's comedy-drama "Atlanta" and HBO's Bill Hader-led black comedy "Barry."
But where television content really shone this year was in its brand-new breakout series. So far, 2022 has seen an impressive variety of stellar new shows, including large-scale spinoffs like the "Game of Thrones"-based "House of the Dragon,” chilling true crime tales like Peacock's "A Friend of the Family" and HBO's "The Staircase," totally bizarre, meta creations such as Nathan Fielder's "The Rehearsal," and good ol' original IP like "The Bear."
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