A Deep Dive Into the Best TV Shows of 2022

Welcome to the 196th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast.

Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

This is our end of 2022 episode and rather than featuring a showrunner interview, we’ve got a supersized conversation between Dan and fellow THR TV critic Angie Han about the year’s best programming. (And yes, while I’m not a critic, I weigh in on a few of my favorites from the year that was.)

Here’s how the episode plays out:

1. Headlines

The Sex Lives of College Girls, the Golden Globe nominations, Dan Levy, Reese Witherspoon, God of War and more lead the week’s top headlines.

2. WTF is going on at HBO Max?

Westworld, Minx and a wave of other programming is disappearing from the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed streamer. So, what’s next? In a word: monetization. This segment explains the how and why of it all.

3. Season in Review

THR East Coast managing editor Jackie Strause joins the show to discuss season two of HBO’s The White Lotus. Warning: spoilers ahead.

4. Best TV of 2022

Looking for something to binge over the holiday break? Boy, do we have you covered! Dan and fellow THR TV critic Angie Han break down their 10 best TV shows of 2022, including a handful of series that ended this year (Better Call Saul, Atlanta, Better Things), a great sophomore comedy (Reservation Dogs) and a slew of first-year gems, many of which you may have missed. Check it out and get your binge on.

5. Critic’s Corner

As usual, every episode ends with Dan’s thoughts on what to watch (or skip) this weekend. This week, he weighs in on Litvineko on AMC+/Sundance Now, HBO’s Pelosi in the House and The Recruit and Last Chance U: Basketball, both on Netflix.

Hear it all now on TV’s Top 5. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. (Reviews welcome!) You can also email us with any topics or Mailbag questions you’d like addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.

Programming note: The next episode of TV’s Top 5 will be Jan. 6. Happy holidays and a safe New Year’s from your friends at TV’s Top 5!

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