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There are still some great shows to come, but if “Severance” doesn’t top most 2022 year-end TV roundups, it’ll be a huge surprise. Highly engaging, beautifully shot, and brilliantly acted, this Apple TV+ series arrived with little fanfare (perhaps because it’s so slow, so reviewers who only see the first two episodes may have been less impressed than if they had seen the whole thing), but turned out to be one of the best shows in years. A dystopian psychological thriller with heavy doses of dark comedy, the show centers on a group of employees of a mysterious tech giant, Lumon Industries, where they volunteer for a medical procedure that separates their memories not professionals of their professional memories. Mark (Adam Scott) is the leader of a team that begins to unravel a corporate conspiracy. “Severance” is disturbing, challenging, funny, moving and utterly original.

“Station Eleven”

HBO’s adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel set 20 years after a flu pandemic caused the collapse of civilization has reportedly made waves every time it aired. Arriving like he did in the middle of a real pandemic just gave him an extra edge. Post-apocalyptic shows are rarely uplifting, but this one – which focuses on a group of survivors (and their stories) who have built new lives as wandering performers (the Traveling Symphony) making an annual round trip in various colonies – contained real optimism about how humanity and culture could prevail when our infrastructure and technology crumbles. There’s also plenty of sinister stuff, mostly caused by a violent cult whose leader is inspired by the titular (fictional) graphic novel. The show is anchored by three stunning performances from Himesh Patel, Mackenzie Davies and Matilda Lawler – the latter two playing older and younger versions of symphony lead actress Kirsten. It’s an intense race with a big payoff.

‘Ozarks’

The tense, it hurt fourth and final season of “Ozark” was the fitting end to a great run. The Byrde family – Marty (a tight Jason Bateman) and Wendy (a captivating Laura Linney) and their children Charlotte and Jonah – started the season still in over their heads laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel ruthless, but still believing they could come out clean and return to Chicago. The further we went into the season, the less it appeared. Instead, it was Marty’s former protege, Ruth Langmore (an unimpeachable Julia Garner) who began to make the journey to respectability and wealth that the Byrdes so craved. It was a twisty roller coaster ride of a final rush that left us wanting more – more great writing, more perfect directing, more stunning cinematography, more perfect acting.

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“Stranger Things”

The ’80s sci-fi phenom continued its “let’s go darker” trajectory in its fourth season as the teenage heroes faced their most gruesome enemy yet: a humanoid demon called Vecna ​​who brutalizes his victims. With three storylines taking place in three different locations (including Russia, where Police Chief Hopper is incarcerated), this was an ambitious and sprawling story arc from showrunners the Duffer Brothers. But they piled on the tension, drama, danger, and thrills for the show’s biggest and best season yet.

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Peaky Blinders’

Another dark and understated crime saga that closed this year, “Peaky Blinders” didn’t spare viewers’ feelings with a relentless final season that saw the Shelby family, led by Tommy (the excellent Cillian Murphy), s ‘collapse. grief, trauma, addiction, stress, rivalry and more. There was a palpable heaviness to the series – appropriate given that Tommy’s double acting constantly put him in mortal danger, while he and his family threatened the lives and livelihoods of so many others.

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“Slow Horses”

A revamped spy thriller. That twist being: these spies are miserable, dishonored burnouts. But “Slow Horses” isn’t a comedy – although it’s very funny in parts, thanks mainly to Gary Oldman’s turn as the crass Jackson Lamb, the leader of a Secret Service outcast gang. British exiles in a tiny, dirty office far from the live action of ‘The Park’ (MI5 HQ on the show). It’s a gritty, fast-paced, winding tale of power struggles, betrayal, and revenge told with true flair by a solid ensemble cast.

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‘You better call Saul’

Only a few episodes remain in this series which started as a prequel spin-off to the much-loved “Breaking Bad” and has arguably overtaken that show. Bob Odenkirk continues to excel in the role of a lifetime as low-life lawyer Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill, making it look like all is well as his life crumbles, but this show’s stardust is sprinkled, it seems, on the cast, crew, and creator in equal measure. It’s a show put on by an entire team at the top of their game and an absolute joy to watch.

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“Only Murders in the Building”

A show that manages to have its cake and eat it. “Only Murders…” is both a sarcastic parody of the true-crime dramas and podcasts that are so popular around the world and a compelling murder mystery in its own right. The second season delivers more of what made the first so great, including razor-sharp writing, stunning set and costume design, vibrant cinematography, and most importantly, the chemistry between the central trio: Steve Martin as Charles Haden Savage, Martin Short as Oliver Putnam and Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora.

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