Best 2022 New Shows and Movies to Get You Through Hibernation

Best shows and movies of 2021

There’s a lot of 2022 new shows (or seasons) and movies. I just took a winter road trip, and now feel like I’m setting myself up early for hibernation mode. As I reflect on what I’m watching and what makes something good, I keep going back to one thing. And that is that these movies and shows make me critically think about scenarios and how I would react. Ultimately, the values in these shows and movies, push me to do better.

As a Chicago film and TV marketer, I’ve watched a lot of movies and TV shows. I also work with HBO and Amazon Prime Video and sometimes get a sneak peek at new shows and movies. Though I work with them, these are all my own opinions.

I’ve put together the best 2022 new shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Netflix, and Apple TV+. Hopefully, they will help you survive hibernation season and make you feel better about people, and push you to be a better person. Because in cancel culture, some of these shows argue that you need a second, third, and maybe a 10th chance.

Buying Beverly Hills (Netflix)

Buying Beverly Hills dropped on November 4th on Netflix.

Do we need another real estate show? I think we do. This one is a bit different. For one, it’s family-oriented. The preface is – Mauricio Umansky’s family-run firm The Agency represents some of the most lavish properties in Beverly Hills. But there’s drama around every corner.

I liked this show – I am halfway through it – because it shows the struggle of discovering if you have a passion for your current career. It also gives some respect to showing houses. Yes, houses sell themselves in terms of people all want to living in a nice home and a nice school district – but talking numbers, talking closing, finding real buyers for those homes that sell themselves – is a lot of work. As someone who has worked in luxury real estate for 3 years, I know real estate can be a tough business. 

The Sex Life of College Girls Season 2(HBO MAX)

Season 2 Comes Back: November 17th

Why I love it: Honesty and Comedy

This show is so good. Congrats to Mindy Kaling on this one. She’s been killing it in her Netflix high school series, Never Have I Ever, recently renewed for Season 3. But this one takes you to a new school, Essex, which feels like Harvard. It makes sense due to Kaling’s Boston area upbringing.

The Sex Life of College Girls really hits on how complicated sex is. It also does something that a lot of college-based shows don’t do, which is showing how being honest can benefit you even when you mess up in the worst possible way – and do that several times. I feel like that’s a common theme with Kaling’s shows, honesty. And while it’s cringe-worthy at times, I like that this show values honesty and relationships, while also adding humor in the most necessary ways. I will say, it makes me want to be more honest and be a better person.

Emily in Paris (Netflix, Season 3, Dec 21st)

Why I love it: Fashion and Feel-Good and Influencer Life

As much as I love honesty and being awkward, aka relatable content, I also love fashion and feel-good shows that just help you escape from everyday life and get sucked into the finer things in life. For me, that show is Emily in Paris. I binged the first season during the lockdown, and the second season last Christmas and I am excited to see where season 3 takes Emily and her friendships and relationships, but I’m pretty sure she’ll still be in Paris.

Emily in Paris Season 2
Emily in Paris Season 3 returns December 21st

The Christmas Pitch (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, VUDU)

Why I love it: Feel-Good, Chicago

I’m kindof excited for this one, in particular. The Christmas Pitch was filmed right in Chicago, and I was able to see the Chicago production come to life. I also make a small cameo.

But the thing I really like about The Christmas Pitch is that I see myself in the main character, Becca. She’s a woman always focusing on goals and objectives and misses the message she’s trying to deliver in marketing copy. Marketing is about people, not just numbers or click-through rates. I learned this a lot through marketing surveys and influencer campaigns this year.

I love that this isn’t a Hallmark movie and the guy isn’t discovered in a small town. It’s about teamwork and family and caring about others.

You can watch The Christmas Pitch on The Roku Channel, Amazon Freevee, Vudu, Tubi or borrow it from your library on Hoopla

The Christmas Pitch on Amazon Prime Video.
Photo: The Christmas Pitch

Mare of Easttown (2021) (HBO Max)

Why I love it: Incredible acting and kept me guessing

I was blown away by Mare of Easttown. Kate Winslet outdid herself in this small-town tale of a series of events that led to one woman’s death. Yes, it had all of the components of a usual suspenseful mini-series, but the ending still gets me. Once you’re done watching it, NPR does a good job of answering all of the questions you have about Mare of Easttown.

Love, Lizzo  (HBO Max)

Love, Lizzo dropped on HBO Max on November 24th.

There’s no doubt that Lizzo is talented and she’s unapologetic. I loved hearing her story in her new documentary on HBO Max – Love, Lizzo. I had no idea that she went to Minneapolis for the music. I had no idea that she had been in so many groups. She didn’t just start out as a solo artist. 

One of my favorite parts was her saying she had a voicemail and a text from a guy saying don’t contact her and she was talking about how painful it was and how she was crying. She went to the studio, took her weave out. She said it was raw emotion – the writing of her iconic song, Truth Hurts. 

If you need a little inspo for your 2023 resolutions, this documentary is for you!

White Lotus Season 2 (HBO Max)

White Lotus Season 2 dropped on October 30th and has new episodes weekly on Sundays and 8 pm CST.

Why I love it: It shows satire at its best

If you’re looking for something ridiculous to watch, it’s White Lotus. I had so much fun watching this and getting to know each twisted character. The juxtaposition of the resort with the storyline makes it all the better. Ang omg, can we talk about the backdrops in Italy! I also love the friendships. My favorite characters are Aubrey Plaza, but honestly I’m pretty much in love with most of the characters, check out The White Lotus Season 2 cast here. 

Love Life (2021) (HBO MAX)

Why I love it: I like the flow of relationships. It’s unpredictable in real life and in this show so are the leads relationships.

Love Life was one of the most heavily promoted shows in 2020 when Anna Kendricks was starring in it, mainly because it was one of the shows launching HBO Max. I literally jailbroke my Fire TV to watch this show (it was 2020 and I was desperate and running out of things to do on FaceTime). Somehow painting my nails and watching the first season before a first date gave me all the confidence I needed to not go on a second date with the guy.

I watched the second season, which recently came out. I love that they changed the lead romantic character to Marcus (William Jackson Harper). It definitely has some negative reviews. For instance, IndieWire’s review of Love Life, which shared that the series has “a boxed-in outlook on love” through the eyes of a “mundane man” and ultimately that – all of Harper’s innate charms and nuanced deliveries can’t fully distract from his character’s innately selfish and shallow nature.

But, it also had positive reviews, and I appreciate Variety’s stance on Love Life Season 2 – “It’s tempting to say that it was only a matter of time before Harper landed a romantic comedy role worthy of his talents, if only because he so clearly deserved it. That assumption of inevitability would, however, be ignoring Hollywood’s long history of sidelining, flattening, or else entirely dismissing Black men in romances.” and later concluding, “Over 10 episodes, “Love Life” and Harper’s performance tell the compelling and believably frustrating story of a man trying to weave love into his life with intention.”

Love Life Season 2 on HBO Max  - 2021 new shows and movies
Photo: HBO Max

But I think that’s what I liked about it. We’re all pretty much mundane people with hangups and frustrations and selfish tendencies. And we mess up a lot. Something might not be good or the timing might not be right. And just because a relationship happened and ended, it doesn’t mean that it won’t affect you or be a muse to you in the future. Out of the 2021 new movies and shows, it’s worth the watch in my opinion.

The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Season 3 is rumored to drop in the winter of 2022/2023.

Why I love it: Really good storytelling and acting that questions how you feel about character and people

You know there are different types of shows like the ones you try to save. Then, there are shows that you’re watching but you’re tired and have to go to bed? And then, there are shows that you have to keep watching till the end? Well, The Morning Show has so much drama that you need to only watch one episode at a time to digest what happened.

In Season 2, however, I felt that I had to keep watching till the end. Though not as good as Season 1 of The Morning Show, season 2 definitely had its curveballs. But as with everything in life, there’s an ending. Steve Carell’s character ran its course, and I felt that Jennifer Aniston’s character ran her course, too. But what really surprised me is that I liked Reese Witherspoon’s character more than in Season 1. However, her storyline was easily forgotten within the length of the episode, probably because that much drama unfolded. I also saw the parallels in my career in the storyline. like when they are launching a streaming service, UBA+, something I just did this year with Hipstr TV.

This show pushes you to think. One question, in particular, is – can we separate the crime from the person? Can Mitch (Steve Carell) still be a good guy that you root for even though he sexually assaulted multiple women? Can Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) be worthy of saving even though her tell-all written by a reporter shows otherwise? And that her selfish decisions impact everyone (which a lot of people are feeling more of during coronavirus – i.e. self-quarantining, wearing a mask, etc.).

I am so excited for Season 3 to drop. I really hope it drops in 2023. So, now is a good time to catch up!

Conclusion

So, that is my list of the best 2022 new shows and movies that have been holding me down.

I hope these recommendations for 2022 new shows and movies will hopefully get you through hibernation season. Maybe, they might help you understand yourself better.

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Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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