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We’re halfway through 2022, and as far as TV goes, it’s been a pretty good year for new shows so far. One obvious highlight is Netflix’s LGBTQ+ romance Heartstopper. The wholesome teen romance had viewers feeling all the animated butterflies and lightning bolts while watching the friendship between Charlie and Nick blossom into something more, so it’s no surprise that that’s the series leading IMDb’s list of the Top 10 New TV Series So Far this year.
Heartstopper, which is based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, found an audience with Netflix subscribers worldwide, as it made the streamer’s Top 10 list in 54 countries and quickly picked up a rare two-season renewal. Let’s take a look at the rest of the Top 10 New TV Series of 2022 So Far, which are based on IMDb user ratings from January 1 to June 24 of this year:
- The Legend of Vox Machina
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
- Tokyo Vice
- The Gilded Age
- Our Flag Means Death
- Slow Horses
Amazon Prime Video’s The Legend of Vox Machina takes second-place honors on this list. The series — along with Heartstopper — has maintained a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on an actual Dungeons & Dragons campaign, this show takes viewers inside the role-playing game experience, and it doesn’t hurt that its guest stars include the likes of David Tennant, Stephanie Beatriz, Gina Torres, and Dominic Monaghan.
There’s a nice mix of genres in this list, with everything from the dramatic retelling of the Showtime Lakers era on HBO’s Winning Time (clearly popular despite multiple criticisms from the former Lakers themselves) to Apple TV+’s sci-fi workplace thriller Severance to the celebration-worthy historical comedy that is HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death. Speaking of celebration, HBO should feel good about this list, as the network’s shows comprise half of the spots.