Best TV Shows of the Year: 2022

This was an exciting year for television: We marveled at the world's tiniest cooking show, we held our breath at a new Lord of the Rings spin-off, and we watched the rebooted Proud Family get louder and prouder. Our fearless TV editors, Polly Conway and Marina Gordon, chose the titles on this list with family fun in mind, with themes ranging from just plain cute all the way to perseverance and coming of age. Use this list as a guide to your next binge, and don't miss the rest of our favorite picks from this year.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2022 favorites: Movies | Books | Video Games | Podcasts | U.K. Films

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Duck & Goose

age 2+

Gentle series promotes empathy, understanding, and fun.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Tamir on the Street

age 2+

Valuable lessons give all preschoolers a sense of belonging.

Network: YouTube (2022)
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Eureka!

age 3+

Talented girl goes on engineering adventures in Stone Age.

Network: Disney Junior (2022)
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Lovely Little Farm
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Lovely Little Farm

age 3+

Sublimely sweet farm life tale; top-notch special effects.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Spirit Rangers

age 3+

Vibrant preschool show celebrates Native American culture.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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The Tiny Chef Show TV show: poster.
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The Tiny Chef Show

age 3+

Clever, charming puppet teaches cooking, problem solving.

Network: Nickelodeon (2022)
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Baymax!

age 5+

Lovable robot helps folks stay healthy in delightful show.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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Rosie's Rules

age 5+

Bilingual show for little ones celebrates multiculturalism.

Network: PBS Kids (2022)
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America the Beautiful

age 6+

Nature footage and storytelling like nothing seen before.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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ONI: Thunder God's Tale

age 6+

Beautiful Japanese mythology series has suspense, fighting.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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El Deafo

age 8+

Poignant reflection on life as a kid with hearing loss.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Gordita Chronicles

age 8+

Positive immigration-themed comedy has sex references.

Network: HBO Max (2022)
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Theodosia

age 8+

Fun historical adventure series; suspense and mild scares.

Network: HBO Max (2022)
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Amber Brown

age 8+

Book star comes to life in impactful and emotional show.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Dead End: Paranormal Park

age 10+

Fun, spooky series features LGBTQ+ and racial diversity.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Extraordinary Attorney Woo

age 10+

Charming Korean drama about lawyer with autism.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Ms. Marvel

age 10+

Thrilling teen superhero show is vibrant and relatable.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

age 10+

Life lessons and lots of laughs in star-studded reboot.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

age 10+

Prequel is fun, light, classic sci-fi; some violence, sex.

Network: Paramount+ (2022)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV show: poster
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

age 12+

Fantasy prequel details Middle-earth history, has violence.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2022)
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