Netflix has once again managed to deliver the goods when it comes to talk television this year, dominating Yahoo searches.
Over the course of millions of visits over the last year, we’ve found out what it is that people have been watching this year…and it’s fair to say you’re all about the drama.
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So what exactly was TV to watch in 2022? Here are the top 10 shows you’ve been looking for this year.
Netflix’s record-breaking Wednesday was released just before the breakpoint, so we have no doubt it will appear on this list in 2023.
10 | Demon Slayer (Crunchyroll/Netflix)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has taken the world by storm and has broken the barriers beyond those who typically don’t watch anime series.
The story follows teenager Tanjiro Kamado, who is on a mission to train as a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister is turned into a demon.
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While it picked up some steam on Crunchyroll, its Netflix placement allowed the 26-episode animation to find its way into a more mainstream audience, and suddenly everyone wanted to break down what exactly happened.
The third season, titled Swordsmith Village, will be released in 2023.
9 | Kai Cobra (Netflix)
Cobra Kai never dies and season five proved that more than most with more cameos from the original films and an all-or-nothing fight to stop the titular dojo from taking over the world.
Now led by an angry, self-righteous Terry Silver (who was one of the main villains in Karate Kid 3), longtime enemies Daniel LaRusso and Jonny Lawrence had to bury the hatchet once and for all to work together.
With the next generation of karate-loving kids brought into play, the series knows how to do a reboot right, and all these years since the original 1984 film, it still packs a punch.
8 | Better Call Saul (Netflix)
Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is the first entry from the final season to appear on this list, with searches surging thanks to confirmation that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul would finally show up as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
Further research was prompted with the knowledge that lead Bob Odenkirk nearly died of a heart attack during filming, thus altering the shooting schedule and some scenes.
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With the latest batch of episodes, all bets were off as to who would or would not make it out alive, with the ending leaving everyone, including some of the cast, wondering what it meant to those who made it.
7 | Ozarks (Netflix)
Ozark went out with a bang this year after four seasons following the Byrde family as they get mixed up with a drug cartel.
After a slow and steady build-up, the Jason Bateman and Laura Linney-led series pulled no punches as the series came to one of the most satisfying conclusions in recent TV.
Splitting the final season in two, the Ozark’s crown jewel performance came in the form of Julia Garner’s Ruth, whose descent into darkness saw her desperate for blood.
6 | Bridgerton (Netflix)
Much like the first season, Bridgerton reigned supreme throughout March 2022 with the sexy Regency drama shifting focus to Jonathan Bailey’s charming rake Anthony as he searched for a wife.
He’s gotten more than he bargained for, though, with the arrival of the mysterious Kate Sharma, who matches him not only in eager looks but also in intelligence and wit.
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Too bad he’d already lined up to marry the diamond of the season, his younger sister, Edwina.
As can be expected, tensions (sexual and otherwise) reach a boiling point by the end of the series.
5 | Game of Thrones (HBO/Sky Atlantic/NOW)
Game Of Thrones never really dies, with debate over the divisive final season and intricate details we may still have missed three years after the finale aired.
This resurgence of Game Of Thrones in our rankings has most likely been aided by the launch of its first spinoff, House Of The Dragon (more on that in a minute), as well as the constant announcements of potential other universe expansions.
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Currently, there are six other expansions in development, as well as a stage play and the latest installment of The Winds Of Winter book, which George RR Martin has yet to finish.
4 | House of the Dragon (HBO/Sky Atlantic)
House Of The Dragon was the most anticipated show of the year and it came to the viewers with the power of an army of fire breathing dragons with its complicated telling of the history of the Targaryen family.
Set 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones, House Of The Dragon sees the Targaryen family at their peak, but troubles and power grabs within the family threaten to topple their dynasty from within.
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Season 1 covers a lot of ground, covering more than 20 years in the first eight episodes alone, with talking points including a very graphic birth scene, the Targaryen family tree, and whether or not it’s okay to fall in love with Matt Smith even if you he is marrying his niece (played by Emma D’Arcy).
3 | Euphoria (HBO/Sky Atlantic/NOW)
Euphoria is a testament to the power of social media (and to Zendaya, who is an absolute behemoth as drug-addicted and struggling Rue in this drama).
Filled with scenes ripe for TikTok and memes, the show follows the troubled lives of a group of high schoolers and their complicated relationship with their identity and gender.
It’s extremely dark yet entertaining, and manages to balance that in a way that only a show like this can, and so there’s now a huge following eagerly awaiting the aftermath of Season 2’s breathtaking finale.
2 | Damer (Netflix)
Ryan Murphy has taken up Jeffrey Dahmer’s story to focus more on the victims and those fighting to bring him down, sparking an online debate in the aftermath about the series’ success at this mission.
While there is no doubt that Evan Peters was perfectly cast in the chilling role of the serial killer who primarily targeted gay men of color, the series has come under fire from some of the victims’ families who have claimed that the their trauma had been dragged (again) for entertainment.
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As a result, Dahmer (or the full twisted title Dahmer: Monster – The Jeffrey Dahmer Story) has become one of the most searched shows on Yahoo, with many people seeking to learn more about the people involved, whether it’s Dahmer himself, the victims, or the man who ultimately killed him.
1 | Stranger Things (Netflix)
Nothing has dominated the internet quite like Stranger Things season 4 this year, which isn’t surprising given that we waited nearly three years for the series to hit our screens again.
Thankfully, the Duffer Brothers delivered their most shocking, horror-filled and deadly installment yet. It was so full that it was split in two.
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Whether you were wondering what the heck was going on in Hawkins and the Upside Down, sharing your thoughts on Will Byers’ sex journey, or mourning the loss of some beloved characters (spoiler free), this was the series that mastered them in this season .
Too bad we have another long wait for the fifth and final season.
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