The best series of the first half of 2022

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A crime story tailored to Street Law, the Korean family saga, and the startup bubble critique — streaming platforms constantly surprise us with the release of series that becomes instantly iconic. Here are the best productions from the first half of 2022.

Minx (HBO Max): Bells, Eroticism, and Feminism

In Los Angeles in the 1970s, aspiring journalist Joyce (Ophelia Lovepond) wanted to start the feminist magazine The Matriarchy Awakens, but no one wanted to publish it. Instead, Doug (Jake Johnson), the king of cheap porn magazines, invites her to work at Minx, the first women’s sex magazine. It seemed that the arrogant from an elite college was a bargaining chip, but in fact she had the opportunity to tell the girls about liberation like no one had ever done before. An additional feature of the Ellen Rapoport series is the fashion – David Bowie was probably the only one who wore suits from that era as Joyce.

“Pachinko” (Apple TV +): From generation to generation

The season’s most influential series tells the story of four generations of the family. To survive, they had to sacrifice a lot, but they never gave up their loyalty to their loved ones. The script was based on Min Jin Lee’s bestseller about the fate of Korean immigrants in Japan. Today, the issue of refugees turns out to be a particularly topical topic. Starring, among others, Academy Award winner for “Minari”, Yoon Yeoh-jung.

“Broken Blood” (Hulu): Lie Drop

Brilliant inventor or con artist, master of lies or successful woman, arrogant complex or victim of the American dream? Nobody really knows who Elizabeth Holmes is. The Theranos boss, who deceived investors that his startup would create tests that would allow a single drop of blood to validate a patient’s health, tried to explore Elizabeth Meriwether (“Jess and the Boys”) and starred as Amanda Seyfried in a small screen. Jennifer Lawrence will soon be facing the character on the big screen.

‘The Classroom’ (Apple TV +): a neoliberal dystopia

Ben Stiller came up with a concept that is as funny as it is horrible. The heroes of the black comedy live two parallel lives: one at work and the other at home. In the office, they don’t remember who they are alone, after hours they forget what they are doing behind the desk. And they do things that are not very decent. The spell on global corporations is characterized by an excellent staff. They play, among others, Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Christopher Walken and Patricia Arquette Return to Hollywood.

Lame Horses (Apple TV +): Recovering Agents

Anyone who has missed out on Gary Oldman will delight in a role tailored to their measure. In the detective story on Apple TV+, he plays Jackson Lamb, head of the MI5 Losers. Agents who worked for Her Majesty but made an unforgivable mistake end up here. However, their skills should not be lost, and their “I have nothing to lose” attitude allows them to do the impossible. In addition to Oldman, the screen shows the long-invisible Kristen Scott Thomas.

“Staircase” (HBO Max): A murder mystery

Much like “Lame Horses” is a must-see for Oldman-Scott Thomas duo, “Stairs” is a show by Colin Firth and Toni Collette. The cutest British actor, as his friend from the set of Bridget Jones’s Memoirs, Hugh Grant in “One More Time,” plays the man with the title, a crime writer accused of murder. Was your wife’s fall from the stairs an accident? Behind the camera, Antonio Campos (“The Devil Incarnate”), in front of – in addition to Firth and Colette – Odessa Young, Sophie Turner in the first major role since “Game of Thrones” and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

“Pam and Tommy” (Disney +): Sex, drugs and rock and roll

Pamela Anderson swears not to watch a series about the 1990s scandal with her participation. Tommy Lee’s newlyweds broke up when a snotty construction worker stole homemade porn online. The creators of the series attempt to tell the love story of a playmate and Rockman from their point of view, considering what has changed in show business after #MeToo. In the title roles, Lily James changed beyond recognition and Sebastian Stan, Marvel’s Winter Soldier.

“The Girl from Plainville” (Hulu): The Girl Next Door

Elle Fanning ditched Kaiser Catherine’s robe for a while to wear the modest dresses of provincial American teens. Liz Hanan and Patrick McManus series has been created on the fashion wave real crime. And this time we see a true story that has been described many times in the press on the screen. Michelle Carter (liken by Fanning) is accused of contributing to the death of her boyfriend Conrad “Coco” Roy III (Colton Ryan). Knowing that the teenager was depressed, she succeeded in convincing him to commit suicide. The scriptwriters try to delve into the soul of a girl who wanted to appear in the world of influencers so much that she sacrificed fitness for popularity.

Someone Somewhere (HBO Max): We are all strangers

Bridget Everett and her heroine Sam are very similar to each other – strong but discreet, somewhat devoid of motivation, and demonic gifted. The actress, who has so far starred in Plan Two or Even Three, is in her forties cruising. And her character from small town Kansas pushes misfits like her to work through music.

“The City Is Ours” (HBO Max): Street Right

The series about the Baltimore police is not afraid of comparisons with the famous “street law”. On the contrary, it draws handfuls of iconic frames from the beginning of the twenty-first century. Dark alleys, employees tired of life, corrupt authorities – little has changed in 20 years. Starring Jon Berthal (The Walking Dead) and Dagmara Domińczyk, star of “Sukcesja” and “Daughters”.

WeCrashed: The Fall of the Start Up (Apple TV+): How to Steal $47 Billion

Anne Hathaway claimed that on the set of the series she met not her partner Jared Leto, but his character, Adam Newman. Apparently, he seduced the actor as he did before investors. Newman and his wife, Rebecca, have duped serious entrepreneurs and made billions of dollars. When their startup – WeWork, which provides office space – collapsed, neither its creator nor the contractors engulfed in charisma Neumann could believe it. The second after the “leak” of criticism directed at the startup bubble – lighter in form, but less conspicuous in content.

“Heartstopper” (Netflix): Love does not rule out

The romantic comedy Rainbow Teens quickly became a huge hit on Netflix, reminding you of the importance of LGBTQ+ representation on screen. Before high school students Charlie and Nick have their first love, they will have to answer the age-old question of whether this is friendship or love. The script is based on the novel “Young Rush” by Alice Osman.

“Baby” (HBO Max): A parenting horror movie

The creators of “Chernobyl” are trying to create a classic like “Rosemary’s Baby.” Natasha (Michelle de Suarte) is tired of turning her friends into mothers. When she becomes pregnant, her experience will be very different from that of other women. A Child from Hell embodies the dilemmas of Generation Y girls – parenthood or career, ease or responsibilities, for themselves or others.

“Jaslet” (Stars): Herstoria Watergate

Julia Roberts played Martha Mitchell, the forgotten heroine of the Watergate scandal. She informed her husband, Attorney General, John Mitchell, of the abuse of journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (later characters in “All the President’s Men”) in the burglary of the Democratic Party headquarters. But in the 1970s, there were no women at the top of power, and those who thought they had something to say were quickly silenced, and even more so, were silenced. Stars Sean Penn, Betty Gilpin, and Dan Stevens.

“The Tourist” (HBO Max): On the Opposites of Memory

Jamie Dornan in a less exciting role than in “Fifty Shades of Gray,” less disturbing than “Fall” and more contemporary than “Belfast.” When a man wakes up in the Australian outback with no money, papers, and no memories, he must discover his true identity before his past mistakes catch up to him. The thriller is somewhat reminiscent of Jay Burke’s classic “Memento”.

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