The best TV shows of 2022 so far

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From 'Station Eleven' to 'Cobra Kai.'

Eli Gemstone, Drew Magary

From ' Station Eleven ' to ' Cobra Kai .'

From ' Station Eleven ' to ' Cobra Kai .'

NBC"The last time I watched a network TV comedy that was led by a young, entirely Black ensemble cast was 'Living Single,' or as I like to call it, the original 'Friends.' This isn’t to dismiss shows like Insecure,' 'I May Destroy You' or 'Atlanta,' but those shows are streaming. They’re given more latitude to connect with a smaller audience. And shows like 'Black-ish' are family shows. You’d be hard pressed to find a show for and about 30-something Black people on a network channel.

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‘Why is there so much poop?’: The most common questions people ask SF tour guides NBC "The last time I watched a network TV comedy that was led by a young, entirely Black ensemble cast was 'Living Single,' or as I like to call it, the original 'Friends.Longtime fans of Ann M.: Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Gloria Reuben, Michael Greyeyes, and Tina Jung The scary story : A young girl (Armstrong) who develops pyrokinetic abilities is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to use her power as a weapon.By.

' This isn’t to dismiss shows like Insecure,' 'I May Destroy You' or 'Atlanta,' but those shows are streaming. They’re given more latitude to connect with a smaller audience. It seems impossible, after all, that anyone could pluck Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn from their perch in Claudia’s pre-Y2K bedroom, drop them square in the age of Instagram, and not lose something in the translation. And shows like 'Black-ish' are family shows. Latest. You’d be hard pressed to find a show for and about 30-something Black people on a network channel. And today? It’s just so… not . "The fact that I can’t find examples more recent than the mid-1990s is exactly why a show like 'Grand Crew' is making waves as the next great Black show.

'Grand Crew' is the story of six 30-something friends who meet at a wine bar to discuss the everyday ups and downs of love, work, play and, of course, wine. As clever, tender, and earnest as you remember The Baby-Sitters Club books to have been whenever you first read them, Shukert’s vision more than rises to the challenge." — Rod Benson, "Cobra Kai" Netflix "In the original 'Karate Kid' film series in the 1980s, the lines between good and evil are as clear as the borders of a martial arts mat. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is the good-natured underdog, training under the zen style of his sensei, Mr. Like its namesake, The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix edition) is funny, sweet, and emotionally complex. Miyagi. His opponent, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), follows the militant ways of Cobra Kai: strike first, strike hard, no mercy. Smartly, one thing Shukert doesn’t update in this adaptation are the structural elements most signature to the original series.

"In the Netflix reboot titled 'Cobra Kai,' now in its fourth season, the original actors have returned as adults who run their own dojos, but are still clinging to their old rivalry, which infects their own karate-obsessed children. Cobra Kai’s ruthless sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) also returns, as does his gray-haired henchman Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). The two-part season finale, meanwhile, mirrors the super-sized Super Special books that functioned, in the original, as a series within a series, taking the girls away from their baby-sitting duties and letting them share the narrative focus equally. Martial arts fervor sweeps over the suburbs of Los Angeles, and kids join Miyagi-Do, Cobra Kai and Lawrence’s upstart Eagle Fang as if they were street gangs. The animosity becomes so vicious that one student is literally paralyzed during a fight at school. Should the pop culture fates conspire in our favor, though, this will be just the first of many clever and tender seasons of The Baby-Sitters Club. In the latest season, the senseis make a pact that the two losers of the big All Valley Tournament will shutter their karate schools, forever ending the war of dropkicks and leg sweeps.

" — Dan Gentile, .