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The Most Anticipated Movies & TV of 2022

Discover the most anticipated TV shows and movies of 2022, including ratings, genres, and release dates. Learn about action and adventure films and family-friendly television shows streaming on Netflix and more.

The Most Anticipated Movies & TV of 2022

With a new year comes a new entertainment lineup, including dozens of highly-anticipated films and television shows. Whether you've been waiting for the next season of your favorite TV series or want to plan your first movie theater outing of 2022, check out these upcoming movies and TV shows. 

1. The Batman

Release date: March 4, 2022

Genre: Superhero

Age range: This movie has been rated PG-13, so it's perfect for teenagers and adults of all ages.

Robert Pattinson hits the big screen as Batman in the company of several other iconic DC villains, like Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as Penguin. This film follows Batman's second year of fighting crime and pursuing The Riddler, played by Paul Dano.

2. Jurassic World: Dominion

Release date: June 10, 2022

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

Age range: This PG-13 movie is perfect for adventure-loving tweens, teens, and adults who grew up loving the original Jurassic Park.

We all know and love the iconic Jurassic Park movies. What dinosaur-lover wouldn't want to see these prehistoric creatures on the big screen, especially if they're trying to escape from the theme park? Three years after the last Jurassic World film hit theaters, the franchise is back. Look out for stars of the original films like Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern. 

3. Scream

Release date: January 14, 2022

Genre: Horror

Age range: You'll be on the edge of your seat during this terrifying, adults-only film.

2022 is shaping up to be a big year for iconic film franchises, and Scream is no exception. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette are all set to reprise their roles in next year's installation of the Scream series, set 25 years after the original. This time, a new killer is wearing the famous "Ghostface" mask, stirring up memories of the past. If you're a fan of horror or slasher movies, we're guessing you've already seen the first four Scream movies. And if you haven't, hold a marathon before the newest installation hits theaters in a few weeks.

4. Legally Blonde 3

Release date: May 22, 2022

Genre: Comedy

Age range: This PG-13 flick is perfect for tweens, teens, date nights, and anyone who grew up watching the first two Legally Blonde films.

Reese Witherspoon is back as Elle Woods, sorority girl turned Harvard lawyer. Look out for plenty of laughs, thanks to a script from The Office alum Mindy Kaling.

5. Lightyear

Release date: June 17, 2022

Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Age range: This PG-rated movie is perfect for the whole family.

Longing for another Toy Story film? We are, too! Only this time, we take a deep dive into Buzz Lightyear's backstory, with the main character voiced by Chris Evans. While we'll miss Woody and the gang for this origin story spinoff, rumor has it Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, What We Do in the Shadows) might be onboard in a currently undisclosed role. 

6. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 

Release date: November 11, 2022

Genre: Action, Superhero

Age range: This PG-13 film is perfect for tweens, teens, and adults of all ages.

In the wake of Chadwick Boseman's death, his character hasn't been recast. Instead, Wakanda Forever will focus on King T'Challa's tech wizard sister, Shuri, the princess of Wakanda, and a deeper exploration of other characters introduced in the first film. Audiences have also been promised a closer look at "the incomparable world of Wakanda."

7. Minions: The Rise of Gru

Release date: July 1, 2022

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Age range: This PG-rated movie is guaranteed fun for the whole family. 

Get excited for more minion adventures with our lovable yellow rascals in the next film from the Despicable Me franchise. Steve Carrell returns as Gru, and we'll learn more about his origin story in this movie. 

Most anticipated TV shows of 2022

1. Outlander, Season 6

Release date: Winter 2022 - STARZ

Genre: Historical fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Age range: TV-MA

Season 5 ended on a cliffhanger, so hopefully, Season 6 will explore what happens after Claire's kidnapping.

2. Stranger Things, Season 4

Release Date: March 7, 2022 - Netflix

Genre: Supernatural, Thriller

Age range: In past seasons of Stranger Things, there has been some violence and gore. This show is perfect for teens and adults who love science fiction.

It's been a long break (since 2019!). We've been missing the gang, and this season, Eleven and Will are trying to settle into life outside of Hawkins in sunny California. Plus, we've all been wondering what happened to Chief of Police Jim Hopper since that season 3 cliffhanger. Spoiler alert: It looks like he'll return to the show from a prison in Kamchatka. 

3. The Crown, Season 5

Release Date: November 2022 - Netflix

Genre: Historical drama

Age range: This complex series is better for teenage-or-older history buffs and drama lovers.

The next season of The Crown ushers in a new actress, Imelda Staunton, taking over as Queen Elizabeth II through season 6. With season 4 ending in 1990, expect to see more of the '90s era and Princess Diana's (Elizabeth Debicki) final years. Dominic West of The Affair steps in as Prince Charles.

4. Ozark, Season 4

Release Date: January 21, 2022 - Netflix

Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime

Age range: Since this TV series centers around a Mexican drug cartel, it's better for mature audiences.

The fourth (and final!) season of Ozark will consist of two seven-episode parts. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner return as the Byrde family, who now directly report to the head of the cartel and must navigate a closer relationship with the Navarros. Fans are hoping to get answers to some or their biggest questions: Will Ruth fly free, or will she be caught in the crossfire? And will Marty and Wendy really get their cake and eat it, too? 

5. Bridgerton, Season 2

Release Date: March 25, 2022 - Netflix

Genre: Romance, Historical fiction

Age range: This Netflix series is rated TV-MA thanks to sex, violence, and some nudity.

The first season of Bridgerton, produced by Shonda Rhimes, was an instant hit, so look out for a much-anticipated second season sometime in 2022. We're predicting even more cottage-core vibes and steamy scenes.

6. Ted Lasso, Season 3

Release Date: Summer 2022

Genre: Sports, Comedy-drama

Age range: This Apple TV+ series is rated TV-MA, so it's great for viewers over age 16.

The shocking finale of Ted Lasso's second season has everyone excited for the third one. Get ready to watch it some time (hopefully!) this summer. 

7. House of the Dragon

Release Date: TBD - HBO and Amazon Prime

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Age range: Best for mature audiences

Though the wildly popular Game of Thrones series ended a few years ago, GOT fans can get their fix when House of the Dragon debuts in 2022. Learn more about the Targaryen family and get a healthy dose of dragons, too.

8. The First Lady 

Release Date: Spring 2022 - Showtime

Genre: Drama

Age range: Because of historical and political complexity, this series is ideal for an older, focused audience.

Viola Davis stars as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer plays Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson is Eleanor Roosevelt in this series centered around America's iconic first ladies.