The best series of the first half of 2022

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A crime story adapted to the “street law”, a Korean family saga, a critique of the starting bubble – we are constantly surprised by the release of a series that immediately symbolizes the flow platforms. This is the best production of the first half of 2022.

“Minx” (HBO Max): Bells, eroticism and feminism

In the 1970s, ambitious journalist Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) in Los Angeles wanted to open the feminist magazine The Matriarchy Awakens, but no one wanted to publish it. Instead, Jake Johnson, the king of cheap pornographic magazines, invited her to work for Minx, the first erotic magazine for women. The snobber from an elite college seemed to be making concessions, but in fact he had a chance to talk to the girls about emancipation, as no one had done before. An added advantage of the Ellen Rapoport series is fashion – probably only David Bowie wore a chic suit as much as Joyce from that time.

Pachinko (Apple TV +): From generation to generation

The most influential series of the season tells the story of four generations of the family. They had to sacrifice many things in order to survive, but they never gave up their loyalty to their loved ones. The screenplay is based on Min Jin Lee’s best-selling book about the fate of Korean immigrants in Japan. The issue of refugees is especially relevant today. Starring Oscar winner Yoon Yuh-jung for “Minari.”

“Broken Blood” (Hulu): A drop of lies

A brilliant inventor or cunning, a liar or a successful woman, an arrogant complex or a victim of the American dream? No one knows who Elizabeth Holmes is. The mystery of Theranos’ patron Elizabeth Meriwether (“Cess and the Boys”) and Amanda Seyfried, who deceived investors into believing that the starter would create tests that would test a patient’s health with a drop of blood, was investigated. small screen. Jennifer Lawrence will soon meet the character on the big screen.

“Separation” (Apple TV +): Neoliberal dystopia

Ben Stiller came up with a ridiculously horrible concept. The protagonists of his black comedy live two parallel lives: one at work, one at home. They don’t remember who they were alone in the office, they forget what they did behind the desk after hours. And they do very unworthy things. Satire about global corporations is distinguished by an excellent cast. Among others, Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Christopher Walken and Patricia Arquette return to Hollywood.

Lame Horses (Apple TV +): Returned agents

Anyone who misses Gary Oldman will be pleased with his role. In the Apple TV + detective story, he plays Jackson Lamb, the boss of the MI5 losing team. Agents who worked in His Majesty’s service but made an unforgivable mistake end here. Their skills should not be wasted, and their “I have nothing to lose” attitude allows them to do the impossible. In addition to Oldman, the screen also shows Kristin Scott Thomas, who has not been seen for a long time.

“Stairs” (HBO Max): Criminal secret

Just as it’s worth seeing “Axal Horses” for the Oldman-Scott Thomas duo, “Stairs” is also a show by Colin Firth and Tony Collette. The most beautiful British actor, a friend of the series “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, plays the role of a criminal writer accused of murder, like Hugh Grant in the film “Again”. Was it an accident when your spouse fell down the stairs? Behind the camera, Antonio Campos (“The Devil Incarnate”), in front – in addition to Firth and Collette – Odessa Young, Sophie Turner in the first major role after “Game of Thrones” and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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

Pamela Anderson swears that she will never see a series about the scandal of the 1990s with her participation. Tommy Lee’s newlywed wife was shut down when a homemade porn stolen by a dwarf construction worker went online. The creators of the series are trying to tell the love story of Playmate and the rocker through the prism of #MeToo, considering what has changed in show business since #MeToo. Starring Lily James has changed beyond recognition, and Marvel’s Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan.

“The Girl from Plainville” (Hulu): The Neighbor Girl

Elle Fanning shed Catherine’s clothes for a while to wear the modest clothes of the American teenagers of the state. The series by Liz Hannan and Patrick Macmanus was created in a wave of fashion a real crime. This time we are watching a real story that has been repeatedly described in the press. Michelle Carter (Fanning looks like her) is accused of contributing to the death of her boyfriend Conrad “Coco” Roy III (Colton Ryan). Knowing that the teenager was depressed, the woman successfully persuaded him to commit suicide. The screenwriters try to take a closer look at the soul of the girl who wants to appear in the world of influencers, who sacrificed manners for popularity.

Someone Somewhere (HBO Max): We are all weird

Bridget Everett and her protagonist Sam are similar – strong, but not conspicuous, a little unmotivated, devilishly talented. The actress, who has played a secondary or even tertiary role so far, went to sea at the age of forty. The character from the small town of Kansas encourages other inappropriate people like him to move with the music.

“The City Is Ours” (HBO Max): On the right side of the street

The series about the Baltimore police is not afraid to compare with the iconic “Street Law”. On the contrary, since the beginning of the 21st century, it draws a handful of symbolic frames. Dark alleys, tired of life, corrupt government – little has changed in 20 years. Starring John Bernthal (“Wandering Dead”) and Dagmara Dominczyk, the star of “Sukcesja” and “Daughters”.

WeCrashed: The Fall of the Startup (Apple TV +): How to steal $ 47 billion

Ann Hathaway claimed that she did not meet her partner Jared Leto on the set of the series, but her character Adam Neumann. Apparently, he seduced the actor, as well as in front of investors. Neumann and his wife, Rebecca, made billions of dollars by deceiving serious businessmen. When their start, WeWork, which offered office space, collapsed, neither its creator nor the contractors, impressed by Neuman’s charisma, could believe it. The second, after “The Dropout,” criticizes the starting bubble – lighter in form but less obvious in content.

“Heartstopper” (Netflix): Love is no exception

The romantic comedy of rainbow teenagers has quickly become a Netflix hit, reminding us of the importance of representing LGBTQ + people on screen. Before high school students Charlie and Nick experience their first love, they will have to answer an old question as to whether it is friendship or love. The screenplay is based on Alice Oseman’s novel “Young Adult”.

“Baby” (HBO Max): A horror movie for parents

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

“Qaslit” (Starz): Herstoria Watergate

Martha Mitchell, the forgotten heroine of the Watergate scandal, is played by Julia Roberts. Before journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (later characters in “People of the President”) robbed the Democratic Party headquarters, she reported the abuse to her husband, Attorney General John Mitchell. But in the 1970s, there were virtually no women at the top of the government, and those who thought they had something to say were quickly silenced, and even more gas was burned. Starring Sean Penn, Betty Gilpin and Dan Stevens.

“Tourist” (HBO Max): In the antipodes of memory

Jamie Dornan is in a less sexual role than Fifty Shades of Gray, less disturbing than Fall, and more contemporary than Belfast. When a person wakes up in the Australian desert with no money, no paper, no memory, he must discover his true identity before the mistakes of the past catch up with him. The thriller is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Guy Pearc “Memento”.

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