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Streaming Trends in 2022: The Must-Watch Shows You Can’t Miss

There have been several streaming platforms that have stood out in 2022. Are you subscribed to all of them?

Recently, more people have been ditching their cable boxes in favor of subscription services. The popularity of streaming services can’t be denied: they have a huge effect on pop culture. You probably discuss the latest episodes of the most popular shows with your coworkers at lunch.

There have been several streaming platforms that have stood out in 2022. Are you subscribed to all of them?

Overview of 2022 Streaming Services

In 2022, more people were using streaming services than cable television for the first time ever! This was due to the convenience of streaming services and the hugely popular shows that came out exclusively on streaming platforms. 2022 saw some hugely popular shows come out with their next season and introduced us to some new faces. According to ExpressVPN’s report on 2022 streaming trends, these are the shows that piqued our interest during the entire year. 

Netflix

Netflix saw huge success in 2022. A large part of this was the release of Stranger Things season four. Stranger Things is a sci-fi/horror TV show that has gained immense popularity since its release in 2016. The release of season four was a must-watch event for millions of people, which spiked Netflix subscriptions.

Some more popular TV shows on Netflix in 2022 included ManifestBridgerton, and Ozark. Another popular Netflix release was Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. These shows range from drama to mystery to action; Netflix truly had something for everyone this year. There are still more releases for the last two months of 2022 that are generating buzz, such as The Wonder and Emily the Criminal.

Disney+

Disney+ has many staple shows and movies that keep subscribers returning year after year, such as the Marvel universe and shows that Gen Z watched growing up. Disney+ had many popular titles this year, such as ZootopiaEncantoMoana, and Coco. The hugely anticipated release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in box offices around the country prompted a rewatch, which put Black Panther at the top of the charts in November of 2022.

Hulu

Hulu is another household name in terms of streaming services. Hulu released many originals this year, such as The Bear and Conversations with Friends, drawing more people to the platform. Hulu also featured many popular shows, like America’s Got Talent and Love Island (UK). If you’ve been keeping up with the most well-known names in entertainment, you definitely have a subscription to Hulu.

Amazon Prime Video

While Amazon Prime Video didn’t see the spike in viewership that many of its competing streaming platforms did, the watch time of the platform is still impressive. Amazon Prime Video didn’t release many popular original shows this year, but The Lord of the Rings was just one of the well-known titles that brought users to its platform. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you have Amazon Prime Video–which means you can start watching today!

HBO Max

HBO Max released House of the Dragon this year, a hugely anticipated spinoff of Game of Thrones. HBO Max also has many popular originals that drew people to the platform in 2022, such as EuphoriaDune and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore also brought thousands of people to HBO Max. The streaming service has increased in popularity this year, making up a large percentage of streams.

YouTube TV

A streaming service list wouldn’t be complete without YouTube TV, even though it’s not the most popular platform today. YouTube TV features many original series, such as Mind Field, which is created by the popular YouTuber Vsauce. YouTube TV offers many unique options for entertainment, ones that many people around the world enjoy. If you are frequently on YouTube, consider giving YouTube TV a try. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite show!

The streaming industry has seen incredible growth in 2022. With the continuation of beloved shows and new releases spurring excitement worldwide, it’s a great year to be subscribed to a few streaming services. TV in 2022 brought many new popular trends to pop culture and gave us all the entertainment we can’t go without. With so many promising 2023 releases, fans of shows around the world can’t wait to see what next year will bring!

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