With the new year, Netflix comes bearing the promise of bringing back new seasons of old favourites. Netflix Originals have had an undeniable impact on the landscape of television since time immemorial.
While 2022 shall see a host of exciting new Netflix Original series, it will also mark the return of various fan favourites, including Stranger Things and Bridgerton.
2021 was an extremely successful year for Netflix. From the South Korean Original Squid Game amassing unimaginable success to the greatest heist in history finally coming to an end with the intense finale of Money Heist, Netflix has had insane revenues and viewership data, reaching its peak. With an interesting line-up of content for 2022, Netflix will most likely have an equally promising and fruitful year ahead.
While we patiently await the release of new Original content, here are 5 returning Netflix Originals we are excited for in 2022:
The 5 returning Netflix Originals we are excited for in 2022
The Umbrella Academy season 3
While the official date for release has not yet been announced, the latest character posters released by the official Twitter handle of The Umbrella Academy has generated a lot of buzz among fans. Created in 2019 by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater, this highly popular Netflix series with its talented ensemble cast and a promising setting was adapted from Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s The Umbrella Academy and revolves around a dysfunctional family who ended the second season with a major cliffhanger.
In the second season, the increased amount of daddy issues compelled the titular Umbrella Academy to fail to put an end to the apocalypse that wiped out the entire existence of the year 2019. It also brought to life the alternate versions of themselves that will most likely lead to major havoc in the third season.
The older cast, including Elliot Page, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Robert Sheehan, David Castaneda, Tom Hopper, Colm Feore and more, shall make a return. They shall be joined by new faces like Justin Cornwell, Britney Oldford, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David and Jake Epstein
Stranger Things season 4
Created by the Duffer brothers in 2016, Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s most popular shows that has become a pop-cultural phenomenon, having resuscitated the sci-fi genre with a nostalgic tinge of the 80s. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Gaten Matarazzo and more, the show has a wide range of characters and a perfect balance of the supernatural. Fans have long awaited the fourth season that is finally set to premiere in the summer of 2022.
Preceding the release of the teaser, the cast and crew have mercilessly teased fans with details about the upcoming season. From Wolfhard calling it “messed up” to Brown and Sink echoing his sentiments, the teaser does not help appease the audience as it provides a flurry of images.
It includes certain scenes from previous seasons before transitioning into other scenes that include men clad in black suits, Harbour with a flamethrower and more, as the season moves across various locations, including Hawkins, California and Russia.
The Crown season 5
Peter Morgan’s Emmy-winning series will be back with its fifth and penultimate season in November 2022. With a lot of controversies regarding the upcoming season that delves deeper into the tumultuous relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles, fans of this British Royal drama have been waiting with bated breath to see how the show portrays one of the darkest periods of the Queen’s reign.
One of Netflix’s most polarising and popular dramas, The Crown takes a look at the reign of Queen Elizabeth II while exploring the socio-political landscape and the events within the royal family. The new cast includes Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth Debicki, Dominic West, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Olivia Williams and more.
The fifth season will record the political upheavals and royal scandals as well as the most tragic event that still haunts Britain – the untimely demise of Princess Diana.
Peaky Blinders season 6
After the release of the official trailer a week back, actor Conrad Khan has hinted at a February 2022 release. The sixth season will mark the end of the journey for one of the greatest crime dramas in the history of British television. Created by Steven Knight, the sixth season’s trailer already hints at an intense and gripping finale. After ending the fifth season on a cliffhanger, this season will most likely answer all the important questions.
Bidding adieu to Thomas Shelby and his notorious Black Country gang will be a bittersweet farewell. Their escapades that made up a major part of the series was accentuated by the brilliant performances of various actors, many of whom are returning for the sixth season.
The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Beth Harmon, Stephen Graham and Paul Anderson among others.
Bridgerton season 2
Slated for a March 25th, 2022 premiere, the highly-awaited second season of the Emmy-nominated, Regency-era drama Bridgerton will finally make a grand appearance. After the first season recorded the lives of the upper echelons of Regency-era London basking in the grandeur and opulence of regal mansions, manners, flowing ball gowns and steamy romance, the second season will most likely follow suit.
Based on Julia Quinn’s eponymous novels, the second season will follow the exploits of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, a certified womaniser, as he tries to settle down. With his unimaginably high standards, he searches for a perfect match before coming in contact with Kate Sharma and Edwina Sharma from India and butting heads with the former when she discovers Anthony’s true intentions with her sister.
However, undeniable tension between Anthony and Kate will lead to severe complications amidst Penelope trying to conceal her secrets. The reprising cast includes Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Phoebe Dynevor, Adjoa Andoh, Lorraine Ashbourne, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Ruth Gemmell, Martins Imhangbe, Florence Hunt, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Luke Thompson, Golda Rosheuvel, Polly Walker, Will Tilston and Julie Andrews. They will be joined by a new cast comprising Simone Ashley, Charothra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Rupert Young and Calam Lynch.