2022 TV premiere dates, from 'Stranger Things' and 'Hacks' to 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' and 'AGT'

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What titles should you add to your TV watch list?

In the coming months there are plenty of shows to get excited about, including the return of favorites. New seasons of "Stranger Things," "Hacks," "Girls5Eva," "America's Got Talent" and "The Circle" arrive this spring.

And the summer TV schedule continues to stay hot with new competition series like "Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend," a game show from Kelly Ripa and a Jonas Brothers contest for relativses of celebrities.

So prepare to find your way to that comfy spot on your couch. Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won't miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you'll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.)

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May 1

"Ziwe" (Showtime, Sundays at 11)

May 3

"Holey Moley” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8)

"The Chase” (ABC, Tuesdays at 9)

“Who Do You Believe?” (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): Viewers are treated to two versions of true-crime cases, told by the survivors and criminals, in order to decipher who is telling the truth.

May 4

"The Circle" (Netflix, Wednesdays)

May 5

"Girls5Eva" (Peacock, Thursdays)

"The Pentaverate" (Netflix): As in the "Austin Powers" franchise, Mike Myers portrays multiple characters in this comedy built around a journalist's investigation into a centuries-old secret society.

"Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" (Paramount+): This spinoff of "Star Trek: Discovery" focuses on the adventures of the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk climbed aboard – this Enterprise is manned by Captain Pike (Anson Mount).

May 6

"Tehran" (Apple TV+)

May 9

"Candy" (Hulu, nightly through May 13): Jessica Biel stars as Candy Montgomery, a stay-at-home mom in the '80s who's striving to be the perfect housewife. One day it becomes all too much to take.

May 12

"The Brothers García" (HBO Max)

"Hacks" (HBO Max, Thursdays): Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder are back as the comedian and writer go on tour.

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Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from the Apple TV+ series “The Essex Serpent.”
Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from the Apple TV+ series “The Essex Serpent.”

May 13

“The Essex Serpent" (Apple TV+, Fridays): Claire Danes stars as an English widow who leaves London for Essex to inquire about a serpent. There she meets a vicar (Tom Hiddleston) and becomes the target of residents' resentment after a tragedy.

May 15

"Conversations with Friends" (Hulu): A college student in her early 20s (Alison Oliver) begins an intensely passionate affair with a married man (Joe Alwyn) in this adaptation of a novel by Sally Rooney ("Normal People").

May 18

"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox, Wednesdays at 9)

May 20

“Now & Then" (Apple TV+): The 8-part thriller centers on friends from college, forever linked due to the unexpected death of a member of their circle. Twenty years later, the friends ban together to ward off a threat that would expose the truth.

May 25

"Obi-Wan Kenobi" (Disney+): Ewan McGregor reprises his role as "young" Obi-Wan from the "Star Wars" prequel movies in this new series, which also brings back Hayden Christensen's version of Darth Vader.

"MasterChef" (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)

Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Noah Schnapp as Will Byers in the fourth season of "Stranger Things."
Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Noah Schnapp as Will Byers in the fourth season of "Stranger Things."

May 27

"Stranger Things" (Netflix): The fourth season of the sci-fi series, last seen in July 2019, will be released in two parts. The second installment arrives July 1. (Netflix says a planned fifth season will be the last.)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+): Ewan McGregor stars as the venerable "Star Wars" character in this latest franchise adaptation.

May 31

"America's Got Talent" (NBC, Tuesdays at 8)

"Dancing with Myself" (NBC, Tuesdays at 10): Non-professional dancers compete to learn dances choreographed by Shakira, Nick Jonas, Liza Koshy and show host Camille Kostek.

"Fantasy Island" (Fox, Tuesdays at 9)

June 3

"The Boys" (Amazon Prime)

"Physical" (Apple TV+, Fridays)

June 6

"American Ninja Warrior" (NBC, Mondays at 8)

"Roswell, New Mexico" (The CW, Mondays at 8)

"In the Dark" (The CW, Mondays at 9)

June 7

"All Rise" (OWN, Tuesdays at 8): A new season of the courtroom drama, canceled by CBS.

June 8

"Ms. Marvel": (Disney+): The series follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim teen and superhero zealot living in New Jersey, who gets powers of her own.

June 9

"Queer as Folk" (Peacock): A reboot of the 1999-2005 Showtime series about gay friends, set in New Orleans.

June 10

"For All Mankind" (Apple TV+)

June 15

"Love, Victor" (Hulu, Wednesdays)

"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" (Netflix, Wednesdays): Alton Brown returns for this "Iron Chef" revival as co-host with "Top Chef"' winner Kristen Kish. "The Chairman" Mark Dacascos is also back.

"The Old Man" star Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase.
"The Old Man" star Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase.

June 16

"The Old Man" (FX, Thursdays at 10): Jeff Bridges stars as a former CIA agent, Dan Chase, who escaped the agency and has been maintaining a low profile for decades. A hitman seeking him out forces him to revisit his past.

June 17

"The Summer I Turned Pretty" (Amazon): The new dramatic series from "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" author Jenny Han tells the story of one girl's first experience with love and heartbreak.

June 19

"Animal Kingdom" (TNT, Sundays at 9): The final season.

June 22

"The Umbrella Academy" (Netflix)

June 24

"Loot" (Apple TV+): Maya Rudolph stars in the comedy as a billionaire who begins to spiral after her husband breaks her trust.

Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) team up to solve a murder in Season One of "Only Murders in the Building."
Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) team up to solve a murder in Season One of "Only Murders in the Building."

June 28

"Only Murders in the Building" (Hulu)

July 1

"The Terminal List" (Amazon Prime): Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL, part of a platoon that is attacked while trying to execute a mission, in this new drama based on the novel by Jack Carr.

July 7

“Generation Gap,” (ABC, Thursdays at 9): The new game show hosted by Kelly Ripa pairs grandparents and grandchildren, posing questions from both generations.

July 8

"Black Bird” (Apple TV+): Taron Egerton stars in the limited series inspired by true events as Jimmy Keene, a convicted drug dealer who was a star of his high school football team. Keene will be given preferential treatment if he is able to gain the trust of a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser), drawing out a confession and whereabouts of the victims.

July 10

“Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC, Sundays at 7)

July 11

"The Bachelorette" (ABC, Mondays at 8)

"Claim to Fame" (ABC, Mondays at 10): Jo Bros Kevin and Frankie Jonas host the reality competition that puts 12 family members of celebrities in a house to compete for $100,000. The fame-adjacent contestants will need to keep their identities under wraps.

July 14

"Resident Evil" (Netflix): The sci-fi series is set in 2036, following an apocalyptic viral outbreak that wreaked havoc 14 years earlier. Now the Earth is populated with beings out for blood.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" will debut on Prime Video this fall.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" will debut on Prime Video this fall.

Sept. 2

"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" (Amazon Prime): Pre-dating "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" by millennia, this new drama centers on "an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth."

Sept. 18

"The U.S. and the Holocaust" PBS, nightly Sept. 18-20, at 8): The three-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, explores the context in which Hitler came to power.

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March 3

"Joe vs. Carole" (Peacock): John Cameron Mitchell portrays the "Tiger King" in the dramatic limited series, with Joe Exotic's nemesis, Carole Baskin, played by Kate McKinnon.

"The Dropout" (Hulu, Thursdays): Amanda Seyfried plays Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who was convicted on four counts of fraud and conspiracy in January for falsely billing her company as an innovative way to conduct medical tests through a small amount of blood.

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Amanda Seyfried as convicted fraud Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of a cutting-edge medical testing company.
Amanda Seyfried as convicted fraud Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of a cutting-edge medical testing company.

March 6

"Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" (HBO, Sundays at 9): A scripted series about the storied NBA team's rise, starring John C. Reilly as owner Jerry Buss and Quincy Isaiah as star player Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

“When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark Channel, Sundays at 9)

"Outlander (Starz, Sundays at 9)

"Shining Vale” (Starz, Sundays at 10): Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear star as a struggling couple who trade their small Brooklyn digs for a Victorian estate in Shining Vale, Connecticut, hoping to fix their marital problems. But their new home may be haunted by a triple murder-suicide there.

March 8

"The Thing About Pam" (NBC, Tuesdays at 10): Renée Zellweger stars in the limited series that examines the killing of Betsy Faria in 2011, for which her husband Russ was convicted. Eyes eventually turned to Pam Hupp, uncovering her menacing plot. The cast also includes Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer and Katy Mixon.

March 9

"Kung Fu" (CW, Wednesdays at 9)

"The Masked Singer" (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)

"Survivor" (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)

Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from Apple TV+'s  "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey."
Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from Apple TV+'s "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey."

March 11

"Charmed" (CW, Fridays at 8)

“The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey" (Apple TV+): Samuel L. Jackson stars as a man battling dementia. A treatment to recover his memories kicks off a revelation of "shocking truths about the past, present and future."

"Upload" (Amazon Prime): Greg Daniels' futuristic tale of the afterlife starring Robbie Amell returns for Season 2.

March 15

"Young Rock" (NBC, Tuesdays at 8)

"Mr. Mayor" (NBC, Tuesdays at 8:30)

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March 17

"Minx" (HBO Max): Ophelia Lovibond plays Joyce, a young woman who co-creates the first erotic magazine targeting women in the 70s. Jake Johnson ("New Girl") plays her porny publisher.

"Welcome to Flatch" (Fox, Thursdays at 9:30): A documentary crew aims to capture smalltown life and arrives in Flatch, Ohio, in this mockumentary series.

March 18

WeCrashed” (Apple TV+): The miniseries is inspired by the podcast chronicling the success and dramatic nosedive of communal office space WeWork. Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway star.

"Life & Beth" (Hulu): The semi-autobiographical comedy series, created and starring Amy Schumer, splits its time between the life of adult Beth – a wine sales rep living in New York in an unsatisfying relationship – and adolescent Beth (Violet Young), who struggles with the awkwardness of growing up.

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Amy Schumer returns to TV as Beth (Amy Schumer), an unhappy wine seller in "Life & Beth."
Amy Schumer returns to TV as Beth (Amy Schumer), an unhappy wine seller in "Life & Beth."

March 21

"American Song Contest" (NBC, Mondays at 8): In this American version of the “Eurovision Song Contest,” competitors from 56 states and territories compete for the title of Best Original Song in an eight-week competition that includes Michael Bolton and Jewel. ("The Voice" returns next fall.)

March 24

"Atlanta" (FX, Thursdays at 10): Donald Glover's acclaimed comedy returns, nearly four years after its second season ended.

"Halo" (Paramount+, Thursdays): Pablo Schreiber stars in this long-delayed series (first announced in 2013!) inspired by the popular Microsoft video game.

Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief in "Halo."
Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief in "Halo."

March 25

"Bridgerton" (Netflix): Anthony takes center stage in Season 2 of the Regency-era drama.

"Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" (Amazon Prime): The Grammy Award-winning artist is on the hunt for new dancers in this competition series.

"Pachinko" (Apple TV+, Fridays): Apple’s first trilingual TV show, with dialogue in English, Japanese and Korean, tells a time and continent-spanning story about multiple generations of one Korean family. Set in 1920s Japanese-occupied Korea and 1980s America and Japan, “Pachinko” examines generational trauma and ambition.

March 29

"The Girl from Plainville" (Hulu, Tuesdays): The limited series explores the events leading up to the death by suicide of Conrad Roy III at age 18. Elle Fanning stars as his teenage girlfriend Michelle Carter, who encouraged Roy to take his life through text messages.

March 31

"How We Roll" (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30): The comedy stars Pete Holmes as a laid-off factory worker who takes a chance on pursuing his dream of professional bowling.

"Julia" (HBO Max, Thursdays): A comedy depicting the life and burgeoning career of “The French Chef” star Julia Child.

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April 1

"Get Organized with the Home Edit" (Netflix)

"The Outlaws" (Amazon Prime): A group of lawbreakers are tasked with overhauling a community center as part of their community service sentence in the series that is part comedy, part thriller.

"Slow Horses" (Apple TV+): In the six-part drama, Gary Oldman portrays the leader of a group of British intelligence officers who've been banned to a dumping ground for agents due to missteps.

Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden in a scene from Apple TV+'s “Slow Horses.”
Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden in a scene from Apple TV+'s “Slow Horses.”

April 4

"Benjamin Franklin (PBS, Monday at Tuesday at 8): Directed by famed documentarian Ken Burns, the two-part series chronicles the founding father's life and contributions.

April 8

"A Black Lady Sketch Show" (HBO, Fridays at 11)

"Woke" (Hulu)

April 10

"61st Street" (AMC, Sundays at 10): The Chicago-set drama stars Courtney B. Vance and Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis and follows the cascading consequences of a drug bust gone wrong that leaves a police officer dead and a star Black high school athlete the target of the deeply broken criminal justice system.

Courtney B. Vance as Franklin Roberts and Aunjanue Ellis as Martha Roberts in "61st Street."
Courtney B. Vance as Franklin Roberts and Aunjanue Ellis as Martha Roberts in "61st Street."

April 13

"The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On" (Netflix): The new series centers on six couples, in which one partner is ready to wed, while the other is hesitant. By the end of the season, shoot, they must decide to walk down the aisle or part ways

April 14

"The Kardashians" (Hulu, Thursdays): Momager Kris Jenner and her brood of businesswomen – Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner – return from a short break from reality television with a new series that promises "an all access pass into their lives."

April 15

"Roar" (Apple TV+): Each episode in the eight-part series tells the story of "what it means to be a woman today." Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Wever and Alison Brie star.

April 17

"The First Lady" (Showtime, Sundays at 9): Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson take on historic American women in this time-jumping drama that offers a portrait of three strong-willed first ladies: Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt, respectively.

April 18

"Better Call Saul" (AMC, Mondays at 9): The final season.

April 19

Mayans M.C. (FX, Tuesdays at 10)

April 20

"Russian Doll" (Netflix)

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Best actress, comedy:  Kaley Cuoco, "The Flight Attendant," HBO
Best actress, comedy: Kaley Cuoco, "The Flight Attendant," HBO

April 21

"The Flight Attendant" (HBO Max, Thursdays): Season 2 of Kaley Cuoco's comedic thriller.

April 22

"They Call Me Magic" (Apple TV+): The docuseries traces the life of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

"Selling Sunset" (Netflix)

April 24

"Barry" (HBO, Sundays at 10): The long-delayed third season.

"Gaslit" (Starz, Sundays at 9): Sean Penn stars as Attorney General John Mitchell, and Julia Roberts as his wife, Martha, who blew open the Watergate scandal that engulfed President Nixon in this new drama.

"The Man Who Fell to Earth" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Alien (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is desperate to find scientist Justin Falls (Naomie Harris) so his species can continue.

April 25

"We Own This City" (HBO, Mondays at 9): The miniseries from David Simon ("The Wire") is based on reporter Justin Fenton's book that centers on the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the fallout from its emphasis on drug enforcement.

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Dan Fogler as "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola in "The Offer."
Dan Fogler as "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola in "The Offer."

April 28

"The Offer" (Paramount+): The 10-part scripted series explores the making of 1972 classic "The Godfather."

"Under the Banner of Heaven" (Hulu, Thursdays): Andrew Garfield stars in the limited series based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer that investigates the 1984 killings of a woman and her baby in Utah.

"Made for Love" (HBO Max, Thursdays)

April 29

"Ozark" (Netflix): The final episodes

"Shining Girls" (Apple TV+): Elisabeth Moss stars as an assault survivor whose dream of becoming a journalist were stalled following her harrowing ordeal. When she notices similarities between a murder and her own trauma, she teams up with a reporter to track down the killer.

"Grace and Frankie" (Netflix): The series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as besties wraps with its final episodes.

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Contributing: Kelly Lawler

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2022 TV premieres dates: 'Stranger Things.' 'Obi-Wan Kenobi,' 'AGT'

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