10 Best New Thriller Shows In 2022, According To Ranker

With the release of new episodes of fan-favorite Stranger Things this summer, content creators have continued to give viewers new, spine-tingling thrillers to watch in 2022. With dark storylines and suspense twists and turns in the plot, the thriller genre seems to get better every year.

From the supernatural to haunting crime mysteries, thrillers contain a variety of sub-genres that evoke emotion in the audience, creating suspense, fear, and anticipation. Many of these shows are plot-driven, but an emphasis on engaging characters also hooks the viewer. With no shortage of exciting new thrillers to watch on TV, fans over on Ranker have voted for their favorites.

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10 Outer Range

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The Amazon Prime series follows a rancher as he strives to protect his ranch and stumbles upon mysterious secrets in the Wyoming region. Outer Range is a perfect blend of modern western, sci-fi, and time travel.

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The series is a slow burn, with the storyline and characters taking a bit longer to develop than viewers may expect. Every episode builds in its pacing, which culminates in unexpected plot twists, subtle dialogue, and a suspenseful cliffhanger in the finale. The series is praised for the engaging performances by Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor, and Will Patton. With heavy anticipation of what will happen next, fans are eager for the announcement of a second season.

9 Tokyo Vice

Ken Watanabe stars in a clip from Tokyo Vice season 1 finale

Starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe, Tokyo Vice is dark, gritty, and slowly builds in tension. The series is based on a non-fiction novel that follows a young journalist as he works for one of Tokyo's most well-respected publications. Along the way, he meets an older, more experienced, detective and discovers the dark, realistic nature of Japan's underground criminal world.

The HBO Max series is praised for its beautiful cinematography set against Tokyo's stunning backdrop. The neon lights paired with the noir tone of the series help highlight the authenticity of Japanese culture, as well as build tension while exploring its secret criminal lifestyle. To cope with mysterious deaths and a city full of corruption, many characters in Tokyo Vice harvest bravery and quick thinking skills. The crime thriller was also recently renewed for a second season.

8 The Envoys

Two priests stand surrounded by candles

 

The Envoys, or Los Enviados, is a Spanish series on Paramount+ that follows two priests as they seek to uncover the mystery behind a missing religious healer. Along the way, they find a psychiatric community that holds secrets of their own.

The series highlights a complex character struggle as the priests are divided between their faith and the physical world around them. With controversial cultural and religious themes, this show isn't for everyone, but it does promise a thrilling watch with unexpected plot twists as the series builds to a rewarding and suspenseful ending.

7 The Girl Before

Jane's image is reflected in a window on The Girl Before

The HBO Max mini series tracks a woman who is given the opportunity to move into a modern and luxurious rental home. As the series progresses, she learns of the previous tenant's mysterious death and starts to worry about her own fate in the home.

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The similarities in the women's stories grip viewers from the very beginning. The complex storyline leads to thrilling twists and turns in the plot and the pacing is perfectly executed to eliminate any confusion. The double-plotted mystery is intricately balanced by suspenseful writing and excellent acting.

6 Slow Horses

Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb in Slow Horses.

Based on a best-selling novel, Slow Horses follows a group of misfit MI5 agents. When one of them sees an opportunity to redeem his career, he soon learns that his friends have their own plans for moving forward.

Gary Oldman shines in the Apple TV+ thriller as he adds, at times, controversial and humorous commentary to the story throughout. Not only is this show a favorite new thriller, but it was also voted one of the best new TV shows in 2022 by Ranker users. An engaging spy thriller, the series starts slow, but builds in intensity several episodes in, allowing the plot and characters time to deepen and connect with the audience.

5 The Endgame

The two leads of NBCs The Endgame stand together.

The Endgame is an NBC original that pits two fiercely strong female characters against each other. The first is a sexy and brilliant criminal mastermind. The second is a relentless and strong FBI agent.

The series is fast, action-packed, and thrilling at every turn. Morena Baccarin, well-known for her role in Deadpool, is perfect as the Queen. Dark, mysterious, and hell-bent on revenge, she is the perfect foil for Ryan Michelle Bathe's FBI character. The Endgame is ultimately an intriguing game of cat-and-mouse that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.

4 In From The Cold

A woman holds a gun in shooting position in Into the Cold.

When an ex-Russian spy's new life is uncovered, she must choose between addressing her mysterious past to help the US government or putting her family's new life at risk. Either way, In From The Cold is packed with action, suspense, and drama.

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The Netflix series is an intriguing take on a female assassin character with superhuman skills. This creates several unexpected twists in the plot throughout. The chemistry between the main characters, played by Margarita Levieva and Cillian O'Sullivan, keeps the pacing tight and thrilling during each episode.

3 Shining Girls

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Shining Girls follows a woman trapped in an ever-shifting reality after her brutal assault. The series is jarring and suspenseful as viewers are jumped through differing timelines to link the present with the mysteries of the past. It's a show that requires complete attention to track its complexity.

Elizabeth Moss stars alongside a well-known ensemble in this crime-thriller on Apple TV+. The series dives in deeper than a classic "whodunit" as the killer is revealed early on. The suspense comes from exploring the killer's motives and what he's up to next. Shining Girls is a unique crime story told in reverse that is another "slow burn", but eventually builds into a captivating finale.

2 Archive 81

Melody holding her video camera and looking scared in Archive 81

A dark supernatural thriller, Archive 81 tracks a young archivist as he's tasked with restoring a collection of damaged video tapes from a building fire. The tapes originated from a documentary filmmaker during her investigation into a dangerous cult. The series is a blend of several genres, such as sci-fi, horror, and mystery, which makes every episode suspenseful and original.

The series was adapted from a highly regarded podcast of the same name. The found-footage technique is also a great throwback to some of the horror classics, like The Blair Witch Project. This visualization puts the viewer alongside the protagonist, immersing them in the haunting mystery. Surprisingly, Netflix canceled the show just two months after the series premiered, despite the raving reviews. However, most fans agree the thrills and chills created from Archive 81 still deserve a binge-watch.

1 Severance

Scene from the Severance episode "The You You Are".

Severance follows a team of employees that undergo a surgical operation to split their memories between work life and personal life. What initially seems like the perfect form of work/life balanceends up being anything but. The gradual awakening of the "innies" creates suspense and intrigue for the viewer as they eagerly await the next twist in the plot.

This Apple TV+ series is the Ranker favorite new thriller TV show in 2022. Severance is a bizarre mind-teaser that plays with the viewer, especially with the abrupt cliffhanger in the finale. With the announcement of a second season, fans eagerly anticipate several scenes to look forward to in upcoming episodes.

2022-07-11T02:26:00.000Z

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