Kick-off the year off with some inspiration from our contributors, who’ve rounded up their picks for anyone looking for a fresh start, a fresh hero, or a fresh perspective.

Emily Mallon

Seven K-Dramas to Look Forward to in 2022

In 2021, international mega-hit Squid Game introduced the power of South Korean storytelling to a broader worldwide audience. K-drama fans have historically streamed content on services like Viki or hoped their favorite TvN or JBTC series would be picked up by Netflix. Even prior to last year Netflix had started making inroads with quality original

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Watercooler Staff

Your New Year’s Eve Streaming Date

So the plans got scotched. Again. And you’re staring down a New Year’s Eve on drunk Zooms or alone with your remote.  Chin up!  There’s a binge-watch date out there that will cure what ails you. Breakout the champagne and chocolate and curl up on the couch with these surrogate lovers. The Holiday’s Graham (Jude

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Surprise Me
Arlene Schindler

Blindspotting

At a time when our lives have become more isolated, with nameless people providing food and services through our phones, Blindspotting drops us into a community of neighbors who show up for each other. Old school? Maybe, but it could be what we need right now.

Uplift Me
Cindy White

Ted Lasso

Earning the most Emmy nominations for a freshman comedy, Ted Lasso delivered the role model we didn’t know we needed, and proved that upbeat comedy can win over critics, academy voters, and fans across the generations and political divides.

Give Me Hope
Cindy White

The Me You Can’t See

For anyone dealing with any kind of mental issue, this series will show them they’re not alone. It doesn’t have all the answers, but it sparks a conversation and may even provide a lifeline to those longing to be seen.

Enlighten Me
Melissa Roth

Dolores

A gripping history lesson that also sheds light on the methods, risks, and compromises required to organize and sustain a movement.

Up My Adrenaline
Dr. Juli Fraga

Maiden

A lesson in surviving childhood trauma, channeling energy into a worthy cause, and fighting to win — even when the majority says victory is impossible.

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