2022 has been a busy year for streaming platforms. Which series have shone the most on Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Canal and OCS? It’s AlloCiné viewers who tell us!
The best series on Netflix: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners 4.38/5
A street kid tries to survive in a city of the future obsessed with technology and body modification. With everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner – a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.
Presented as the official prequel to the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is the perfect introduction for neophytes who would like to familiarize themselves with this futuristic universe. Behind this breathtaking and very colorful animation, we find the Bones studio – at the controls of My Hero Academia.
Attention, small warning: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is not intended for all audiences and especially not for children. The tone is mature, the stakes are complex, and the series does not skimp on violence and bloodshed. The ten episodes are available now on Netflix.
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The best series on Disney+: The Bear 4.18/5
Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a young chef from the world of gastronomy, has returned to Chicago to take over the management of the family establishment, following the suicide of her brother. Far from his world, Carmy must deal with the overwhelming responsibilities of a small business, a recalcitrant staff and strained family relationships, while suffering the consequences of tragedy.
A modern take on “Nightmare in the Kitchen,” The Bear is a nervous dive into the daily life of a Chicago culinary institution. The series seduces with its breathless rhythm, its mastered sequence shots and its hard-hitting dialogues, which leave room for a lot of humor.
But the series also juggles drama and offers some lovely moments suspended in this chaotic kitchen whirlwind. The Bear can count on the careful staging and fine writing of its creator Christopher Storer (Ramy) and its screenwriters on the impeccable performances of its cast, the brilliant Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) in the lead. The series has already been renewed for a second season.
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The best series on OCS: House of the Dragon 4.15/5
The story of the Targaryen family, almost 200 years before the events of “Game Of Thrones”. As King Viserys reigns over Westeros, the question of his succession worries. Without male offspring, who will take over? With no less than 10 adult dragons under their control, the Targaryens have long dominated the Kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms. The only power capable of overthrowing them is House Targaryen itself. Will the tensions, betrayals and jealousies that shake the clan internally be fatal to them?
We were eagerly awaiting House of the Dragon. Was making a Game of Thrones spin-off really a good idea? If we find there the familiar universe created by George RR Martin with the Red Keep of Port-Réal and the ancestors of Daenerys, the series quickly prints its own story and affirms its identity.
House of the Dragon paints the portrait of two powerful women, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock then Emma D’Arcy) and Alicent (Emily Carey then Olivia Cooke) who go from best friends to sworn enemies through a cruel political game to ensure the future of the Targaryen family on the Iron Throne. Around them, shenanigans are going well to satisfy a thirst for power that will inevitably end in a bloodbath.
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The best series on Prime Video: Peripherals, the worlds of Flynne 4.14/5
In the near future, technology has begun to subtly alter society. Flynne Fisher then discovers a connection with a very different reality, and the very dark fate that awaits her…
Prime Video bet big with Peripherals, the adaptation of a novel by the king of cyberpunk, William Gibson. The series has also attracted attention because it is produced by the Jonathan Nolan / Lisa Joy duo, already at work on Westworld. Add to that Chloë Grace Moretz as headliner and you have a rather enticing program. The SF series has found a happy medium, with an original but rather simple to understand story, polished photography, and endearing characters. Peripherals is on track to be renewed for a season 2.
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The best series on Canal+: Tokyo Vice 4.13/5
In Tokyo, 24-year-old American reporter Jake Adelstein joins the police and justice department of “Yomiuri Shimbun”, the largest Japanese daily. While collaborating with the local police, he is contacted by the mafia. He becomes an interlocutor of the yakusas while continuing to be an informer for the police. But this ambivalent position is not without danger.
Adapted from Jake Edelstein’s autobiography, Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, Tokyo Vice shows the underside of the Japanese mafia through the prism of a young and talented American reporter played by Ansel Elgort. It is truly another world that unfolds before our eyes as the codes within the yakuza differ from those of the European or American underworld.
It is also a fascinating dive into the middle of the largest Japanese daily where, there too, nothing is comparable with Western journalistic practices. As if that were not enough, Michael Mann came to put his mark by signing the production of the first episode. All the rest of the season keeps its aesthetic so identifiable, between the licked images of a mainly nocturnal Tokyo and the art of probing the soul of the characters.
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