Zoom meetings. Dinner prep. Homework oversight. Lacrosse carpool. Life has a way of hijacking your ability to hunker down and binge-watch really good television. That’s where summer comes in. With (hopefully) less on your to-do list, and an air-conditioned family room calling your name, now’s the time to tune in to Paramount+ and catch up on CBS’s new and returning dramas, as well as its breakout comedy of the year. Here’s your guide to the must-stream shows of 2022.
Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman, Noah Mills as Jesse, and Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant
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Plot: Come for the sparkling sun and surf, stay for the savvy of Jane Tennant, a soccer mom who is also the first female special agent in charge of NCIS Hawai‘i. Tenacious and smart, Tennant has risen through the ranks by pushing back against sexism in a system that has consistently pushed back against her. Along with her team of talented specialists, Tennant balances duty to family and country while investigating unsolved murders, kidnappings, and various mysteries around the Navy and Marines.
Vanessa Lachey Jane Tennant, head honcho of NCIS Hawai‘i
Noah Mills Jesse Boone, former big city homicide detective, expert interrogator, and Tennant’s sometimes confidant
Yasmine Al-Bustami Lucy Tara, a junior member of Tennant’s team who does whatever it takes to get the job done
Alex Tarrant Kai Holman, the new kid on the team and the only native Hawaiian
Jason Antoon Ernie Malik, the resident cyber-intelligence expert
Favorite Scene: “It has to be during the season finale, for the sole reason that everyone was in one space together and it was literally a big ol’ party. It was a beautiful way to wrap up the year.” —Yasmine Al-Bustami
From left: CSI Vegas’ Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, and Mandeep Dhillon
Photo credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS
Plot: The high-tech series that ran for 15 seasons and spawned several spinoffs is back, this time in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire crime lab and release thousands of convicted killers onto Sin City’s streets, a team of brilliant investigators (both new and familiar faces from the original CSI) unite, deploying cutting-edge forensic techniques to crack cases and catch bad guys.
Paula Newsome Maxine Roby, head of the Las Vegas crime lab
William Petersen Gil Grissom, quick-witted forensic entomologist who ran the lab in the original series
Jorja Fox Sara Sidle, Grissom’s partner in crime solving and beyond
Wallace Langham David Hodges, former lab tech turned expert witness
Matt Lauria Joshua Folsom, a high-level investigator who typically takes the lead on the crime of the week
Mandeep Dhillon Allie Rajan, a hard-working level-II CSI born in India and educated in the U.S.
Favorite Scene: “Episode 6: There’s a creepy clown motel— complete with dead clowns!—an ominously squalid and rattling narcotic-dispensing ice cream truck, origami, and a cast of bountifully quirky characters, including a serial killer! Quite a lot for our CSIs to juggle! Brilliantly penned, shot, lit, directed, and edited!” --Matt Lauria
FBI’s Zeeko Zaki and Missy Peregrym
Photo credit: Michael Parmelee/CBS
Plot: A fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the reason the FBI franchise was born.
Missy Peregrym Maggie Bell, a seasoned investigator who’s in charge of the team while out in the field
Zeeko Zaki Omar Adom “O.A.” Zidan, a New Yorker, military vet, and Muslim whose fluent Arabic comes in handy
Jeremy Sisto Jubal Valentine, assistant special agent in charge who coordinates the movement of field agents from the team’s high-tech offices
Alana De La Garza Isobel Castille, the quick-thinking special agent in charge
John Boyd Stuart Scola, an Ivy League– educated Wall Streeter turned FBI agent
Katherine Renee Turner Tiffany Wallace, whose NYPD background is often an asset in the field
Favorite Scene: “We had about 20 minutes of sunlight left to film the scene where O.A. finds Sunny in the Season 4 crossover [featuring FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International cast members]. We were in the most beautiful mansion on a little lake outside Budapest. We got the shot in one or two takes and got to watch the sun set.” —Zeeko Zaki
FBI: Most Wanted
Dylan McDermott takes charge on FBI: Most Wanted.
Photo credit: Mark Schäfer/CBS
Plot: This first FBI spinoff follows the Fugitive Task Force, which tracks and takes down notorious criminals on the bureau’s— you’ve got it—Most Wanted list.
Dylan McDermott Remy Scott, leader of the Fugitive Task Force
Julian McMahon Jess LaCroix, the former leader of the Fugitive Task Force who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Keisha Castle-Hughes Hana Gibson, a special agent with a sharp sense of humor and the team’s master of data mining
Roxy Sternberg Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with elevated street smarts thanks to undercover gang work in the Bronx
Alexa Davalos Kristin Gaines, a Navy vet turned tireless special agent
Miguel Gomez Ivan Ortiz, whose street-cop instincts are key to his undercover work
From left: FBI International’s Carter Redwood, Heida Reed, Luke Kleintank, and Vinessa Vidotto
Photo credit: Katalin Vermes/CBS
Plot: The third iteration of the FBI brand follows savvy operatives from the FBI’s elite International Fly Team. Based in Budapest (where the show shoots), the Fly Team travels the globe, tracking and de-escalating threats against American citizens in exotic locales.
Luke Kleintank Scott Forrester, a cool-headed agent and leader of the International Fly Team
Heida Reed Jamie Kellett, a special agent on the Fly Team who develops an even more special relationship with one of her co-workers
Vinessa Vidotto Cameron Vo, a West Point grad and the newest member of the group
Carter Redwood Andre Raines, a background in accounting makes this special agent the brainiac of the bunch
Christiane Paul Europol agent Katrin Jaeger, a tough-as-nails liaison between the Fly Team and local police
Favorite Scene: “It was in Episode 7, but it didn’t make the final cut. The Fly Team was in Prague and had to pay this madame for information. We had a scene where we all had to pool our money together to pay her, and we could not get through the scene without cracking up. It just escalated every time we did a take, and it still makes me giggle thinking about it.” —Heida Reed
Ghosts’ Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Back row, clockwise from bottom left: Danielle Pinnock, Devan Chandler Long, Sheila Carrasco, Asher Grodman, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Román Zaragoza, and Rebecca Wisocky@2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Plot: Inspired by the 2019 BBC series of the same name, Ghosts stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as city dwellers who inherit a country estate that they decide to turn into a B&B. The hitch? The manse is inhabited by unwelcoming guests—the many lively spirits of deceased residents who now call it home.
Rose McIver Samantha, the upbeat estate owner who sees dead people
Utkarsh Ambudkar Jay, Samantha’s skeptical husband who doesn’t see dead people
Brandon Scott Jones Isaac, the Revolutionary War captain
Richie Moriarty Pete, the overly optimistic scoutmaster whose archery accident has stayed with him
Danielle Pinnock Alberta, a Prohibition-era lounge singer
Asher Grodman Trevor, a Wall Street bro caught with his pants down
Román Zaragoza Sasappis, a Native American from the 1500s
Sheila Carrasco Flower, the sweet hippy from the ’60s
Rebecca Wisocky Hetty, the onetime lady of the house
Devan Chandler Long Thorfinn, a Viking explorer
Favorite Scene: “My favorite moment is the prom scene from the episode ‘Attic Girl.’ You can see the love between Sam and Jay. I’m a rom-com sucker, so to be able to be a part of that moment was really special.” -Utkarsh Ambudkar