12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2022

‘Better Call Saul’ returns, Cecily Strong stars in a one-woman show, and Faith Ringgold gets an overdue retrospective.

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Our Favorite Arts Photos of 2021

These are the pictures that defined an unpredictable year across the worlds of art, music, dance and performance.

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The Best Sci-Fi, Horror, Action and International Movies of 2021

We look at the finest in sci-fi, horror, action and international films.

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Best of Late Night TV in 2021

A late-night target throughout his time in office, the former president remained a favorite subject, along with Covid’s ongoing impact and President Biden’s first year in the White House.

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The Best TV Episodes of 2021

Among the thousands of hours of television that came out this year, episodes of “Call My Agent,” “For All Mankind,” “Mythic Quest,” “Pose” and “WandaVision,” among others, stood out.

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Best Comedy of 2021

The return of indoor shows brought comedy closer to normal, and there were plenty of specials from Bo Burnham, Tig Notaro, Roy Wood Jr. and others.

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The Breakout Stars of 2021

In a year that offered glimmers of hope across the world of arts, these performers and creators rose to the occasion.

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The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2021

Classics by Bach, Mozart and Brahms and new works by Andy Akiho, Angélica Negrón and Tyshawn Sorey were among our favorite recordings this year.

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Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

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Best Art Exhibitions of 2021

Ambitious museum shows in Tulsa, Richmond, and Louisville left an imprint. Jasper Johns, Maya Lin and Latino artists shone. And the high quality of gallery shows of women was dizzying and gratifying.

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10 Works of Art That Evaded the Algorithm This Year

Contemplation, not clicks: Our critic looks back on marble sculptures in Rome, songs of “atmospheric anxiety” and the Frick Collection in a new light.

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10 Ways I Fed My Fandom(s)

No apologies from our critic-at-large, who found plenty of movies, plays and TV series to nourish the culture nerd within.

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Best Classical Music of 2021

The Metropolitan Opera returned with its first work by a Black composer, the repertory slowly got richer, and other highlights of the year.

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Best Songs of 2021

Sixty-six tracks that tell the story of the year: a posthumous political statement, a hyperpop star finding his footing, an emerging force’s debut smash and a superstar’s 10-minute redo.

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Best Jazz Albums of 2021

In a year of continued uncertainty, musicians held their colleagues, and listeners, close.

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Best Movies of 2021

Even when a film wasn’t great, filmgoing was. But there were some truly wonderful releases, ranging from music docs and musicals to westerns and the just plain weird.

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Best Theater of 2021

Digital innovation continued this year, but experiencing plays in isolation grew tiring. Then came an in-person season as exciting as a child’s first fireworks.

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Best TV Shows of 2021

From Bo Burnham to “We Are Lady Parts,” the best in television this year offered ingenuity, humor, defiance and hope.

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Best Albums of 2021

Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.

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Best Dance of 2021

A year of uncertainty was capped by a happy ending: a rush of performances this fall, including standouts by masters (Twyla Tharp) and breakout stars (LaTasha Barnes).

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The 10 Best Podcasts of 2021

Shows about Chippendales, a notorious Hollywood bomb, the search for the perfect pasta shape and the immediate aftermath of 9/11 are among those worthy of your attention.

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