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22 Suuuper Underrated TV Characters From This Year That Deserve Way More Screentime

Stranger Things would be a completely different show if Erica was the lead character, and I would watch the hell out of it.

2022 gave us a lot of amazing TV shows, and a lot of A+ characters.

characters in "Severance"

But so often our favorite characters are not even the leads in the show! They're the best friend, or the mom, or a side character who really doesn't get the amount of screentime they deserve.

So, the following is a list of those highly underrated characters featured in shows that either premiered, returned, or ended in 2022.

***some spoilers ahead***

1. Ava Coleman from Abbott Elementary

Ava Coleman sitting in her office and smiling

2. Nikki Ramos from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Nikki Ramos smiling and sitting at a desk

3. Erica Sinclair from Stranger Things

Erica Sinclair walking through a hallway

4. Disa from Rings of Power

Disa smiling in her home

5. Valentina from White Lotus

closeup of Valentina smiling

6. Kayla from Hacks

Kayla shrugging and sitting at a desk

7. Jackie Stilton from I Love That for You

Jackie Stilton standing in a dressing room

8. Ms. Casey/Gemma from Severance

Gemma standing and looking intently at something

9. Darcy Olsson and Tara Jones from Heartstopper

teenage girls looking at each other and smiling

10. Taweret from Moon Knight

Taweret waving

11. Mary and Sarah from Derry Girls

Mary and Sarah at a party

12. Cas Wizard from Bee and Puppycat

Cas smiling

13. Reva Sevander from Obi-Wan Kenobi

closeup of Reva Sevander with stormtroopers in the background

14. Tina from Minx

closeup of Tina smiling

15. Mei Lin from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Mei Lin looking surprised

16. Jim from Our Flag Means Death

Jim sitting and smiling

17. Shirley Cohen from A League of Their Own

Shirley Cohen looking disturbed

18. Nakia Bahadir from Ms. Marvel

Nakia Bahadir standing at a doorway

19. Sarah Squirm on Saturday Night Live

Sarah Squirm on SNL

20. Suga Mama in The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

Suga Mama blowing on her cane

21. Chantal Witherbottom from Search Party

Chantal Witherbottom looking shocked

22. Madisynn from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Madisynn smiling and putting her hand out

Who were some of your favorite characters from TV this year? Let me know in the comments!

Author's note: I fully didn't intend to make a list that was only female characters (except for one), but it just happened. Let's face it: Women are more interesting than men (myself included, LOL). Somebody had to say it!

The year is almost over, and we're looking back on 2022. Check out more from the year here!