Dialogue is one of the key building blocks of storytelling. Singling it out sometimes comes with a little bit of trepidation, as there’s a delicate dance between performer and the words on the page.
Yet, as we’re continuing our mid-year overview of TV’s best of 2022 so far, we thought there was room to single out some of the lines that stuck with us from the opening months. Sometimes the most memorable ones in this category are context-dependent and don’t stand out as much typed out as as they do in the final product. As a TV team, we tried to come up with a few of our favorites from the first half of the year that still have that special ring to them, even when they’re not actually heard.
Inevitably, there’s some overlap here between some of these fundamental individual pieces and the shows that made up our overall list. In their own way, each of these represent their own part in the big cross-section of half a calendar year of television.
In each case, we’ve included the line itself, along with some details about the episode it came from (should you be curious enough to see how these fit into the overall tapestry of their respective shows). There are a seemingly infinite number of other options we could have easily swapped in here — 2022 still has six more months to give us more to add.