Lord of the Rings (Sept. 2, 2022)

Publicity still from the Lord of the Rings series.

Screenshot: Prime Video

Nobody talks about the Second Age of Middle Earth, until now. We don’t know a ton about the Amazon series, except that it’s set thousands of years before the main storylines of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, at a time when Sauron was forging the rings of power and humanity had reached its highest levels of achievement on the island kingdom of Númenor. While this isn’t necessarily an indication of quality, the show will likely be the most expensive ever made. So at least it won’t look cheap.

Atypically, Prime Video has already announced a likely September, 2022 release date for the first episode—streamers have been much more hesitant lately about putting out release dates out very far in advance, which (maybe) suggests that they’re well along in production.

Where to stream: Prime Video