2022 pop culture recap


January 9: The first episode of “Euphoria” Season 2 premieres on HBO.

January 31: The New York Times buys Wordle from original creator Josh Wardle.

February 4: Winter Olympics begin in Beijing, China.

March 5: Australian TikToker Ryan Nixon starts the Wheels vs. Doors debate.

March 27: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock.

April 2: Social media app BeReal blows up, with millions downloading in the span of a week.

May 13: “Jiggle Jiggle” by Louis Theroux is released.

May 13: Kendrick Lamar’s album “Mr. Morale and Big Steppers” comes out, his first new music in five years

May 27: “Stranger Things” season four comes out.

June 1: Jury awards Johnny Depp $10 million in defamation compensation from ex-wife Amber Heard.

June 16: The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals.

September 2: Serena Williams plays her last tennis match before retiring in the U.S. Open.

September 19: TikToker releases a video showing Adam Levine terribly flirting with her on Instagram DMs.

September 27: Henry Reuland and Thomas Kenyon drop episode 1 of their “Sports Mania” podcast.

October 27: Elon Musk buys Twitter.

November 30: ChatGPT, an online AI chatbot, is released to the public.

December 9: SZA releases new music after 5 years with the studio album SOS.

December 14: Fans are shocked by the winners of Too Hot to Handle Season 4.

December 18: Argentina defeats France 3-3 (4-2 penalties) in the World Cup Final.