The Top 10 TV Shows of 2018
2018 was brimming with so many good shows, it was hard to narrow it down to 10 — and even harder to put them in order.
This year’s list includes a lot of subsequent seasons, as more shows have been beating the odds and continue to get better over time. This list also includes several movie actors who are finding success on the small screen (Amy Adams, Julia Roberts).
- Succession (HBO)
Succession is one of those shows that’s full of characters you love to hate. The series follows the dysfunctional, uber-wealthy Roy family. Patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his children fight for power over their media conglomerate.
- Glow (Netflix)
Now in it’s second season, GLOW continues to entertain us through clever dialogue and honest emotion from it’s cast. GLOW tackles heavy topics like racism and the #MeToo Movement in a digestible, hilarious manner.
- Barry (HBO)
Barry (SNL’s Bill Hader) is a PTSD-suffering former Marine. Now a career hitman, he follows a mark into an acting class and falls in love with the craft. Barry is a surprisingly complex show with a stellar cast including the beloved Henry Winkler.
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
The Handmaid’s Tale continues to draw connections between the dystopian future and today’s flawed society. In the second season, the storylines of the other characters are more prominent, which prove just as interesting due to the impressive cast members.
- The Good Place (NBC)
Now in it’s third season, The Good Place continues to delightfully portray the struggles of the afterlife. In this season, the characters return to Earth to reverse their deaths and gain enough points to get into The Good Place. Hilarity ensues…
- Sharp Objects (HBO)
In what’s become a classic Gillian Flynn storyline, Sharp Objects shows us just how evil women can be. Most of the female characters in this story are deeply flawed, including protagonist Camille Preaker (Amy Adams). Camille, a reporter for The St. Louis Chronicle, returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. But what’s even scarier is her home life.
- The Americans: The Final Season (FX)
This series has boasted a devout following for six seasons, and we all know how critical a series ending can be. Luckily, The Americans handled the farewell season with aplomb.
- Homecoming (Amazon)
Homecoming started out as a podcast, and developed into an artfully-shot TV series directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot). The show follows two separate timelines starring Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) as the ambitious project administrator for the Homecoming Transitional Support Center in the present, or the haggard dockside waitress four years into the future. Julia Roberts’ first starring TV role doesn’t disappoint.
- Killing Eve (BBC America)
Killing Eve is an example of a unicorn of a show that was hidden on a channel we typically surf past. However, fans spread the word, and the series gained more viewers as the season went on. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) plays Eve, a MI5 agent obsessively tracking down assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).
- Atlanta: Robbin’ Season (FX)
After earning a slew of awards for it’s first season, Atlanta had a lot of focused attention on it’s sophomore season. Luckily, Donald Glover continues to impress us with his creative genius. I’m sure more awards are to come this year.