10 Best Shows of 2018

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As evident by the many reboots and revivals on television, standing out in the crowd isn't an easy task.

Those that do tend to blend genres and offer something truly unique to the viewer.

It used to be easy to denote comedies and dramas merely by their time format. A half-hour show was a comedy and an hour-long show was a drama. Today's writers know that life is filled with comedy and drama, but their stories might unfold easier in half-hour or hour-long chapters.

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That's why a lot of the shows you'll find below fit into many categories.

A troubled family on Succession is also one of the funniest, a supernatural horror series is a gorgeous family tragedy on The Haunting of Hill House, and the thriller that is Homecoming unfolds in 30-minute segments and has oddball characters, but isn't very funny.

Take a look at what makes great TV in the era of Peak TV. See what you've been missing or what you've known all along. What was your best of 2018?

 

10. Barry - HBO

Barry - HBO
Bill Hader takes a walk on the serious side as an assassin who wants to make good -- as an actor -- with Henry Winkler (in the comeback of the year) as his acting coach. Winkler delivers the comedy while Hader takes a surprising dramatic turn as the titular character.

9. Forever - Amazon

Forever - Amazon
To talk about Forever would be to ruin it for those who watch, as is the same with almost all of these shows. Maya Rudolph and Fred Armison are a couple who start out with as much love and excitement for each other as all relationships. It's how June and Oscar deal with the unpredictable that makes all the difference.

8. Pose - FX

Pose - FX
Pose was an the unexpected family drama people might have tuned out if they were not taken with the marketing campaign. Yes, there are many prejudices when faced with the unknown, but this Ryan Murphy program showcased the people under the flamboyant outfits from the advertising addressing their struggles for love, acceptance, and survival in a world that doesn't always understand them.

7. Succession - HBO

Succession - HBO
Being rich can be a bitch, but so can being a part of a family with a controlling father, no matter your position in life. Those who set aside their contempt for the mega-wealthy and decided to allow the story of the Roy family wash over them saw some of the most dramatic and priceless exploits a family can deliver to the most tragic of consequences.

6. Counterpart - Starz

Counterpart - Starz
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons does some of his best work as the Howard Silks in this unusual spy series from Justin Marks. The nature of individuality is at its core, and the mystery only deepens as the second season gets underway.

5. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon
Through two marvelous seasons, Rachel Brosnahan has killed as the former housewife finding her path. In the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2, she slows down just enough to allow the supporting characters room to grow and take some of the spotlight for themselves to great effect. Amy Sherman-Palladino has proven her place in entertainment history yet again.

4. Homecoming - Amazon

Homecoming - Amazon
This odd, reflective conspiracy series kept viewers guessing from start to finish in what felt like a modern tale told out of time. Sam Esmail got from Julia Roberts in her first starring TV role her best performance in years, and her chemistry with her co-stars was magical.

3. The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix
Mike Flanagan ripped up the rule book and ran away with Shirley Jackson's well-known tale to amazing effect. Taking what was once a great tale of horror and turning it into a beautiful if tragic family drama with a catastrophic ending was brilliant.

2. Killing Eve - BBC America

Killing Eve - BBC America
Eve always wanted to be a spy, and she got her chance when she stepped too far into the front lines of her back-office job and caught the attention of the most lethal assassin in Europe. Code naming her Villanelle, the cat and mouse game between Eve and Villanelle is the best on TV. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are the embodiment of their characters and make every moment more thrilling than the last. If the magic continues, it won't be long before Killing Eve earns the top spot on year-end lists.

1. The Americans - FX

The Americans - FX
One of the most underappreciated dramas of all time, The Americans never lost sight of its path no matter how few engaged or how often the woefully inept awards committees failed to recognize its greatness. That determination paid off for viewers throughout the course of the series and in one of the best final seasons any series has ever delivered.

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