Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2018 TV Shows

David Bianculli: Best TV Shows of 2018

21 December 2018

David Bianculli: Best TV Shows of 2018, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2017]

  1. Better Call Saul
  2. Legion
  3. The Americans
  4. Killing Eve
  5. The Good Place
  6. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. Sharp Objects
  9. Patrick Melrose
  10. Barry

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2018

20 December 2018

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Haunting of Hill House
  3. Big Mouth
  4. Glow
  5. Dear White People
  6. The Deuce
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Homecoming
  9. Legion
  10. Killing Eve
  11. The Handmaid’s Tale
  12. The Americans
  13. Better Call Saul
  14. Bob’s Burgers
  15. Random Acts of Flyness
  16. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  17. Barry
  18. The Good Place
  19. High Maintenance
  20. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  21. Fauda
  22. Pose
  23. Silicon Valley
  24. Mosaic
  25. The Terror

Little White Lies: 25 Best TV Shows of 2018

19 December 2018

Little White Lies: 25 Best TV Shows of 2018

  1. The Americans
  2. Killing Eve
  3. Atlanta
  4. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  5. Homecoming
  6. Barry
  7. Sharp Objects
  8. Succession
  9. The Good Fight
  10. Glow
  11. The Deuce
  12. Big Mouth
  13. Jane the Virgin
  14. Casual
  15. Queer Eye
  16. American Vandal
  17. The Good Place
  18. Maniac
  19. Derry Girls
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale
  21. The Haunting of Hill House
  22. The Bridge
  23. Bodyguard
  24. Doctor Who
  25. Daredevil

Hank Stuever: Best TV Shows of 2018

19 December 2018

Hank Stuever: Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. Barry
  2. The Americans
  3. Killing Eve
  4. Escape at Dannemora
  5. Kidding
  6. Insecure
  7. The Fourth Estate
  8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  9. Atlanta
  10. Forever

Ringer: Best Television Shows of 2018

19 December 2018

The Ringer: Best Television Shows of 2018, composed by Alison Herman and Chris Ryan

  1. Killing Eve
  2. Succession
  3. Atlanta
  4. The Little Drummer Girl
  5. The Good Fight
  6. Barry
  7. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Howards End
  10. Queer Eye