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

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2018

31 December 2018

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2018

[see also 2017, 2010s]

  1. Atlanta
  2. Glow
  3. Killing Eve
  4. Pose
  5. Patrick Melrose
  6. Sharp Objects
  7. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  8. Barry
  9. Wild Wild Country
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. The Americans
  12. Homecoming
  13. The Good Place
  14. Succession
  15. The Good Fight
  16. Big Mouth
  17. Better Call Saul
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale
  19. Westworld
  20. The Haunting of Hill House
  21. High Maintenance
  22. Maniac
  23. Forever
  24. Queer Eye

Liz Shannon Miller: Favorite TV of 2018

30 December 2018

Liz Shannon Miller: Favorite TV of 2018, as posted to Twitter

Lara Zarum: Ten Best TV Shows of 2018

27 December 2018

Lara Zarum: Ten Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by Miami New Times

[see also 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Americans
  3. Succession
  4. Better Call Saul
  5. Killing Eve
  6. Blue Planet II
  7. High Maintenance
  8. My Brilliant Friend
  9. Glow
  10. Sharp Objects

Melanie McFarland: 10 Best TV Shows of 2018

24 December 2018

Melanie McFarland: 10 Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by Salon

  1. Atlanta
  2. Killing Eve
  3. Better Call Saul
  4. The Good Place
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. Sharp Objects
  7. Succession
  8. The Good Fight
  9. Pose
  10. Counterpart
  11. Cobra Kai

Playlist: Best TV Shows of 2018

22 December 2018

The Playlist: Best TV Shows of 2018

[see also 2016, 2010s]

  1. Atlanta
  2. Barry
  3. Homecoming
  4. The Americans
  5. Succession
  6. The Little Drummer Girl
  7. Dear White People
  8. Killing Eve
  9. The Good Fight
  10. The End of the F***ing World
  11. BoJack Horseman
  12. A Very English Scandal
  13. The Terror
  14. Counterpart
  15. American Vandal
  16. The Haunting of Hill House
  17. Billions
  18. Sharp Objects
  19. Glow
  20. Forever
  21. The Chi
  22. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  23. Better Call Saul
  24. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  25. Sorry for Your Loss

Allison Keene: Best TV Shows of 2018

21 December 2018

Allison Keene: Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by Collider

  1. Blue Planet II
  2. Legends of Tomorrow
  3. Atlanta
  4. Killing Eve
  5. Barry
  6. The Americans
  7. The Terror
  8. Counterpart
  9. The Great British Bake Off
  10. Sharp Objects
  11. Glow
  12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  13. Escape at Dannemora
  14. Mozart in the Jungle
  15. Detroiters
  16. Sorry for Your Loss
  17. Succession
  18. Hap and Leonard
  19. Better Call Saul
  20. Victoria
  21. Baskets
  22. Narcos: Mexico
  23. Howards End
  24. Black Lightning
  25. Bodyguard

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 2019, 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

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

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