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

Mercury News: Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

18 December 2018

San Jose Mercury News: Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Killing Eve
  2. The Americans
  3. Atlanta
  4. Better Call Saul
  5. Kidding
  6. Homecoming
  7. Glow
  8. Succession
  9. Barry
  10. Pose

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best TV Shows of 2018

18 December 2018

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best TV Shows of 2018

[see also 2019]

Dorothy Rabinowitz: Best of TV 2018

17 December 2018

Dorothy Rabinowitz: Best of TV 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2019]

Emily VanDerWerff: Best TV of 2018

17 December 2018

Emily VanDerWerff: Best TV of 2018, as published by Vox, along with "a bunch of other cool odds and ends"

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017]

    The 7 best TV shows of 2018

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Terror
  3. The Americans
  4. My Brilliant Friend
  5. The Magicians
  6. One Day at a Time
  7. Superstore

Pilot Viruet: Best TV of 2018

16 December 2018

Pilot Viruet: Best TV of 2018, as published by Flavorwire

Caroline Framke: Best TV Shows of 2018

16 December 2018

Caroline Framke: Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by Variety

Tim Goodman: 32 Best TV Shows of 2018

14 December 2018

Tim Goodman: 32 Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2017]

  1. The Americans
  2. Patriot
  3. Counterpart
  4. The End of the F***ing World
  5. The Good Place
  6. Killing Eve
  7. Atlanta
  8. Succession
  9. Better Call Saul
  10. Barry
  11. Blue Planet II
  12. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  13. Detectorists
  14. The Deuce
  15. Mr Inbetween
  16. Homecoming
  17. Kidding
  18. The Man in the High Castle
  19. Patrick Melrose
  20. A Very English Scandal
  21. Lodge 49
  22. Glow
  23. The Terror
  24. Casual
  25. Get Shorty
  26. Bob’s Burgers
  27. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  28. Altered Carbon
  29. Westworld
  30. Wanderlust
  31. Forever
  32. Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Series of 2018

14 December 2018

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Series of 2018, as published by The Verge

[see also 2017]

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2018 with LGBT Women Characters

14 December 2018

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2018 with LGBT Women Characters

[see also 2019]

  1. Killing Eve
  2. The Good Place
  3. Glow
  4. Pose
  5. One Day at a Time
  6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  7. The Haunting of Hill House
  8. Jane the Virgin
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  10. Vida
  11. High Maintenance
  12. Harlots
  13. The Good Fight
  14. The Bisexual
  15. Black Lightning
  16. Steven Universe
  17. Dear White People
  18. The End of the F***ing World
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale
  20. Adventure Time
  21. Counterpart
  22. Forever
  23. Everything Sucks!
  24. Legends of Tomorrow
  25. Sally4Ever
  26. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  27. Runaways

Daniel D’Addario: Best TV Shows of 2018

13 December 2018

Daniel D’Addario: Best TV Shows of 2018, as published by Variety

[see also 2016]

  1. Pose
  2. The Americans
  3. Westworld
  4. Sharp Objects
  5. Patrick Melrose
  6. Atlanta
  7. Homecoming
  8. Maniac
  9. Barry
  10. Queer Eye