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The Best TV Series Of 2018

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Despite the fact that a few major shows were MIA this year like “Fargo,” “Stranger Things,” “The Punisher,” and “Game of Thrones,” that didn’t stop 2018 from being a banner year for television. While there were several returning favorites, 2018 saw the release of several incredible brand new shows mostly from non TV network outlets once again. Below I have compiled my 10 favorite series of the year along with a list of notable favorites. On with the list!

Note: At the time of writing this, the latest season of “Black Mirror” is currently undated. Rumors are swirling it will get a late December date and if that’s true AND the season knocks it out of the park, I will update the list accordingly.

1. Cobra Kai- The single biggest surprise of the year was this “Karate Kid” sequel/reboot. Not only did the series pay homage to what has come before, but it told its own unique and layered story by focusing on both Johnny and Daniel and their intertwined lives. Season 2 cannot come fast enough.

2. Wild Wild Country- Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and this crazy, addicting and always fascinating documentary series about the Rajneesh cult proved just that.

3. Daredevil- It’s a real shame this Marvel Netflix show has just been canceled as this was truly the best live-action comic book series to date. It’s possible DD will live on elsewhere and I hope that’s true because we all need to see more of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin.

4. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet- While I wasn’t thrilled to see shorter episodes and a mere 6 episode season, I’m just glad that we have new MST3K to treasure. Between the instant classic “Mac and Me” episode and the intriguing cliffhanger, this season was more than just “Pretty niiiiice.”

5. Everything Sucks!- This criminally overlooked 90’s set high school comedy should have been the next big thing, but alas Netflix never get a chance. You should.

6. The Goldbergs- This sitcom had long been on my watch list and I finally got around to watching every episode this year. I’m normally not one for sitcoms, but this one hit all the right notes for me personally. Since it draws from show creator Adam Goldberg’s own life, it feels very real and relatable (especially the geeky stuff with Adam). Sure, it’s exaggerated for comedic effect at times, but with a cast this good, you won’t mind.

7. The Haunting of Hill House- This Netflix horror series based on novel of the same night became an overnight smash hit that had everyone talking. It’s not hard to see why as the series delicately balanced sophisticated character drama and genuine chills.

8. Star Trek: Discovery- I was a big fan of the first half of the season back in 2017, but the tail end of season 1 took the series to another level with huge twists and turns, a thrilling mirror universe story arc, and a cliffhanger ending that will have Trek fans salivating for the forthcoming season 2.

9. Succession- This compelling HBO drama series about the duplicitous family of a media mogul became the hit of the summer and rightfully so.

10. Atlanta- 2018 was the year of Donald Glover and the second season of his original, surreal, poignant, and unpredictable comedy series was one of his many highlights.

Notables: “Barry,” “The X-Files,” “The Flash,” “Star Wars Rebels,” “Love,” “Silicon Valley,” “Homeland,” “Rapture,” “Evil Genius,” “The Toys That Made Us,” “Sense8,” “Battlebots,” “Better Call Saul,” “You,” “The Purge,” “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” “Doctor Who,” “Iron Fist,” and “Inside No. 9.”

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