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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2018 

Molly Gander
Updated November 5, 2019 11.6k votes 2.7k voters 255.7k views 104 items

List Rules Upvote the new TV shows that are premiering in 2018 that you are most excited for. List includes shows premiering on cable TV, premium channels, and streaming platforms.

Which of these upcoming TV shows will end up on the best new shows of 2018? The most anticipated 2018 TV shows are based on bestselling novels, hit films, real life events, and even comic books. The wide array of genres displayed below—from gritty dramas to lighthearted comedies—is sure to get you excited for shows that are coming out in 2018. 

What shows are coming out in 2018? There's the miniseries Sharp Objects, based on Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. Riding off of Blade Runner's success is the sci-fi series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. If you loved American Crime Story's take on the O. J. Simpson case, get ready for The Assassination of Gianni Versace. There are plenty of big shows coming out in 2018 to choose from. It's time to get exciting for everything arriving to the airwaves soon. Other 2018 new shows include Castle Rock, The Alienist, and The Chi.

What will be the biggest show of 2018? Cast your votes below for the upcoming programs you most want to see. Did we miss any potentially big 2018 hits? Feel free to add them yourself. Then, see what got us excited in 2019.

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voting closed at #4 October 12

Actors: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama, Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Titans (DC Universe, 2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by ...more

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voting closed at #1 NatalieOyler-Lusco added August 31

Actors: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud, Timothy Hutton, Peter Fonda, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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The Best Episodes of 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' #229 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #13 of 87 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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voting closed at #1 April 13

Actors: Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio, Taylor Russell, Maxwell Jenkins, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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voting closed at #3 June 7

Actors: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Superhero, Romance, Sci-fi, Teen drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more

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voting closed at #8 July 25

Actors: Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, + more

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Mystery, Psychological horror

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes ...more

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The Best Episodes of 'Castle Rock' #337 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #10 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018

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voting closed at #1 March 21

Actors: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Sci-fi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more

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voting closed at #6 April 2

Actors: Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez, Rich Gomez, Jay Karnes, + more

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

The Crossing (ABC, 2017) is an American science fiction thriller series created by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. Refugees from a war-torn America 250 years in the future start showing up to seek ...more
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voting closed at #3 Siren March 29

Actors: Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean White. When a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) arrives in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, she proves ...more

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voting closed at #1 January 21

Actors: Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Shaunette Wilson

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his ...more
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voting closed at #1 January 22

Actors: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Robert Wisdom, Douglas Smith, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and newspaper ...more

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voting closed at #4 9-1-1 January 3

Actors: Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more

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voting closed at #5 January 17

Actors: Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin, Darren Criss, Annaleigh Ashford, + more

Genres (Tv): Biography, Crime, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX, 2018) is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. Based on the book by Maureen ...more
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voting closed at #8 Deception March 11

Actors: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow, Justin Chon, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Police procedural

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Deception (ABC, 2018) is an American crime procedural drama created by Chris Fedak. After his career as a magician is ruined by scandal, Las Vegas illusionist Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) ...more

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voting closed at #2 February 2

Actors: Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Dichen Lachman, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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Every Episode of 'Altered Carbon,' Ranked #277 of 807 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #54 of 341 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

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voting closed at #16 September 4

Actors: J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos, Jacqueline Obradors, Antonio Jaramillo, Richard Cabral, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. EZ Reyes (J. D. Pardo), a former golden boy now fresh out of ...more

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voting closed at #13 March 26

Actors: Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Anthology, Psychological thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by David Kajganich, based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. A new story each season, the show follows ...more

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voting closed at #16 Station 19 March 22

Actors: Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Alberto Frezza, + more

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

Station 19 (ABC, 2018) is an American action-drama television series created by Stacy McKee, and the second spinoff of Grey's Anatomy. The professional and personal lives of a group of heroic ...more

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voting closed at #21 October 16

Actors: Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Melissa O'Neil, Richard T. Jones, + more

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Comedy, Police procedural

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more

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voting closed at #7 January 21

Actors: J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Sara Serraiocco, Ulrich Thomsen, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Counterpart is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When lowly UN employee Howard Silk (J. K. Simmons) discovers his agency is guarding a gateway to a parallel ...more

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voting closed at #24 July 8

Actors: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport, + more

Genres (Tv): Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more

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voting closed at #15 Waco January 24

Actors: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist, Julia Garner, John Leguizamo, + more

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, based on the 1993 Waco siege. The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David ...more

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voting closed at #26 JessicaMilton added October 14

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Supernatural drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Charmed (The CW, 2018) is an American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, and a reboot of the 1998 series. After the death of their mother, sisters Macy (Madeleine ...more
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voting closed at #6 Black Lightning January 16

Actors: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, + more

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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voting closed at #21 March 13

Actors: Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Anna Deavere Smith, Susannah Flood, + more

Genres (Tv): Legal drama

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

For the People (ABC, 2018) is an American legal drama created by Paul William Davies. In the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court,” brand new lawyers working for both the defense ...more

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voting closed at #18 January 12

Actors: Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, + more

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama, Anthology

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American science fiction television anthology series developed by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Based on the works of ...more

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