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The Most Anticipated New Shows of 2018

Updated November 5, 2019 26.5k votes 2.8k voters 256k views103 items

List RulesUpvote 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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    Jack Ryan

    August 31

    ActorsJohn Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace, Michael Kelly, Abbie Cornish


    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 Krasinski)...  more

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    Lost in Space

    April 13

    ActorsParker Posey, Ignacio Serricchio, Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins

    GenresScience fiction

    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 spacetime...  more

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    Cloak & Dagger

    June 7

    ActorsOlivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden

    GenresDrama, Fantasy

    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 Joseph), two...  more
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    voting closed at #4


    March 21

    ActorsCameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Aaron Pierre, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo

    GenresDrama, Science fiction

    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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    March 29

    ActorsEline Powell, Alex Roe, Rena Owen, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun

    GenresDrama, Fantasy

    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 that...  more


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    October 12

    ActorsBrenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Conor Leslie

    GenresDrama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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 Batman's...  more

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    The Crossing

    April 2

    ActorsSteve Zahn, Natalie Martinez, Sandrine Holt, Georgina Haig, Tommy Bastow

    GenresDrama, Science fiction

    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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    The Resident

    January 21

    ActorsMatt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renée Wilson

    GenresDrama, Medical

    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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    March 11

    ActorsJack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon

    GenresCrime drama

    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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    The Alienist

    January 22

    ActorsDaniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Douglas Smith

    GenresCrime, Drama, Thriller

    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 illustrator...  more

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    Altered Carbon

    February 2

    ActorsAnthony Mackie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lela Loren, Simone Missick, Chris Conner

    GenresScience fiction

    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 from...  more

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    Castle Rock

    July 25

    ActorsLizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi

    GenresDrama, 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 from the...  more

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    The Terror

    March 26

    ActorsDerek Mio, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, Cristina Rodlo, Kiki Sukezane

    GenresHistorical drama, 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 explorer...  more

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    January 3

    ActorsAngela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi

    GenresDrama, Action

    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 firefighters who...  more


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    Station 19

    March 22

    ActorsJaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Boris Kodjoe, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss

    GenresDrama, Action

    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 #16

    Mayans MC

    September 4

    ActorsJD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby

    GenresCrime 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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    January 21

    ActorsJ.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Ulrich Thomsen, Nazanin Boniadi

    GenresDrama, Science fiction, Thriller

    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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    November 2

    ActorsJanelle Monáe, Stephan James, Hong Chau, Chris Cooper, Joan Cusack


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

    Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility that...  more

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    Black Lightning

    January 16

    ActorsCress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar

    GenresDrama, Action, Adventure

    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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    January 24

    ActorsMichael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, John Leguizamo, Rory Culkin

    GenresDrama, Miniseries

    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 Koresh's...  more
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    voting closed at #21

    For the People

    March 13

    ActorsBritt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh

    GenresCrime 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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    January 17

    ActorsJake Weisman, Lance Reddick, Adam Lustick, Anne Dudek, Aparna Nancherla


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    Corporate (Comedy Central, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman. At an average, soulless multi-national corporation, Matt...  more
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    Dirty John

    November 25

    ActorsAmanda Peet, Christian Slater, Rachel Keller, Connie Britton, Eric Bana

    GenresCrime drama, Thriller

    Dirty John (Bravo, 2018) is an American true crime anthology television series, based on the podcast by Christopher Goffard. As Debra (Connie Britton) falls for a handsome doctor (Eric Bana), her...  more

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    September 24

    ActorsMelissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise

    GenresDrama, Science fiction, Adventure, Mystery

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and...  more

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    October 25

    ActorsDanielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse, Aria Shahghasemi

    GenresDrama, Fantasy

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

    Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a Vampire/Werewolf...  more

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