The Best of 2018

The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018  

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List Rules Only brand new TV shows and online series that premiered Season 1 between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

If you're getting bored with ongoing storylines in longstanding television programs, you may be on the hunt for some good new 2018 TV shows. Luckily, plenty of great shows made their debut this year. From new Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video original series to premium cable miniseries, plenty of 2018 TV shows will have you hooked fast.

Given the current popularity of the dystopian narrative, it's no surprise many shows that premiered in 2018 take place in a dismal futuristic setting. Altered Carbon, for example, is a sci-fi drama that takes place 250 years in the future. Reality series continue to be a staple of the airwaves, with shows like Love & Hip Hop: Miami, The Four: Battle for Stardom, and The Bachelor Winter Games taking off. Other 2018 TV premieres include Black Lightning, The Chi, and The Alienist. 

What are the best new shows of 2018? Vote up the highest quality programs below, and add your favorite 2018 series if they are missing from the list. Then check out the best new shows of 2019.

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The Cool Kids is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier
The Cool Kids (Fox, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom. Three guy friends (David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan) in a retirement ...more
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Waco is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist
Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Based on the 1993 Waco siege, the show centers on the FBI and ATF seizing the ...more
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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Mikeylito added J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd
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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Philip K. Dick's Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton
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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The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Max Greenfield, Cedric the Entertainer, Dreama Walker
The Neighborhood (CBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jim Reynolds. The nicest guy in the Midwest (Max Greenfield) moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. ...more
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Succession is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
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Patrick Melrose is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Benedict Cumberbatch, Holliday Grainger, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Patrick Melrose (Showtime, 2018) is a five-part drama miniseries directed by Edward Berger, based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn. From a privileged yet troubling childhood, Patrick Melrose ...more
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The Good Cop is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Tony Danza, Josh Groban, Monica Barbaro
The Good Cop (Netflix, 2018) is an American television series created by Andy Breckman. A disgraced former NYPD officer (Tony Danza) lives with his son (Josh Groban), an earnest, obsessively ...more
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Kevin (Probably) Saves the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
MH1212 added Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kimberly Hebert Gregory
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, 2017) is an American high-concept angelic-themed fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. After surviving a ...more
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God Friended Me is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma
God Friended Me (CBS, 2018) is an American fantasy drama series created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. An atheist's (Brandon Micheal Hall) life is turned upside down when he is ...more
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On My Block is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia
On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age television series created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. Four bright and street-savvy friends navigate their way through the ...more
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Reverie is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu
Reverie (NBC, 2017) is an American dramatic thriller series created by Mickey Fisher. Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) is former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch ...more
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Impulse is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Maddie Hasson, Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins
Impulse (YouTube Premium, 2018) is an American drama web television series based on the novel by Steven Gould. With a major chip on her shoulder and no friends, outsider 16-year-old Henrietta ...more
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Britannia is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoƫ Wanamaker
Britannia (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American historical fantasy series written by Jez Butterworth. In AD 43 during the Roman conquest of Britain, Celtic rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more
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Condor is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Max Irons, Brendan Fraser, William Hurt
Condor (Audience, 2018) is an American television series created by Todd Katzburg and Jason Smilovic, based on the novel by James Grady. Young CIA analyst Joe Turner (Max Irons) has his idealism ...more
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Somebody Feed Phil is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Philip Rosenthal
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix, 2018) is a travel documentary series directed by John Bedolis. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Philip Rosenthal travels to popular locations around the world to ...more
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Origin is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Sen Mitsuji
Origin (YouTube Premium, 2018) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Mika Watkins. A group of strangers struggle for survival aboard a spaceship heading to a ...more
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Insatiable is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, Christopher Gorham
Insatiable (Netflix, 2018) is an American black comedy-drama series created by Lauren Gussis. A disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) takes on a ...more
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All American is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan
All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair. When a rising high school football player (Daniel Ezra) from South L.A. is recruited to play for ...more
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Pose is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek
Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more
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The Joel McHale Show with Joel... is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Joel McHale
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television talk show hosted by Joel McHale. An unscripted show that takes an absurdist look at today's pop culture from ...more
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Trust is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson
Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973, heir John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by the Italian mafia, but the family seems disinterested in ...more
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Light as a Feather is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Ajiona Alexus
Light as a Feather (Hulu, 2018) is an American supernatural thriller web television series created by Lee Fleming Jr., based on the short story by Zoe Aarsen. A group of teenage girls must deal ...more
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Life Sentence is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Lucy Hale, Elliot Knight, Dylan Walsh
Life Sentence (The CW, 2017) is an American comedy-drama created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith. When Stella Abbott (Lucy Hale) finds out her terminal cancer is cured, she's going to have to ...more