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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 Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Chelsea Giacobbe added Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The story of five siblings who ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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 Alienist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning
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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
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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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant
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 ...more
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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen
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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
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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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause
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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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery
New Amsterdam (NBC, 2018) is an American medical drama television series developed by David Schulner. A new medical director (Ryan Eggold) is hired to run one of the most prominent hospitals in ...more
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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis
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 ...more
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You is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell
You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more
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Titans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft
Titans (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 former ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
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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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy
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 will intertwine characters and themes ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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Narcos: Mexico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Michael Peña, Diego Luna, Tenoch Huerta Mejía
Narcos: Mexico (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama web television series created by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and a companion series to Narcos. The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an ...more
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FBI is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki
F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Cobra Kai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler
Cobra Kai (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Robert Mark Kamen, based on The Karate Kid film series. 34 years after being defeated by Daniel LaRusso ...more
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A Million Little Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco
A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more
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Disenchantment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre
Disenchantment (Netflix, 2018) is an adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series follows the story of Bean (Abby Jacobson), an alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo (Nat ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg
Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more
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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sonoya Mizuno
Maniac (Netflix, 2018) is an American dark comedy television series created by Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Fukunaga. Based on a 2014 Norwegian series, the show revolves around the ...more
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The Kids Are Alright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack, Sam Straley
The Kids Are Alright (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Tim Doyle. A pair of working class parents in an Irish-Catholic family try to raise their eight kids during ...more
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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly
Yellowstone (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television series created by Taylor Sheridan. Led by John Dutton (Kevin Costner), the Dutton family controls the largest contiguous ranch in ...more