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.

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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Resident Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Altered Carbon Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon (Netflix, 2018) 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 ...more

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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
9-1-1 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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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Alienist 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. When a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has ...more

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Cobra Kai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Cobra Kai 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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Lost in Space 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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Deception is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Deception Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco 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 Crossing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Crossing Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez 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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Somebody Feed Phil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Somebody Feed Phil 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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Station 19 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Station 19 Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon 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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Instinct is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Instinct Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings Instinct (CBS, 2018) is an American police procedural and drama television series created by Michael Rauch, based on James Patterson's Murder Games. A former CIA agent (Alan Cumming) who has ...more

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Barry 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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For the People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
For the People Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport 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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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Yellowstone 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

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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Krypton Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney 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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Siren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Siren Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun 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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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Good Girls Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Jenna Bans. Struggling to make ends meet, three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) decide to ...more

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Everything Sucks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Everything Sucks Peyton Kennedy, Jahi Winston, Patch Darragh Everything Sucks (Netflix, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan. In 1990s Oregon, members of a high school A/V club clash with the drama

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams 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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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Raziel Sarafin Reaver added The Terror Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The crew of a Royal Naval expedition searching for the ...more

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Splitting Up Together is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Splitting Up Together Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Bobby Lee Splitting Up Together (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom developed by Emily Kapnek, based on the Danish sitcom. In the midst of their divorce, Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson) are ...more

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American Woman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
American Woman Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Cheyenne Jackson American Woman (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American sitcom created by John Wells and John Riggi, based on the life of Kyle Richards. Struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her ...more

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Waco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Waco 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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Kevin (Probably) Saves the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
MH1212 added Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Killing Eve 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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Grown-ish Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more

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Pose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Pose 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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Rellik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Rellik Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour, Paterson Joseph Rellik (Starz, 2018) is a crime television series created by Harry and Jack Williams. Himself a survivor, Detective Chief Inspector Gabriel Markham (Richard Dormer) goes on the hunt for a serial ...more

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Condor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Condor 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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Patrick Melrose is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Patrick Melrose 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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Me, Myself & I is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
MH1212 added Me, Myself & I Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette Me, Myself & I (CBS, 2017) is an American comedy TV series created by Dan Kopelman. The comedy examines the life of Alex Riley over a 50-year span, focusing on three distinct periods: as a ...more

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Impulse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Impulse Maddie Hasson, Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins Impulse (YouTube Premium) 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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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Cloak & Dagger Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth 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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C.B. Strike is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
C.B. Strike Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan C.B. Strike (Cinemax, 2018) is a British television crime drama series based on the detective novels by J. K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), a war ...more

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Sweetbitter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Sweetbitter Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald Sweetbitter (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series, based on the novel by Stephanie Danler. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Tess (Ella Purnell) lands a job at a celebrated ...more

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Trust is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Trust 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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Britannia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Britannia Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë 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) 38 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Chi 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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Dietland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Dietland Joy Nash, Tamara Tunie, Robin Weigert Dietland (AMC, 2018) is an American dark comedy drama television series created by Marti Noxon, based on the novel by Sarai Walker. An overweight ghostwriter (Joy Nash) for one of New York's ...more

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The Looming Tower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Looming Tower Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the book by Lawrence Wright. With the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the rivalry between ...more

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams 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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Howards End is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Howards End Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Philippa Coulthard Howards End (Starz, 2018) is a British-American television miniseries based on the novel by E. M. Forster. The changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England ...more

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Vida is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Vida Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada, Ser Anzoategui Vida (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series based on the short story Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr. When their mother dies, two very different sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and ...more

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A.P. Bio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
A.P. Bio Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis A.P. Bio (NBC, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Seth Meyers, Mike O'Brien and Lorne Michaels. A former philosophy professor (Glenn Howerton) takes a job teaching AP ...more

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Reverie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Reverie 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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My Next Guest Needs No Introdu... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman David Letterman, Barack Obama, George Clooney My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix, 2018) is an American web television talk show hosted by David Letterman. The series consists of interviews with one guest per ...more

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Strange Angel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Strange Angel Jack Reynor, Bella Heathcote, Rupert Friend Strange Angel (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American drama web television series created by Mark Heyman, based on the novel by George Pendle. Upon becoming a disciple of Aleister Crowley, Jack ...more

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The Joel McHale Show with Joel... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale 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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Succession is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Succession 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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Life Sentence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Life Sentence 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