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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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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For the People is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Deception is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Instinct is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Barry is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Station 19 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Trust is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Looming Tower is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Waco is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Splitting Up Together is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Our Cartoon President is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Our Cartoon President Jeff Bergman, Gabriel Gundacker, Zach Cherry Our Cartoon President (Showtime, 2018) is an American adult animated satirical television series created by Stephen Colbert. In this parallel cartoon universe, the Commander-in-Chief opens the ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Life Sentence is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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My Next Guest Needs No Introdu... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Siren is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Everything Sucks is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Joel McHale Show with Joel... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Death Row Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Death Row Chronicles Funkmaster Flex, Quincy Jones, Kurupt Death Row Chronicles (Bet, 2018) is a six-part documentary series that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most iconic hip hop recording labels "Death Row Records" in the 1990s ...more

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Somebody Feed Phil is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Seven Seconds Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena Sud, based on the Russian film The Major. Tensions run high between African American citizens and ...more

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Unsolved is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Unsolved Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Josh Duhamel Unsolved (USA, 2018) is an American anthology-drama television series. The first season, entitled The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., chronicles the two major police investigations ...more

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The Last O.G. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Last O.G. Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish The Last O.G. (TBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri. An ex-felon (Tracy Morgan) adjusts to life outside of prison.

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Rise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Rise Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, Auli'i Cravalho Rise (NBC, 2018) is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, based on the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove. A working class high school drama ...more

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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Here and Now Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Jerrika Hinton Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A multi-racial family made up of husband (Tim Robbins), wife (Holly Hunter), three adopted children from ...more

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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Alex, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Alex, Inc. Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Hillary Anne Mathews Alex Inc (ABC, 2017) is an American Sitcom based on Alex Blumberg's Gimlet Media podcast StartUp, which documented Blumberg's own attempt to launch a startup with Gimlet Media. Alex Schuman ...more

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The Four: Battle for Stardom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Four: Battle for Stardom Fergie, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox, 2018) is an American reality television music competition show hosted by Fergie with judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. ...more

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A.P. Bio is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Living Biblically is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Living Biblically Jay R. Ferguson, Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez Living Biblically (CBS, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Patrick Walsh, based on the novel by A. J. Jacobs. After the death of his best friend, Chip (Jay R. Ferguson) ...more

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Flint Town is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Flint Town Karen Weaver, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Flint Town (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-episode American documentary television series that focuses on the thoughts and conflicted emotions of the men and women serving to protect urban areas of ...more

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Corporate is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Corporate Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Anne Dudek 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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On My Block is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
On My Block 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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Littlest Pet Shop: A World of ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own Lili Beaudoin, Diana Kaarina, Shannon Chan-Kent Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own (Discovery Family, 2018) is an animated children's television series based on the American toy franchise Littlest Pet Shop. A group of six pets exit the ...more

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Rapture is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Rapture Logic, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Rapture (Netflix, 2018) is a hip hop music documentary series. Featuring rappers Logic, 2 Chainz, and G-Eazy, the show showcases hip-hop's impact on global culture.

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The Boss Baby: Back in Busines... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Boss Baby: Back in Business JP Karliak, Pierce Gagnon, Kevin Michael Richardson The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Netflix, 2018) is an American computer-animated web television series based on the 2017 film. Boss Baby (JP Karliak) and his big brother Tim (Pierce Gagnon) ...more

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Drug Lords is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Drug Lords Drug Lords (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series exploring the stories of history's most notorious kingpins, their terrifying enforcers, and the men and women who've sworn to bring them down.

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Alone Together is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Alone Together Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo, Ginger Gonzaga Alone Together (Freeform, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo, and Eben Russell. Platonic best friends Esther (Povtisky) and Benji (Aflalo) ...more

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The Bachelor Winter Games is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
The Bachelor Winter Games Chris Harrison The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC, 2018) is a winter sports-themed reality competition television series. Previous contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette compete in various winter ...more

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Rotten is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Rotten Gudrun Beckh, Susan Berfield, Andrew Boutros Rotten (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series that dives deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste, and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits.

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018
Jersey Shore Family Vacation Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio, Nicole Polizzi Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, 2018) is an American reality television series developed by SallyAnn Salsano. Six years after the end of Jersey Shore, the housemates are reunited as they ...more