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The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018 

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Updated March 6, 2019 783 votes 277 voters 33.1k views 35 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered in 2018.

Ever suspenseful and keeping us on the edge of our seats, the best thriller TV shows of 2018 haven't been disappointing. Whether you're talking those we get to sit and binge watch on a quiet night or the shows we have to wait weekly for, many of the new thriller series on TV have done a great job in captivating the audience. That's what these shows are all about, right? So, if you haven't seen any of the shows on this list of best TV thrillers, you best call off your plans and get watching. 

While plenty of these shows came out with a bang, it's time to determine which are truly the best new thrillers from 2018. From crime fiction to psychological thrillers, 2018 has it all. Some may argue shows like The Rain and Siren take the cake, but you also have to consider The Terror - because what better name for a thriller? Of course, it's up to the true TV fans to decide.

Check out the 2018 thriller shows below and vote up the very best. You can also vote down shows that didn't cut it for you, and add any new ones to the list that didn't make it. When you're done, see what thrillers premiered in 2019.

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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller

The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
TerryClark added Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee

Genres (Tv): Drama, Political thriller

Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by Jed Mercurio. Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden), a heroic British Army war-veteran ...more

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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Anthology, Psychological thriller

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 ...more

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Derek Mio's Personal Connection To The Story Of 'The Terror: Infamy' Fueled His Performance #306 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #313 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Genres (Tv): Thriller

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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#8 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #72 of 132 The Best TV Shows Based on Books #48 of 170 The Best Miniseries in TV History

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Collateral (BBC Two, 2018) is a four-part British television drama serial created by David Hare. While investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man in London, a detective ...more
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Siren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Siren Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

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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#26 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #75 of 106 The Best Fantasy TV Shows #10 of 31 The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018

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Safe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Michael C. Hall, Amanda Abbington, Audrey Fleurot

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Safe (Netflix, 2018) is a television drama series created by Harlan Coben. After his teenage daughter goes missing, widowed surgeon Tom Delaney (Michael C. Hall) begins unearthing dark secrets ...more
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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

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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#557 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #4 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #11 of 14 Visually Stunning TV Shows That Are Trash

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

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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Every Episode of 'Altered Carbon,' Ranked #276 of 806 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #55 of 331 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
ChristopherShane added Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Mystery, Psychological horror, Sci-fi, Supernatural, + more

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 ...more

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The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Thriller

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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
margitschmidt added Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

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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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama

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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Genres (Tv): Action, Horror, Sci-fi

The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more

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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
TerryClark added Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Legal

The Guardian is an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4, 2004. In the United States, as of 2012, it is being broadcast in re-runs on the Sleuth Channel and ...more

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McMafia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
McMafia James Norton, David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

McMafia (AMC, 2018) is a British crime drama television series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, inspired by the book by Misha Glenny. Trying to escape the shadow of his past by ...more
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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Lydia Wilson, Joel Fry, James Frecheville

Genres (Tv): Supernatural thriller, Drama

Requiem (Netflix, 2018) is a six-part British television drama serial created by Kris Mrksa. An award winning cellist (Lydia Wilson) has her life turned upside down following the unexpected ...more
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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

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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Waco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Waco Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Thriller

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 ...more
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Dirty John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Connie Britton, Eric Bana, Jean Smart

Genres (Tv): Drama

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), ...more

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Britannia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Britannia Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker

Genres (Tv): History, Fantasy

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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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause

Genres (Tv): Drama

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 Mechanism is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia, Caroline Abras

Genres (Tv): Political drama, Crime

The Mechanism (Netflix, 2018) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez. A small group of dogged investigators are on the hunt to discover ...more