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The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018  

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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
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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Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
TerryClark added Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee
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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris
The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...more
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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark
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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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
ChristopherShane added 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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Siren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
margitschmidt added 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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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Safe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Michael C. Hall, Amanda Abbington, Audrey Fleurot
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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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 Crossing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Lydia Wilson, Joel Fry, James Frecheville
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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McMafia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
James Norton, David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance
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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The Mechanism is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia, Caroline Abras
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
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Waco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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Britannia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta
Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenna Bans. Struggling to make ends meet, three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) ...more
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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 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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Deception is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018
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