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The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018

Updated March 6, 2019 1.8k votes 278 voters 33.4k views35 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    The Rain
    137
    58

    The Rain

    Iben Hjejle, Alba August

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Thriller

    The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Terror
    75
    34

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, George Takei

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

    The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Sharp Objects
    81
    44

    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Genres (Tv)Thriller

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Collateral
    61
    26

    Collateral

    Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Martello-White

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Mystery

    Collateral (BBC Two, 2018) is a four-part British television drama serial created by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Siren
    60
    39

    Siren

    Eline Powell, Alex Roe

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

    Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Alienist
    46
    25

    The Alienist

    Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Castle Rock
    35
    13

    Castle Rock

    Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Mystery, Psychological horror

    Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Bodyguard
    29
    10

    Bodyguard

    Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Political thriller

    Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Altered Carbon
    52
    36

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Safe
    74
    60

    Safe

    Michael C. Hall, Amanda Abbington

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Mystery

    Safe (Netflix, 2018) is a television drama series created by Harlan Coben. After his teenage... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Manifest
    24
    8

    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Purge
    16
    0

    The Purge

    Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons

    Genres (Tv)Action, Horror, Sci-fi

    The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    Killing Eve
    41
    29

    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Spy thriller

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Counterpart
    27
    13

    Counterpart

    J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama

    Counterpart is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Seven Seconds
    28
    15

    Seven Seconds

    Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    The Crossing
    43
    34

    The Crossing

    Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Thriller

    The Crossing (ABC, 2017) is an American science fiction thriller series created by Dan Dworkin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Guardian
    2
    0

    The Guardian

    Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Legal

    The Guardian is an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Jack Ryan
    15
    2

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Genres (Tv)Action, Thriller, Drama

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Waco
    22
    18

    Waco

    Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Thriller

    Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Mechanism
    13
    7

    The Mechanism

    Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Crime

    The Mechanism (Netflix, 2018) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    9-1-1
    31
    33

    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Dirty John
    5
    5

    Dirty John

    Connie Britton, Eric Bana

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Dirty John (Bravo, 2018) is an American true crime anthology television series, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Good Girls
    20
    20

    Good Girls

    Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Dark comedy

    Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenna Bans.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 24
    Deception
    25
    31

    Deception

    Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Police procedural

    Deception (ABC, 2018) is an American crime procedural drama created by Chris Fedak. After his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    McMafia
    12
    14

    McMafia

    James Norton, David Strathairn

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    McMafia (AMC, 2018) is a British crime drama television series created by Hossein Amini and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button