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The Best Thriller TV Shows Of 2018

Updated January 14, 2021 1.8k votes 281 voters 33.6k views36 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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  • The Rain1
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    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
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  • The Terror2
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    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
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  • Sharp Objects3
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    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
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  • Collateral4
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    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
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  • Siren5
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    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
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  • The Alienist6
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    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
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  • Castle Rock7
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    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
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  • Bodyguard8
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    Bodyguard

    Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Political thriller

    Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by...  more
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  • Altered Carbon9
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    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
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  • Safe10
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    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
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  • Manifest11
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    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew...  more
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  • The Purge12
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    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
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  • Killing Eve13
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    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
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  • Counterpart14
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    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
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  • Seven Seconds15
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    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
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  • Deep State16
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    Deep State

    Mark Strong, Walton Goggins

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Thriller

    Deep State (Fox, 2018) is a British television espionage thriller series created by Matthew...  more
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  • The Crossing17
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    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
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  • The Guardian18
    2
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    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
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  • Jack Ryan19
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    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
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  • Waco20
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    Waco

    Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Thriller

    Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick...  more
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  • The Mechanism21
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    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
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  • 9-1-122
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    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
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  • Dirty John23
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    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
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  • Good Girls24
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    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
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  • McMafia25
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    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
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