Here are my Top 10 Television Series’ of 2018:
10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 13)
What a return to form. There are some hiccups in this season, but overall the franchise took a huge leap in incorporating social and political commentary into its usual debauchery. After many lukewarm seasons Rob McElhenney and his gang decided to take more risks this season, and it paid off.
9. Barry (Season 1)
What a bizarre season of television. Interweaving comedy into one of the most tragic characters on television. Bill Hader, Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast bring their A-game not to mention some expert direction from Hiro Murai. “Barry” is tonally unique and hypnotic in its execution.
8. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 1)
This show is entertaining. The protege of CW’s “Riverdale,” “Sabrina” presents itself beautifully, with great cinematography, editing, and bombastic performances. Much like “Riverdale” it can sometimes shock you with its absurdity, while also drawing you in with the atmosphere and soapiness.
7. Ugly Delicious (Season 1)
Not enough people saw David Chang’s cultural cooking docu-series “Ugly Delicious,” that is, on one hand, a series about culture and immigration of food to America. It’s a history lesson told in the best way – through food. Not to mention the editing is spot on in the way it transitions us from location to location and narrative to narrative.
6. Silicon Valley (Season 5)
This may just be one of the best seasons of “Silicon Valley.” Everything comes together from beginning to end, each character develops their own arc and they all grow significantly by the end of the season. Judge, who has proven to be an expert at comedic exaggeration, finds true humanity in his characters. Something the last few seasons struggled with.
5. Sharp Objects (Limited Series)
“Sharp Objects” will haunt your dreams. It’ll pull you down into a sense of agony and dread, hold you under that water, and then stay with you for many months to come. It is downright horrific, without being a horror. It’s thrilling up to its climax.
4. GLOW (Season 2)
When we’re talking about good structure, look no further than one of Netflix’s greatest shows: “GLOW.” It is funny, and wholly sincere. The entire cast brings their A-game as the season takes its time developing each in every one of them in significant ways.
3. Atlanta (Season 2)
It is almost an understatement to say “Atlanta” is the best show on television right now. Season 2 is a wild ride that’ll make laugh, only occasionally. Mostly it holds you down in a state of discomfort and plays with your worst anxieties. It is so polished and so true to itself in every sense.
2. Maniac (Limited Series)
I loved “Maniac.” It was incredible bizarre, but stylistic and unique. So many moments of pure absurdity. However there is a hefty weight behind every moment. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone bring their A-game and their A-games are something to behold. This is a beautiful limited series
1. BoJack Horseman (Season 5)
Somehow, this show keeps getting better and better with each season. Not only visually, with gorgeous animation and a wide variety of scenery, but also in its character development. It’s nihilistic mindset of “we are always struggling,” feels all too real. It’s funny and witty when it needs to be, and it’s hard-hitting when it matters the most. This is one of the greatest seasons of television I have ever seen.