The Ten: Best Television Seasons of 2018
We’ll be honest, any of The Ten lists you find on Project-Nerd are obviously opinion based. But, equally honest, so is any award show or top ten list you find anywhere else. The problem is ultimately going to be a person putting together the list couldn’t possibly see everything in the category.
The best example for this list is my lack of interest in Westworld. That’s right, I don’t enjoy Westworld, and that might influence your thoughts on this list. However, I have watched more television than I would care to admit this year; way more. And if you knowing up front that Westworld isn’t going to be in my The Ten Best Television Series of 2018 makes you angry, I encourage you to read the rest of the list and unleash a wrath of fury in the comments below.
Otherwise, feel free to see what I felt were the best television series of the year.
Note: The Ten: Best Television Series of 2018 is based on a show’s entire season or at least all the episodes of the season that aired in 2018. There are some series that may not make the top ten that I found very entertaining or even had an episode that was mind blowing. But this is a ranking of all episodes.
Honorable(ish) Mention: I really enjoy Silicon Valley, and even though this season finally broke the same formula we had seen for four straight seasons, it wasn’t enough to say it belongs on a best list. Altered Carbon: Season One was a blast, but had too many plot holes and shortcomings to consider it a great season. New Girl: The Final Season was a perfect wrap to six incredibly fun seasons of a well done show, but outside of the high levels of nostalgia it falls short as well. Finally, Doctor Who: Series Eleven made some fun changes and cleaned up what has been weak writing the few seasons prior, but still not ready to put this back on a top ten list.
Also deserving a shoutout is Barry: Season One, La Casa de Papel: Season Two, Legion: Season Two, and HBO’s Sharp Objects Limited Series.
10. Daredevil: Season Three
Daredevil’s third season was everything we need from Marvel’s man without fear; especially as we were hit with the news that all the Netflix Marvel series are being cancelled. The Kingpin became The Kingpin, Daredevil relied on the church, Bullseye was psychotic and awesome, and the show held no punches.
9. Preacher: Season Two
AMC’s adaptation of the hit comic series Preacher continues to impress with a fantastic second season taking place in New Orleans. Season One was fun, but took the comic’s introduction and stretched it out over ten episodes. With Season Two, we got a solid adaptation filled with plenty of story, action, and horrific gore.
8. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season Two
My favorite series to watch with my children, Netflix is already two for three on the list thanks to a wonderful and whimsical adaptation of the children’s novels. The show took on the challenges of the kids growing, and set them off into the wild, all while setting up a third and final season that should be just as impressive.
7. Disenchantment: Season One
When Netflix (yes, Netflix again) announced Matt Groening was returning to animation for a medieval era comedy, I will admit I was a bit hesitant. Futurama was a blast, but The Simpsons has long out-ran its welcome. But Disenchantment premiered, and was binge-worthy. Praise was high enough it has already been awarded two additional seasons.
6. Star Wars Rebels: Season Four
More animation, but hey, at least it’s not Netflix this time. Star Wars Rebels has been some of the best storytelling we have seen from the Star Wars Universe of late, and Season Four proved why. With some big events occurring in this season, fans were blown away and looking forward to more animated Star Wars series with the upcoming Disney streaming service.
5. Maniac (Limited Series)
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone were reunited for a very odd and very unique limited series back in August. Maniac, followed the pair and some others as they underwent some dangerous lab testing, and it follows their minds into multiple worlds where they continue to be intertwined. The acting was great, and even with a weak ending, the series was strong enough to be one of my favorites of the year.
4. Glow: Season Two
Netflix’s Glow was a shocking hit, and it came back for its second season in form. Picking up with the same characters and stories, the second season seemed even better than the first. The cast was once again magnificent and we were further invested in all the characters’ lives.
3. The Good Place: Season Three
The Good Place is hands-down the best television you will find on Network TV. I do enjoy New Girl and Brooklyn 99, but nothing compares to what Michael Schur and company are doing with this wildly original and fun series. Season One was fantastic, and it just seemed impossible for them to go any further with it, but they did, and did so in a great way.
2. Bojack Horseman: Season Five
There’s no secret that I love Netflix’s Bojack Horseman’s first four seasons, and with Season Five debuting at the end of the summer, it kept me just as happy, depressed, and captivated as the previous ones. Season Five improves on the series by further getting into all of the characters we’ve come to know over the years. It’s real look on mental health and it’s fearless willingness to take on what is happening in Hollywood these days makes it storytelling at its finest.
1. Happy!: Season One
Happy!, originally a comic series by Grant Morrison for Image Comics, was adapted for SyFy Network with little fanfare. And to be honest, my first questions were how will they adapt such adult material for a basic cable network. To be equally honest, SyFy answered those questions immediately by making it clear this was a faithful and dirty adaptation. The season was so fantastic, I binged it in one day after missing it air originally. I’m hopeful for more, although going forward will be a challenge considering the best arc is now done.
With six of the ten best television seasons coming from Netflix it’s easy to see that Netflix is miles ahead of the other streaming services with original content, and cable television is a dying medium. I really enjoyed what HBO did as a whole this year, but Hulu and Amazon have miles to go still. Of course, you may disagree. And if you do, the comments are a perfect place for you to share what you thought about television in 2018.