The number of TV shows that have aired in 2017 have reached an all-time high. This year has seen more than 500 shows and we are still counting, but it doesn’t seem as if networks are going to slow down any time soon. 2018 is just around the corner and from what we can see, the networks are going to get bolder and bigger with production values, storytelling and marquee names in order to make enough noise and get enough splash to attract and then retain an audience.
Listed below are some of the most-awaited TV shows of 2018 that should be on everyone’s watch list:
Best TV Shows of 2018
1. Westworld Season 2 (HBO)
After its first season saw many production delays, HBO finally managed to introduce Westworld to the audience and it is safe to say that the show had an incredible debut. Such was its magic that it scored about 22 Primetime Emmy nominations. The nature of its storytelling is quite ambitious as it showcases multiple timelines and worlds and also explores different themes of consciousness, questioning and the meaning of being human. The second season of Westworld promises to deliver even more as it is set to introduce new worlds.
2. You (Lifetime)
Hailing from top producers Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti and based on the novel from Caroline Kepnes, there are a lot of high expectations from this show. You has a very impressive team behind it and is centered on an obsessive millennial, played by Penn Badgley), who is stalking a woman with modern technology and then inserts himself into her life.
3. The X Files Season 11 (Fox)
Chris Garter’s genre-bending and groundbreaking sci-fi drama saw a revival in its 10th season in which Agents Mulder and Scully, played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively, were facing government conspiracy and some paranormal activity. It came to an end with one of the biggest cliffhangers we have seen so far; Scully was staring up at a bright light in the sky, which was possibly a UFO whereas a pandemic had gripped the country and Mulder was also threatened. The ending alone meant there would be another season and now it is making a return in 2018.
4. Unreal Season 3 (Lifetime)
The show is a fictionalized take on the behind-the-scenes world of a reality dating competition and there have been some ups and downs. However, its third season will explore Caitlin FitzGerald’s first female suitor as well as the 26 men who will compete for her heart and attention. Yet, the actual intriguing element of the show is of the dynamic between Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quin (Constance Zimmer) as the two women are willing to do anything in order to advance.
5. Sharp Objects (HBO)
This is a limited series of eight-episodes that marks the return of Amy Adams to the small screen. Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, the character Camille, played by Adams, is a complicated one. She returns to her hometown for investigating the murders of two little girls, which force her to confront her personal demons that she had buried a long time ago.
6. Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 (Netflix)
The last we saw of Jessica Jones was two years ago so it is safe to say that its return is highly anticipated. Private investigator Jessica Jones possesses a special skillset. The second season promises to delve into the personal life of the character as she struggles to bring her life back on track after the murder of Kilgrave. David Tenant is definitely coming back.
7. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
There is probably no series that is more anticipated than this drama that won a lot of Emmys and succeeded in striking all the best nerves in the tumultuous and unpredictable political climate. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the second season of this adaptation by Bruce Miller will explore Gilead’s world even further with the second generation, most of which support the oppressive and patriarchal way.
8. Dietland (AMC)
There is no better time than today to introduce a show that not only explores the traditional standards of beauty that have been established or the obsession that people seem to have with weight loss. Sarai Walker’s novel has been adapted by showrunner Marti Noxon and revolves around a woman who is gearing up for weight loss surgery. Two competing factions of feminism turn her life upside down and make her question the meaning of being a revolutionary. The show is also the return of Julianna Margulies to the small screen.
9. The Chi (Showtime)
Lena Waithe won an Emmy for her spectacular comedy writing and she has now come up with this new drama that’s about the coming of age stories on the South Side of Chicago. The pilot episode delivers a knockout as it explores the wrongful death of an African-American teenager who was accused of murdering another African-American teen. It shows how this event had an impact on the young man’s life as well as those in his orbit, including his family and also the younger boy who was a witness to the murder. This story is about the strength of character, both psychological and emotional and also shines the light on the people who are usually forgotten.
10. Black Lightning (CW)
There are already four DC superhero shows currently running on the CW, but the basis of this show offers a very realistic and grounded world that explores the very common issues that we experience these days; gang violence and racial tension. As far as the show’s heroes are concerned, they are an African-American family who possess some other worldly powers. The show hails from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. There is a father who is just getting back to his superhero game after making a promise to his wife that he would get out due to the dangers. He also has two daughters who are going to come into their own unique capabilities and embark on their origin story.
These are some of the best shows you can look forward to in the next year.