In the past year, there was an explosion of must-watch television across cable, network and streaming platforms and there don’t seem to be any signs of slowing down in 2018. Yes, we are all scrambling to catch up with the best of last year, but don’t miss out some of the best shows in 2018. Here is a list of the top TV shows that you should be watching this year:
This contemporary portrait of life on the South Side of Chicago was created by actress and writer of Emmy-winning Master of None, Lena Waithe. The show follows the life of four strangers (Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Alex Hibbert and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), who are brought together due to a devastating event.
Victoria Season 2
This show explores the life of the young Queen Victoria played by Jenna Coleman and this lush depiction launched its second season this year. It shows the monarch juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and the crown with her no-nonsense attitude and sharp tongue.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
After the success of The People vs OJ Simpson, FX is looking to replicate their success. This is the second instalment of the anthology series, American Crime Story by Ryan Murphy and it is based on the murder of the fashion designer Gianni Versace, played by Edgar Ramirez. He died at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, which is played by Darren Criss.
Three angry and exhausted moms played by Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta decide to deal with their financial crisis by robbing a grocery store, which makes for a very unique premise and something to look forward to.
Atlanta Season 2
The second season of the show is titled Atlanta Robbin’ Season in which Lakeith Stanfield’s Darius, Brian Tyree Henry’s Paper Boi and Donald Glover’s Earn return to pursue their desire of achieving stardom.
Jessica Jones Season 2
Yes, Marvel’s complicated and tough Jessica Jones is back this year after she joined forces with the Defenders in August. Last year’s season was definitely a memorable one and both the lead and villain were exceptional and this year promises to be the same. Detective plus superhero Jessica Jones is definitely back with a bang for a 13-episode run and every episode has been directed by a woman.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel by Hulu turned out to be an ultra-timely one as it swept the Emmys last year. This year’s season was said to be a much darker one and will build on the world of Gilead and its people.
The seminal 1910 novel by E.M. Forster is about two strong-willed sisters who are dealing with loss and love at the turn of the 20th century. This miniseries revolve around these two characters, which are played by Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell.
Stanley Danler’s breakout novel that hit the stores in 2016 is coming to television with six episodes of 60 minutes. It is a story of a young girl played by Ella Purnell, who is navigating the highs and lows of the restaurant scene in New York. Tom Sturridge also stars.
This is Ryan Murphy’s most recent project for FX, which is co-written and produced by Janet Mock. The landmark series will focus on the ball culture in New York City in the 1980s and is expected to feature the largest cast of transgender actors in regular roles.
In the fictional town of Castle Rock in Maine, some of Stephen King’s most memorable stories come together. In this anthology series produced by J.J. Abrams, you will see the characters of Cujo, The Shining, It and Needful Things interact with each other. The cast includes Jane Levy, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek and Andre Holland.
Outlander Season 4
At the end of the show’s season 3, the Frasers had gotten shipwrecked in America. Now, the fourth season will explore the lives of the couple and the family as they settle down in North Carolina and come across new adventures and antagonists.
Cary Fukunaga, the director of Emmy-winning show True Detective, is heading over to Netflix. He is adapting a 2014 Norwegian black comedy series, which revolves around the life of a young man named Jonah Hill. While stuck in a psychiatric hospital, he dreams up an alternate life in which he is living out his fantasies. The show’s cast also includes Emma Stone. The two stars are reuniting eleven years after they did Superbad.
Westworld Season 2
HBO’s greatest hit last year is returning in April this year and is one of the most awaited shows. The season will continue the premise of a Western theme park that’s inhabited by lifelike robots called ‘hosts’ and promises to be even more ambitious than the last one.
After the adaptation of Gone Girl and Dark Places, another Gillian Flynn novel is coming to television. This new series by HBO has Amy Adams playing the role of Camilla Preaker, who is a journalist return to her hometown after the murder of a young girl. She once again becomes embroiled in a web of lies started by her own mother.
The Ballad of Buster Cruggs
Even though the Fargo television series on FX has a frosty reception, the Coen brothers have decided to make the leap to television with The Ballad of Buster Cruggs. There is not much known about this anthology Western project, but it is going to have a star cast that includes the likes of James Franco, Tyne Daly, Zoe Kazan and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson, who frequently collaborates with the Coen brothers, is expected to take on the titular role.
A modern day update is given to the 1988 cult-classic and this anthology series shows what happens when the high school outcasts decide to take over.