Sundays are for sleeping in, planning for the week ahead and binging your favourite series until the sun goes down. These were my 10 favourite series of 2018!
It’s Sunday, so it’s time for another installment of my ‘Best of 2018’ series as a part of the Almost Famous Writer advent calendar! Today I’m sharing my 10 favourite TV shows of 2018, from horror-hit The Haunting of Hill House (of course I have to rave about that one again) to true crime thriller Mindhunter.
The Haunting of Hill House (Season 1)
I’d say that The Haunting of Hill House was the biggest TV surprise for me this year. I went from never ever watching anything that even remotely resembles horror to writing an entire article about a horror show and why I love it so much. Sure, it’s scary and I will forever be afraid of basements and kittens, but this show is much more about a complex family drama than it is about scaring its viewers – and that’s what makes it so good.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)
Speaking of scary TV shows, The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of a future that is haunting and genuinely scary. Fertile women have become handmaids, society’s breeding machines, but June fights back and in the second season of the highly acclaimed TV show she makes the carefully built system crumble.
Altered Carbon (Season 1)
Another creepy vision of the future would be the one in Altered Carbon. Here you can store yourself on a flashdrive that you can then plug into another body and just live on through there. When a complete stranger wakes up in the body of your former lover and when the richest man on earth got murdered, that’s when things get complicated. Also, there’s a Edgar Allan Poe-themed hotel, how cool is that? Also Joel Kinnaman.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 1)
One might ask ‘What is Sabrina without a talking Salem?’, to which one might answer ‘Absolutely nothing’. But thankfully Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t absolutely nothing (even though I think the makers missed out on some real comic relief without talking Salem), I think it’s completely binge-worthy, funny and Kiernan Shipka steals the show as the one and only teenage witch. Also if you’re in the mood for some festive Sabrina, there’s a brand-new Christmas episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina up on Netflix right now.
The End of the F***ing World (Season 1)
I know, I know, The End of the F***ing World was officially released at the end of 2017, but I watched it over the summer of 2018 and I enjoyed it so much that it needs to be included in this list. I think it’s one of the most original, funny and heart-warming series I’ve seen and I watch a lot of series so that says a lot. Also, Nick Cave’s son plays Frodo which is really cool.
Mindhunter (Season 1)
Again, a show that was released in October 2017, but true crime + David Fincher = AMAZING and I need to share this little Netflix gem. If you love thrillers, series like Hannibal or just true crime in general, this is the perfect show for you. It’s set in the 1970s (so great costumes and music) and follows the true story of two FBI agents who travel around the USA to interview serial killers, from Ed Kemper to Richard Speck.
Riverdale (Season 3 – Part 1)
I love Riverdale, I’m a bit in two minds about the series’ third season. I think the whole Archie/Fight Club/Prison Break storyline is just stupid and Veronica really needs to stop saying ‘Daddy’, but I’m still excited every week when a new episode drops on Netflix and I’m pulled back into the teen drama, Cheryl Blossom one liners and supernatural notes. Bring on those zombies for part 2.
Westworld (Season 2)
When I started watching the highly anticipated second season of HBO hit series Westworld, I really wasn’t sure what to think. I thought the intertwining storylines and chronologies became way too confusing and I just wasn’t that invested into the characters anymore, but as the season worked it’s way to the thrilling finale, I remembered why I still love this show so much: it’s incredibly well-written and it isn’t afraid to tell a story that is so all-encompassing and complex it would take the running time of all extended versions of the Lord of the Rings to tell it.
Bodyguard (Season 1)
When Bodyguard was screened in the UK, it seemed the entire country was just shook from watching this show. So of course I watched it to as soon as it hit Netflix and it’s so nice when something lives up to your expectations. It keeps you completely on the edge of your seat for six long episodes and the cat and mouse game between Richard Madden’s bodyguard and Keeley Hawes’ home secretary, when you’re never quite sure who’s the cat and who’s the mouse…
Jane the Virgin (Season 4)
One of the most heart-warming shows on television right now would definitely be Jane the Virgin, in my humble opinion. Jane (who yes, is indeed a virgin) gets artificially inseminated, which sounds like the worst soap opera plot you can think of – but it’s so genuinely funny and heart-warming to watch Jane navigate her life, in true telenovela style.
And those were my 10 favourite TV shows of 2018. If you’re curious to read more of my ‘Best of 2018‘ lists, I’ve also written about my 10 favourite albums and my 5 favourite books of 2018 – and my favourite of all favourite lists is yet to come… But first, here’s a hint for tomorrow’s article: 26.133.
Featured photo via Netflix