M.N. Miller’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2018 The best small-screen experiences of the year
10. Seven Seconds
Netflix canceled the show after one season, and you know what? That’s exactly what they needed to do. Essentially a limited series, from Veena Sud, Seven Seconds features a powerful performance from Regina Hall, the best work of character actor Michael Mosley’s career, and an outstanding Clare-Hope Ashitey as an alcoholic DA with demons to spare.
No show this year was as compulsively watchable or intoxicatingly binge-able as You, which offered a terrific sense of deadpan comedy relief from the underrated Penn Badgley.
8. The Good Place
One of the few comedies on television that can (and needs to) constantly reinvent itself with glorious results. Ted Danson should have won an Emmy for the first season, and it has been criminal he hasn’t since.
7. The Good Fight
Robert and Michelle King continue to slay the dragon (this year, aiming for the Trump administration) in the smartest, most meticulously-crafted law show since, well, The Good Wife. Christine Baranski remains a national treasure and Delroy Lindo (Clockers) has never been appreciated, but hopefully, that will change after this taut second season.
6. The Resident
The Good Doctor might be a bigger hit, but no show this year takes more chances to be less than feel-good by exposing the holes in the medical industry. Matt Cruchry remains one of the most underappreciated stars in television.
5. The Americans
A fitting ending to one of the great television shows of the decade, and the best cable show since Breaking Bad.
4. Conan Without Borders
Conan O’Brien has never been appreciated the way he should have, caught in the middle of Leno’s and Letterman’s late-night eras that gave way to Jimmy Fallon antics (which he just stole from Ellen, by the way; honestly, why does no-one see this? It’s like when you realize people buy Snuggy’s, and don’t figure out until much later it’s just a robe worn backward), then every late-night talk show needing to be the next Daily Show. Yet, Conan remained who he was, bringing biting comedy and irreverent humor; take his Without Borders series that brings a deft touch to world issues with his trademark point of view.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Remains the funniest show on network television that combines the best of Mike Schlur comedies and cartoon-like escapades and is impeccably casted. Fremulon!
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Bloom’s character Rebecca Bunch is like Liz Lemmon but add some Bipolar-ness that is uncontrollable without medication for good measure. I’ve never been a fan of musicals, but Bloom turned me around, with some deliriously funny song and dance numbers (this year’s “I Want to be a Child Star” and last season’s “Buttload of Cats” in-particular) that are consistently funny. Essentially a musical comedy about depression handled with care (even with the escapades) that Bloom’s Rebecca Bunch finally confronted at the end of their superior third season.
Bill Hader as Barry is one of the great characters in television this decade. After taking out some bad guys in the pilot, I never once looked at Hader the same way again, and thought he was just playing a character. A dark comedy that offers real spine-tingling suspense, with a tension that builds up until the season’s final moments. I wouldn’t classify it as a comedy or a drama, it is just perfect as television can get.