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Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

Keith Higgons

Posted on December 26, 2018 11:44

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Peak TV makes it hard to choose.

In no particular order:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – If you liked the first season (and you should) you'll enjoy the second. If you’re unfamiliar with the significance of summer vacations in the Catskills (the Borscht Belt) among Jewish culture, it may seem odd at first, but it’s a nice nuance the show gets right.

The Good Place (NBC) – I was late for this one, but it is easily one of the smartest shows on television. Incorporating classic philosophical ideas into a sitcom is truly unique. While I am a little suspect they can ride the idea out much longer, for now it’s fantastic.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) – Look, the show has been on for 13 years now. You either watch it or you don’t. If you don’t, you should.

Patriot (Amazon) – One of the more subtle, hilarious and dark shows. If you think those three ideas are incongruous, watch the show. If you think those three ideas are interesting, watch the show.  If you like smart television, watch the show. In short, you should really watch the show. BUT, stick with it, it starts a little slow.

The End of the F****** World (Netflix) – Based on a graphic novel, this import highlights the nihilism and angst of teenage life. It's also a sublime nod to Quentin Tarantino.

Killing Eve (BBC America) – From Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this is a brilliant modern cat and mouse story with the right amount of charm, comedy and sensuality. Waller-Bridge is the force behind Fleabag (which you can see on Amazon, and you should) and you should also get used to hearing and seeing her name. She is brilliant.

Atlanta (FX)FX has the wherewithal to let the creative minds do their thing and pays off. With Atlanta, Donald Glover proves he is a creative force to be reckoned with. It's a little clunky and odd here and there, but it's mostly a masterpiece.

Barry (HBO) – Great idea executed (yes, pardon the pun) exceptionally well. This show is a nice companion piece to Patriot. It’s a little lighter and funnier, but the humor is similar, and that’s a good thing. Henry Winkler is amazing … but then so is everyone.

GLOW (Netflix) – If you liked the first season, you’ll enjoy the second. The writing is great, as well as the cast, but it’s Alison Brie and Marc Maron that are the secret sauce here.

Dark (Netlfix) – Imagine The Dust Brothers (Stranger Things) and David Lynch had a child and then you’d have a pretty good idea of what Dark is like. A complicated and conceptually wide series that is at the same time very taut. Pay attention because nothing is extraneous or out of place.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

The Americans (FX)
Bobs Burgers (FOX)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Any News Show – Local/National, your pick. You won’t find more drama these days than on the news networks. It’s often just as bizarre as scripted programs.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Keith Higgons

Posted on December 26, 2018 11:44

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