The 10 Best New TV Shows of 2018

Impressive freshman entries from HBO, BBC America and even YouTube Premium

The best of the freshman class includes Pose, The Haunting of Hill House, Barry and The Conners. Photo Illustration: Dianna McDougall; Sources: FX, Netflix, HBO, ABC
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Yesterday, I shared my picks for 2018’s 10 best shows. Now, it’s time to highlight the freshman series that managed to stand out and make an instant name for themselves this year, even though there are more broadcast, cable and streaming competitors than ever.

This was a challenging year for new shows trying to break through. It’s no longer enough to be simply promising out of the gate; to survive in the Peak TV era, a series must immediately be able to hold its own among the other 500-plus scripted entries that came out this year. Otherwise, viewers will quickly throw in the towel, likely never to return.

Each of the shows on this list has risen to the challenge, so during your holiday downtime, be sure to binge some of these impressive freshman entries.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.