As everyone knows by now, there are more scripted series on TV than ever before, with this year’s tally likely topping 500. But while Peak TV has ushered in an era with an unprecedented amount of great TV shows—and not enough time in the day to watch all of them—the number of truly exceptional programs has perhaps even declined this year, in part because a few top-tier shows, like Better Things and The Crown, were MIA.
However, 2018’s lineup of the top 10 shows—which only includes two returning series from last year’s list—still holds its own. Watching television in the Peak TV era can be overwhelming, but not when it comes to these incredible programs, which proved time and again how powerful, wondrous and innovative the medium can be. Be sure to binge these exceptional series before the 2019 lineup starts rolling out in just a few weeks.