Our Staff Picks for the Best Shows of 2018

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ATLANTA -Lakeith Stanfield, Donald Glover
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Donald Glover’s magnum opus surpassed itself in round two with a series of vivid, surreal tales of race and getting ahead. (What if someone mistook the real thing as blackface?) The FX comedy’s hilarious/alarming “Robbin’ Season” is the year’s true American horror story. —April Bernard, Executive Editor, TV Guide Magazine

THE HANDMAID'S TALE - Elisabeth Moss
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The Handmaid’s Tale

In Season 2, Hulu’s dystopian drama imagined what happened to reproductive slave June (Elisabeth Moss) after the cliffhanger ending of Margaret Atwood’s novel. The result is a harrowing and timely story of resistance, led by women gathering power against their oppressors. —Christopher Wallenberg, Researcher

Better Call Saul - Bob Odenkirk
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Better Call Saul

Who knew that watching lawyer Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) last remnants of morality disappear as he became the corrupt Saul Goodman would be so enthralling? Season 4 of AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel delivered both excitement and dread over what’s to come next. —Jim Halterman, West Coast Bureau Chief


The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix’s 10-episode ghost story was a game changer for horror TV. Thought-provoking examinations of grief, an A-plus cast and beautiful cinematography will make it hard to top. —Emily Aslanian, Associate Editor, TV Guide Magazine

Succession - Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox
Peter Kramer/HBO


Season 1 of HBO’s pitch-black comedy about a bumbling family of gazillionaire media moguls said a lot about wealth, power and how politics and media intertwine. But more so, it was uproariously funny. —John Russell, Staff Writer

Chris Haston/NBC


NBC’s sitcom, set in a big-box retail store, can be astute about job issues one minute and gloriously silly the next. It also boasts sharp writing and an ingenious cast, led by America Ferrera (left). —Diane Snyder, Copy Editor

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Another year of TV is coming to a close.

2018 delivered some of the strongest shows we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. From debut seasons to older favorites, series like HBO’s Succession and Donald Glover’s Atlanta delivered.

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The staff at TV Insider and TV Guide Magazine selected their favorite shows of 2018, just in time to catch up before the new year rolls in.

Click through the gallery above to find out why these six series caught our attention.