Top TV shows of 2018 (Part One)

RACQ journalist and film and television buff Nathan Torpey breaks down his top 10 TV shows of 2018.

What a year for TV, with everything from female wrestlers, haunted houses, witches and cybernetic westerns on our screens.

With a plethora of shows and streaming services now available it’s hard to know what to watch, but these 10 shows had me binging up a storm in 2018.

Are they all Emmy award-worthy? Certainly not. In some cases, I’m even ashamed to admit liking them (looking at you Sabrina), but they were entertaining and I was staying up much later than I should have to fit in the next episode.

So, without further ado and in no set order (because it was way too hard to choose), here is part one of my top 10 TV shows of 2018.

Bodyguard

Bodyguard had me on the edge of my seat from the start and featured more twists and turns than the Bathurst 1000. There were a few points throughout the show where my fiancé and I looked at each other in shock and disbelief over what just unfolded. The six-part, British series follows war veteran and police sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague as they navigate the dangerous world of politics amidst Britain’s latest terror threat. You will be hard-pressed not to cancel your plans or call in sick to work (as a friend of mine did) and watch the addictive psychological thriller in one hit.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix.
  • Starring: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina Mckee.

Daredevil (Season 3)

Netflix’s tenure of Marvel shows have gone the same way as many of the beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turned to ash (thanks Thanos) following the cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and now Daredevil. How they cancelled Daredevil is beyond me, with its third season proving the best of all Marvel Netflix shows to date. This time around, the plot does away with the supernatural and ninjas that plagued the first two seasons and focuses on a more grounded tale of Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) taking down crime lord, King Pin/Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). D’Onofio’s performance is both terrifying and captivating, truly setting the benchmark for how villains will be judged for years to come. If you like tightly choreographed fight scenes, dark and broody sets and superb acting then Daredevil is the show for you.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix
  • Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson.

Brooklyn 99 (Season 5)

Brooklyn 99 is hands down the funniest comedy on television (currently) and anyone who disagrees is clearly an unfeeling lizard person as my colleague Shannon would say. From the creators of The Office, Parks and Recreation and The Good Place comes this whacky and zany workplace comedy set amongst New York’s Police Department. B99 will have you laughing, crying and quoting dialogue back to your friends for years to come. It’s the perfect show to watch on repeat and will go down as one of the best comedies of all time. It was nearly cancelled following season five, but after a massive outpouring of support from fans it was picked up by another network two days later.

  • Rating: M15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix and SBS VICELAND
  • Starring: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti.

Billions (Season 3)

If you’re in the mood for a battle of wits, one-upmanship and brash testosterone-fuelled revenge and hijinks, then you will love Billions. Set in the world of corporate greed and espionage on Wall Street, it pits two titans of industry – US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) – against each other. More than just a pi**ing contest between the two leads (though it is just that at times), Billions is an intelligent and thought-provoking look into money and what it does to people. Giamatti and Lewis are excellent in their respective roles and anytime they’re lucky enough to share screen time together, you just buckle up and enjoy the verbal sparring match.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Stan
  • Starring: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman.

The Haunting of Hill House

We’ve all heard the saying ‘home is where the heart is’. Well, it seems home is also where the horror is, with this Netflix show about a haunted house leaving viewers terrified. More than just your typical B-grade horror, The Haunting of Hill House is a masterpiece of suspense and intrigue. The layered story is focused on the Crain family, both in the present and the past, as they battle Hill House and its lasting psychological effects. The show is stylish and sinister, which is hard as there are moments where you want to look away but just can’t bear the thought of missing a single frame. Fans of the genre will love it, but even those who aren’t up for a scare will love the human drama and exploration of grief, denial and understanding.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix
  • Starring: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser.

 

Read part two now and our top five movies of 2018.