Top TV shows of 2018 (Part Two)

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

Part one of 2018’s top TV shows covered everything from terror threats, superheroes and the NYPD to the world of finance and haunted houses.

Now we look at the rest of the TV shows that had me binging up storm in 2018. Again, they aren’t all award worthy, but they will keep you entertained.

Killing Eve

Along with Bodyguard and The Haunting of Hill House, Killing Eve generated the most conversation around the office. Simply put, the spy series has it all – thrills, action, comedy, charm, wit and tragedy. It’s the type of show that is hard to categorise, mixing elements of cat and mouse spy thriller with psychological drama and workplace comedy. To describe the plot simply would be an injustice but, for the sake of this review, Killing Eve follows MI5 officer Eve Polastri as she tracks down the psychopathic assassin Villanelle. Sandra Oh is a standout in her Golden Globe-winning performance as Eve, as is the damaged-yet-glamorous assassin Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer. You won’t want to miss this one.

  • Rating: M15+
  • Watch it on: ABC iview.
  • Starring: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw.

You

Make no mistake, You will creep you out. It will change the way you view strangers – a friend of mine went so far as to put additional password protections and security measures on her devices after watching. Fans of Gossip Girl will recognise Penn Badgley who goes from the lovable Dan Humphrey to the downright obsessive Joe Goldberg. The show follows Joe (Badgley), a bookstore manager who becomes infatuated with Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a customer at his store. The story quickly goes from his admiration to downright stalking. Luckily for us, we get a front row seat into the inner workings of Joe’s deranged mind. The show would be best described as a cross between Gossip Girl and Dexter and will leave you desperately wanting a second season.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix.
  • Starring: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell.

GLOW (Season 2)

From the creators of Orange Is the New Black, GLOW follows the lives of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Set in the 80s, the comedy explores the women as they journey through a male-dominated industry. It is equal parts hilarious and provoking. The first season played out like an undercard and the second season the main event, improving on its predecessor in almost every way. One thing is for certain – there are very high expectations for the upcoming third season.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix.
  • Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron.

Better Call Saul (Season 4)

The follow up to Breaking Bad had massive shoes to fill. It’s no small feat to follow one of television’s most-beloved shows, but Better Call Saul is about as good as it gets. Is it Breaking Bad? No. Is it any good? Yes. The show follows everyone’s favourite Albuquerque lawyer Saul Goodman six years before the events of Breaking Bad. Its quite a unique ride knowing where Saul Goodman’s character ends up, compared to where he began. But in the end, it doesn’t matter that we know the ending as the journey is so goddamn fun. Saul is expertly played by Bob Odenkirk in what is a career-defining performance.

  • Rating: M15+
  • Watch it on: Stan.
  • Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I’ll preface this review by saying this is not the Sabrina you used to know and love. If you go into this show hoping for a Melissa Joan Hart rehashing of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, then you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, this is a delightfully dark reimagining based on a comic series first launched in 2014. It still features the recognisable characters of Sabrina, Harvey, Zelda, Hilda and Salem in a dark coming-of-age tale that is equal parts teenage life, horror and the occult. From the creators of Riverdale, it is a binge-worthy offering that may not take home any Golden Globes as others on this list have done, but it will leave you thoroughly entertained and wanting more.

  • Rating: MA15+
  • Watch it on: Netflix.
  • Starring: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Mirando Otto.

 

Read our top five movies of 2018.