HONORABLE MENTIONS:

CORPORATE (Comedy Central)

A pitch black look at office workers even deeper into late capitalism than we are, Corporate capped off a great three season run by digging deeper into the interior lives of its characters while maintaining its spot-on and singular absurdist vision.

HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO)


10. BARRY (HBO)

Barry remained one of the darkest shows on television in its second season while not losing any of its humor. More thematically complex (as breakout episode “ronny/lily” exemplified), Barry further damned its main character by shining a spotlight on an ignored, violent past. Bill Hader’s performance is still stunning, and the second season gave much needed further focus to Stephen Root’s and Anthony Carrigan’s characters, all three characters occupying a distinctive spot on a sliding scale of psychopathy.


Some honorable mentions include DICKINSON (Apple TV) and EUPHORIA (HBO), two distinctive teen dramas that try very hard to be cool at the expense of legible plots: both have strong lead performances and found their footing by the end of their seasons; YOU’RE THE WORST (FX) overcame a rough past couple of seasons to stick the landing on its acidic anti-romantic comedy; WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (FX) made its potentially dated mockumentary premise work thanks to an exceedingly talented cast; A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Netflix) ended an impressive run as a stylish and faithful adaptation of the…


Here’s the rest of the best TV shows I watched in 2018. Also, for the first time since 2015, my favorite show of the year is available in its entirety on Netflix (for now at least), so get streaming if you feel so inclined.

10. SUCCESSION (HBO)

The asshole cousin of This Is Us, Succession was bar none, the best family drama of the year. No other show better traced the way horrible family dynamics trickled down to create extraordinarily fucked up people (this might also be what Sharp Objects was about but I didn’t watch that, so whatever.) So…


Here are the best shows I watched in 2018.

Here are some honorable mentions: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FXX), Bojack Horseman (Netflix), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Champions (NBC), Jane The Virgin (The CW), Grown-ish (Freeform), Taskmaster (Comedy Central)

And here are some shows I wanted to watch but didn’t get to in 2018: Pose (FX), The Terror (AMC), Dietland (AMC), Sharp Objects (HBO), Brockmire (IFC), Vida (Starz), America To Me (Starz), The End of the F*cking World (Netflix), Lodge 49 (AMC)

And a couple of shows I enjoyed that I didn’t get to finish before making this…


Here are the best TV episodes I watched in 2018, in alphabetical order.

“Champagne Papi” // ATLANTA

I wasn’t a fan of “Teddy Perkins” and thought this was the better standout from season two of Atlanta. I maintain the best Atlanta episodes are the ones focusing on Van, and “Champagne Papi” continues this tradition from season one’s “Value”, following Van as she tries as hard as she can to find Drake at his own supposed party. …


The best musical moments on television this year. Some spoilers abound.

10. Michael Shannon rapping // ROOM 104

Room 104 was already a surreal anthology where almost anything could happen in any given episode, but having a Russian Michael Shannon bursting into a spontaneous rap with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Katya dancing alongside him whilst on a date with Judy Greer is a whole new level of strange. Michael Shannon gives a typically great performance and proves he can rap pretty well, even while keeping a solid Russian accent. …


Looking — “Looking For The Future”

An evocative portrait of two gay men, and their hopes, fears, and desires.


10. AMERICAN VANDAL (Netflix)

A show that went way above and beyond its true crime documentary parody trappings, American Vandal is not only one of the funniest shows of the year, but also the most stealthily moving. Following a high school documentary crew trying to figure out who really spray painted a bunch of dicks on the faculty’s cars, it’s a pitch perfect parody of shows like Making A Murderer, but the comedy lies not only in the satire but in how well realized the teenage characters are. Every joke leads towards a better understanding of each character, as the…


25. RED OAKS (Amazon Prime)

An 80’s sex/coming of age comedy distilled to its purest parts, Red Oaks was much better than it ever had to be. Instead of relying on easy 80’s nostalgia, Red Oaks went for a hyperspecific, lived in 80’s atmosphere for its story about a young wannabe filmmaker and the people around him slowly trying to figure out who they are. The characters, while seemingly stereotypes at first (the stoner, the rich girl, the artist) are gradually deepened in funny and surprising ways. Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey, who were undoubtedly cast because of their own…

Andy Herrera

Probably thinking about the hit NBC show/Subway commercial Chuck (critic + writer)

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