Philip K. 's Electric Dreams, 9-1-1, The Alienist; grown-ish, Black Lightning, Waco (Amazon; Fox; TNT; Freeform; The CW; Paramount Network)
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Top 10 out of 34 titles: 

Adjusted Score: 69.728%
Critics Consensus: The Alienist boats an impressive cast and superb production design, but a sluggish pace and too many tropes keep it from truly standing out in an overcrowded genre.
Synopsis: The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police... [More]

Adjusted Score: 75.596%
Critics Consensus: Electric Dreams' dreamy production values and optimistic tone help make up for a lack of originality and tonal cohesion -- and save the show from feeling like just another Black Mirror clone.
Synopsis: Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, each of the 10 stand-alone episodes are set in a different... [More]
Directed By: Julian Jarrold, David Farr

9-1-1: Season 1 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 71.625%
Critics Consensus: 9-1-1 occasionally veers into melodrama, but is redeemed with a top-tier cast, adrenaline-pumping action, and a dash of trashy camp that pushes the show into addictive guilty pleasure territory.
Synopsis: The first season of "911" introduces and follows the lives of a team of Los Angeles City first responders: LAPD... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.818%
Critics Consensus: Black Lightning doesn't reinvent superhero TV, but it does give the genre a necessary jolt with real-world plots, scary new villains, and a star-making performance from Cress Williams.
Synopsis: High-school principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) suits up once again as Black Lightning to save his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams)... [More]

Adjusted Score: 50.432%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly lewd humor and funny, relatable characters are crammed into LA to Vegas alongside pacing problems and a dearth of punchlines, leaving this sitcom's high-flying potential stuck in an amiable holding pattern.
Synopsis: The comedy series centers around the crew and passengers of Jackpot Airlines, a low-cost airline that operates weekend flights between... [More]

grown-ish: Season 1 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 95.705%
Critics Consensus: grown-ish quickly works through its growing pains to establish itself as its own socially aware show with a fresh perspective on the college experience, driven by the charming and capable Yara Shahidi.
Synopsis: Zoey Johnson heads off to university, where she quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 72.08%
Critics Consensus: Altered Carbon leans hard into its cyberpunk roots, serving up an ambitiously pulpy viewing experience that often overwhelms, but never bores.
Synopsis: Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.... [More]

Waco: Miniseries (2018)

Adjusted Score: 70.5%
Critics Consensus: Waco brings its fact-based drama to life with an outstanding ensemble, though its sympathetic approach to the main character may offend some viewers.
Synopsis: Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which... [More]

Adjusted Score: 96.455%
Critics Consensus: A thriller wrapped in a prestige drama package, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror.
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy's perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew... [More]

Adjusted Score: 0%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The life story of drug lord Griselda Blanco, who was a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade, is dramatized. Her... [More]
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Top 10 based on 1,359 overall survey responses: 

1. The Alienist – 13%
2. 9-1-1 – 10%
3. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – 9%
4. Black Lightning – 8%
5. LA→Vegas – 6%
6. grown-ish – 5%
7. Waco – 4%
8. Altered Carbon – 3%
9. Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – 3%
10. The Terror – 2%


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