Best-Reviewed Miniseries, Limited Series & Anthology TV Shows 2018
In a world where 22-episode TV series are becoming less and less common, limited series (like HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects), anthologies (like USA’s crime drama The Sinner), and good old-fashioned miniseries (like Hulu’s A Very English Scandal and AMC’s John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl) are becoming more and more popular. The shortened episode orders allow for more closed-ended storytelling — and perfectly bingeable TV options.
The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.
Adjusted Score: 101.291%
Critics Consensus: A nearly unbearable slow burn, Sharp Objects maintains its grip with an unshakably grim atmosphere and an outstanding cast led by a superb Amy Adams.
After the gruesome murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another, reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly returns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.467%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society.
Beginning in the 1960s, Thorpe is the leader of the Liberal Party. He is hiding an affair with a man... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.653%
Critics Consensus: In its second season, The Sinner establishes itself as an engrossing why-dunnit thriller series with staying power.
In Season 2 of the drama series, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) goes back to his small hometown to investigate... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.387%
Critics Consensus: The Little Drummer Girl marches to a steady beat of assured plotting, extraordinary art direction, and a uniformly terrific cast that makes the show's smolderingly slow burn pace bearable.
The drama series is based on the novel of the same name written by John le Carré and follows the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.733%
Critics Consensus: A classic British period piece that takes its time, Ordeal by Innocence will satisfy Agatha Christie fans and novices alike.
The black sheep of the Argyll family resurfaces to deny accusations of killing the matriarch, which initiates the gang's hunt... [More]