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: 101.04%
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.
Synopsis: After the gruesome murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another, reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly returns... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.419%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society.
Synopsis: Beginning in the 1960s, Thorpe is the leader of the Liberal Party. He is hiding an affair with a man... [More]

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Adjusted Score: 98.63%
Critics Consensus: In its second season, The Sinner establishes itself as an engrossing why-dunnit thriller series with staying power.
Synopsis: In Season 2 of the drama series, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) goes back to his small hometown to investigate... [More]

Adjusted Score: 99.339%
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.
Synopsis: The drama series is based on the novel of the same name written by John le Carré and follows the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 95.55%
Critics Consensus: A classic British period piece that takes its time, Ordeal by Innocence will satisfy Agatha Christie fans and novices alike.
Synopsis: The black sheep of the Argyll family resurfaces to deny accusations of killing the matriarch, which initiates the gang's hunt... [More]

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