Best-Reviewed Returning TV Shows 2018

The widely varied top 10 — comedies, dramas, spy thrillers, even an animated show — that landed on our shortlist of top returning TV all have a history of excellence: every single season of each series has been Certified Fresh. And this year, Donald Glover and his Atlanta crew have taken the No. 1 spot. (The series was awarded Golden Tomatoes for both best new TV show and best TV comedy for season 1 in 2016.)

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Donald Glover continues to subvert expectations with a sophomore season of Atlanta that proves as excellent as it is eccentric.

GLOW: Season 2 (2018)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Fearlessly led by its excellent ensemble, GLOW's second season adds a new layer of drama without sacrificing its self-effacing, delightfully silly humor.
Directed By: Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Charming and curious as ever, The Good Place remains a delightfully insightful bright spot on the television landscape.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and compelling as ever, Better Call Saul's fourth season deftly balances the show it was and the one it will inevitably become.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Americans' powerful final season pumps up the volume on an already intense show, concluding the complex series arc with epic familial conflict... and a high body count.

The Deuce: Season 2 (2018)
99%

#6
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Deuce's excellent character-driven drama returns with even more immersive world-building and a welcome focus on its leading ladies, carried by a tour de force performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dear White People's endearing excellence returns, but with an added layer of emotional maturity that enhances the show's powerful, relevant meditations on race relations in America.

Big Mouth: Season 2 (2018)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Poignantly repulsive, Big Mouth continues to confront the awkwardness of adolescence with foul-mouthed glee and an added layer of maturity.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: One Day at a Time continues its ascent into classic sitcom territory without losing sight of its modern identity.

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Bold Type presents an aspirational yet refreshingly realistic portrait of young women's careers, friendships and love lives in a big city.

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