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.
Adjusted Score: 102.129%
Critics Consensus: Donald Glover continues to subvert expectations with a sophomore season of Atlanta that proves as excellent as it is eccentric.
In Atlanta Robbin' Season, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.651%
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.
New faces, big life changes and the pressures of showbiz stoke tensions on set as Ruth and the gang try... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.766%
Critics Consensus: Charming and curious as ever, The Good Place remains a delightfully insightful bright spot on the television landscape.
The first two seasons featured surprise after surprise and twist after twist, including a world-upending season one finale that threw... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.885%
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.
In "Better Call Saul's" fourth season, Chuck's death catalyzes Jimmy McGill's (Odenkirk) transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.725%
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.
It's 1987, and the Center in USSR is split into two factions: one for supporting Gorbachev and the other for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.965%
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.
Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York's midtown demimonde is at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.564%
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.
In the second season of this comedy series, Sam (Logan Browning) finds herself at the epicenter of social media backlash,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.644%
Critics Consensus: Poignantly repulsive, Big Mouth continues to confront the awkwardness of adolescence with foul-mouthed glee and an added layer of maturity.
Growth spurts, or the lack of it, add to the usual tensions faced daily by the middle schoolers of "Big... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.324%
Critics Consensus: One Day at a Time continues its ascent into classic sitcom territory without losing sight of its modern identity.
Season 2 of the comedy series tackles issues that are at the forefront of present-day America. Alex (Marcel Ruiz) is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.404%
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.
Ladies working at a global women's magazine navigate life, love and friendship together. Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor... [More]