The top TV shows of 2018: From binge-worthy to weekly slow-burners, here are the shows to catch up on before the end of the year

2018 may or may not have been the best year ever but it has definitely given us a lot of great shows. From dark thrillers like 'Sharp Objects' to Jim Carrey's 'Kidding', here are the top 20 must watch shows of 2018


                            The top TV shows of 2018: From binge-worthy to weekly slow-burners, here are the shows to catch up on before the end of the year

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

Politically charged, sassy and honest - 'Dear White People' is one of Netflix's best original shows till date. The series follows a radio show host named Samantha White, who unknowingly ends up becoming the voice of a group of people of color at Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League college. The show tackles cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism and slippery politics in the most refreshing way possible. A must watch! Show status: The series was renewed for a third season.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

There is a difference between a hit TV show and an iconic one. Only few become the latter, and The Handmaid's Tale cemented it's journey down that road with a riveting Season 2. Superb acting, a genuinely gripping plot, and writing that neither meandered nor descended into cliche, mark this season, and the series in general, down as a show we will be talking about for decades. Show status: Hulu has announced that the series has been renewed for a third season.

Billions Season 3 (Showtime) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Movies about stock markets and the financial industry usually translate well to the screen, TV shows not so much, which is why Billions is such a pleasant surprise. Imagine if Gordon Gecko was handed a TV series, then add in a bit more malice, a basket of brass balls, and some killer lines, and what you'd get is Billions. Fast-paced, Machiavellian, and excess in all areas: If you like your shows smart and amoral...this one's for you. Show status: Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season

UnReal Season 4 (Lifetime/Hulu) Cast: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko

The fact that UnReal has gone off the air for good still fells a little, well, unreal. Set on the sets of a 'Bachelor' style reality show UnReal's crowning glory was that ever character was vying for only one pedestal: That of the biggest bastard who ever lived. Cut-throat politics and mind games that would make a psychologist's head spin, UnReal was a fantasy turned nightmare. Appleby and Zimmer forged a duo that would give most female characters on TV over the last few years a run for their money. Will be sorely missed. Show status: The show has ended

Jack Ryan Season 1 (Amazon) Cast: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce

Arguably the best show of 2018, Jack Ryan epitomized the best of Tom Clancy's hero. While the jury may have been out regarding the casting of John Krasinski as the lead, the end of episode 1 left it in no doubt that his is the best portrayal bar none. Staying away from the spy trope, 'Jack Ryan' combines grit, a morality that doesn't grate, and exceptional direction and pacing to create a series reminiscent (but better) of 'Homeland' in its pomp. Show status: Amazon has renewed the series for a second season.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 (Fox) Cast: Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp

The remake of the iconic 'Lethal Weapon' films, there's too many reasons why you should absolutely watch this show. Action packed, dramatic and absolutely entertaining, 'Lethal Weapon' is not a carbon copy of the films. Instead, it takes the best parts of the beloved classic and makes it its own. The show follows buddy cops Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in season 1 and 2 and Wesley Cole in season 3 as they take down bad guys, deal with family drama and solve some complex crimes. Show status: Wayans announced that he will leave the series following the end-of-season production in December 2018. Fox has ordered an additional two episodes for the third season, bringing the total for the season to 15 episodes. Wayans will reportedly feature in these episodes.

The Cry (BBC One) Cast: Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie

'The Cry': Dealing with a topic as controversial as postpartum depression, this series follows the plight of young mother Joanna, played by Jenna Coleman, who finds herself in the darkest pit of depression when her baby son, Noah is abducted. Other than Coleman's extraordinary performance, the series is a must-watch for its depiction of motherhood. The most intriguing factor of the show lies in Joanna's character development as she shifts from being a vulnerable character to a defying instrument of murder. Show status: One season only

Little Drummer Girl (AMC/BBC One) Cast: Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard

Park Chan-wook's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel is in a single word, aesthetic. The spy espionage follows young and aspiring actress, Charlie, who is lured into posing as a terrorist's girlfriend by two Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz and Becker. Starring the heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, along with Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and this year's most sought-after actress, Florence Pugh, Chan-wook's show takes us on an unforgettable journey of love and betrayal, straight into the heart of a Middle East war. Show Status: One season only

Bodyguard (BBC) Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes

The British TV political crime drama, by Jed Mercurio and BBC's World Productions, is a six-part series that took the world by storm. With enough action for adrenaline junkies and a host of surprising twists and spooks, the show follows Sergeant David Budd and Home Secretary Julia Montague , in a drama that combines the politics within the Home Office and the police protection branch amid a grave terror threat to London and its policymakers, all while offering a heavy dose of spills, thrills and chills. Show Status: One season only

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1 (Netflix) Cast: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

No one quite knew what to expect when Netflix announced that it had roped in horror-specialist Mike Flanagan to adapt Shirley Jackson's seminal 1959 gothic horror novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' into a fully-fledged television series, but it's fair to say few thought it would prove to be such a rousing success. Boasting an ensemble featuring Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti, the series is a masterclass on modern horror while still singing an ode to its traditional counterpart. 'The Haunting of Hill House' was shot with a simple directive — "What you don't see is scarier than what you do" — and that has worked exceedingly well for it. Show status: TBD

Killing Eve Season 1 (BBC America) Cast: Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Comer

Based on Luke Jennings' novella series, Killing Eve rewrites, the rulebook of thrillers and female action heroes. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer play the perfect MI5 officer and serial killer respectively, proving that having women take charge can be a lot more than tokenism. Show status: BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a second season.

Yellowstone Season 1 (Paramount) Cast: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly

'Yellowstone' proved to be a gamechanger for the Paramount Network, becoming the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on the network after its premiere this past June. Having already been credited with redefining the modern Western genre, the drama would be director Taylor Sheridan's first crack at a television series, and he would be aided by a stellar cast featuring the likes of Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, and several more. Punctuated with stunning visuals courtesy of the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, where it was shot, the series maps out the intricacies of the conflicts between tradition and progress with surgical precision. Show status: Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air in 2019.

The Deuce (HBO) Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Square was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with sex workers and drugs.

The Deuce HBO Cast: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mead

The Deuce is the story about the origins of porn as we know it. Incredibly well written, the show weaves fact and fiction to take you on a journey when Times Sqaure was nothing but dingy alleys, dotted with hookers and drugs.

Sharp Objects Season 1 (HBO) Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

A dark, twisted tale about a troubled journalist investigating the gruesome murders of two young girls, Sharp Objects takes on mental illness, self harm, alcoholism and, the ugly side of the Southern culture head on. 'Enchanted' star Amy Adams takes the route farthest from a princess in this one. A haunting story, told in the most gruesome way. Show status: Sharp Objects will not return

Kidding Season 1 (Showtime) Cast: Jim Carey, Judy Greer, Katherine Keener

Showtime's 'Kidding' marked Jim Carey's return to Hollywood, but that was not the only thing that made the show exceptional. With rave reviews and a call for a second season, the series follows Jeff Pickles, an iconic children's television personality, very much like Mister Rogers, whose family life begins to implode following a tragic demise of his son. The kind Mr. Pickles, who is always expected to cheer children around him for his brand name worth millions, begins to question life and death as the cruel world rips his heart apart. Show status: Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

Manifest Season 1 (NBC) Cast: Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis

A Montego Air Flight 828 leaves Jamaica in 2013 and returns to the United States in 2018. Seems like simple story right? Things begin to become strange when passengers discover they haven't aged a day and a deeper mystery now looms in their lives. Soaring ratings and a strong fan following made this a must-watch. Show status:NBC had ordered an additional three episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to 16 episodes.

Ray Donovan Season 6 (Showtime) Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon

Fans of Ray Donovan may have felt a little underwhelmed by Season 5. But the old ghosts are gone, replaced by familiar demons. With Ray moving from LA to New York, Season 6 has found its mojo again. Violent, blindingly dark, and with superb performances by the entire cast, all fingers are crossed that Showtime give it another season. Show status: TBD

Big Mouth Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein

This show broke ground as the very first one to broach the subject of puberty and how it – specifically the lack of awareness and dialogue around it - makes boys and girls act. This season, the show dealt mostly with body image issues and went on to show all female body types – naked – in a sauna. That episode leads one of the lead characters to embrace her own body. Show status: Netflix has announced that Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season

Pose Season 1 (FX) Cast: Evan Peters, Kate Mara, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canal's creation, 'Pose' made television history. It had the largest cast of transgender actors for a narrative television series, with over 50 transgender characters. The plot itself is pretty enticing - set in the 80s in New York City, the show primarily talks about what a it means to be a part of a family, the one you aren't born into. Drama, glamor, pain and some insanely talented actors, 'Pose' is a must watch. Show status: The series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere in 2019.

Glow Season 2 (FX) Cast: Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

From the very beginning, this empowering show about women wrestlers in the '80s has broken stereotypes and covered topics that affected the women of the era. Season 3 of the show, which premiered this year, however, exceeded all expectations especially in broaching the subject of workplace harassment, and how different people respond to it. Show status: The series was renewed for a third season

Dear White People Season 2 (Netflix) Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell