Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2018

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 months ago

We're taking a look at the television series IMDb users are most eager to watch in the coming year. The following shows all have series premieres in 2018, and our rankings are based on traffic to our IMDb series pages.

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10. "Maniac" (Netflix)

You'd be hard pressed to find a higher-profile new series in 2018 than this dark comedy directed by Cary Fukunaga and co-written by Patrick Somerville. The wattage of the cast's stars just might have something to do with it. The 10-episode drama, based on the 2014 Norwegian series, will pair Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Oscar-winner Emma Stone as two patients in a mental institution and will follow the shared fantasy world they create. Joining this duo are some familiar small-screen stars, including Justin Theroux and Julia Garner, among others.

John Goodman, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Johnny Galecki, Bruce Helford, Laurie Metcalf, Whitney Cummings, and Jayden Rey at an event for Roseanne (1988)

9. "Roseanne" (ABC)

TV viewers have certainly been treated to many notable reboots of cherished '90s-era sitcoms in recent years, but the return of "Roseanne" is especially significant, given the impact and enduring success of the show's initial run. Not only was the show consistently lauded by critics and awards voters for breaking significant ground on a whole host of cultural issues, but it also was consistently popular, generating top ratings through most of its nine seasons. The long anticipated reboot will serve up nine new episodes and will return nearly all the original cast. In fact, viewers will be treated to the show's two Beckys (Alicia Goranson will reprise the role while Sarah Chalke will play another role) in addition to John Goodman, who will portray a very-much-alive Dan Conner, despite the character's death that was revealed in the show's initial series finale.

Premieres Tuesday, March 27, on ABC

Cress Williams in Black Lightning (2018)

8. "Black Lightning" (The CW)

The CW is expanding its stable of DC Comic adaptations with this series that focuses on a reluctant superhero who is called back into duty when crime and corruption in his own community rises to a level he can no longer ignore. Cress Williams plays the titular character, a retired superhero with a particular talent for all things electric who has transitioned into a new life as a high school principal. Of note: Executive producer Greg Berlanti has stated this series will exist outside of the CW's Arrowverse, at least for now.

Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the CW

Matt Czuchry, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, and Manish Dayal in The Resident (2018)

7. "The Resident" (FOX)

FOX is adding to broadcast television's roster of medical dramas with this midseason series that seeks to pull back the curtain on some of the tough, morally ambiguous decisions that doctors and hospital administrators face on a daily basis, all told through the frame of a young doctor and the rigorous resident with whom he works. The show boasts a slew of familiar and popular TV veterans, including Bruce Greenwood, Matt Czuchry, and Emily VanCamp among others.

Premieres Sunday, Jan. 21, on FOX

Brenton Thwaites in Titans (2018)

6. "Titans" (Warner Bros.)

DC Comics fans have waited for quite some time to get their live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans. The seeds of a live-action Titans-centered series originated in 2014, when TNT announced plans to bring a series to broadcast. But after many delays, production was postponed and eventually scrapped in 2016. This completely new project, created by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti, follows the story of a group of teenaged superheroes seeking to battle criminals, in addition to the challenges of adolescence. Central to this show is Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), who aims to become more than just Batman's sidekick. The series is set to stream on DC Comics' yet-to-be-named digital-streaming service.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)

5. "Good Omens" (Amazon)

Fans of Neil Gaiman will want to Watchlist this six-part miniseries based on his 1990 novel "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch," which was co-written by Terry Pratchett. The show unites two IMDb fan favorites, David Tennant and Michael Sheen, in intriguing new roles. Tennant plays the demon Crowley and Sheen the angel Aziraphale, as their characters attempt to prevent the Apocalypse. The cast is also flush with recent TV stalwarts, like Mireille Enos and Jon Hamm, who portrays Archangel Gabriel. The series will stream on Amazon Prime.

Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in Cloak & Dagger (2018)

4. "Cloak & Dagger" (Freeform)

"Heroes" veteran Joe Pokaski is bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Freeform with this teen drama that mixes superhero action with a little romance. Aubrey Joseph (Cloak) and Olivia Holt (Dagger) anchor the series as the two teen protagonists who end up acquiring superpowers and cultivating a relationship with each other. Despite sharing similar themes with Hulu's "Runaways," there are no plans for a teen-themed MCU crossover.

Taylor Kitsch in Waco (2018)

3. "Waco" (Paramount Network)

In recent years, there's been a surge of TV series that have explored controversial real-life historical figures and events. This miniseries, set to air on the Paramount Network (formerly known as Spike) this January, tackles the 1993 Waco siege that pitted Federal and Texas law enforcement against a group of committed and hardened Branch Davidians, led by the charismatic and dangerous David Koresh. In this interpretation, Taylor Kitsch plays the infamous Koresh. His portrayal is bolstered by IMDb fan favorites Melissa Benoist (Rachel Koresh), Julia Garner (Michelle Jones), and Michael Shannon (Gary Noesner).

Premieres Wednesday, Jan. 24, on Paramount

Bill Skarsgård in Castle Rock (2018)

2. "Castle Rock" (Hulu)

If you loved It, there's a strong chance you'll love this upcoming Hulu anthology series that connects familiar stories and characters from Stephen King's vast and colorful horror universe, all set in the fictional town of Castle Rock. Another reason to watch? A cast that includes the likes of "Lost" alumnus Terry O'Quinn and horror legend Sissy Spacek. But the real draw for fans is the man who was 2017's top breakout star on IMDb, Bill Skarsgård. The talent behind Pennywise the clown plays a character imprisoned at Shawshank. Yes, that one.

Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans in The Alienist (2018)

1. "The Alienist" (TNT)

TNT dives deep into the period-drama game with this eight-episode series that whisks viewers to 1896 in New York City, where a criminal psychologist (known as an alienist) and a newspaper reporter attempt to uncover the identity of a serial killer. The psychological thriller is based on Caleb Carr's novel of the same name and brings together a varied cast under executive producers Cary Fukunaga and Eric Roth. Daniel Brühl plays the alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler while Luke Evans takes on the role of reporter John Moore. Dakota Fanning plays Moore's close friend Sara Howard, a secretary at the New York Police Department.

Premieres Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT