Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 months ago

This list is a ranking of the top 10 TV shows in production during 2018 that were most consistently popular with IMDb users. These rankings are not based upon critical assessments or Nielsen ratings, but on pageviews by our combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique monthly visitors.

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William H. Macy in Shameless (2011)

10. "Shameless"

Few TV families continue to make headlines in their ninth season, but as the irrepressible Gallagher clan pursue their respective paths to myriad ends, their IMDb fellowship continues to grow, and "Shameless" easily retains its title as Showtime's flagship series. Season 9 saw the show hit the 100-episode milestone, but the bigger news was Emmy Rossum's announcement that she's leaving the nest — as messy as it can be — when the current season comes to an end in early 2019.

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Dylan Minnette in 13 Reasons Why (2017)

9. "13 Reasons Why"

The first season of "13 Reasons Why" proved a phenomenon when it debuted on Netflix in 2017, with viewers bingeing the drama to discover why teenager Hannah Baker decided to take her own life. But while interest remained high, the second season received mixed reviews and sparked controversy over unflinching scenes of assault. Despite the reaction, Season 3 is in the pipeline for 2019.

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Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, and Jordan Patrick Smith in Vikings (2013)

8. "Vikings"

After five seasons, the love for "Vikings" is still strong among IMDb users. The History Channel series, which tells the story of the legendary Lothbrok Viking clan, has claimed the No. 6 spot on our annual Top TV Shows list for two years running. Neither major cast changes, nor massive time jumps in the storyline, have shaken its impressively consistent MOVIEmeter ranking, with the series hovering in the top 100 for almost its entire five-year run, including the 11-month hiatus in 2018. Don't be surprised to see "Vikings" jump back to the top of the MOVIEmeter chart in December when the series returns.

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Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story (2011)

7. "American Horror Story"

Anthologies have been around since the early days of television, but Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk gave us something altogether new in "American Horror Story." With a new story each season and a repertory cast playing multiple characters throughout the life of the show, fans had good reason to visit the show's IMDb page often. Consider Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, who have played a combined 32 characters on the show over eight seasons, with more to come in Season 9.

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Henry Thomas, Mckenna Grace, Lulu Wilson, Julian Hilliard, Paxton Singleton, and Violet McGraw in The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

6. "The Haunting of Hill House"

Was it too long? Probably. Did the ending feel like Goth "This Is Us"? Definitely. Did either of those things matter? Nope. "The Haunting of Hill House" enthralled IMDb users with its ample atmospheric dread, decades-spanning storyline, and jolting jump scares (especially that one), rocketing up the MOVIEmeter rankings and sending stars Carla Gugino and Kate Siegel to the stop of the STARmeter chart. And after years spent making movies with the same cast, "Hill House" also represented creator/director Mike Flanagan's arrival as a leading force in the ongoing horror revival.

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Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy (2005)

5. "Grey's Anatomy"

After more than 300 episodes, the doctors at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital are still captivating IMDb users with their dramatic lives and loves as they face life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. Season 15 has seen Alex Landi cast in a recurring role as Dr. Nico Kim, significant for being the first gay male surgeon to appear on the show, and by the midseason finale, Dr. Meredith Grey found herself in the middle of a love triangle. This, among other cliffhangers, should see fans keeping their appointments with the show long into 2019, when "Grey's Anatomy" is set to surpass "ER" as the longest-running primetime medical drama in history.

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Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

4. "The Handmaid's Tale"

Season 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale" managed to be one of the most acclaimed shows on television, even while diving deeper into the misery of its characters. The show is now outside the realm of Margaret Atwood's book, and while Season 2 finally gave viewers a peek at what lies outside the confines of Gilead, it was also at times more challenging to watch than the first. The show may not be escapist TV, but audiences couldn't stop watching and Hulu will bring it back for a Season 3, with stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Yvonne Strahovski all on board. Will Season 3 be any less dark? Probably not, but maybe we'll finally get a little hope.

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Thandie Newton and Simon Quarterman in Westworld (2016)

3. "Westworld"

"Westworld" Season 2 built upon the intricate world Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy introduced in Season 1, and went even deeper, with an intense focus on the stories of their characters — both human and host. It expanded the universe of the show, and gave us one of the year's most moving episodes, Kiksuya, which IMDb users rated as the season's best. Will these violent delights have violent ends? Fans will have to wait: Season 3 is currently rumored to be releasing sometime in 2020.

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Jesse Plemons, Jimmi Simpson, Cristin Milioti, Milanka Brooks, Osy Ikhile, Michaela Coel, and Paul G. Raymond in Black Mirror (2011)

2. "Black Mirror"

Apparently, we're like most IMDb users, in that we frequently visit the cast pages of "Black Mirror." Why? Well, for starters, take a look at some of the names that have appeared on the show: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Jimmi Simpson ("Westworld"), and Letitia Wright (Black Panther). The pitch-black satire of writer/creator Charlie Brooker is almost too dark for some, but the series consistently has audiences talking and critics raving. The show has won Emmys for writing and Best TV Movie in consecutive years (for the stellar "San Junipero" and "USS Callister"). Look for that popularity to continue in Season 5, which premieres in late December.

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Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, and Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead (2010)

1. "The Walking Dead"

The long-running apocalyptic zombie saga lost a little steam this year, not to mention its main character (so long, Rick Grimes). But even at a zombie's pace, "The Walking Dead" is still the most popular show with IMDb users. With Andrew Lincoln's departure, it's difficult to imagine the show continuing, but despite that (and dips in viewership), AMC continues to invest in the spinoff ("Fear the Walking Dead") and has greenlit three upcoming feature-length films featuring Grimes. Even after nine seasons, the dead aren't going to stop walking any time soon.