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The most awaited TV series of 2018

Usual caveats apply, which is: a) the ranks of the anticipation are directly proportional to how I anticipate them, with a fair amount of bias, and b) The list is what I know of right now, but there could be some great shows debuting suddenly this year, which is always a good news in spite of no mentions here. So, without much further ado, more because we are already couple of months in 2018, here is the list of which all TV series to look out for this year.

 

40. Kiss Me First

Netflix, 6 episodes.
Leila is a lonely 17 year old girl addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While playing on the platform, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbors a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unraveling the mystery behind her disappearance.

39. Mosaic

HBO, HBO Nordic. 6 episodes.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh.
Mosaic is a whodunit mystery thriller based on the murder of popular children’s book author and illustrator Olivia Lake that takes place in Park City, Utah. Originally released as an interactive app, Mosaic allows the viewer to experience different portions of the story from the perspective of different characters in a non-linear fashion, providing a complex and unique narrative form. Note that the ending has very polarised reaction among viewers.

 

38. The Alienist

TNT, Netflix. 7 episodes.
Starring: Daniel BrühlDakota FanningLuke Evans.
Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, a band of social outsiders (a psychologist, a crime reporter, and a headstrong secretary) set out to find and apprehend one of New York City’s first serial killers during the late 19th century.

 

37. The Looming Tower

Hulu, 11 episodes.
Creators: Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney. Starring: Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard.
Tracing the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, it takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

36. The Umbrella Academy

Netflix, 10 episodes.
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper. Based on graphic novel from: Gerard Way.
After their dad dies, a dysfunctional and disbanded family of superheroes reluctantly gets back together to discover what happened to their (The Monocle, Spaceboy, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin) fallen father.

35. Seven Seconds

Netflix, 10 episodes.
Creator: Veena Sud.
Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.

 

34. Purity

Showtime, 20 episodes.
Directed by: Todd Field. Based on the novel by: Jonathan Franzen. Starring: Daniel Craig.
A young woman joins an activist group, and begins a global journey in search of her father.

33. Insatiable

Netflix, 13 episodes.
A disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.

32. Informer

BBC, Amazon Prime. 6 episodes
Counter-terrorism thriller set in east London.

31. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 

Amazon Prime, 10 episodes.
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Vera Farmiga.

A sci-fi anthology series with stand-alone episodes based on the works of Philip K. Dick. Only problem is that it doesn’t turn out to be an overdose of ‘black mirror’.

 

30. Lost in Space

Netflix, 10 episodes.
A remake of the 1960s sci-fi series. A family lost in outer spaces in 2040s, and while en route to their new home, they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination.

 

29. Breathe

Amazon Prime, 8 episodes.
Starring: MadhavanAmit Sadh.
Breathe is an Indian crime/drama/thriller that explores the lives of ordinary men faced with extraordinary circumstances, a brilliant but non-conventional officer of the Crime Branch, puts the pieces together of seemingly unconnected deaths that lead up to an unlikely suspect.

 

28. McMafia

BBC, AMC, Amazon Prime. 8 episodes.
Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But when a murder unearths his family’s past, Alex is drawn into the criminal underworld where he must confront his values to protect those he loves.

 

 

27. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

BBC, AMC.
Story: John le Carre, adopted by Simon Beaufoy. Starring: Aidan Gillen. 
British spy, Alec Leamas, seeks vengeance on the East German Intelligence Service during the height of the Cold War.

26. Good Omens

BBC, Amazon Videos. 
Story: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Mike Gatiss.
A tale of the bungling of Armageddon, featuring an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

25. Dirty Money

Netflix, 6 episodes.
This documentary Series deals with various stories (Volkswagen, payday lenders, pharma companies & wall street, HSBC & Mexican drug cartels, maple syrups, and real estate booms & busts) about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

 

24. The Dark Tower

Post the disastrous movie adaptation, the series, based on Stephen King’s novel Wizard and Glass, will serve as a prequel to the film.

23. Homecoming

Amazon Prime.
Directed by: Sam Esmail. Starring: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale.
This thriller/drama is a story of employees at a secret government agency who are eager to re-enter civilian life, while one woman employee trying to piece together the truth behind a secret government program.

22. Safe

Netflix, 8 episodes.
Created by: Harlan Coben. Starring: Amanda Abbington, Michael C. Hal.
After his daughter goes missing, a widower begins uncovering the dark secrets of the people closest to him.

21. Strange Angel

CBS.
Creator: Mark Heyman.
In this sci-fi/drama, a rocket scientist in 1940s Los Angeles is secretly the disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley.

20. Here and Now

HBO, HBO Nordic. 10 episodes.
Starring: Tim RobbinsHolly Hunter. Creator: Alan Ball.
Comedy/drama: A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.

 

19. The Oath 

Crackle, 10 episodes.
Directed by: Jeff T. Thomas. Starring: Sean Pean.
This explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and shed light on corrupt and secret societies.

 

18. Krypton

SyFy, 5 episodes.
Creator: David S. Goyer.
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

 

17. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Amazon Prime, 8 episodes.
Written by: Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland (based on characters by: Tom Clancy). Starring: John Krasinski. Series music: Ramin Djawadi.
The series follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

 

16. Castle Rock

Hulu, 10 episodes.
Story: Stephen King. Executive producer: JJ Abrams. Starring: Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Scott Glenn.
Based on the stories of Stephen King, the mystery/thriller/horror series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

 

15. The Terror

AMC, 10 episodes.
Starring: Jared HarrisCiarán Hinds. Executive producer: Ridley Scott. Based on novel from: Dan Simmons.
In this horror-drama set in 1847, a crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival.

 

14. Altered Carbon 

Netflix, 10 episodes.
Created by: Laeta Kalogridis.
A sci-fi/thriller set in a future, where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

 

13. Deep State

Fox, 8 episodes.
Starring; Mark Strong. Created by: Matthew Parkhill.
What happens when a man who believes he has retired from MI6 is called back to do one more job to regain his life, only to discover that this job may mean he has no life to go back to.

 

12. Dogs of Berlin

Netflix, 10 episodes.
Netflix’s second German language series after Dark is a crime-drama-thriller. A politically sensitive murder forces two disparate detectives into a battle against their wills with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption, which is willing to destroy the cops at any cost.

11. The assassination of Gianni Versace 

2nd season of American Crime Story. FX, BBC. 10 episodes.
Starring: Edgar RamírezRicky Martin, Penélope Cruz.
The second season show will focus on the murder investigation of fashion designer Gianni Versace by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the 1990s and how the investigation into Versace’s death led to what is famously considered the largest failed FBI manhunt in history. 

 

10. Wild Wild Country

Netflix, 6 episodes.
Documentary series directed by: Chapman WayMaclain Way.

A true story of Osho’s Rajneeshpuram, when the world’s most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. What transpired at that 64,229-acre land purchased in 1981 for $5.75 million led to the closing of the city, arrest of Osho and his many followers, US government giving him life-threatening injections in jail, deported from US, travelled to many countries just to be denied entry, and finally landing in India.

 

9. Too Old To Die Young

Amazon Prime, 10 episodes.
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn.
Crime/drama exploring the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the City of Angels.

8. Maniac

Netflix, 10 episodes.
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga. Starring: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux.
A comedy adaptation of a 2014 Norwegian series about two patients in a mental institution who live somewhere between the real world and their wild fantasy worlds.

7. Babylon Berlin

Sky, Netflix (US, Aus). 2 Seasons, 16 episodes.
Created & directed by: Henk HandloegtenTom TykwerAchim von Borries. Written by: Volker Kutscher.
In this historical crime-drama, a Colognian commissioner moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties, at the foundations of the still young Weimar Republic. What appears to be solving a simple criminal case of a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia soon reveals itself to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both him and his closest associates. This also happens to be the most expensive non-English drama or a German series ever made.

 

6. Counterpart

Starz, 10 episodes.
Starring: J.K. Simmons.
In this sci-fi/thriller, a UN employee discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension.

 

5. Patrick Melrose

Showtime, 5 episodes miniseries.
Story: Edward St. Aubyn. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch.
Based on the ‘Patrick Melrose’ novels, which are based on the author’s own life, growing up in a highly dysfunctional upper-class English family and the decadent aristocracy, dealing with the deaths of both parents, alcoholism, heroin addiction and recovery, and marriage and parenthood.

 

4. O Mecanismo

Netflix, 8 episodes.
Directed by: Josè Padilha.
Loosely inspired by true events, a scandal erupts in Brazil during an investigation of alleged government corruption via oil and construction companies.

 

3. Sharp Objects

HBO, 8 episodes.
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée. Story: Gillian Flynn. Starring: Amy Adams.
A mystery/thriller, where a reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her tiny hometown to cover the violent murders of two preteen girls.

2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Netflix, 6 episodes miniseries.
Written & directed by: Coen Brothers.
An anthology western following six different storylines and set of characters.

1. Waco

Paramount Network, 6 episodes miniseries.
Starring: Michael ShannonTaylor Kitsch.
The story of infamous Waco siege, the compound of cult leader David Koresh’s Branch Davidian sect in Texas, in 1993.

 

20 Honourable Mentions

1. Drug Lords (Netflix, 6 episodes. Documentary series of drug cartels and kingpins from around the world. Trailer).
2. Picture Paris
 (Epix. Comedy-drama. Starring: Meg Ryan.).
3. Howard’s End (BBC, Starz. 4 episodes. Drama based on the novel from: E.M. Forster. Trailer).
4. Snowpiercer  (TNT. Action-adventure. Starring: Jennifer Connelly.). 
5
Final Space (TBS, 6 episodes. animated sci-fi comedy. Trailer).
6. On My Block (Netflix. Coming of age drama. Trailer).
7. The Last O.G. (TBS, 10 episodes. Comedy co-created by Jordan Peele. Trailer).
8. 
Miss Sherlock (Hulu, HBO Asia. Women Holmes & Watson inpresent day Japan. Trailer). 
9. Our Cartoon President (CBS, HBO Nordic. 10 episodes. Creators: Stephen Colbert and others. Animation-comedy. Trailer).
10. A.P. Bio (NBC, 7 episodes. Comedy set in a college. Trailer).
11. The Chi (Showtime, HBO Nordic, 10 episodes. Trailer).
12. Everything Sucks! (Netflix, 10 episodes. 90s nostalgic comedy. Trailer).
13. Britannia (Sky, Amazon Prime, HBO Nordic. 10 episodes. Action-fantasy-drama. Trailer).
14. Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 13 episodes. Comedy.).
15. Hue 1968 (FX, 8 episodes. Historical drama set in 1968 Vietnam.).
16. Black Lightning (Netflix, 13 episodes. DC comics. Trailer).
17. Impulse (YouTube Red, 8 episodes. Spin-off 2008 movie Jumper. Sci-fi action.).
18. Kidding (Showtime. Comedy).
19. Corporate (Comedy Central, 10 episodes.).
2o. Roseanne (Showtime, 8 episodes. Comedy reboot. Trailer). 


20 Most Awaited Returning Series

An obligatory list, however less interesting because the most important returning series has been postponed until next year, so is the second most (hopefully). Nevertheless, there is still some quality series coming back this year..

1. Mindhunter (Season 2, Netflix).
2. Westworld 
(Season 2, HBO, HBO Nordic).
3. The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2, Hulu, HBO Nordic).
4. Narcos (Season 4, Netflix).
5. Luther (Season 5, BBC, Netflix. 4 episodes).
6. Mr. Robot (Season 4, USA Network, Amazon Prime, HBO Nordic.).
7. Taboo (Season 2, FX, HBO Nordic).
8. The Man in the High Castle (Season 3, Amazon Prime).
9. Better Call Saul (Season 4, AMC, Netflix. 10 episodes).
10. American Gods (Season 2, Starz, Amazon Prime. 8 episodes).
11. Bron (Season 4, SVT). 
12. Feud
 (Season 2, FX).
13. BoJack Horseman (Season 5, Netflix).
14. Sense8 (Season 3 – series finale, Netflix).
15. The Son (Season 2, AMC).
16. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2, Netflix).
17. House of Cards (Season 6, Netflix).
18. Bosch (Season 4, Amazon Prime).
19. Legion (Season 2, FX).
20. Atlanta (Season 2, FX).

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