The Must-Watch Titles Coming To Television And Netflix in 2018
From New Year’s Day to the kickoff of summer, we’ve got you covered with the best shows to check out this year
There’s no reason to wait out for just big screen releases to experience the best in entertainment. Television is still at it, stepping up its game and giving the Academy a run for its money. Streaming is also where it’s at. In 2018, creators of various TV faves are promising bigger, better things. From award-winning miniseries to action-packed crime thrillers, get your fill of great TV with this release roundup to guide you. Keep scrolling for the Must-Watch Titles Coming To Television And Netflix in 2018!
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
Release Date: January 1, Monday
Who would’ve known this 2005 Oprah episode would be the last time the main cast was seen complete on-camera? Rekindle your love for the sitcom; all 10 seasons are now up on Netflix.
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Francia Raisa, Abraham D. Juste and Deon Cole.
Release Date: January 3, Wednesday
A spinoff of the hilarious ABC series Black-ish, Grown-ish is Zoey Johnson’s coming-of-age story wrapped in comedy. So far, critics can’t get enough. Watch Zoey (played by Yara Shahidi) make her way from the burbs as the once sheltered daughter of doting parents Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) to the college campus in the 13 episodes of Grown-ish season one.
The Blacklist Season 5
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Hisham Tawfiq.
Release Date: January 3, Wednesday
This year, Joe Bokenkamp’s hit crime drama The Blacklist picks up where it left off in season five with “Ruin.” “In the winter premiere, Liz abandons her old life and seeks out a fresh start in a place where no one knows her history, her name, or the depths of her grief. When an unexpected threat finds her, she is forced to draw on her emotional and physical strength in a brutal fight for survival.” (via TV Guide)
Click here to stream The Blacklist on Netflix.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3
Starring: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin and Pete Gardner.
Release Date: January 5, Friday
Ending its midseason break, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns with episode eight. In “Nathaniel Needs My Help!”, Rebecca wonders if history is repeating itself as Darryl embraces a newfound superpower and Paula schemes again, this time for good. (via Rotten Tomatoes)
Click on to stream episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix.
The Golden Globes
Nominees: Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Get Out and more.
Release Date: January 7, Sunday
The Golden Globe Awards is entrusting comedian Seth Meyers with hosting duties this year. Front-runners mentioned above will be joined by noteworthy films like The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, I, Tonya, COCO and Loving Vincent. Watch out, too, for the actors’ red carpet “protest.” The stars will apparently wear black to show they stand with victims of sexual assault in and out of the industry.
This Is Us Season 2
Starring: Chrissy Metz, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Susan Kelechi Watson.
Release Date: January 9, Tuesday
The award-winning tear-jerking drama series is kicking off 2018 with episode 11 called, “The Fifth Wheel.” Expect a Pearson family reunion, a surprise family vacation and of course, being witness to the emotional appeal this show is so famously known for.
Supergirl Season 3
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan and David Harewood.
Release Date: January 15, Monday
Following the dramatic midseason finale last month, the “Legion of Superheroes” episode finally gives fans of the action-adventure series some answers: How will Kara recover from her disastrous fall? Will Brainiac-5 be able to bring her back?
Catch the latest episode of Supergirl and get streaming on Netflix to find out.
Riverdale Season 2
Starring: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray.
Release Date: January 17, Wednesday
The kids from Southside transfer to Riverdale High and it's not exactly looking like a smooth transition. Welcome to “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle” aka Riverdale’s highly-anticipated midseason return you can stream on Netflix.
Starring: Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Grant Show, Robert Christopher Riley, Sam Adegoke, Rafael de la Fuente and Alan Dale.
Release Date: January 17, Wednesday
The cattiness, the drama, the fashion, the storylines revolving around how the 1% lives: everybody’s newest guilty pleasure is about ready to wrap up its midseason break. The last episode ended with a flashback of Cristal (Nathalie Kelley) literally stabbing her sister’s drug-cartel-goon-of-a-husband, Alejandro, in the back. Cut to the present: Cristal’s billionaire husband Blake Carrington is seen meeting Alejandro, who is all cleaned up and decked out in a suit this time around—and definitely not dead, which was the presumption of Cristal. Looks like someone’s in for a surprise.
How to Get Away with Murder Season 4
Starring: Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Billy Brown, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Charlie Weber, Conrad Ricamora and Liza Weil.
Release Date: January 18, Thursday
Powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes’ HTGAWM went on its midseason break last November and fans sprung into 2018 with two things in mind: episode 9 and the How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal crossover. Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating meeting? Yes, it’s happening...in fact it’s almost here!
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 3
Starring: Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela, Thorgy Thor and Trixie Mattel.
Release Date: January 25, Thursday
“The rumors are 100% true, baby,” RuPaul told Deadline last year. “The ‘All Stars’ three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they’re fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes.”
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards
Nominees: Childish Gambino, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Bruno Mars, Lorde and more.
Release Date: January 28, Sunday
Music’s Biggest Night hosted by James Corden caps off the first month of 2018! Looking to get acquainted with the musical acts to watch out for? Click on for Rising Artists of 2018 And A Peek Into What All The Music Awards Next Year Will Look Like.
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Antonio Marziale, Chris Conner, Hiro Kanagawa, Kristin Lehman, Alika Autran and Hayley Law.
Release Date: February 2, Friday
Richard Morgan’s sci-fi novel is getting a TV show. And according to Joel Kinnaman, Netflix went all-out with the production. “They’re really going to be able to create a world that’s got a bigger budget than the first three seasons of Game of Thrones,” he told The Sun. “It’s going to be something special. It’s something that’s never been done before, and I’m a big fan of intelligent sci-fi.”
Stream the new TV series only on Netflix.
Queer Eye Season 1
Starring: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan van Ness.
Release Date: February 9, Friday
The Queer Eye For The Straight Guy reboot is finally here!
Just like the hit makeover reality TV series from 2003, Queer Eye on Netflix is out to make the world a better place…one straight man at a time. While the structure of the show stays true to the original, the 2018 edition comes with some very noticeable tweaks (apart from recruiting an entirely new Fab Five, of course). “The original show was fighting for tolerance,” explained the Fab Five’s fashion guy, Tan France. “We’re fighting for acceptance.” More about smashing stereotypes and touching on relevant social issues, Queer Eye actually seems more like a giant, warm virtual hug and a call for kindness and unity than a surface-level makeover show. You can bet each episode leaves viewers with valuable, life-enhancing takeaways—and tears in their eyes. Catch the first season of the heartwarming and now critically acclaimed Queer Eye reboot only on Netflix.
Everything Sucks! Season 1
Starring: Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako, Quinn Liebling, Elijah Stevenson, Rio Mangini and Sydney Sweeney.
Release Date: February 16, Friday
Everything Sucks! reaffirms that superb teams of child actors and true-to-life narratives on adolescence are here to stay. It serves up a refreshing new take on high school clique problems, too: this side of Oregon, it’s the A.V. club nerds clashing with the drama club kids. It’s a perfectly quirky, equally charming plot wrapped in a coming of age and—surprise, surprise—coming out story.
Fans are already itching for a season two. In the meantime, all 10 episodes of the first season are waiting for you on Netflix. Click on to stream the teen TV “dramedy” or add it to your list for later!
The Good Place Season 1
Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto.
Release Date: February 19, Monday
“Every single thing you do on earth has an effect that ripples out over time and ultimately creates some amount of good or bad.” And in the afterlife, people get evaluated based on the good and bad they’ve done while they were alive. Only those with the highest scores, therefore those who have done the most good, get sent to the Good Place.
This is where Eleanor Shellstrop (played by Kristen Bell) finds herself after waking up from her demise. She is welcomed to one of the blissful towns in the Good Place by its architect and overseer Michael (Ted Danson), who has no idea Eleanor was actually a pretty rotten person when she was alive. Yikes, there’s been a terrible mix-up. A bad person got through to the Good Place.
In an attempt to keep the mistake to herself and one other member of the town, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Eleanor scrambles to secure her spot in paradise by cheating the system and attempting to learn how to become a good person right then and there in the afterlife. Does she succeed or does she get found out? Watch the first season of The Good Place on Netflix and find out.
Designated Survivor Season 2
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci.
Release Date: February 28, Wednesday
10 episodes into its sophomore season, Designated Survivor manages to serve up action, inspiration, heartache and of course, an excellent midseason cliffhanger. In the last episode entitled “Line of Fire,” U.S. President Kirkman deals with religious extremists while the First Lady faces off with the FBI…and possibly has to fight for her life.
Stay tuned. Episode 11 comes to Netflix in February.
Gotham Season 4
Starring: David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor and Camren Bicondova.
Release Date: March 1, Thursday
“A Dark Knight: Pieces of a Broken Mirror” kicks off Gotham’s midseason return. The creators of the show promise an action-packed second half of season four revealing big, bad villains stirring up even bigger trouble. Here, the Toy Maker makes an appearance, Jerome returns and clashes with Bruce once again and Alfred gets an interesting character arc. There’s also this recast to look forward to: The Flash actress Peyton List will make her first appearance as the new Poison Ivy in the midseason premiere. Will she do the role justice? Gotham’s own David Mazouz seems to think so, telling Den of Geek: “she is the closest, both visually and in terms of character, to the Poison Ivy from the comics that we’ve seen yet.”
Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo.
Release Date: March 23, Friday
There are typical, predictable tests that define a marriage and then there’s finding out your wife has become a member of the cannibalistic undead. Joel Hammond (played by Timothy Olyphant) is a doting husband to his partner in love, work in real estate and now crime, Sheila (Drew Barrymore), who has come down with a mysterious zombie virus. To survive, she must kill to eat, but also work against time to find a remedy for her appendages falling off one by one. Joel stands by her through thick, thin and flesh-eating, but winds up in an institution after getting arrested and revealing to the prison shrink that his wife is a zombie. With Joel locked up, Sheila gets herself chained up in their basement in order to protect the Santa Clarita community from the now violent, rabid zombie real estate agent. But is this enough? Get your Netflix account ready and stream all 10 episodes of the first season before the premiere of season two.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith.
Release Date: March 30, Friday
It’s been a year since Netflix viewers first met the Baudelaire children and in March, Violet, Klaus and Sunny continue their journey as orphans against the world—more importantly, against Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). Don’t miss the second season of the bleak yet fun family drama on Netflix.
We’ll keep this post updated as announcements of new releases roll in. Till then, happy watching!
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