THE 25 MOST BINGEWORTHY SHOWS OF 2018
THE TOP 10 SHOWS OF THE YEAR
1. Atlanta: Robbin’ Season (FX)
Last April, Atlanta’s Teddy Perkins episode (think Sunset Boulevard meets Get Out) dominated both watercooler conversations and deep-dive think pieces. A month later, director Hiro Murai and creator Donald Glover garnered the same reaction with the Childish Gambino music video for This Is America. Both Teddy Perkins and This Is America are horrifying and confrontational. They stand out for their lunacy and potency, lacing contemporary anxieties into a blunt that takes you on absurd highs and leaves you paranoid. Both are totally of a piece with the versatile style and perceptive conversations Murai and Glover wove throughout Atlanta’s brilliant and stylistically subversive Robbin’ Season.
Each episode almost plays like a selfcontained short film, following rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), his righthand man Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), laid-back manager Earn (Glover) and Earn’s girlfriend Van (Zazie Beetz) as mundane situations escalate into humiliating, philosophical, screwball or nightmarish odysseys that underscore the Black experience in America. There’s humour for miles but – like This Is America – Atlanta often takes you to a sad place. Top Episode: Alligator Man
2. Sharp Objects (HBO Canada)
In Sharp Objects, memories are ghosts. They haunt mansions and emotions, providing chills and cold comfort in a Gothic generational drama about cyclical violence. Amy Adams is tremendous as Camille Preaker, a boozing and selfharming journalist trying to numb the pain from a traumatic past. She deepdives into it when a brutal murder mystery lures her back to her Southern hometown. The show’s abrupt and cutting finale leaves you rattled, emotionally gutted and craving more answers – not who committed what, but why. The clues are in author Gillian Flynn’s carefully considered details (the series is based on her debut novel) which are fleshed out on screen by writer Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée. With no second season in sight, you’re bound to circle back to the beginning and savour this. Top Episode: Vanish