Dram­edy dom­i­nates 2018’s best TV

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel Life - By Hank Stuever

For­get the days when a lone TV critic could hon­estly claim to have watched ev­ery­thing in the past year. This list is more about tak­ing a minute to salute the shows that rose above the stream­ing/cable/ broad­cast glut and im­pressed me with their sto­ries, per­for­mances, struc­ture and, most of all, left me with a sense of sat­is­fac­tion. help of a be­sot­ted em­ployee (Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette) is strik­ing for its un­adorned qual­ity. It’s a dis­ci­plined ex­am­ple of how a mas­ter­ful true-crime minis­eries can skip the need to play up a theme.

(Show­time). De­spite my ini­tial worry that David Hol­stein’s dram­edy about a trou­bled but beloved kids TV host (Jim Car­rey as Jeff, aka “Mr. Pick­les”) might bump too close to the sa­cred mem­ory of Mis­ter Rogers, “Kid­ding” stands en­tirely on its own. “Kid­ding’s” con­cep­tion of Mr. Pick­les’ imag­i­nary world — with pup­pets and songs — shows top­notch cre­ativ­ity while Car­rey gives his most mem­o­rable per­for­mance in years.

5. “Kid­ding”

of the hu­man con­di­tion.

(Ama­zon). A del­i­cate sense of grief (en­nui, maybe?) runs through some of the year’s best TV shows, par­tic­u­larly in Alan Yang’s ef­fec­tively quirky “For­ever,” in which Fred Ar­misen and Maya Ru­dolph play a mar­ried cou­ple who dis­cover the af­ter­life is just an ex­ten­sion of their bland (yet con­tent) sub­ur­ban rou­tines.

10. “For­ever”

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