‘The Mar­velous Mrs. Maisel’ was top TV show of 2018

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The top 10 TV shows of the year by As­so­ci­ated Press writer Ali­cia Rancilio.

1. “The Mar­velous Mrs. Maisel,”

on Ama­zon Prime. From its cos­tumes to the di­a­logue to the mu­sic to the quirky char­ac­ters, this show is a de­light. Watch it to feel good.

2. “This is Us,”

on NBC. Some sug­gest the third sea­son has lagged but this show is still solid, and we can’t dis­count how in­vested the pub­lic was in just how Milo Ven­timiglia’s char­ac­ter, Jack, died. The lead-up and re­veal ear­lier this year launched so many theo- ries, memes, hash­tags and jokes about crock-pots. Also, those oc­ca­sional flash-for­wards to show char­ac­ters in the fu­ture keeps us guess­ing and try­ing to fill in the blanks be­tween now and then.

on BBC Amer­ica. This catand-mouse chase be­tween San­dra Oh as an MI5 in­ves­ti­ga­tor and Jodie Comer’s as­sas­sin is great fun to watch. Oh has re­ceived many ac­co­lades for her work on the show, which are de­served, but Comer is also a stand­out and should be rec­og­nized. She mas­tered var­i­ous ac­cents and has a smile that can light up a room, be­fore she pounces to kill you, of course.

3. “Killing Eve,” 4. “Suc­ces­sion,”

on HBO. This show about a pow­er­ful fam­ily that owns a ma­jor me­dia con­glom­er­ate is dis­turb­ing, funny, and sad all at once. The char­ac­ters aren’t lik­able and don’t even seem to like each other, but to be a voyeur and watch them in­ter­act is worth tun­ing in for. 5. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” 6. “You,”

on Ama­zon Prime. John Krasin­ski joins Ben Af­fleck, Alec Bald­win, Har­ri­son Ford and Chris Pine as ac­tors who’ve por­trayed the CIA an­a­lyst cre­ated by Clancy. In Krasin­ski’s ver­sion, he’s got brawn and brains and he quickly proves he’s a lead­ing man wor­thy of the role. It’s fast-paced, sus­pense­ful, en­ter­tain­ing and sea­son two can’t come soon enough.

on Life­time. This show hasn’t got­ten enough at­ten­tion. Penn Bad­g­ley is mas­ter­ful as a psy­cho­pathic stalker named Joe who charms his way into the heart of a young woman liv­ing in Man­hat­tan. There’s a scene in the first episode where his char­ac­ter stares at his ob­ses­sion as she drunk­enly teeters on the edge of a sub­way plat­form like he’s study­ing an an­i­mal in the wild. It’s chilling. Catch up be­cause the se­ries is mov­ing to Net­flix for its se­cond sea­son.

7. “Es­cape at Dan­nemora,”

on Show­time. The real prison es­cape that this se­ries por­trays was in 2015 and caught the world’s at­ten­tion be­cause of the rev­e­la­tion that the two es­capees were helped by a fe­male prison em­ployee. The se­ries, di­rected by Ben Stiller, is just as in­ter­est­ing. Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette, Beni­cio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Eric Lange dis­solve into their char­ac­ters.

8. “The Clin­ton Af­fair,”

on A&E. This six- part doc­u­men­tary se­ries is an ex­tremely com­pelling, deep-dive into the events that led up to Pres­i­dent Clin­ton’s im­peach­ment. You may re­mem­ber the news cov­er­age, but there’s likely in­for­ma­tion in this se­ries that will be new. Many of the ma­jor play­ers in­clud­ing Mon­ica Lewin­sky are in­ter­viewed ex­ten­sively and to see her now, as a 40-some­thing yearold woman, re­flect on that pe­riod of her life with can­dor and grace is heart­break­ing, in­spir­ing and fit­ting for this (hash)MeToo era.

9. “grown-ish,”

on Freeform. Zoey, the el­dest child on “black-ish” ( played by Yara Shahidi) went off to col­lege and it’s worth keep­ing up with this new phase of her life. “grown-ish” doesn’t hold back. The show deals with is­sues that some col­lege kids are faced with, in­clud­ing abus­ing pills like Ad­der­all and the hook-up cul­ture. Also, Shahidi has ma­jor star qual­ity.

10. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,”

Net­flix. No of­fense to the orig­i­nal “Queer Eye,” which was fun, but the re­boot kicks things up in a ma­jor way. For one, tis­sues are re­quired for view­ing be­cause it gets very emo­tional. The show doesn’t just find men who need a new look, but the five ex­perts go deep into why these guys are stuck in a rut. It’s pos­i­tive and heart­warm­ing and feels like a hug.

Honor­able men­tions:

“The Good Place” on NBC, “Wild Wild Coun­try” on Net­flix, “The Hand­maid’s Tale” on Hulu, “Coun­ter­part” on STARZ, “Jane the Vir­gin” on The CW, “Crazy Ex-Girl­friend” on The CW and “13 Rea­sons Why,” Net­flix.


Rachel Bros­na­han in a scene from “The Mar­velous Mrs. Maisel.” The pro­gram was named one of the top ten TV shows of 2018 by the As­so­ci­ated Press.

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