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The Best TV Shows You’ll Watch In 2018: ‘The Chi,’ ‘Electric Dreams,’ ‘9-1-1,’ And More



Last year was television goldmine. HBO released the whiz-bang final season of The Leftovers, The Deuce, the last season of the phenomenal Girls, murder-mystery feminist drama Big Little Lies, and so much more.

Hulu released The Handmaid's Tale, the first show from a streaming service to ever win the top category at the Emmy Awards. NBC gave a wacky, tremendously inventive sophomore season of The Good Place, and Netflix premiered new seasons for Stranger Things, Sense8, and BoJack Horseman. Check out our list of the best shows released in 2017.

The Golden Age of television doesn't stop here, however. Below are the most highly anticipated shows you can look forward to binge-watching in 2018.

The Chi

Emmy-winning writer for Master of None Lena Waithe created this drama about people living in the South Side of Chicago. Executive produced by Common — as in the musician — The Chi explores, interrogates, and exposes human stories about a place whose identity is associated with appalling crime rates. The Chi will arrive on Jan. 7.

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Amazon's own take on Black Mirror will arrive on Jan. 12, inspired by bizarre, thought-provoking dystopian short stories written by Philip K. Dick. It's a 10-episode anthology series — meaning different stories and cast for each — that illustrates versions of the future that could be our own.


Creators of American Horror Story and Glee have partnered up yet again for 9-1-1, a procedural series that steps into the shoes of first responders in Los Angeles. It boasts a phenomenal array of talent, from Angela Bassett to Connie Britton to Peter Krause. 9-1-1 will arrive on Jan. 3.

The End Of The F***ing World

Netflix is really into surprise drops, huh? In December 2016 it released a brand-new series called The OA out of the blue, which turned out to be one the best shows of that year. It's doing it again with The End Of The F***ing World, a show about psychopaths-in-embryo who run away from their miserable lives. The End Of The F***ing World will arrive on Jan. 5.

The Alienist

True Detective creator Cary Fukunaga adapts Caleb Carr's 1994 novel The Alienist, a story set 1896 in New York that follows a criminal psychologist investigating a serial killer who murders child prostitutes. The Alienist will arrive on Jan. 22.

Altered Carbon

Netflix is kicking off its 2018 TV lineup with Altered Carbon, an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's 2002 cyberpunk novel that bears dystopian hues and sinister underpinnings. It's about a futuristic world where consciousness is digitized and inserted into new bodies to avoid death. Altered Carbon will arrive on Feb. 2.

Sharp Objects

Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn is making her TV debut with Sharp Objects, which follows a crime reporter played by Amy Adams as she returns to her Missouri hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls. Jean-Marc Vallée, who did all episodes of the phenomenal Big Little Lies, is directing.

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