How do we love thee Donald Glover? Let us count the ways. As well as with his bomb rap persona Childish Gambino (his viral visuals for “This Is America” tops our favourite 2018 music videos), the award-winning star has captivated us for two seasons now with his game-changing HBO series, Atlanta. Chronicling the antics of emerging rapper Paper Boi and his bungling manager Earn (Glover) and mates (Lakeith Stanfield), we’re talking real courageous TV here. Fake Drake house parties. Silk pyjamas. Creepy Michael Jackson horror episodes. More, please.
7 WONDERS: BEST TV SHOWS OF 2018
Our small screen obsessions this year.
When news hit that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone were set to head up a retro-futuristic Netflix series directed by to-be Bond director Cary Fukunaga (also season one of True Detective), with the additional cast of Justin Theroux and Sally Field, the internet lost it. And rightly so. As the show delivered up a warped, genre-bending, sci-fi look at a pharmaceutical experiment gone wrong, unlike anything you’ve seen before.
The Haunting of Hill House
Yep, there’s probably something not right about it, but we all love a good scare. And let us just say, Netflix’s supernatural series The Haunting of Hill House had people shook, to the core. Following a group of adult siblings, including one Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who return to their haunted family home following a death in the family. Revisit if you can handle a few more leaps out of your sofa.
#JusticeForJodieComer was a hashtag circulating following the supposed Golden Globes snub of one Liverpudlian Wonderland cover star. That is how much this Phoebe Waller-Bridge BBC drama slaps. The premise? A Russian assassin/psychopath begins a game of cat-and-mouse with an MI5 agent (the brilliant, beautiful Sandra Oh). So good, it’s binge-in-a-day worthy.
We winced. We grimaced. We were fully and unashamedly obsessed with the v. v. brutal first season of the guess-who-dunnit crime series which starred Jessica Biel. So naturally, the second season already had us on tenterhooks before it even made it onto our screens. Enlisting the help of Detective Harry Ambrose again, this time he looks into mysterious cult after a couple are found poisoned and a 11-year-old boy is taken into custody. Gripping. Stuff.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Emmy-winning dystopian drama, originally adapted from Margaret Atwood’s disturbing 1985 novel, has inspired modern-day comparisons with US politics, widely recognised costumes and endless quotes. Headed up by the incredible Elizabeth Moss, the second season dropped earlier this year and went hard for the shock-factor, exploring a society where women have become property of the state. Beautiful but stark af.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
We stan Kiernan Shipka taking over Melissa Joan Heart in our fave TV show of our youth about a teen witch. But if you think for a second that this is a close adaptation, you would be sorely mistaken. This is so, so much darker. A homage to The Exorcist. Dark baptisms. Satanic worshipping. Season two will be dropping next April, so saddle-up and rewatch until then.