The Top 17 Shows Of 2018 To Stream Over Summer

Cameron Williams

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:08 PM , updated Friday, December 14, 2018 4:30 AM

There’s an overwhelming amount of TV out there, but with this guide I've hunted down the gems.

As the year winds down you’ve got time to catch up on your television pile of shame, but where to start? There’s more TV available than ever before, even Facebook is making TV shows now!

To avoid scrolling for an eternity, here’s a guide to the year’s best shows that are a tap away.

Disclaimer: All shows were available when this article was written but may become unavailable as streaming services update their roster.

1. End of the F***ing World
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Why?

A show about two adrift teenagers (Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther) that properly matches the bittersweet vibes of adolescence with zero romanticisation. Good quality swearing in this one, too, and it looks amazing.

Where?

Netflix

2. Queer Eye

Why?

The reboot of the hit reality show introduced us to a new fab five and it kills with kindness. In a sea of mean-spirited reality shows this revival is so much more than a makeover show.

Where?

Netflix

3. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Why?

The death of Versace made world headlines but the other victims of Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss gives a phenomenal performance) didn’t. A powerful series that looks at a trail of destruction left by an American-made monster.

Where?

Foxtel Now

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 4. Barry

Why?

A burnt out hitman (Bill Hader) moves to Los Angeles and tries to become an actor. This series deconstructs our obsession with anti-heroes while making fun of the shallow side of Hollywood.

Where?

Foxtel Now

5. Ugly Delicious

Why?

There are many pretentious shows about food, but what about one that’s just obsessed with pizza for an episode? Chef David Chang travels the world with his friends examining a different type of food each episode with zero shame. Do not -- under any circumstance -- watch this show on an empty stomach.

Where?

Netflix

6. Homecoming Queens

Why?

Say hello to the best Australian TV show of 2018. Two friends (Michelle Law and Liv Hewson) reconnect and support each other during a tough time. Examines what happens when the “best years of your life” turn out to be the worst with lots of laughs.

Where?

SBS On Demand

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7. Killing Eve

Why?

A special agent (Sandra Oh) tracks an assassin (Jodie Comer). Assassin becomes obsessed with special agent. A meet-stalk-cute is now a thing thanks to this amazing series with lots of wild twists, dark humour and amazing performances.

Where?

ABC iView

8. Sharp Objects

Why?

A journalist (Amy Adams) returns to her hometown to investigate a serial killer. Her editor thinks it will be a good idea, reconnect with the family … but it’s a terrible idea.  Personal trauma looms large in this harrowing series that has loads of style and a killer soundtrack. Think Big Little Lies meets Top of the Lake.

Where?

Foxtel Now

9. Forever

Why?

Yeah, the series about the afterlife The Good Place is excellent but Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph secretly stole the crown away this year with their own show about soul mates. Rudolph gives an unforgettable performance in a clever show about what draws two hearts together.

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10. Homecoming

Why?

Can a TV series based on a podcast work? You bet it can! Julia Roberts stars in a show about … well, the less you know, the better, but rest assured this series is full of intrigue and paranoia. Worth watching for the visual flair courtesy of the brains behind Mr Robot.

Where?

Amazon Prime Video

11. Glow

Why?

The Glamourous Ladies of Wrestling (Glow) returned and the upward trajectory of this excellent series continued with women taking control of their bodies and their careers. Body slam both seasons in a weekend, we dare you!

Where?

Netflix

12. The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Why?

A 1950s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she’s great at stand-up comedy after her relationship falls apart. Two wonderful seasons await from the creator of Gilmore Girls.

Where?

Amazon Prime Video

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13. Better Call Saul

Why?

The Breaking Bad prequel series is a miracle. The fourth season continued to amaze this year and it’s just as good (some say better) as the misadventures of Walter White. Witness the heartbreaking creation of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

Where?

Stan

14. Succession

Why?

The family of a media mogul fight over who gets to control the company in this twisted corporate satire that shares similar DNA with Veep.

Where?

Foxtel Now

15. Bodyguard

Why?

The most stressful show of the year that follows Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden on security detail for a politician (Keeley Hawes) who is vying for more power in the British government. Worth watching for the action sequences alone.

Where?

Netflix

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16. Great News

Why?

Do you miss 30 Rock? Who doesn’t?!? One of the writers and producers, Tracey Wigfield, graduated from the school of Tina Fey to create this hilarious series about a producer (Briga Heelan) whose mother (Andrea Martin) gets an internship at a news station. Sadly, this one got cancelled, but two witty seasons are ready to binge.

Where?

Netflix

17. The Good Fight

Why?

It’s a tough act to follow The Good Wife but the geniuses behind that show delivered with The Good Fight, which picks up with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) coming out of retirement and realising she’s on the wrong side of history. Each episode has political bite and rolls with the current news cycle with pinpoint accuracy.

Where?

Ten All Access