While the most amount of books that I’ve ever read in one year, 2018 has been a year where I’ve also felt that I turned to TV and movies more than usual. To be considered a 2018 favorite, the TV show or movie had to come out or have new episodes this year. However, because catching up with ALL the shows & movies are just as difficult as keeping up with all the new shiny book releases, I do have some honorable mentions that didn’t come this year.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine S1-S5 (FOX/NBC)- I’m only slightly cheating with Brooklyn Nine-Nine here because Season 5 did air in 2018 and I did catch up on the first four seasons in time to watch S5 on air. B99 filled in the Parks & Recreation hole in my heart that I didn’t know needed to be fixed. This show is just so freaking funny and gets better and better with every season. I am so happy for S6 to premiere on NBC (!!) on January 10, 2019.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S1 & S2 (Amazon Prime)- Again only a little cheating here, since S1 aired in 2017 and while S2 aired in 2018. I started The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on a whim this summer. It’s one of the shows you don’t realize how much you love until you realize you binge-watched it in three days and then feel like you need the next season NOW. While it is quite different than Gilmore Girls, you can find very similar GG touches by Amy Sherman Palladino in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Dynasty S1 & S2 (CW)- One always needs some cheesy TV in their life and the CW always come to the rescue for me. This year it was Dynasty, the reboot of a 1980s soap opeara, featuring Elizabeth Gillies. Dynasty has a ton of drama and a tons of episode for me to binge-watch, courtesy of Netflix.
Outdaughtered S4 (TLC)- I’m a huge fan of homey reality TV shows, with my favorite for 2018 being Outdaughtered. Outdaughtered follows a Texas family who has America’s first set of all-female quintuplets. This show is just so hilariously adorable and I need more in 2019 please.
Sugar Rush (Netflix)- I love being able to cozy up with a good baking show at home, and I wanted to have the same feeling at school. Sugar Rush is a fun & unique take on typical competition baking, and it definitely inspired some weekend baking of my own.
The Bold Type S2 (Freeform)- The Bold Type is easily Freeform’s best show, following three best friends working in the magazine and journalism world in NYC. I especially loved the S2 finale (yay Sutton!) and I’m a bit sad that S3 may be its last.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)- Like many of my fellow book nerds, there’s no denying that the film adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was my favorite 2018 film. The TATBILB series is one of my all-time favorite book series and I am beyond happy with how this book translated on to screen. I also got to see Peter K on this big screen, being lucky enough to attend an advance screening!
A Star is Born (WB)- With Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as its stars, I think I went into A Star is Born with high expectations, but this movie totally delivered! I’m even more obsessed with the soundtrack!
Friday Night Lights (NBC/Amazon Prime)- While I am a sports person, I admit that the last show I expected to fall in love with this year was Friday Night Lights. I was in need of a new show to watch easily at school and decided to give FNL a go. FNL is a show that I just didn’t want to be over, and while much of the show is about small-town Texas life, I’m so proud of how much I’ve learned about football!
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 (Hulu)- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the best books that I ever read for school, and I really enjoyed the first season of its Hulu adaptation. I felt it stayed close enough to the book while adding different content that overall made sense. I have started season 2, however, I’m just not as it into as S1.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Netflix)- Again give me ALL the baking shows (and a second season of Zumbo’s Just Desserts, please).
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S1 (Netflix)- Even though it’s quite different from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I enjoyed The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina much more than expected, considering how disappointed I’ve been by Riverdale.
The Good Place S1-S2 (NBC)- While I don’t get the same feels as I do while watching Parks & Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place is another great comedy. I really appreciate its complexity AND phenomenal cast. I can’t really speak to S3 too much, since I’ve only seen the first three episodes, but I love Adam Scott as a recurring character.
Mona Lisa Smile – I’m a huge fan of ’80s & ’90s movies/ basically any “throwback” starring Julia Roberts. While its from the early 2000s, Mona Lisa Smile totally stole my heart this past spring, as the movie follows an art history professor at an all-girls college who tries to show her students there’s more to life than finding the perfect guy.
Ocean’s Eight– As a big fan of Ocean’s Eleven, this female-led adaptation made my movie heart so happy. While it wasn’t 100% perfect, I loved Ocean’s Eight cast so much and I wouldn’t mind its own trilogy.
The Greatest Showman– So I was (a month) late to 2017’s The Greatest Showman, seeing it in theaters back in January. I’m still 100% obsessed with its soundtrack and you better believe I bought it on DVD for all the rewatches.
What are you favorite 2018 TV shows and movies? Share in the comments!