Best-Reviewed Miniseries, Limited Series & Anthology TV Shows 2018

In a world where 22-episode TV series are becoming less and less common, limited series (like HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects), anthologies (like USA’s crime drama The Sinner), and good old-fashioned miniseries (like Hulu’s A Very English Scandal and AMC’s John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl) are becoming more and more popular. The shortened episode orders allow for more closed-ended storytelling — and perfectly bingeable TV options.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.

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Critics Consensus: A nearly unbearable slow burn, Sharp Objects maintains its grip with an unshakably grim atmosphere and an outstanding cast led by a superb Amy Adams.

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Critics Consensus: Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society.

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Critics Consensus: In its second season, The Sinner establishes itself as an engrossing why-dunnit thriller series with staying power.

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Critics Consensus: The Little Drummer Girl marches to a steady beat of assured plotting, extraordinary art direction, and a uniformly terrific cast that makes the show's smolderingly slow burn pace bearable.

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Critics Consensus: A classic British period piece that takes its time, Ordeal by Innocence will satisfy Agatha Christie fans and novices alike.

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