Best-Reviewed TV Thriller, Mystery & Suspense 2018

Thanks to binge-watching, the wait between episodes of our favorite suspenseful series can be as short as a few seconds — but that doesn’t make these titles any less addictive. This year’s winner, the podcast adaptation Homecoming starring Julia Roberts and Stephan James, is an easily bingeable homage to classic thriller films thanks to its 30-minute episode run times.

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: An impressive small-screen debut for Julia Roberts, Homecoming balances its haunting mystery with a frenetic sensibility that grips and doesn't let go.

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Critics Consensus: Seductive and surprising, Killing Eves' twist on the spy vs. spy conceit rewards viewers with an audaciously entertaining show that finally makes good use of Sandra Oh's talents.

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Critics Consensus: The Americans' powerful final season pumps up the volume on an already intense show, concluding the complex series arc with epic familial conflict... and a high body count.

Bodyguard: Season 1 (2018)

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Critics Consensus: Bodyguard maintains a palpable tension throughout its pulpy proceedings to create an absorbing and addicting psychological thriller.

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Critics Consensus: Gorgeous, grim, and unexpected, Sacred Games is saved from its procedural premise by its dense plotting and superb cast.

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