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All the best 2018 TV you should rewatch this weekend

Team Pool share their top TV shows from this year

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By Iesha Thomas on

This hasn’t exactly been a great year, between Brexit, Trump and general misery. But the one thing that didn’t disappoint? TV. Whether it was Jodie Comer as a psychotic assassin in Killing Eve or the dark and twisted revamp of Sabrina, everyone (in our office, anyway) has been talking about how flipping good TV has been this year.

So, Team Pool have compiled a list of our top picks of the year. Because there’s no better way to spend the weekend in between Christmas and New Year than curling up on the sofa and bingeing on all the addictive shows that graced our screens in 2018.

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (NETFLIX)

I pretty much waited all year for this to come out and it’s so bloody brilliant. It’s dark and twisted and yet has an innocence to it that I love. Aunt Zelda and Ambrose’s dry humour really make this show, but all the characters are incredible. Except Harvey. If you were put off because you’re a fan of the original Sabrina, don’t worry, it’s so different – and amazing – that you won’t mind. Think Buffy The Vampire Slayer mixed with Heathers. If you love quirky/horror/fantasy and haven’t seen it yet, then stop what you’re doing and put Netflix on. Plus, they did a Christmas special, which is weird, witchy and wonderful, aka my ideal way to get in the festive mood. Iesha Thomas

OZARK (NETFLIX)

Ozark was last year’s standout programme for me and I devoured season two when it came out this summer. It’s dark. It is in no way light, fluffy telly. An ordinary middle-class businessman gets involved with laundering money for a drug cartel – a claustrophobic spiral into a world he can’t escape. Superbly acted by Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, with a killer script, this is the kind of amazing American drama that makes me sigh about our own output. Elaine Robb

SHARP OBJECTS (AMAZON PRIME)

Whether you have or haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s first book of the same name, you should absolutely watch this show. Amy Adams is fantastic and is the perfect Camille Preaker – even if her skills as a journalist are, uh, not quite there. Cate Sevilla

HOMECOMING (AMAZON PRIME)

I absolutely chomped my way through Homecoming, which stars my long-term crush Julia Roberts as a councillor, rehabilitating soldiers returning to civilian life. Things take a mysterious twist when it transpires that Roberts might not be as innocent as she seems. With 10 half-an-hour episodes, season 1 is highly bingeable. Plus, it’s one of the most cinematic TV shows you’ll watch all year. Frankie Graddon

INFORMER (BBC IPLAYER)

This brilliantly written and tightly plotted thriller is about a Muslim man, Raza, recruited as a police informant in an anti-terror unit. The show flashes back and forward in time and will keep you guessing until the final reveal. There are enough episodes to feel like it’s something you can dig your teeth into without being so long that you lose interest. Rowan Ellis

SALLY4EVER (NOWTV AND SKY)

Sally4Ever was one of the best comedy shows I've seen in ages, but I can’t say it’s particularly festive (read, it’s completely, utterly filthy). Definitely not one to watch with Grandma, unless Grandma has a wickedly scatalogical sense of humour, but it is filled with brilliant one-liners and, more importantly, fiercely funny women, including my queen: writer, director and co-star Julia Davis. Tory Frost

THE GOOD PLACE (NETFLIX)

I went into this show knowing it was probably going to be great – Ted Danson, Kristen Bell and the man behind The Office, Parks And Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an excellent combination. Even so, I wasn't quite prepared to love The Good Place as much as I do. High-concept and incredibly smart, it's got a cast with so much chemistry they could have been grown in a lab and it's so full of jokes you can't catch them all with just one viewing. Plus, I did a philosophy degree and it’s really nice to finally be able to use it by explaining all the philosophy references to my husband. Amy Jones

KILLING EVE (BBC IPLAYER)

If Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name made me embrace androgyny and the possibility of finding cisgender men attractive, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in Killing Eve brought me straight back home to Dykeville. Not only was it smart, funny, unpredictable, well shot and aesthetically pleasing (THAT DRESS), the tension between the two was something we rarely see on screen – benefitting, no doubt, from being written by a woman – and made it my favourite show of the year. Before Halloween, I saw something lovely on Instagram about the show: it was an Asian American teen, expressing how happy she was to be dressing up with her best friend as Eve and Villanelle, and how excited they were to have two badass female villains to emulate, one of whom was a woman of colour. More of this in 2019, please. Vic Parsons

BIG MOUTH (NETFLIX)

I often find cartoons for adults really weird and a bit annoying. But Big Mouth is one of my favourite shows, owing to the fact that it’s cleverly written, a bit ridiculous and genuinely funny. I’ve been furiously googling season three since I finished the latest episodes on Netflix and I won’t stop until new episodes arrive on my laptop. Maya Rudolph is genius and I’ll be spending most of Christmas watching this video of Nick Kroll doing all the voicesHannah Banks-Walker

MRS WILSON (BBC)

I’ve been a bit obsessed with Ruth Wilson since seeing her in The Affair opposite Dominic West. Two Brits playing American lovers works better than you think (season 4 would be my other recommendation, FYI). In that, her character is called Alison, as is the eponymous Mrs Wilson in the BBC three-parter. Though the two shows are very different, both series explore the complexity of marriage – and the fact the latter is based on a true story makes it a seriously powerful watch. Set in 1940s, 50s and 60s London, Wilson plays her own grandmother, whose spy husband Alec has some major skeletons in the closet.The acting is top drawer and the period wardrobes are fabulous. Look out for Keeley “The Bodyguard” Hawes as a glam actor embroiled in the scandal. Sally Newall

@IeshaMaeThomas

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