2018 in Review: Top 10 TV Episodes

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To kick off my 2018 in Review, I wanted to go over my ten favorite episodes of television to air last year, ranging from prestige dramas to experimental comedies to good old-fashioned sitcoms. But first, ten honorable mentions, arranged alphabetically:

Barry
“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going”

Black-ish
“Purple Rain”

BoJack Horseman
“Free Churro”

The Deuce
“We’re All Beasts”

Homecoming
“Stop”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
“We’re Going to the Catskills!”

Saturday Night Live
“John Mulaney / Jack White”

South Park
“Tegridy Farms”

Trust
“Lone Star”

Westworld
“Akane no Mai”

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite episodes of television from 2018, starting on the next page.

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Review: Mindhunter, Season One

FBI agent Holden Ford sits tensely at a table across from the looming Edmund Kemper—nearly seven feet tall and over 250 pounds.

“It’s not easy. Butchering people is hard work, physically and mentally,” laments Kemper, the infamous Co-Ed Killer. “I don’t think people realize. You need to vent.”

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Review: BoJack Horseman, Season 4

Netflix’s original series BoJack Horseman is the kind of show that sneaks up on its audience, playing with the expectations raised by its core conceit then furiously plucking at the viewer’s heartstrings when it’s least expected. BoJack Horseman was never going to be lighthearted—its eponymous lead character’s drug-addled fall from grace assured that—but the show’s anthropomorphic characters and heavy use of whimsical wordplay seemed to suggest that, though dark, the show would remain comedic in essence. And yet, over time, BoJack Horseman has cemented itself as perhaps the single most harrowing portrait of mental illness currently on television. In its fourth and best season, the show continues to deftly straddle the line between clever farce and tender tragedy as it explores in further depth the manifestations of melancholia.

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