Best of 2018, Vol. V: TV Performances

I will admit that I simply didn’t have time to watch all of the television I wanted to this year (it’s shocking how oppressive and time-consuming having a full-time job and trying to be a productive member of society is), but I did still watch a LOT, and thankfully managed to cram in quite a bit over the holidays. There were, as always, a lot of great performances this year–here are my personal favorites, along with a couple of my favorite scene-stealing performances, and some of the (I’m sure very good) performances I would like to have watched but just didn’t have the bandwidth to fit in.

40. Catalina Sandino Moreno / Maura Tierney, The Affair

39. Emmy Rossum, Shameless

38. Full Cast, Will & Grace

37. Lucy Punch, A Series Of Unfortunate Events

36. Robin Wright, House Of Cards

35. Daniel Brühl / Dakota Fanning, The Alienist

34. Kate Siegel, The Haunting Of Hill House

33. Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

32. Hong Chau, Forever / Homecoming

31. Kieran Culkin / Matthew Macfadyen / Sarah Snook, Succession

30. Richard Madden, Bodyguard

29. Michelle Dockery / Meritt Wever, Godless

28. Alex Lawther, The End Of The Fucking World / Howard’s End

27. Bill Hader / Sarah Goldberg, Barry

26. Thandie Newton, Westworld

25. Edgar Ramirez, American Crime Story: Versace

24. Christine Baranski / Cush Jumbo, The Good Fight

23. Jason Bateman / Laura Linney, Ozark

22. Stephan James / Julia Roberts, Homecoming

21. Andrea Riseborough, Black Mirror: Crocodile

20. Hugh Grant / Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

19. Amy Adams / Patricia Clarkson / Eliza Scanlen, Sharp Objects

18. Olivia Colman, Flowers

17. Betty Gilpin, GLOW

16. Dan Levy / Annie Murphy / Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

15. Jessica Brown Findlay / Lesley Manville / Samantha Morton, Harlots

14. Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

13. Hayley Atwell, Howard’s End

12. Natalie Dormer, Picnic at Hanging Rock

11. Toni Collette / Sophie Okonedo, Wanderlust

10. Full Cast, The Romanoffs

9. Julia Garner, Dirty John / Maniac / Ozark

8. Carey Mulligan, Collateral

7. Emma Stone, Maniac

6. Kate McKinnon, SNL

5. Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

4. Florence Pugh, The Little Drummer Girl

3. Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

2. Patricia Arquette, Escape At Dannemora

1. Matthew Rhys / Keri Russell / Noah Emmerich / Holly Taylor, The Americans

Favorite Scene Stealers: Caroline Aaron, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Aidy Bryant, SNL; J. Smith-Cameron, Succession; Anna Chancellor, Ordeal By Innocence; Glenn Close, Crooked House; Beth Dover, Orange Is The New Black; Bonnie Hunt, Escape At Dannemora; Angela Lansbury, Little Women; Alex Moffat, SNL; Kate Mara, POSE; Paula Newsome, Barry; Rufus Sewell, Victoria; Molly Shannon, Divorce; Cecily Strong, SNL

Didn’t Watch: American Horror Story: Apocalypse; Atlanta; Better Call Saul; One Day At A Time; Sorry For Your Loss; The Good Place; The Handmaid’s Tale; The Sinner; Trust