The year so far has been crammed with so much great television that even with many standbys absent from the scene — fan favorites including “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Veep” have not broadcast episodes in 2018 — a list of the year’s great TV feels comprehensive, even with half the year to go. This list of 13 television shows and one TV movie, a mix of new and returning broadcasts, is an attempt to name some of what stood out most sharply to Variety‘s critics: Those shows that, in an unprecedentedly crowded landscape, demanded our attention and earned our appreciation. The first half of the year has been strong enough to make the eventual task of winnowing down a year-end best list seem very difficult indeed; for now, here are some shows from the past six months worth catching up on.
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
It’s hard to be consistently great four seasons deep into a show — but it appears as though no one told that to “Jane the Virgin,” which went ahead and had one of its best seasons yet. Flashing forward three years after Jane (Gina Rodriguez) lost her husband (Brett Dier), the show gave Jane the room to grieve, grow, and discover who it is she wants to be. The dramedy also continued to prove that it has one of TV’s best ensemble casts, particularly as Rogelio (Jaime Camill) and Alba (Ivonne Coll) grappled with Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and Petra (Yael Grobglas) grappled with her feelings for her suave lawyer (Rosario Dawson). The CW has since announced that Season 5 will be “Jane the Virgin’s” last. Judging by how strong Season 4 was, it seems likely that the show just may go out on top. — CF
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