- From NBC’s “This is Us” to Netflix’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” 2018 was a big year in television.
- The series finale of “Orange is the New Black” brought hot-button issues to the small screen while the series finale of “The Americans” had viewers on the edge of their seats.
- “Saturday Night Live” had one of its funniest sketches and Paul McCartney appeared on “Carpool Karaoke.”
Television has long been regarded as an outlet to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether your vice is crying over the latest episode of “This is Us” or laughing hysterically to the newest “Saturday Night Live” skit, there are a plethora of shows for everyone.
Some shows pushed the envelope more than others this year capturing the audience’s attention with every minute that passed.
Here are 10 of the most shocking moments from your favorite television shows in 2018.
Warning: Ahead are spoilers for 10 popular TV shows.
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Viewers said their final goodbye to Roseanne Conner this year.
After a racist tweet landed Roseanne Barr in some hot water in May 2018, ABC’s revival of her hit show “Roseanne” was swiftly canceled.
The following month, the network announced they’d be bringing back “The Conners,” a spin-off following the family sans its matriarch.
ABC addressed Roseanne’s absence on the series premiere of “The Conners,” the family found out she had died of an opioid overdose, which isn’t a huge shift from her fictitious backstory since the Roseanne had struggled with a drug addiction in the past.
Paul McCartney and James Corden took a trip down memory lane.
Late night host James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment is one of the most heartwarming things on TV. Singers “help” Corden catch a ride to work, all while sitting shotgun belting out their signature hits.
This summer, Corden tapped former Beatle Paul McCartney for his latest jaunt, and the broadcast could not have been more delightful. The two journeyed to Liverpool, UK, pointing out iconic spots in the quartet’s rise to global dominance, including McCartney’s childhood home where he and fellow bandmate John Lennon wrote “She Loves You.”
Teddy Perkins made his “Atlanta” debut.
FX’s “Atlanta” is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on air, it even earned creator Donald Glover a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series. Glover penned the hour-long episode and subsequently wore whiteface to play the Perkins, an erratic homeowner and piano salesman with murderous tendencies who comes to haunt series regular Darius (Lakeith Stanfield).
Even in you’ve never sat down to watch an episode of this hit show, this particular installment showcases why Glover is regarded as one of the most creative minds on TV today.