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Best of 2018: A look back at the year in movies, TV, music and more

As 2018 comes to an end, it's time to take a look back. Los Angeles Times critics in music, movies, television and the arts look back on the best in the year in entertainment.

‘Roseanne,’ ‘Black Panther’ Aretha Franklin and the entertainment briefs of 2018

In the entertainment world, we heard from Roseanne. We watched "Black Panther," "Crazy Rich Asians," "A Star Is Born," top-quality documentaries and reboots of several TV series. And we celebrated 100 years of the L.A. Philharmonic.

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad TV world: 2018 and the globalization of television

American viewers are now watching (or at least being given the choice of watching) subtitled foreign series, while Netflix and Hulu and more have become world-spanning networks that produce shows in other markets that make their way back here.

Is this the year that TV broke TV? The great fragmentation and why peak TV didn't die

Television, already bursting at the seams with peak programming and lots of filler, finally blew apart this year, fragmenting into a dizzying constellation of nearly 500 new original series and destinations we’ve yet to explore.

Year in Review: Best in TV

A look back at the year in TV, from "Barry" to "Killing Eve."

The 2018 cultural moment: The Kavanaugh hearing TV spectacle laid bare the country’s deep divisions

The testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford held a nation rapt. They were great TV and a mesmerizing, sordid saga for a country that has slid into a caricature of itself.

The three comedy names that broke ground in 2018: Hannah Gadsby, Drew Michael and Donald Trump

Specials by Hannah Gadsby and Drew Michael were among the highlights in a year for comedy that showed there was more worth laughing about than Donald Trump in 2018.

Auctions, protests and controversial patrons: the three big ways art and money clashed in 2018

From art and gentrification in Boyle Heights to the Banksy auction to the ways in which the public is questioning the ethics of patrons, 2018 was the year art and money faced off.

Best of 2018: In jazz, powerful voices demand being heard

Ambrose Akinmusire's gripping, genre-crossing 'Origami Harvest' leads Chris Barton's list of favorite jazz albums of 2018.

Lorraine Ali's 10 best new TV shows of 2018: Why ‘Escape at Dannemora’ was the year's strongest debut

Nothing in 2018 matched the first seasons of "The Handmaid's Tale," "Atlanta" or "Better Call Saul," but plenty of new shows stood out this year. Among them, "A Very English Scandal," "The Terror," "End of the F**king World," "Barry," "Black Lightning" and especially "Escape at Dannemora."

Mikael Wood's best albums of 2018: Searching for glimmers in the sprawl

L.A. Times pop music critic Mikael Wood on his favorite albums of the year.

Year in Review: Best in Film

A look back at the best films of 2018, from "Black Panther" to "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

Robert Lloyd’s best TV of 2018: ‘Lodge 49,’ ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ and Beyoncé’s Coachella stream

In 2018, the best TV wasn't limited to premium cable and streamers. Good old broadcast makes the list and so does a one-time streaming event, Beyonce's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't live-streamed concert at Coachella.

Best of 2018: Singer/songwriters proved as vital — and topical — as ever

The subjects today's troubadours address are wide-ranging, from the haunting experiences of combat veterans and their families and social ills resulting from neighborhood gentrification to the simple joys of new love and the rewards of sticking to one’s guns against all odds.

Best of 2018: The many expressions of Latin pop

Rosalía, Cardi B and Khea introduced mainstream audiences to bold new voices, but plenty of legends had singular moments to shine in 2018 as well.

Best home viewing of 2018: What to watch (or gift) on VOD, Blu-ray and, yes, DVD

Female filmmakers, underappreciated sci-fi, Laura Dern, Terrence Malick, Lynda La Plante and Stanley Kubrick make the list

Kenneth Turan's best movies of 2018: 'Black Panther' and 'Leave No Trace' top a banner year

"A Star Is Born," "Roma" and "Incredibles 2" are among the year's best movies according to LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan.

Justin Chang's best movies of 2018: 'Burning' and 'First Reformed' lead a year of mystery

"Black Panther," "Private Life" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" are among the year's best films, according to LA Times critic Justin Chang.

Mark Olsen's best movies of 2018: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' stands out in a year that tried to make sense of madness

Across titles including "Widows," "The Favourite," "Support the Girls" and more, many movies in 2018 were preoccupied with what it takes to simply get through one day to the next.

In 2018, female artists finally outnumbered men in L.A. museums' solo shows

Considerably more women than men had full-scale solo exhibitions, whether retrospectives or more defined surveys, in Los Angeles art museums this year.

Best art of 2018: Jasper Johns, Renaissance nudes, 'Made in L.A.' and a sleeper hit at LACMA

The Times' art critic Christopher Knight shares his top 10 museum exhibitions for the year, and take note: Six of them are still open to see.

Best theater 2018: A brave ‘Cost of Living,’ a radical ‘Fairview’ and a new star in ‘Evan Hansen’

The Times' theater critic names his top productions of 2018, including Jefferson Mays' take on "A Christmas Carol," a daring "Streetcar," Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' ingenious "Gloria" and the surprising rom-com "Significant Other."

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