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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Female filmmakers, underappreciated sci-fi, Laura Dern, Terrence Malick, Lynda La Plante and Stanley Kubrick make the list
"A Star Is Born," "Roma" and "Incredibles 2" are among the year's best movies according to LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan.
"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.
Considerably more women than men had full-scale solo exhibitions, whether retrospectives or more defined surveys, in Los Angeles art museums this year.
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.
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."