100 Best TV Shows of 2023 So Far

Updated November 1, 2023 • Staff

From the numerous shows released just this year, it can be hard to decide what to watch next. Rib-tickling comedies, mind-bending sci-fi epics, impassioned dramas… With so much variety, there’s surely something for everyone, but sometimes, all we want to know is what’s best. To help you find the crème de la crème of the small screen, we’ve reviewed and ranked this year’s shows that we think you’ll enjoy.

Whether you’re reading this when published, or reading later on in the year, here are our best TV shows of 2023.

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Miraculous Brothers

In their ninth drama collaboration, director Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo partner again to deliver a murder mystery in Miraculous Brothers. The first few episodes juggle multiple plotlines between the novelist, the amnesiac boy he crashes into, and the serial murders, and at first, it seems unclear what links all of them. However, as the series successfully maintains its suspense for the two driving mysteries, it also makes it easy to root for the main characters – the superpowered empath and the reluctant writer – as they seek justice for crimes committed long before. The series shines best when the two become closer, and when the developing dynamic pushes Yuk Dong-joo closer to admitting the truth.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Bae Hyeon-seong, Jung Woo, Lee Ki-woo, Oh Man-seok, Park Yu-rim
Director: Park Chan-hong
Rating: TV-14

The Worst of Evil

After much anticipation, The Worst of Evil has finally been released, starting off the season with a rumble between gangs underneath Gangnam. Through neon-lit streets, grimy green-tinged windows, and dimly-lit corridors, the series brings its viewers back to the 90s criminal underworld, though with modernized choreography and fairly realistic CGI blood. This set is the arena where undercover cop Park Joon-mo has to fight, in order to gain the trust of crime boss Jung Gi-cheul. As each fight gains some goodwill from each other, and as Park’s wife enters the fray, the series promises dangerous stakes, dramatic betrayals, and thrilling fight scenes. It’s a fresh take on the undercover cop, infiltrating the gritty underworld through sheer persistence, with an added emotional twist.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
Actor: BIBI, Geum Gwang-san, Im Sung-jae, Jeong Man-sik, Ji Chang-wook, Kyul Hwi, Lim Se-mi, Wi Ha-jun, Yoon Kyung-ho
Director: Han Dong-wook, Park Geun-buem

Undead Unluck

Undead Unluck is such a strange anime with such a strange duo. Named after their respective powers, the undead Andy seems familiar with his Deadpool-like regeneration, albeit with such a fast rate that he can shoot out body parts with such gruesome animation. However it’s the unlucky Fuuko that brings them to the most absurd comedic scenarios, including, but not limited to, surviving a giant truck crash, a lightning strike, and a whole meteor. In order to achieve their goal of dying, they have to build up a bond to maximize her unluck. As they learn more about Fuuko’s abilities, as well as the organization hunting them down, it’s likely that they’ll go through wackier situations that will escalate as the show progresses. It’s definitely something uniquely watchable, if you can handle the off-putting gore that’s part and parcel of Andy’s powers.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Aoi Yuki, Kenji Nomura, Koji Yusa, Mariya Ise, Moe Kahara, Natsuki Hanae, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Kugimiya, Rikiya Koyama, Yuichi Nakamura
Rating: TV-MA

Turn of the Tide

Also known as Rabo de Peixe, after the real town where the series is based, Turn of the Tide follows a group of four friends, who dream of a life outside their hometown, where nothing ever happens. Except, something does finally happen, and it’s whole packs of cocaine washing up on the island’s shores. It’s a wild series, one where the show’s teen underdogs take advantage of sailing expertise and knowledge of the town in order to sell out one third of the stash from the mainland Italian mafia. And it’s one that is endlessly entertaining, as we hope for the four teenagers to succeed in their plan, and to escape for another life.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: André Leitão, Helena Caldeira, José Condessa, Maria João Bastos, Rodrigo Tomás
Rating: TV-MA

Trillion Game

While live-action manga adaptations are known to have a bad rap, Netflix’s Trillion Game is quite entertaining. Striving to earn a million, maybe even a trillion dollars, is something that many people aspire to do, but the way Haru and the team do it is so unexpected. Ren Maguro keeps a great balance between Haru’s unpredictable yet charismatic nature, while Hayato Sano keeps the shyness of Gaku endearing. They go into the most random situations such as winning millions of yen in investments, going into a hacking tournament, and faking an AI. Is this really how aspiring trillionaires succeed? Maybe not, though they do teach some start-up strategies. But, it’s definitely still a fun ride as Haru bluffs his way into ballsy situations for Gaku to solve through computer engineering.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Hayato Sano, Jun Kunimura, Kanako Momota, Kenjiro Tsuda, Kimiko Yo, Koji Kikkawa, Mio Imada, Ren Meguro, Riko Fukumoto, Ryosuke Sota, Takashi Tsukamoto, Terunosuke Takezai, Tomoya Maeno
Director: Kenta Tanaka, Kentarō Takemura, Murao Yoshiaki
Rating: TV-14

Daily Dose of Sunshine

Like plenty of medical dramas, Daily Dose of Sunshine portrays the day-to-day dynamics of a hospital department, this time in the department of mental health in a country that has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Based on the webtoon from a former nurse, the series might have some laughs from the department's dynamics, but never at the expense of their patients. In fact, the show takes great care in depicting mental illness, taking care to visualize the patient’s episodes, as well as the way Da-eun tries to fit into her new department. It’s sweet and earnest, but not too cloying, and as substantial as the mugwort rice cakes Da-eun brings for her co-workers.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Chang Ryul, Jang Dong-yoon, Lee Jung-eun, Park Bo-young, Yeon Woo-jin
Director: JQ Lee
Rating: TV-MA

My Daemon

You know how How to Train Your Dragon has a town terrified of dragons, but it turns out they’re actually cute? My Daemon has a similar situation, except this happens after a nuclear explosion, plenty of these monsters are still murderously terrifying, and even the cute ones are fairly creepy. But that doesn’t keep elementary schoolkid Kento Tachibana from adopting one, even as they get hunted down by bounty hunters. The bond between boy and his daemon is a heartwarming one, but the treatment between the various monsters questions the different ways we treat different animals, and whether or not we can successfully live alongside them. With its unique art style, it’s a totally stunning adventure, though with some creepy crawlies along the way.

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Ayane Sakura, Fumiko Orikasa, Jouji Nakata, Kokoro Kikuchi, Miyuri Shimabukuro

My Demon

Demons don’t seem to have the same scariness that terrified previous generations. That’s because there are more immediate, realistic horrors that can possibly happen, like other people. My Demon takes a humorous approach to this diminished reputation, as the titular demon has his powers transferred to a modern day capitalist. Without these mystical powers, Jung Gu-won falters hilariously while collecting the souls he needs to obtain, while Do Do-hee remains confused as she’s dragged along to his shenanigans. All the while, they have to deal with corporate sabotage, the risk of spontaneous combustion, murder plots, and of course, the connection Jung and Do need. After all, who’s a better match for a demon than a capitalist?

Our staff rating: 7.6/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Actor: Cha Chung-hwa, Heo Jeong-do, Jo Hye-joo, Jo Yeon-hee, Kim Hae-sook, Kim Tae-hun, Kim You-jung, Lee Sang-yi, Lee Yoon-ji, Park Jin-woo, Seo Jeong-yeon, Song Kang
Rating: TV-MA

Rabbit Hole

Fans of the iconic crime series 24 will find much to like in Rabbit Hole, not least because Kiefer Sutherland reprises a similar role as an above-average agent embroiled in high-profile criminal cases. Despite the years between those two shows, Sutherland still turns in a top-notch performance each time, regardless if he's in a high-stakes chase or a charged tête-à-tête. 

Filled with twisty mind games and action-packed scenes, Rabbit Hole is a must-watch for fans of excellent thrillers.

Our staff rating: 7.7/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Charles Dance, Enid Graham, Kiefer Sutherland, Meta Golding, Rob Yang, Walt Klink

Tour de France: Unchained

Tour de France: Unchained is an intense sports docuseries depicting the ins and outs of the prominent cycling race. While cycling is an individual activity, Tour de France is structured to be a team sport — usually comprising around 20 teams with eight riders each. The first season depicts the 2022 run from Copenhagen to Champs-Élysées, the comeback after the pandemic, with players looking to defeat two-time defending champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates). If you're up to date with cycling news, you'll know how this one ends. However, it's still a worthwhile watch, as the show goes behind the scenes to witness the team dynamics, the severe falls, and the steep challenges. With this in mind, Tour de France is very watchable, especially for fans of the sport.

Our staff rating: 7.7/10
Genre: Documentary
Rating: TV-MA

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