The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows

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The very best psychological thriller shows incorporate elements of suspense, drama, and intrigue to keep characters - and viewers - guessing. This list of the top psychological thrillers on television is ranked from best to worst, and it includes pictures from the shows when available. A sneaky criminal on the loose? A clever killer outwitting victims and detectives alike? Get a forensic psychologist on the case. Popular psychological thriller TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about which are the most entertaining psychological thriller shows of all time. Don't let your favorite psychological thriller television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of psychological thriller television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list include Twin Peaks, Hannibal, and other psychological TV shows.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best psychological thriller show of all time?" and "What are the greatest thriller shows with elements of psychology??"
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    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

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    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

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    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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    Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr

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    Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

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    Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan

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    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Shiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

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    Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Jason Wiles, Daisy Betts, Chadwick Boseman

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