The Best Thriller TV Shows TV Programs

The Best Thriller TV Shows

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List Criteria: Shows near the top must be only the best Thriller TV series.

These are the best nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest thriller shows also includes information about the series stars. Popular thriller TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining thriller show of all time is. Don't let your favorite 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 thriller television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different newer and older shows, like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and even Lost. These are the top rated thriller shows so if you're trying to remember some names of thriller shows this is a great place to start.

This list answers the questions, "What is the greatest thriller show of all time?" and "What are the best thriller shows?"
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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    24 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

  10. 10
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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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    The Following is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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    Heroes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Alias is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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    Banshee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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    Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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    Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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    The Shield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Numbers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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    Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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    CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    The Finder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows

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    Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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    Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

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    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Medium is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows


    Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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