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List Rules 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
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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24 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Banshee Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Lie to Me 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
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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Chance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Chance Norika Fujiwara, Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Yasuo Daichi

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste