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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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721 350
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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481 216
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
VivekRaghunathan added 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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518 336
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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322 203
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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307 177
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Criminal Minds 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
Fringe 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
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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201 117
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
goelv2003 added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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149 90
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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217 157
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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190 132
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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123 121
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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158 121
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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122 84
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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128 99
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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119 92
Suits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
dalal.karima added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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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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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Banshee Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
OmerA.Hafeez added House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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125 128
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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65 54
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
OmerA.Hafeez added Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
ceset added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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Alias is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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Chance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sazonana added Chance Norika Fujiwara, Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Yasuo Daichi

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Guest_55d1237b-9db6-498a-a42f-2a9b356f98a2 added Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber