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The Best 1970s Horror Series

Updated July 28, 2021 729 votes 259 voters 21.3k views12 items

List RulesVote up the best horror series that aired new episodes between 1970 and 1979.

These are the best 1970s horror series ranked from best to worst by user votes. There are some great 70s horror TV shows that were truly terrifying, and there were some other good 1970s horror shows that were not only frightening, but hilarious as well. A few of the best 70s horror series have even been adapted into feature films.

What shows are featured on this 1970s horror TV shows list? Dark Shadows is one of the best horror series to air during the 70s or any decade for that matter. This campy classic was given an upgrade with Tim Burton made in into the 2012 film of the same name. Night Gallery is another good horror TV show that aired in the 1970s.

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo offered some light-hearted scares that the whole family could enjoy. Other good shows that appear on this top 1970s horror TV shows list include Beasts, Curse of Dracula and Tales of the Unexpected.

What are the best 1970s horror TV series? Did the scary shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the '70s horror shows you think are the best of the decade.

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  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin—who investigated mysterious incidents with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement authorities would not follow up. These often involved the supernatural or even science fiction, including fantastic creatures. ...  more

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    Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts, although he did not have the same control of content and tone as he had on The Twilight Zone. Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, the lion’s share of Zone‘s offerings were science fiction while Night Gallery focused on horror and the supernatural....  more
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    Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; indeed, as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor. Major writers included Art Wallace, Ron Sproat, Malcolm Marmorstein, Sam Hall and Gordon Russell. Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors,...  more

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