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The Best 1980s Horror Series

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List RulesVote up your favorite horror TV shows that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s horror series ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of these great 80s horror TV shows heavily featured classic monsters that any horror fan would be familiar with, while some other good 1980s horror shows injected some campy comedy into their storylines to be more a part of the horror/comedy sub-genre. A few of the best 80s horror series have even been adapted into feature films.

What shows are featured on this best 1980s horror TV shows list? Without a doubt, Tales From the Crypt is one of the greatest horror shows of the 1980s. Premiering in 1989, this collection of scary shorts generated many nightmares during its seven season run. Elvira's Movie Macabra is another good horror show that aired in the 80s.

Freddy Krueger got the opportunity to haunt viewers on a weekly basis with Freddy's Nightmares. Other good shows that appear on this top 1980s horror TV shows list include Werewolf, Tales From the Darkside and The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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  • Tales from the Darkside
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    Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, Tales From The Crypt, Monsters, and Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour, each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. The series' episodes spanned the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and some episodes featured elements of black comedy or more lighthearted themes.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Tales from the Crypt
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    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel HBO for seven seasons with a total of 99 episodes. The title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the six other EC Comics of the time. The show was produced by HBO with uncredited association by The Geffen Film Company and Warner Bros. Television. ... more on Wikipedia
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  • Werewolf
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    Werewolf is an American horror series, and one of the original shows in the Fox network's broadcast line-up during its inaugural season of 1987–1988. The show follows the adventures of Eric Cord, a college student transformed into a werewolf who undergoes a quest to rid himself of his curse by killing the apparent originator of his 'bloodline,' a drifter named Janos Skorzeny. While pursuing Skorzeny, Cord himself is pursued by the persistent bounty hunter "Alamo" Joe Rogan. Later, Cord hunts Nicholas Remy, the real originator of the bloodline. The show aired a two-hour pilot and 28 half-hour episodes before being cancelled in 1988. In the United Kingdom the series aired on Sky One c.... more on Wikipedia
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  • The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents, sometimes called The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1985 to 1986, and on the USA Network from 1987 to 1989. The series is an updated re-imagining of the classic 1955 series of the same name.... more on Wikipedia
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