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The Best 1990s Horror Series 

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Updated September 6, 2019 3.6k votes 515 voters 8.4k views 24 items

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Looking for a great show that will give you a bit of a scare? These are the best 1990s horror series ranked from best to worst by user votes. This list has some great 90s horror TV shows that feature classic monsters and other famous horror villains, and some other good 1990s horror shows that relied heavily on witty writing and comic relief to lull you into a false sense of security only to scare you half to death. A few of the best 90s horror series have even been adapted into feature films.

What shows are featured on this best 1990s horror TV shows list? Goosebumps was a great horror series that was geared for kids. This top 90s horror show was based on the books of the same name by R.L. Stine. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was another great scary show that aired on television in the 1990s.In its original two seasons,

Twin Peaks tapped into terrifying stories, characters and ideas to keep viewers entertained. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s horror TV shows list include The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Extreme Ghostbusters.

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Courage the Cowardly Dog... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble

Premiered: 1999

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A Pup Named Scooby-Doo ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Christina Lange

Premiered: 1988

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Friday the 13th: The Ser... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Colm Feore, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins

Premiered: 1987

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

Premiered: 1995

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings

Premiered: 1997

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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Robert Englund

Premiered: 1988

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Extreme Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Pat Musick

Premiered: 1997

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes

Premiered: 1991

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

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Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Rip Torn

Premiered: 1997

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Forever Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher, Nigel Bennett

Premiered: 1992

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A Scare at Bedtime is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
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Premiered: 1997

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Poltergeist: The Legacy ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Robbi Chong

Premiered: 1996

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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco

Premiered: 1995

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Big Wolf on Campus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn, Aimée Castle

Premiered: 1999

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Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba

Premiered: 1998

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The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Horror Series
Terence Stamp

Premiered: 1997

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