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The Best 1990s Horror Series

Updated July 13, 2020 2.9k votes 529 voters 9.8k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror TV shows that aired on TV in the '90s

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 Crypt1
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?2
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

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  • The X-Files3
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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer5
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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  • Courage the Cowardly Dog6
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    Thea White, Marty Grabstein

    Premiered1999

    Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by...  more

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  • Friday the 13th: The Series7
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    Colm Feore, Louise Robey

    Premiered1987

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  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo8
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    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1988

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  • The Outer Limits9
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    Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun

    Premiered1995

    The Outer Limits (SyFy, Showtime, 1995) is a Canadian-American science fiction anthology...  more

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  • Charmed10
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    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M....  more

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  • Spawn11
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    Spawn

    Keith David, Richard Dysart

    Premiered1997

    Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through...  more

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  • Angel12
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    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

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  • Extreme Ghostbusters13
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    Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong

    Premiered1997

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  • Freddy's Nightmares14
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    Freddy's Nightmares

    Robert Englund

    Premiered1988

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  • Eerie, Indiana15
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    Eerie, Indiana

    Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow

    Premiered1991

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  • Twin Peaks16
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

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  • Forever Knight17
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    Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher

    Premiered1992

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  • Ghost Stories18
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    Premiered1997

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  • A Scare at Bedtime19
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    Ciaran Morrison, Mick O'Hara

    Premiered1997

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    Poltergeist: The Legacy

    Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins

    Premiered1996

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    Gary Cole, Lucas Black

    Premiered1995

    American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer...  more

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    Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn

    Premiered1999

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  • The Hunger23
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    Terence Stamp

    Premiered1997

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  • Ultraviolet24
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    Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker

    Premiered1998

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