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The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite horror TV shows that aired on TV or a streaming service in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s horror series ranked from best to worst by user votes. There are some great 2010s horror TV shows that are in the vein of "classic horror" featuring longstanding fan favorite monsters like vampires and zombies. But there are some other good 2010s horror shows that are a little more unpredictable, and a little less easily defined (like the cult classic, Hannibal, for example), or Penny Dreadful, which successfully mashed up nearly every horror element into one spectacular series.

What shows are featured on this best 2010s horror TV shows list? Ryan Murphy took horror television to the next level with his limitless series American Horror Story, which changed the landscape of TV throughout the decade and brought a resurgence in anthology horror series, such as Castle RockThe Terror, and The Haunting of Hill House.

Twin Peaks was a favorite horror show of the 90s, so much so that it was resurrected for another run in the 2010s. Other good shows that appear on this top 2010s horror TV series list include The Vampire Diaries, Grimm and Teen Wolf. And let's not forget Stranger Things, which has sci-fi, nostalgia, and horror in equal parts.

Do you have a favorite horror show from the 2010s? Vote the best series up to the top!

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Slasher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Slasher
Slasher (Chiller, 2016) is a Canadian television horror anthology series created by Aaron Martin. A young woman (Katie McGrath) returns to the small town where her parents were murdered, only to ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
Scream
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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The Returned is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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Haven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Series of the 2010s
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