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The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made 

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Updated March 27, 2020 285 votes 40 voters 53 items

List Rules Vote up the best action horror shows that have aired on television.

The best action horror shows are a rush, perfectly pairing the excitement of an action series with the scares and screams of horror. The best action horror series ever shown on television defy you to look away at a squeamish moment. If you’ve been looking for the best action horror that can add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best action horror series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The best series balance the adrenaline-pumping action with blood-gushing horror. Not only do you have the jump scares and creeping terror of great television horror, but you know its never going to let up until the episode is over. Action horror series are definitely some of the most exciting horror series of all time. Although more modern action-horror series include the ubiquitous zombie shows like Z Nation and The Passage, older shows such as Buffy and Blade keep things traditionally classy with vampires.

Which shows balance horror and action the best? Vote up the best action horror shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver thrills with their adrenaline rush, and add any scary action series that are missing.

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Koyasu Taketo

Premiered: 2012

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken?) is a 2012 television anime series produced by David Production based on the manga of the same name by Hirohiko Araki. The series ...more
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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

Premiered: 2013

Network: Mainichi Broadcasting System

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more
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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya
Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with Rize Kamishiro, ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Premiered: 2017

Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more
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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Terri Doty, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Aya Hirano

Premiered: 2014

Parasyte is a science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, and published in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. Parasyte centers on a male ...more
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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki, Mamiko Noto

Premiered: 2004

Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. Elfen Lied takes place in Kamakura and Kanagawa, and focuses on the "Diclonius", a newly mutated species. ...more
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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Nobutoshi Canna, Unshô Ishizuka, Marc Diraison

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 25

Berserk is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, ...more
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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: SyFy

Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more
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High School of the Dead ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Highschool of the Dead, known in Japan as Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of the Dead, is a Japanese manga series written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō. Highschool of the Dead is ...more
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

Premiered: 2004-10-05

Number of Episodes: 133

Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from ...more
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Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Brina Palencia, Monica Rial, J. Michael Tatum

Premiered: 2008

Network: Mainichi Broadcasting System

Black Butler (A-1 Pictures, 2008) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga by Yana Toboso. Aided by Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler with seemingly inhuman abilities, Young Ciel ...more
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Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Romi Pak

Premiered: 2011

Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 ...more
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Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood
Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and ...more
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Z Nation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

Network: Syfy

Z Nation (Syfy, 2014) is an American action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television series created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler. Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the ...more
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From Dusk till Dawn: The... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: El Rey

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey, 2014) is an American horror television series developed by Robert Rodriguez. Wanted by the FBI and Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia), bank ...more
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Blood Drive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa
Blood Drive (2017, Syfy) an American television drama series created by James Roland. In the dystopian "distant future" of 1999, police officer Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson) is forced ...more
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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza
The Passage (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series developed by Liz Heldens, based on the novels by Justin Cronin. When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Akame ga Kill! is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. An anime television series adaptation of the main series premiered in Japan in July 2014. ...more
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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo
This show (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Thirty years after saving the world, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) ...more
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Baywatch Nights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff, Carol Alt

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: Sat.1

Baywatch Nights is an American police and science fiction drama series that aired in syndication from 1995 to 1997. Created by Douglas Schwartz, David Hasselhoff, and Gregory J. Bonann, the ...more
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Big Wolf on Campus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn, Aimée Castle

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: YTV, ABC Family

Big Wolf on Campus was a Canadian television series created by Peter A. Knight and Christopher Briggs that ran from 1999 to 2002. The central plot revolves around a teenage boy named Thomas ...more
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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Spike

Blade: The Series is a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel Comics character and film series. It premiered on Spike on June 28, 2006. Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" ...more
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Blue Seed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Matt Greenfield, Akio Ôtsuka, Doug Smith

Premiered: 2002

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: TV Tokyo

Blue Seed is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuzo Takada. The plot is based on the Izumo cycle of Japanese mythology and the tale of the god Susanoo and the eight-headed ...more