Graveyard Shift The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made  

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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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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl
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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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Koyasu Taketo
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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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish
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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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle
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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From Dusk till Dawn: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia
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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Z Nation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch
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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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Nobutoshi Canna, Unshô Ishizuka, Marc Diraison
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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Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh
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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Blood Lad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Blood Lad is a manga series created by Yuuki Kodama and serialized in Young Ace. The manga series has been licensed for distribution in English by Yen Press. Blood Lad follows Staz Charlie ...more
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Dominion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Roxanne McKee, Anthony Head, Alan Dale
Dominion is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created by Vaun Wilmott. It is loosely based on the 2010 film Legion, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. In ...more
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Blade of the Immortal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Maaya Sakamoto, Tomokazu Seki, Toshiyuki Morikawa
Blade of the Immortal is a Japanese manga series by Hiroaki Samura. The series is set in Japan during the mid-Tokugawa Shogunate period and follows the cursed samurai Manji, who has to kill 1000 ...more
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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Terri Doty, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Aya Hirano
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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Devil Hunter Yohko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Devil Hunter Yohko is an anime series created by Madhouse, produced by Toho, and published in North America by ADV Films. Devil Hunter Yohko was ADV Films' first VHS release. ADV co-founder, ...more
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Switch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert, James Hong
Switch is an American action-adventure, tongue-in-cheek detective series starring Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner, who work as private eyes, for a deceptive sting operation. It was broadcast on ...more
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El Fantasma de Elena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Ana Layevska, Eva Tamargo
El Fantasma de Elena is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. It is a remake of the Venezuelan telenovela Julia produced in 1983. The ...more
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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
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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Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Romi Pak
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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High School of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 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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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
Rachel Blanchard, Adrian Paul, Philip Akin
War of the Worlds is a Canadian/American science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons, from October 10, 1988 to May 14, 1990. The series is an extension of the original 1953 film ...more
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Blood Drive is listed (or ranked) 25 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