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The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made

Updated March 27, 2020 481 votes 51 voters53 items

List RulesVote 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 Adventure1
    31
    8

    Premiered2012

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (David Production, 2012) is a Japanese action anime series based on... more on Wikipedia
  • Tokyo Ghoul2
    16
    10

    Tokyo Ghoul

    Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas
    Tokyo Ghoul (Studio Pierrot, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga... more on Wikipedia
  • Attack on Titan3
    13
    8

    Attack on Titan

    Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji

    Premiered2013

    Attack on Titan (Wit Studio, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from... more on Wikipedia
  • Castlevania4
    12
    6

    Castlevania

    Richard Armitage, James Callis

    Premiered2017

    Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Van Helsing5
    13
    9

    Van Helsing

    Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe

    Premiered2016

    Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired... more on Wikipedia
  • Bleach6
    10
    9

    Bleach

    Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff
    Bleach (Studio Pierrot, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipedia
  • Berserk7
    6
    4

    Berserk

    Nobutoshi Canna, Unshô Ishizuka

    Premiered1997

    Berserk (OLM, 1997) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga series by... more on Wikipedia
  • Parasyte: The Maxim8
    7
    5

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Terri Doty, Nobunaga Shimazaki

    Premiered2014

    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Elfen Lied9
    8
    6

    Elfen Lied

    Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki

    Premiered2004

    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga... more on Wikipedia
  • Highschool of the Dead10
    Highschool of the Dead (aka Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of the Dead) is a Japanese manga... more on Wikipedia
  • The Purge11
    8
    8

    The Purge

    Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons

    Premiered2018

    The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise.... more on Wikipedia
  • Ash vs Evil Dead12
    8
    9

    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

    Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam... more on Wikipedia
  • Deadman Wonderland13
    5
    5

    Deadman Wonderland

    Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa

    Premiered2011

    Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma... more on Wikipedia
  • Z Nation14
    5
    5

    Z Nation

    Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls

    Premiered2014

    Z Nation (Syfy, 2014) is an American action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television... more on Wikipedia
  • From Dusk till Dawn: The Series15
    5
    5

    From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

    D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz

    Premiered2014

    From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey, 2014) is an American horror television series... more on Wikipedia
  • The Passage16
    5
    5

    The Passage

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney

    Premiered2019

    The Passage (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series developed by Liz Heldens, based... more on Wikipedia
  • Kamen Rider Amazons17
    4
    4

    Kamen Rider Amazons

    Tom Fujita, Masashi Taniguchi
    Kamen Rider Amazons (Amazon Video, 2016) is a 2016 Japanese tokusatsu web series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Devilman Crybaby18
    4
    4

    Devilman Crybaby

    Griffin Burns, Kyle McCarley
    Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based... more on Wikipedia
  • Hellsing Ultimate19
    4
    4

    Hellsing Ultimate

    Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman
    Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the... more on Wikipedia
  • Diablero20
    5
    6

    Diablero

    Christopher Von Uckermann, Giselle Kuri

    Premiered2018

    Diablero (Netflix, 2018) is a Mexican television horror series based on the book by Mexican... more on Wikipedia
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer21
    5
    6

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • Spawn22
    2
    4

    Spawn

    Keith David, Richard Dysart

    Premiered1997

    Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through... more on Wikipedia
  • Akame ga Kill!23
    Akame ga Kill! (White Fox, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipedia
  • Baywatch Nights24
    0
    5

    Baywatch Nights

    Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff

    Premiered1995

    Baywatch Nights is an American police and science fiction drama series that aired in... more on Wikipedia
  • Big Wolf on Campus25
    0
    5

    Big Wolf on Campus

    Danny Smith, Brandon Quinn

    Premiered1999

    Big Wolf on Campus was a Canadian television series created by Peter A. Knight and Christopher... more on Wikipedia