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The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made

Updated March 27, 2020 422 votes 50 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 Adventure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Premiered2012

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken?) is a 2012 television anime...
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    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
  • 3
    Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
  • 4
    Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Castlevania

    Richard Armitage, James Callis

    Premiered2017

    Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Berserk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
  • 7
    Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Kamen Rider Amazons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
  • 9
    Devilman Crybaby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    4

    Devilman Crybaby

    Griffin Burns, Kyle McCarley
    Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Hellsing Ultimate

    Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman
    Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Van Helsing

    Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe

    Premiered2016

    Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Spawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Akame ga Kill! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
    Akame ga Kill! (White Fox, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    High School of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 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...
  • 15
    Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Black Butler

    Brina Palencia, Monica Rial

    Premiered2008

    Black Butler (A-1 Pictures, 2008) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga by Yana... more on Wikipedia
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    Blood Drive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Blood Drive

    Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa

    Premiered2017

    Blood Drive (Syfy, 2017) an American television drama series created by James Roland. In the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Deadman Wonderland

    Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa

    Premiered2011

    Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Z Nation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Z Nation

    Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls

    Premiered2014

    Z Nation (Syfy, 2014) is an American action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television... more on Wikipedia
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    From Dusk till Dawn: The Serie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    The Passage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    Bleach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    Bleach

    Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff
    Bleach (Studio Pierrot, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Purge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    Diablero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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    Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Horror Series Ever Made
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    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
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