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List Rules Vote up your favorite series that feature a different story each episode or season.

Variety is the spice of life, and that's what keeps viewers tuned into compelling anthology TV series. The best anthology TV shows feature changing plots and characters while keeping a consistent tone throughout each episode and season. This is a list of the greatest anthology shows including everything from Fargo to Are You Afraid of the Dark? to True Detective.

What programs will you find on this list of the best anthology TV shows? American Horror Story goes for broke every season, changing the plotlines while amping up the sex, drama, and scares. Several talented performers - including Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Jessica Lange - have returned to the anthology multiple times. The Twilight Zone is another all-time great anthology series. Its modern successor Black Mirror examines the future implications of modern technology with each creative episode. Other entertaining series featured here include Tales from the Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Darkside.

Which anthology series keeps you up at night? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the top spot.

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
American Crime Story Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown A spin-off of Ryan Murphy's American Horror story, American Crime Story is a true crime anthology series. Season 1 (2016, FX), The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the 1996 murder trial of O. ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams True Detective is an American crime drama television series created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto. The series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States, and ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Masters of Horror Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.

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R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Bailee Madison, Jody Thompson, Connor Price R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series is a Canadian-American original anthology horror-fantasy television series which is based on the 2007 movie R.L Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think ...more

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Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine, James Brolin Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is an American television anthology series created by Lynn Lehmann, presented by Dick Clark Productions, and produced and aired by the Fox network from 1997 to ...more

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Tales from the Crypt John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Goosebumps R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more

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Journey to the Unknown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Journey to the Unknown Stefanie Powers, Carol Lynley, Chad Everett Journey To The Unknown is a British TV anthology series made in 1968 by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. It has a fantasy, science fiction and supernatural theme. It featured both British and ...more

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Hallmark Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Hallmark Hall of Fame Peter Ustinov, Mare Winningham, Trevor Howard Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history ...more

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Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Night Gallery Rod Serling, Gary Collins Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The ...more

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The Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
The Hitchhiker Nicholas Collins, Mark Henein, Spin Shannon The Hitchhiker is a mystery anthology series that aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO and First Choice in Canada. The series later moved to the USA Network from 1989 to 1991. It was known as Le ...more

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Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Tales from the Darkside Paul Sparer Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, ...more

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Four Star Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Four Star Playhouse Natalie Wood, Angela Lansbury, David Niven Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956, sponsored in its first bi-weekly season by The Singer Company; Bristol-Myers became an alternate ...more

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Monsters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Monsters Kevin Nealon, Wil Wheaton, Jerry Stiller Monsters is a syndicated horror anthology series which originally ran from 1988 to 1991 and reran on the Sci-Fi Channel during the 1990s. As of 2011, Monsters airs on NBC Universal's ...more

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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Amazing Stories Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and in 1992 was somewhat erratically screened ...more

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Night Visions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Night Visions Aidan Quinn, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bill Pullman Night Visions is an hour-long, American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of ...more