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The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked 

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Updated July 4, 2020 4.3k votes 1.1k voters 25.9k views 65 items

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 dark 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. Then see what anthology TV series are airing new episodes in 2019.

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

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Inside No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Inside No. 9 is a British dark comedy anthology television programme written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and produced by the BBC. The first series was broadcast between 5 February ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

Premiered: 1955

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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic

Premiered: 2019

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Premiered: 2016

American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, and Tom Rob Smith. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 1963

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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

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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Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Rod Serling, Gary Collins

Premiered: 1970

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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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

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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Tales from the Darkside ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Paul Sparer

Premiered: 1983

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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Philip K. Dick's Electri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 2017

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner

Premiered: 2005

Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.

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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo

Premiered: 1985

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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira

Premiered: 2016

Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 1963

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Beyond Belief: Fact or F... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine, James Brolin

Premiered: 1997

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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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Premiered: 2018

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 1985

The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1985) is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

Premiered: 2019

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Monsters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Kevin Nealon, Wil Wheaton, Jerry Stiller

Premiered: 1988

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