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The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked  

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

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Delhi Crime is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Swati Bhatia, Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang
Delhi Crime (Netflix, 2019) is an Indian anthology television drama. Based on the true story of the Nirbhaya case, the show follows the Delhi Police investigation into the finding of the men who ...more
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Perversions of Science is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Maureen Teefy, Jason Lee, Jamie Kennedy
Perversions of Science is a science fiction/horror television series that ran on the cable channel HBO for one season in 1997. It is a spin-off of popular horror series Tales from the Crypt also ...more
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Trust is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson
Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973, heir John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by the Italian mafia, but the family seems disinterested in ...more
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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris
The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...more
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Philip K. Dick's Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Kristyn Pixels added Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American science fiction television anthology series developed by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Based on the works of ...more
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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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Welcome to Paradox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Gabrielle Miller, Henry Rollins, Ice T
Welcome to Paradox is a science fiction television series aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada. Despite being filmed in Canada, the series was broadcast first in the ...more
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What/If is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Renée Zellweger, Dave Annable, Juan Castano
What/If (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Mike Kelley. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material ...more
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Persona is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doona, Kim Tae-hoon
Persona (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean anthology television miniseries created by Yoon Jong-shin. Lee Ji-eun plays a different character in each of the four segments, which are written and ...more
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Modern Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia
Modern Love (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American romantic comedy anthology television series, based on the weekly column published by The New York Times. Following the style of the column the ...more
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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science fiction stories. ...more
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Metal Hurlant Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added James Marsters, Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins
Métal Hurlant Chronicles is an English-language Franco-Belgian television science fiction anthology series based on the popular comics anthology magazine Métal Hurlant, known in ...more
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Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman, Robin Ward
The Twilight Zone 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 for
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
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Lore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore
Lore (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series developed by Aaron Mahnke, who created the Lore podcast. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
AdnanBilal added Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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The Guest Book is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Carly Jibson
The Guest Book is an anthology-style American comedy television series created by Greg Garcia. The series is centered on the lives of employees of and visitors to a group of rental cottages in ...more
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The Romanoffs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery
The Romanoffs (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American anthology web television series created by Matthew Weiner. A contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories ...more
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Genius is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Samantha Colley
Genius (National Geographic, 2017) is an American anthology period drama television series developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller. The first season follows the life of Albert Einstein ...more
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Dimension 404 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Kristyn Pixels added Robert Buckley, Lea Michele, Matt Jones
Dimension 404 (Hulu, 2017) is an American science fiction black comedy drama anthology series created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos. From outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action ...more
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Monsters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Forest Whitaker
The Twilight Zone is a 2002 revival of Rod Serling's 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role ...more
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The Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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