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The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked 

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Updated February 11, 2020 3.8k votes 1k voters 21.6k views 59 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 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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Inside No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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) 3 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 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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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
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
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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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more

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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
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
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
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
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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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira
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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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Philip K. Dick's Electri... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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
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
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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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Welcome to Paradox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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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Persona is listed (or ranked) 25 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