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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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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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 Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 8 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Inside No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 11 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 Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Merry Happy Whatever is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Dennis Quaid, Hayes Mac Arthur, Bridgit Mendler
Merry Happy Whatever (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark-comedy television series. The first season takes place over the week or so around Christmas as a strong-willed dad (Dennis Quaid) ...more
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Little America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance
Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of the show shares the true stories of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives 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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Two Sentence Horror Stor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Nicole Kang, Jim Parrack, Aleyse Shannon
Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW Seed, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series. The themes tap into universal primal fears, filtered through the anxieties of the most connected ...more
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Crime Diaries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Camila Jurado, Fabiana Medina, Laura Osma
Crime Diaries (Netflix, 2019), originally named "Historia de un crimen," is a Mexican true crime scripted anthology television series. Each season focuses on notorious and ...more
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Masters of Science Ficti... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Masters of Science Fiction is an American television anthology series by the same creators as Masters of Horror. The show debuted on ABC on August 4, 2007 at 10PM for a run of four episodes. It ...more
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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
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Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology dark comedy, horror and thriller series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, the series explores ...more
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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
David Tennant, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Youssef Kerkour, Nathalie Baye
Criminal: UK, Criminal: France, Criminal: Germany, and Criminal: Spain (Netflix, 2019) are parts of a police procedural anthology series created by Kay Smith and Jim Field Smith. The series ...more