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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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Love, Death & Robots is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Alfred Hitchcock Presents 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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
Kristyn Pixels added 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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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 Dark? 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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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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Inside No. 9 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Weird City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Levar Burton, Dylan O'Brien, Ed O'Neil
Weird City (YouTube Premium, 2019) is an American comedy science fiction anthology web television series. In the not-too-distant future, the middle class has completely vanished, dividing the ...more
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The Ray Bradbury Theater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
yurewitch.ron added Drew Barrymore, William Shatner, Jeff Goldblum
The Ray Bradbury Theater is an anthology series that ran for two seasons on HBO, three episodes per season from 1985 to 1986, and four additional seasons on USA Network from 1988 to 1992. It was ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell
Creepshow (Shudder, 2019) is an American horror anthology television series and a continuation of the first two films in the Creepshow franchise. Each episode of the series features two stories, ...more
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Perversions of Science is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Guest Book is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anthology TV Shows, Ranked
crystalholt21 added Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
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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Trust is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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