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The Best Anthology TV Series, Ranked

Updated November 20, 2020 5.9k votes 1.3k voters 29.2k views78 items

List RulesVote 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 television anthology 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 series? 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 now.

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    Inside No. 9
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    Inside No. 9

    Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton

    Premiered2014

    NetworkBBC Two

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    The Twilight Zone
    469
    143

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    NetworkUPN, CBS

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  • 3
    Black Mirror
    576
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    NetworkChannel 4, Netflix

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    Fargo
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    NetworkAMC

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    Love, Death & Robots
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    Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
    163
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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    American Horror Story
    291
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    NetworkFX

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    Tales from the Crypt
    151
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

    NetworkHBO

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    True Detective
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHBO

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    American Crime Story
    126
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    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

    NetworkFX

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    The Outer Limits
    102
    54

    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    NetworkABC

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    Tales from the Darkside

    Premiered1983

    NetworkSyndicated

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    Night Gallery
    85
    50

    Night Gallery

    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

    Premiered1970

    NetworkNBC

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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    100
    66

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    NetworkNickelodeon, YTV, Rede Record, France 3, Nickelodeon

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    Goosebumps
    86
    65

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    NetworkJetix, Vrak.TV, YTV, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network

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    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
    71
    49

    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

    Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle

    Premiered2017

    NetworkChannel 4

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    Masters of Horror
    54
    39

    Masters of Horror

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered2005

    NetworkShowtime

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    Amazing Stories
    50
    36

    Amazing Stories

    Charles Durning, Douglas Seale

    Premiered1985

    NetworkNBC

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    Channel Zero
    34
    18

    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

    Premiered2016

    NetworkSyfy

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    The Outer Limits
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    The Twilight Zone (1985-1989)
    26
    12

    The Twilight Zone (1985-1989)

    Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman

    Premiered1985

    NetworkCBS

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    The Terror
    28
    18

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, George Takei

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAMC

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    The Twilight Zone
    40
    33

    The Twilight Zone

    Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele

    Premiered2019

    NetworkCBS All Access

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    Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
    46
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    Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine

    Premiered1997

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Amazing Stories
    11
    2

    Amazing Stories

    Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti

    Premiered2019

    NetworkApple TV+

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