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The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best TV series.

The very best psychological thriller shows incorporate elements of suspense, drama, and intrigue to keep characters - and viewers - guessing. This list of the top psychological thrillers on television is ranked from best to worst, and it includes pictures from the shows when available. A sneaky criminal on the loose? A clever killer outwitting victims and detectives alike? Get a forensic psychologist on the case. Popular psychological thriller TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about which are the most entertaining psychological thriller shows of all time. Don't let your favorite psychological thriller television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of psychological thriller television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list include Twin Peaks and Hannibal. There are many psychological shows on streaming services as well, such as The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and Homecoming on Amazon Video. Many of these psychological thrillers are the most exciting thriller series of all time.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best psychological thriller show of all time?" and "What are the greatest thriller shows with elements of psychology??"

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. A CIA ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more
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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2011

Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. An ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) and a wealthy programmer (Michael Emerson) save ...more
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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

Premiered: 2013

Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more
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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Anesca Soriano Abordo added Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

Premiered: 2015

Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
JoeCanna added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more
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Oz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more
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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Premiered: 2012

Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming, ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...more
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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Svetlana Pavlovic added Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones

Premiered: 2015

Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed by Chad Hodge. A Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two ...more
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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann

Premiered: 2011

Revenge (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. An emotionally troubled young woman (Emily ...more
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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Premiered: 2018

Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more
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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003

Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more
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The Nest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Martin Compston, Mirren Mack, Sophie Rundle

Premiered: 2020

The Nest (Acorn, 2020) is a British five-part television drama-thriller miniseries that first aired on the BBC. Kaya (Mirren Mack), a teenage girl in Glasgow agrees to carry a baby for couple ...more
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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
lloydc added Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson

Premiered: 2017

Gypsy (Netflix, 2017) is an American psychological thriller web television series created by Lisa Rubin. A NYC clinical psychologist (Naomi Watts) oversteps personal and professional boundaries ...more
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Damages is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

Premiered: 2007

Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, and Todd A. Kessler. A law school graduate (Rose Byrne) becomes the ...more
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We Hunt Together is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dipo Ola, Babou Ceesay, Hermione Corfield

Premiered: 2020

We Hunt Together (Showtime, 2020) is a British crime drama television series. When former child soldier and refugee Baba Lenga (Dipo Ola) saves sex worker Freddy Lane (Hermione Corfield) from ...more
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Harper's Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
LindaOwino added Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr

Premiered: 2009

Harper's Island is a horror thriller/mystery mini-series created by Ari Schlossberg. It aired on CBS during the 2008–2009 season. The series premiered on April 9, 2009, at 10:00 pm ET/PT. ...more
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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

Premiered: 2009

Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more
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Get Even is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Kim Adis, Jessica Alexander, Bethany Antonia

Premiered: 2020

Get Even (Netflix, 2020) is a British teen thriller television series created by Holly Phillips based on the novel series of the same name by Gretchen McNeil. Kitty Wei, Bree Deringer, Margot ...more
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Millennium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

Premiered: 1996

Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, that aired on the Fox Network between 1996 and 1999. The series follows the investigations of ex-FBI ...more
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Coroner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Serinda Swan, Ehren Kassam, Tamara Podemski

Premiered: 2020

Coroner (The CW, 2020) is a Canadian crime thriller television series created by Morwyn Brebner. A newly appointed coroner investigates a string of mysterious deaths in Toronto.
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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan

Premiered: 2013

Top of the Lake is a 2013 television miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. It marks Campion's first work for television since An Angel at My ...more