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The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows

Updated May 6, 2021 35.6k votes 8.2k voters 354.6k views65 items

List RulesVote up your favorite thrillers that mess with your mind as they keep you in suspense.

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 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??" Where do your favorite mind-bending thrillers fall? Vote up your favorite psychological thrillers on television!

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    The Haunting of Hill House

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    Black Mirror

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    True Detective

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    Twin Peaks

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    Dark

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    Penny Dreadful

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    Fargo

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    Mr. Robot

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