Watchworthy
7.6k voters

The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows

Updated November 10, 2020 43.3k votes 7.6k voters 338.5k views82 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!

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    The Haunting of Hill House
    974
    234

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    Amazon buy button

    More The Haunting of Hill House 

    Hidden Details And Behind-The-Scenes Tricks That Add Meaning To 'The Haunting of Hill House'#14 of 64 The Creepiest Shows In TV History

  • 2
    Black Mirror
    1,262
    375

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Amazon buy button

    More Black Mirror 

    All The Technology From 'Black Mirror,' Ranked From Terrifying To Useful'Black Mirror' Easter Eggs And References You Totally Missed

  • 3
    Dexter
    1,996
    612

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Amazon buy button

    More Dexter 

    The Best Seasons of 'Dexter'Small Details That Made 'Dexter' Even Better

  • 4
    Hannibal
    2,285
    611

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button

    More Hannibal 

    12 Reasons Why Mads Mikkelsen Is The Best Hannibal LecterEvery Food-Related Pun From ‘Hannibal’

  • 5
    Sherlock
    1,157
    418

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Amazon buy button
  • 6
    Mindhunter
    1,080
    239

    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Amazon buy button

    More Mindhunter 

    'Mindhunter' Doesn't Just Portray Real Serial Killers In The Show - The Agents Are Real, Too#66 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • 7
    True Detective
    531
    173

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button

    More True Detective 

    5 Writers to Read to Better Understand 'True Detective'The Best Seasons of True Detective

  • 8
    Stranger Things
    1,093
    481

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Amazon buy button

    More Stranger Things 

    The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked16 Behind The Scenes Secrets From The Set Of 'Stranger Things'

  • 9
    American Horror Story
    1,309
    644

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Amazon buy button

    More American Horror Story 

    Small, Creepy Details Fans Noticed In 'American Horror Story''American Horror Story' Is Actually The Funniest Show You're Too Afraid To Watch

  • 10
    The Fall
    362
    142

    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button

    More The Fall 

    #17 of 55 The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked#212 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • 11
    The Sinner
    591
    233

    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    Amazon buy button
  • 12
    Bates Motel
    1,139
    462

    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button
  • 13
    You
    366
    83

    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Premiered2018

    Amazon buy button

    More You 

    30 Reactions To 'You' That Are Only Funny If You Binged Season 2#15 of 162 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018

  • 14
    The Killing
    640
    316

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

    Amazon buy button
  • 15
    Broadchurch
    540
    284

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button
  • 16
    Penny Dreadful
    561
    247

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Amazon buy button

    More Penny Dreadful 

    12 Easter Eggs In 'Penny Dreadful' Designed For Brainy ViewersWhich 'Penny Dreadful' Character Are You Based On Your Zodiac?

  • 17
    Twin Peaks
    602
    358

    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Amazon buy button

    More 

    'Twin Peaks' Is The Scariest Thing Ever Aired On TelevisionThe Best Twin Peaks Characters

  • 18
    Dark
    422
    211

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    Amazon buy button

    More Dark 

    #39 of 60 The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series#196 of 309 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time

  • 19
    Fargo
    443
    201

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Amazon buy button

    More Fargo 

    All of the Clever Easter Eggs Hiding in Fargo the TV SeriesThe Best Characters on Fargo (the TV Show), Ranked

  • 20
    The Blacklist
    614
    379

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button

    More The Blacklist 

    Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Blacklist'#39 of 352 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

  • 21
    Luther
    280
    150

    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

    Amazon buy button

    More Luther 

    #185 of 639 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch#290 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

  • 22
    Lie to Me
    683
    415

    Lie to Me

    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

    Premiered2009

    Amazon buy button
  • 23
    Mr. Robot
    519
    270

    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin

    Premiered2015

    Amazon buy button

    More Mr. Robot 

    'Mr. Robot' Has Inspired The Funniest Memes About Hacking On The InternetMr. Robot Easter Eggs

  • 24
    Person of Interest
    307
    190

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    Amazon buy button
  • 25
    Fringe
    445
    261

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Amazon buy button

    More Fringe 

    The Best Seasons of Fringe#421 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time