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The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows

Updated October 30, 2020 42.7k votes 7.6k voters 335.7k 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, 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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    The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

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    Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

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    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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  • 10
    The Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

    Premiered2013

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    The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

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    You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Premiered2018

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    Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

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    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

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    Dark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

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    Luther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

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    Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Lie to Me

    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

    Premiered2009

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    Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin

    Premiered2015

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

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