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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, Hannibal, and other psychological TV shows.

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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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642 191
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

3
185 55
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
LoreAlfaro added Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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329 184
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
nicolas.verret added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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174 70
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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115 51
Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
AnneMarijkeDusseljee added Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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173 81
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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176 104
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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64 8
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

10
195 136
The Following is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
PrashantBhati added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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153 95
Lost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
colekaizanejay added Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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166 94
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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127 79
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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152 100
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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62 48
Monster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Some Dude added Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern

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68 65
Damages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Damages Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

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39 33
Oz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

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49 54
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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19 6
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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116 118
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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49 57
Harper's Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
LindaOwino added Harper's Island Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr

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13 19
Millennium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Millennium Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

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29 41
Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
JamesCushman added Serial Experiments Lain Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Shiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi

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17 26
Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Top of the Lake Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan

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64 72
Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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58 67
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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72 87
Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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36 57
Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
SC00 added Wilfred Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

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12 17
Les Revenants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Les Revenants

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12 20
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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11 30
Motive is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Motive Kristin Lehman^! Louis Ferreira^! Brendan Penny

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28 55
Persons Unknown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Persons Unknown Jason Wiles, Daisy Betts, Chadwick Boseman