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

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Twin Peaks
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn
Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...more
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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Lie to Me is an American drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

This show is an American drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and ...more
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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more
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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

The Fall is a BBC drama television series set in Northern Ireland and created, written and, in its second series, directed by Allan Cubitt. The series stars Gillian Anderson as Superintendent ...more
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The Following is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more
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You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell
You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more