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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 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas 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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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 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
nicolas.verret added American Horror Story Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters 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) 5 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs 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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear 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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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines Lie to Me is an American crime 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 ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Stranger Things Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard 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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The Following is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
PrashantBhati added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore 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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
colekaizanejay added Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia 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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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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell The Killing is an American crime 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 ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
AnneMarijkeDusseljee added Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff 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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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole 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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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
lloydc added Gypsy Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Shrey Dhingra added Mindhunter Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in 1979, the series ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Some Dude added Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern

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Damages is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Damages Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. It premiered on July 24, 2007 on FX ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Darya Valdez added The Sinner Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott The Sinner is an upcoming American drama television series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young mother ...more

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green Penny Dreadful 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 show was originally pitched to ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added mr robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday 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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Anesca Soriano Abordo added Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Dark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
1515738325167 added Dark Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light ...more

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Harper's Island is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
LindaOwino added Harper's Island Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr Harper's Island is a horror thriller/mystery mini-series created by Ari Schlossberg. It aired on CBS during the 2008–2009 season. The series premiered on April 9, 2009, at 10:00 pm ET/PT. ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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Top of the Lake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Top of the Lake Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan Top of the Lake is a 2013 television miniseries written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. It marks Campion's first work for television since An Angel at My ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a ...more

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Millennium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
TVJG added Millennium Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, that aired on the Fox Network between 1996 and 1999. The series follows the investigations of ex-FBI ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
JoeCanna added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more

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Serial Experiments Lain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
JamesCushman added Serial Experiments Lain Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Shiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for ...more

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
SC00 added Wilfred Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.

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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Svetlana Pavlovic added Wayward Pines Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed by Chad Hodge. A Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added 12 Monkeys Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo 12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Longmire Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips “Longmire,” a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk ...more

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New Black Sails is an American dramatic adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Riverdale KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
Luke Albright added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Tabula Rasa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
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Les Revenants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Les Revenants The Returned is a French supernatural drama television series created by Fabrice Gobert, based on the 2004 French film They Came Back directed by Robin Campillo. The series debuted on 26 ...more

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Motive is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychological Thriller TV Shows
muybueno16 added Motive Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira, Brendan Penny Motive is a Canadian police procedural drama television series that premiered on the CTV television network on February 3, 2013, immediately following Super Bowl XLVII. The series premiere had ...more