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The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night 

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Updated June 29, 2020 2k votes 417 voters 12.7k views 29 items

List Rules Vote up the best television shows currently airing new episodes that keep it dark. No reality shows or docuseries.

Some television viewers enjoy diving into the dark underbelly of society or the human psyche. There are plenty of horror programs that will air this year that present a supernatural threat that endangers the characters in terrifying ways. Some dark shows instead depict that the biggest monster of all is... man. If these types of shows pique your interest, then you will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of shows with dark themes that will air in the coming year. 

Each season of American Horror Story deals with a new set of characters dealing with horrifying monstrosities. There may not be any ghosts or ghouls in True Detective, but that does not stop the characters from having to contend with the darkest aspects of society. Who needs a monster with fangs lurking around the corner when you can see how the world really works when people give in to their base instincts

These are some of the best series with dark themes you will get new episodes for in the near future. You can vote on which shows are the best and vote down on the shows that are just too dark for your liking. Give in to your dark side with this list. 

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Supernatural horror

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. A fractured family confronts ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama

Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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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You is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

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) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

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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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Mystery, Psychological horror

Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes ...more
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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Procedural

Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. Using his ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer, a disgraced former ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Spy thriller

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Truth Be Told is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Drama

Truth Be Told (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama television series based on Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber and created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. The show provides a unique ...more
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Two Sentence Horror Stor... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Nicole Kang, Jim Parrack, Aleyse Shannon

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Horror, Anthology

Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW Seed, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series. The themes tap into universal primal fears, filtered through the anxieties of the most connected ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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NOS4A2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Supernatural horror, Drama

NOS4A2 (AMC, 2019) is an American supernatural horror drama television series created by Jami O'Brien, based on the novel by Joe Hill. After discovering a supernatural ability to unlock portals, ...more