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The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night 

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Updated June 18, 2019 1.6k votes 322 voters 9k views 32 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 in 2019 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

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

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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Dark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama

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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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

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. The first season, The Haunting of ...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

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...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

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Foxtel

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

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) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

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

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

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) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
greenom added Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Premiered: 2018

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: BBC One, FX

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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Genres (Tv): Horror, Drama, Fantasy

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 will intertwine characters and themes ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

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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The OA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night
The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Serial drama, Science fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy

The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: AMC

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