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The Best Current Shows That Are Darker Than Night

Updated October 9, 2020 3.0k votes 606 voters 21.7k views28 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Mindhunter1
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    48

    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe...  more
  • The Haunting of Hill House2
    166
    52

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural horror

    The Haunting of Hill House is the first season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more
  • Black Mirror3
    161
    53

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
  • True Detective4
    121
    34

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic...  more
  • Westworld5
    162
    68

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series...  more
  • Peaky Blinders6
    109
    37

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Period Drama

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more
  • Stranger Things7
    147
    73

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
  • Wentworth8
    94
    32

    Wentworth

    Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May...  more
  • American Horror Story9
    167
    89

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more
  • Fargo10
    86
    28

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
  • Ozark11
    82
    30

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial...  more
  • You12
    107
    54

    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera...  more
  • Taboo13
    67
    25

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"...  more
  • The Handmaid's Tale14
    38
    7

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
  • Killing Eve15
    71
    39

    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Spy thriller

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe...  more
  • American Gods16
    53
    30

    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama

    American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and...  more
  • The Walking Dead17
    69
    58

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
  • The Witcher18
    30
    20

    The Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Freya Allan

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

    The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short...  more
  • The Twilight Zone19
    34
    31

    The Twilight Zone

    Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

    The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series...  more
  • Prodigal Son20
    15
    11

    Prodigal Son

    Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Procedural

    Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam...  more
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor21
    12
    8

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Victoria Pedretti, Tahirah Sharif

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Anthology

    The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more
  • The Confession Tapes22
    The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by...  more
  • The Haunting23
    5
    5

    The Haunting

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Anthology

    The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American television anthology series created by Mike...  more
  • Ratched24
    10
    14

    Ratched

    Sarah Paulson, Alice Englert

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Ratched (Netflix, 2020) is an American television series based on Ken Kesey's novel One Flew...  more
  • Two Sentence Horror Stories25
    2
    5

    Two Sentence Horror Stories

    Nicole Kang, Jim Parrack

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Anthology

    Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW Seed, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series....  more