2019 The Best Supernatural Thriller Series  

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List Rules Vote up the best supernatural thriller series that have aired on television.

Among our favorite genres are sub-genres that sometimes feel like they were designed specifically for us. In the case of thrillers, it's the spine-tinglingly spooky supernatural thriller that is currently lighting up the TV landscape and filling it with Demogorgons, exorcists, mysteries, and storylines that manage to be undead, yet pulse-racing. And we couldn't be happier.

These supernatural thriller TV shows are all at once risk-taking, innovative, and deserving of a week-long binge watch with no break. While some of television's best supernatural thrillers - we're looking at you Twilight Zone - have been around since the beginning of television, the revitalization of the genre that started with shows like Fringe and Supernatural have carried over into the DNA of the best shows still on the air. With their rich mythology, flawed characters, and endless cliffhangers, it's safe to say we can't get enough supernatural thrillers on television.

With the sub-genre going stronger than ever on the small screen, there's no better time to turn off all the lights, question whether or not your best friend is a vampire, recite some Latin spells from a dusty old book, and rank the best supernatural thriller series on TV.

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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195 22
Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
thereaper added Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure
Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
3
190 22
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
4
118 33
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Horror Film, Mystery
Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
5
113 31
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction
The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
6
120 39
Dark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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
7
111 41
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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
8
114 47
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Horror, Supernatural, Mystery
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
9
111 59
Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Adventure film
Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on the Syfy network. Executive-produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins, the dramatic comedy from ...more
10
108 57
The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Horror
The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is portrayed as a sequel to the 1973 film of the same name
11
106 66
Lost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama
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
12
108 69
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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
13
106 67
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Drama, Fantasy
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
14
102 70
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Horror Film, Mystery
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
15
79 62
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Drama, Horror
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more
16
45 39
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Thriller, Science Fiction
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more
17
117 203
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
18
20 46
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural
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
19
17 56
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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
20
9 38
Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Horror Film, Comedy
Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
21
13 53
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Romance Film, Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more
22
9 42
The Strain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Horror Film
The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same ...more
23
15 63
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama
Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more
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6 34
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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
25
5 31
Haven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in ...more