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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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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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
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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
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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
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
The Exorcist Horror
The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is portrayed as a sequel to the 1973 film of the same name
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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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
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Twin Peaks Drama
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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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
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Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural, Thriller, Drama
Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American television supernatural thriller television drama. The series follows a skeptical psychologist Katja (Kristen Bouchard) who allies with a priest-in-training (Mike ...more
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film
Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Science Fiction
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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama
Hemlock Grove is an American Netflix original horror thriller television series. Executive produced by Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and a production of Gaumont ...more