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The Best Supernatural Thriller Series 

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Updated March 13, 2020 9.1k votes 898 voters 3.4k views 41 items

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

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
thereaper added Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure

Actors: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Horror Film, Mystery

Actors: David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

Actors: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

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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Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Sci-fi, Drama

Actors: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

Actors: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, + more

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

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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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Adventure film

Actors: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Syfy

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 Gods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Fantasy

Actors: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, + more

Network: HBO

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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Horror Film, Mystery

Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Drama, Horror

Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: UPN, CBS

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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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
The Exorcist Horror

Actors: Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels

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) 14 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Anthology, Drama, Fantasy

Actors: Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: CBS All Access

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) 15 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama

Actors: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Thriller, Science Fiction

Actors: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

Premiered: 2013

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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Twin Peaks Drama, Crime, Mystery

Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural

Actors: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, + more

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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

Actors: Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, Mike Colter, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck

Premiered: 2019

Network: CBS

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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The Pale Horse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Actors: Georgina Campbell, Kaya Scodelario, Rufus Sewell

Premiered: 2020

Network: BBC One, Amazon

The Pale Horse (BBC One, 2020) is a mystery thriller series originated on BBC One and written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Leonora Lonsdale, based on Agatha Christie's novel of the same name. ...more
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Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
SJSAlias added Supernatural drama, Medical drama, Drama

Actors: Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks, Wendy Crewson, Benjamin Ayres, + more

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: CTV Television Network

Saving Hope is a Canadian television supernatural medical drama, set in the fictional Hope Zion Hospital in Toronto. The show's central character is Dr. Alex Reid, a doctor whose fiancé, ...more
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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film

Actors: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha, + more

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

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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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Drama, Science Fiction

Actors: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: BBC America, Space

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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
Romance Film, Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama

Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

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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The OA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
The OA Mystery, Serial drama, Science fiction

Actors: Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Phyllis Smith, Alice Krige

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