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The Best Supernatural Thriller Series

Updated April 27, 2020 14.6k votes 1.1k voters 5.3k views42 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    Supernatural

    Supernatural drama, Black comedy

    ActorsJared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins

    Premiered2005

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    98

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Supernatural, Horror

    ActorsSarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Angel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    106

    Angel

    Supernatural drama, Supernatural

    ActorsDavid Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

    Premiered1999

    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    105

    The X-Files

    Cryptozoology, Supernatural

    ActorsDavid Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    113

    Penny Dreadful

    Horror, Supernatural

    ActorsJosh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

    Premiered2014

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    131

    Grimm

    Drama, Horror Film

    ActorsDavid Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

    Premiered2011

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    125

    American Horror Story

    Anthology, Horror

    ActorsConnie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare

    Premiered2011

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    110

    Dark

    Sci-fi, Thriller

    ActorsLouis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne

    Premiered2017

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    110

    The Twilight Zone

    Anthology, Drama

    ActorsRod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

    Premiered1959

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    111

    Warehouse 13

    Supernatural, Action/Adventure

    ActorsEddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

    Premiered2009

    Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    94

    Sleepy Hollow

    Drama, Horror

    ActorsTom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

    Premiered2013

    Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    133

    Fringe

    Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

    ActorsAnna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

    Premiered2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    American Gods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    114

    American Gods

    Fantasy, Drama

    ActorsRicky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki

    Premiered2017

    American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    122

    The Twilight Zone

    Anthology, Drama

    ActorsSimon Kinberg, Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

    Premiered2019

    The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    123

    The Exorcist

    Horror

    ActorsAlfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels

    The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is an American supernatural horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    146

    Lost

    Supernatural drama, Science fiction

    ActorsNaveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway

    Premiered2004

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    133

    Twin Peaks

    Drama, Crime

    ActorsKyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    180

    Stranger Things

    Sci-fi, Horror

    ActorsWinona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    55

    Evil

    Supernatural, Thriller

    ActorsKatja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck

    Premiered2019

    Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Robert King... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    101

    Tales from the Crypt

    Anthology, Horror Film

    ActorsJohn Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

    Premiered1989

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    Lucifer

    Comedy-drama, Mystery

    ActorsTom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt

    Premiered2015

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    150

    True Blood

    Fantasy, Horror

    ActorsAnna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

    Premiered2008

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    100

    The Outer Limits

    Anthology, Anthology series

    ActorsVic Perrin

    Premiered1963

    The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Haven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    132
    Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Being Human is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Supernatural Thriller Series
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    147

    Being Human

    Supernatural, Drama

    ActorsLenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha

    Premiered2008

    Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created... more on Wikipedia
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