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Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite live-action TV series that have elements of surrealism. No animated series.

Surrealist TV shows keep viewers tuning in week after week by combining supernatural elements with everyday dramas. The best bizarre TV shows feature imaginative storylines that keep characters - and fans - intrigued. This is a list of the greatest surreal TV shows including everything from Mr. Robot to American Horror Story to Adventure Time.

What programs will you find on this list of the best surreal TV shows? David Lynch's twisted hit Twin Peaks originally ran for only two seasons, but over 20 years after its finale, Showtime picked up the show for another run. Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, and Sheryl Lee are just a few of the talented cast members who keep this bizarre show rooted in reality. Lost is another one of the most popular surreal TV shows of all-time. And of course, it's impossible to talk about bizarre TV shows without mentioning the Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. Other good programs featured here include Tales From the Crypt, Baskets, and Black Mirror.

Do you have a favorite bizarre TV series? Give the best shows a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any great shows that are missing. And if you're a fan of the surreal, be sure to check out our list of the best surrealist films of all time.

 

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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco
American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was cancelled after a single season ...more
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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more
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Humans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Svetlana Pavlovic added Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley
Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more
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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes
Eerie, Indiana is an American television series that originally aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993. The series was created by José Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante serving as creative ...more
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The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding
The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy troupe featuring comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Developed from three stage shows and a six-episode radio series, it has since spawned a total of ...more
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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira
Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more
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Corporate is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Anne Dudek
Corporate (Comedy Central, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman. At an average, soulless multi-national corporation, Matt ...more
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Forever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph
Forever (Amazon, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series. It follows married couple Oscar (Fred Armisen) and June (Maya Rudolph) who live a comfortable but predictable life in ...more
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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann
Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.
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What Just Happened??! with Fre... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Fred Savage
What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage (Fox, 2019) is an American hybrid comedy-talk television series. Spoofing the phenomenon aftershows, it is an actual aftershow for a fake TV series, The
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Love Alarm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Kim So-hyun, Song Kang, Jung Ga-ram
Love Alarm (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the webtoon of the same name by Chon Kye-young. The story revolves around the societal disruption that ...more
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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz
Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more
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The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård
The Kingdom is an eight-episode Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, and co-directed by Lars von Trier and Morten Arnfred. It has been edited together into a ...more
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Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Gre... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Bob Odenkirk
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is an American sketch comedy television series, created by and starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, which premiered February 11, 2007 on Cartoon ...more
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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis
Mr. Show with Bob and David, also known as Mr. Show, is an American sketch comedy series starring and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It aired on HBO from November 3, 1995, to December ...more
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The League of Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
The League of Gentlemen is a quartet of British dark comedy writer–performers, formed in 1995 by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The television programme for ...more
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a British horror parody television series created for Channel 4 by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. The show focuses on fictional horror author Garth Marenghi ...more
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Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher, Marvin LaRoy Sanders
Nowhere Man is an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce Greenwood. Created by Lawrence Hertzog, the series aired Monday nights on UPN. Despite critical acclaim, ...more
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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more
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Jam is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Christopher Morris, Amelia Bullmore, David Cann
Jam is a postmodern British sketch comedy TV series created, written and directed by Chris Morris, and was broadcast on Channel 4 during March and April 2000. It was based on the earlier BBC ...more
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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Jamie Marchi, Jeremy Schwartz
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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Zach Galifianakis, Martha Kelly, Louie Anderson
Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role ...more
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The Idiot Box is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Alex Winter, Lee Arenberg, Danny Cooksey
The Idiot Box is an American sketch comedy television series created by Alex Winter, Tom Stern and Tim Burns, which ran on MTV from 1990-1991. After the success of Bill & Ted, MTV hired ...more
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Cop Rock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Ronny Cox, James McDaniel, Barbara Bosson
Cop Rock is an American musical police drama series that aired on ABC in 1990. The show, a police drama presented as a musical, was co-created by Steven Bochco, who also served as executive ...more
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Rabbids Invasion is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Rabbids Invasion is a French/American animated television series which premiered on August 3, 2013 on Nickelodeon. It was produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Nickelodeon Animation Studios. ...more