TV 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.

 

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn 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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
NealGafter added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia 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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an 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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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
NohaEssam added Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton 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

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
NealGafter added Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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The Eric Andre Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane, Gary Anthony Williams The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim, 2012) is an American surreal comedy television series created by Eric Andre. Hosted by Eric Andre with Hannibal Buress, the late night talk show features ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters 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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole 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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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sonoya Mizuno Maniac (Netflix, 2018) is an American dark comedy television series created by Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Fukunaga. Based on a 2014 Norwegian series, the show revolves around the ...more

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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Svetlana Pavlovic added Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed by Chad Hodge. A Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching ...more

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris 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) 19 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer 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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The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
EricKarp added Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the United Kingdom from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo 12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
hideo1212 added Denise Poirier, John Rafter Lee, Julia Fletcher Æon Flux is an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in various forms throughout the 1990s, with film, comic book, and video game adaptations following ...more

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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more

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Forever is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 30 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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The League of Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 32 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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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 34 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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The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 38 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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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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Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Jam is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Jamie Marchi, Jeremy Schwartz

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Cop Rock is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Damien Laquet, Marc Duquenoy, Brigitte Guedj 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

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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 46 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) 47 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