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
Twin Peaks 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
Black Mirror 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 Westworld 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
Lost 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
The Twilight Zone 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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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
NohaEssam added Sense8 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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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Monty Python's Flying Circus 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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Fringe 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
American Horror Story 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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
NealGafter added Legion 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) 11 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Mr. Robot 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) 12 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
The Eric Andre Show 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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Wayward Pines is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Svetlana Pavlovic added Wayward Pines 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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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Orphan Black 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) 15 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Tales from the Crypt 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 Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
The Outer Limits 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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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Adventure Time 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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Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Carnivàle 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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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added The Man in the High Castle 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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Svetlana Pavlovic added Humans 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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added 12 Monkeys 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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Aeon Flux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
hideo1212 added Aeon Flux 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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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Eerie, Indiana 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Atlanta 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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The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
The Mighty Boosh 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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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
American Gothic 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 Bojack Horseman 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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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace 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) 29 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Mr. Show with Bob and David 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) 30 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 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) 31 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Nowhere Man 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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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Wilfred 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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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Ally McBeal 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) 34 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Jam 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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Cop Rock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Cop Rock 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) 36 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Rabbids Invasion 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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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Luke Albright added Death Parade Jamie Marchi, Jeremy Schwartz

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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
Baskets 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) 39 on the list Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre
The Idiot Box 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