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Great TV Shows That Are Totally Surreal And Bizarre

Updated January 13, 2021 4.2k votes 897 voters 16.1k views64 items

List RulesVote 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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    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

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    Hannibal Buress, Tom Kane

    Premiered2012

    The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim, 2012) is an American surreal comedy television series created...  more
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    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more

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    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

    Premiered2017

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    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

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    Premiered1969

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    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

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    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

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    Jonah Hill, Emma Stone

    Premiered2018

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  • American Horror Story11
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more

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    Rami Malek, Christian Slater

    Premiered2015

    Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Sam...  more

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    Premiered2015

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more

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  • The Prisoner15
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    The Prisoner

    Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat

    Premiered1967

    The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the United Kingdom...  more

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  • The Outer Limits16
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    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology...  more

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  • Carnivàle17
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    Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau

    Premiered2003

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    Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding

    Premiered2004

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    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

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    Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2015

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    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    Premiered2018

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    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

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    Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow

    Premiered1991

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