TV The Greatest Suspense TV Shows  

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Of all the many genres represented on television, suspense is easily the most fun to watch. Suspense offers the audience a way to get involved in what's happening on their screens and such shows have a way of pulling you in. Whether you're worried the main character will get away with murder like on Dexter or if the folks from Alexandria will be able to survive whatever horrors are being thrown at them on The Walking Dead, there are plenty of options for fans of suspense TV shows to watch!

Finding the right and most suspenseful TV shows to watch isn't always easy, which is why this list has been put together compiling the very best of the best. Whether your preferences are towards action-thriller series of a suspenseful nature or you prefer more captivating mystery shows, there are some excellent recommendations on this list for you to watch. From top dramas like True Detective to the fun fantasy series Goosebumps, you'll find plenty to try out next.

For more recommendations, browse this list of the best suspense shows and feel free to add any similar series you think are missing!

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
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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La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
La Femme Nikita Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer La Femme Nikita is a Canadian action/drama television series based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson. The series was co-produced by Jay Firestone of Fireworks Entertainment and Warner ...more

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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Dead Zone The Dead Zone, aka Stephen King's Dead Zone is an American–Canadian science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has developed psychic ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Goosebumps R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Hunted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Hunted Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane Hunted is a 2012 British television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for its ...more

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Storm of the Century is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Storm of the Century Stephen King, Spencer Breslin, Colm Feore Storm of the Century, alternatively known as Stephen King's Storm of the Century, is a 1999 horror TV miniseries written by Stephen King and directed by Craig R. Baxley. Unlike many other King ...more

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Miracles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Miracles Skeet Ulrich, Angus Macfadyen, Marisa Ramirez Miracles is an American drama television program starring Skeet Ulrich and Angus Macfadyen. Created by Richard Hatem and Michael Petroni, the series has sometimes been dubbed a "spiritual ...more

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Twisted is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Twisted Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Ashton Moio Twisted is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series. The pilot episode aired on March 19, 2013, and the show's next 10 episodes resumed airing on June 18, 2013. On July 30, ...more

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Witches of East End is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Witches of East End Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston Witches of East End is an American television series based on the book of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz. The series premiered on Lifetime on October 6, 2013. Set in the fictional seaside ...more

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The Gates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Gates Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols The Gates is an American supernatural crime drama television series that aired on the ABC network from June 20, 2010 to September 19, 2010. The show was canceled after its first season due to ...more

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The Ghost Inside My Child is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
The Ghost Inside My Child What if your child remembered dying in a past life? This new BIO series explores many parents' most closely guarded secret: Their child is a reincarnation of someone who died violently and came ...more

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Eva Fonda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Eva Fonda Cristine Reyes, BB Gandanghari Eva Fonda is a Filipino drama show on ABS-CBN that aired on December 1, 2008 and ended on February 6, 2009. Eva Fonda is a remake of a 1976 film of the same name starring Alma Moreno.

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Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Golden Boy Chi McBride, Bonnie Somerville, Kevin Alejandro As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three ...more

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My Lover, My Wife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
My Lover, My Wife Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, Maxene Magalona My Lover, My Wife was a television drama series developed by GMA Network starring Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, and Maxene Magalona. The show premiered on February 28, 2011 replacing Koreana. The ...more

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Fillmore! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Fillmore! Orlando Brown, Tara Strong, Horatio Sanz Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney. Based on popular police dramas of the 1970s, Fillmore! is centered on reformed ...more

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Hotel James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Michelle Phillips Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty. Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name, ...more

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Midnight DJ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Midnight DJ Kristine Hermosa, Maui Taylor, Ehra Madrigal Midnight DJ is a Filipino drama-horror television series starring Oyo Boy Sotto, who works as DJ at night and at the same time he works to find solutions to the paranormal problems of his ...more

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Mystery Woman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Suspense TV Shows
Mystery Woman Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, Nina Siemaszko Mystery Woman is the name of a series of 11 TV movies released by the Hallmark Channel between 2003 and 2007, and now appearing regularly on the Hallmark Movie Channel. While on the Hallmark ...more