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The Greatest Suspense TV Shows

Updated September 20, 2020 1.1k votes 153 voters 7.0k views36 items

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

    Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt
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    Dexter

    Scott William Winters, Valerie Cruz
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tanya Moodie
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    Criminal Minds

    A.J. Cook, Rachel Nichols
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    The Originals

    Daniel Gillies, Leah Pipes
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Tory Kittles
    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic...  more

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    American Horror Story

    Evan Peters, Dylan McDermott
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    Bates Motel

    Keegan Connor Tracy, Freddie Highmore
    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on...  more

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    The Mentalist

    Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman
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    Lost

    Zuleikha Robinson, Michelle Rodriguez
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    La Femme Nikita

    Matthew Ferguson, Don Francks
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    Homeland

    F. Murray Abraham, Jamey Sheridan
    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard...  more

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    Oz

    Kirk Acevedo, Rita Moreno
    Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote...  more

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    The Walking Dead

    Khary Payton, Sarah Wayne Callies
    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more

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    The Killing

    Brent Sexton, Mireille Enos
    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on...  more

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    Witches of East End

    Mädchen Amick, Rachel Boston
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short
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    Harrow

    Ioan Gruffudd, Jolene Anderson
    Harrow (ABC, 2018) is an Australian television drama series created by Stephen M. Irwin and...  more
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    Fillmore!

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    The Gates

    Frank Grillo, Janina Gavankar
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    Departure

    Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer
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    Twisted

    Kimberly Quinn, Maddie Hasson
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    Twin Peaks

    Catherine E. Coulson, Warren Frost
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    Too Old to Die Young

    Miles Telle, Billy Baldwin
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    Hunted

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lex Shrapnel
    Hunted is a 2012 British television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and...  more

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