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These Teen Screams Are Your Watchlist Dreams: The Best Of Teen Horror TV

Updated January 26, 2021 737 votes 66 voters35 items

List RulesVote up the best horror TV shows in which the main characters and target audience are teens and young people.

From shows about serial killers stalking cheerleaders to plots about young witches harnessing their power, the best teen horror series will leave you screaming... for more episodes. Some terrifying teen shows feature werewolves howling at the moon while other scary series are haunting in completely original ways. A few great teen scream shows are even based on classic horror films.

A murder mystery set at a sorority is at the center of Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens which finds horror legend Jamie Lee Curtis leading an all-star cast. Of course, Murphy's now-iconic series American Horror Story – which features several teen-heavy seasons – is also on this list of the scariest teen horror series. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a great option for younger teens and tweens. In Twin Peaks, the entire town is stricken with fear after the popular teenager, Laura Palmer, is found murdered in the pilot episode. Riverdale, another spooky series for teens, pays homage to Twin Peaks with its title sequence.

Don't let your favorite teen horror show end up at the bottom of this list – what a nightmare that would be! Vote up the best teen scream series and please add great shows we may have missed.
 

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  • American Horror Story1
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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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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer2
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more

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  • Stranger Things3
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more

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  • Teen Wolf4
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    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

    Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely...  more
  • The Vampire Diaries5
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series...  more
  • Goosebumps6
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more

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  • Twin Peaks7
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more

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  • Bates Motel8
    28
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

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

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  • Hemlock Grove9
    18
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    Hemlock Grove

    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård

    Premiered2013

    Hemlock Grove (Netflix, 2013) is an American Netflix original horror thriller television...  more

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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?10
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series....  more

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  • Pretty Little Liars11
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    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television...  more

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  • Scream12
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    Scream

    Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus

    Premiered2015

    Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill...  more
  • Riverdale13
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto...  more

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  • Scream Queens14
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    Scream Queens

    Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Premiered2015

    Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan...  more
  • Dark15
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    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by...  more
  • The Secret Circle16
    4
    1

    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2011

    The Secret Circle (The CW, 2011) is an American supernatural teen drama developed by Andrew...  more
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina17
    17
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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series...  more

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  • The Unsettling18
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    The Unsettling

    Holly Taylor, Tequan Richmond

    Premiered2019

    The Unsettling (HBO Nordics, 2019) is an American crime fantasy horror mystery series created...  more
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?19
    1
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Lyliana Wray, Miya Cech

    Premiered2019

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon, 2019) is an American children's horror anthology...  more

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  • The Order20
    10
    2

    The Order

    Jake Manley, Sarah Grey

    Premiered2019

    The Order (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Dennis Heaton...  more
  • Wolfblood21
    2
    2

    Wolfblood

    Aimee Kelly, Bobby Lockwood

    Premiered2012

    Wolfblood is a British fantasy/supernatural drama television series aimed at teens. It is a...  more
  • Eerie, Indiana22
    15
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    Eerie, Indiana

    Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow

    Premiered1991

    Eerie, Indiana is an American television series that originally aired on NBC from 1991 to...  more

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  • It23
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

    It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same...  more

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  • Chambers24
    2
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    Chambers

    Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn

    Premiered2019

    Chambers (Netflix, 2019) is a supernatural television series created by Leah Rachel. A young...  more
  • Todd and the Book of Pure Evil25
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    Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

    Alex House, Maggie Castle

    Premiered2010

    Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (SPACE, 2010) is a Canadian comedy horror television series...  more