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The Best Thriller Horror Series

Updated October 14, 2020 852 votes 91 voters 3.1k views51 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror series that serve suspenseful thrills with their creepy chills.

The best thriller horror shows pair the spooky pair ultimate frights with out-of-this-world tension. The best thriller horror series ever shown on television offers bone-chilling horror that not only gives you the physical creepy-crawlies but mental torment of wondering what is coming next. If you’ve been looking for the best horror thrillers to add some tense terror to your TV nights, this list of the best thriller horror series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

A touch of tension ups both the excitement and the possible scares in a television horror series and shows such as Bates Motel, Hannibal, and Hemlock Grove keep you on the edge of your seat - all the better to jump right off it the next time something terrifying happens. Other shows use slow, creeping thrills to better deliver their scares, like dark psychological thrillers. Many anthology shows, thanks to their mix-and-match formats, also offer horror thrillers.

Which shows balance being horror and thriller series the best? Vote up the best thriller horror series, vote down the shows that don't deliver the tension with their scares, and add any scary thrillers series that are missing.

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    The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    23
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

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  • 3
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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  • 4
    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    28
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

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  • 5
    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    28
    16

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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  • 6
    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

  • 7
    The Whispers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    13
    5

    The Whispers

    Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe

    Premiered2015

  • 8
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    14
    9

    The Twilight Zone

    Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele

    Premiered2019

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  • 9
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    16
    12

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

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  • 10
    Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    12
    8

    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

    Premiered2016

  • 11
    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    12
    8

    The Outer Limits

    Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun

    Premiered1995

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  • 12
    Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    10
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    Castle Rock

    Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland

    Premiered2018

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  • 13
    The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    9
    5

    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

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  • 14
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    13
    13

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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  • 15
    Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series

    Premiered1983

  • 16
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    9
    9

    The Exorcist

    Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis

    Premiered2016

  • 17
    Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    10
    12

    Ghoul

    Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul
  • 18
    Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    6
    7

    Night Gallery

    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

    Premiered1970

  • 19
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    6
    8

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    5
    6

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1974

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  • 21
    The Strain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    9
    12

    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

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  • 22
    Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    5
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

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  • 23
    The Terror is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    5
    8

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, George Takei

    Premiered2018

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  • 24
    Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    8
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    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Premiered2015

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  • 25
    The Haunting of Bly Manor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
    4
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    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Victoria Pedretti, Tahirah Sharif

    Premiered2020

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