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The Best Thriller Horror Series  

Ranker TV
302 votes 33 voters 47 items

List Rules Vote up the best thriller horror shows that have aired on television.

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
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The story of five siblings who ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
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 Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
David McCallum, Kevin Conway, Beau Bridges
The Outer Limits (SyFy, Showtime, 1995) is a Canadian-American science fiction anthology television series and a revival of the original The Outer Limits. Its stories are described as more ...more
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The Whispers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe, Kristen Connolly
The Whispers (ABC, 2015) is an upcoming American television series created and executive produced by Soo Hugh. It is based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury short story "Zero Hour" from The ...more
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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira
Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Paul Sparer
Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, ...more
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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand
The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same ...more
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Ghoul (Netflix, 2018) is an English-language Indian action horror miniseries created by Patrick Graham. A prisoner arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his ...more
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy
Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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Into the Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau
Into the Dark (Hulu, 2018) is an American horror anthology web television series. Each episode of the series is inspired by a holiday from the month in which it is released.
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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris
The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...more
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Room 104 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Room 104 (HBO, 2017) is an American television anthology dark comedy, horror and thriller series created by Jay and Mark Duplass. Set in a single room of an American hotel, the series explores ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels
The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is portrayed as a sequel to the 1973 film of the same name
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller Horror Series
Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna
Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more