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The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the horror television series that have historically favored creeping horror and creepy scares over jump scares.

When it comes to horror TV shows, they aren't worth much if they don't creep you out just from watching them. On the surface, horror shows are inherently creepy, but not every horror television show is creepier than the next. What makes a horror show creepy has a lot to do with the level of suspense, shock, and outright horror that unfolds on the scene. Where exciting horror series tend to trigger the "fight" side of the fight-or-flight response, creepy horror is all about "flight." Or just hiding.

Anthology series like HBO's Tales from the Crypt did a great job of scaring the crap out of the audience in some episodes, while others were creepy just for the sake of being creepy. On the other side, you have series like Hannibal, which features a villain whose creepiness makes him too scary not to love, so there is a wide range of horror series to choose from when looking for the right kind of creep factor.

Which of these creepy, horror television shows freak you out the most? Vote up your favorites and watch as the creepiest shows rise to the top!

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Rebecca De Mornay, Elliott Gould, Melvin Van Peebles
The Shining is a three-part television miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mick Garris from King's teleplay, the series was first aired in 1997.
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Friday the 13th: The Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Colm Feore, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins
Friday the 13th: The Series is an American-Canadian horror television series that ran for three seasons, from October 3, 1987 to May 26, 1990 in first-run syndication. The series follows Micki ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more
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Storm of the Century is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco
American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was cancelled after a single season ...more
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Kingdom Hospital is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Jamie Harrold, Diane Ladd, Bruce Davison
Kingdom Hospital is a thirteen-episode television series based on Lars von Trier's The Kingdom, which was developed by horror writer Stephen King in 2004 for American television. While initially ...more
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more
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Z Nation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch
Z Nation (Syfy, 2014) is an American action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic television series created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler. Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the ...more
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Harper's Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr
Harper's Island is a horror thriller/mystery mini-series created by Ari Schlossberg. It aired on CBS during the 2008–2009 season. The series premiered on April 9, 2009, at 10:00 pm ET/PT. ...more
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Black Summer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Jaime King
Black Summer (Netflix, 2019) is an American television zombie apocalypse drama series, created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams, and a companion prequel series to Z Nation. When a mother (Jaime ...more
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Fear Itself is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Fear Itself was a horror/suspense anthology television series shot in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with some additional shooting in the city of St. Albert and the town of Devon, ...more
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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Robert Englund
Freddy's Nightmares is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann
Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October 25, 2013. It was produced by London-based Carnival Films. The series was created by Cole Haddon, and ...more
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The River is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope
The River is an American paranormal/action/horror/found-footage television series that debuted during the 2011–12 television winter season on ABC as a mid-season replacement. Eight episodes were ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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Chambers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn
Chambers (Netflix, 2019) is a supernatural television series created by Leah Rachel. A young heart attack survivor begins taking on the characteristics of the heart donor that saved their life — ...more
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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl
Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more
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Hammer House of Horror is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove
Hammer House of Horror is a British television series made in 1980. An anthology series created by Hammer Films in association with Cinema Arts International and ITC Entertainment, it consisted ...more
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Dead of Summer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail, Amber Coney
Dead of Summer is a 2016 American supernatural horror television series. Set in 1989, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, ...more
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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, Ryu Seung-ryong
Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince (Ju ...more