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The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made 

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Updated July 25, 2019 8.4k votes 811 voters 9.5k views 51 items

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 Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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 first season, The Haunting of ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

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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It is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Premiered: 1990

It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more
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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: HBO

Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

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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Rose Red is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Emily Deschanel, Nancy Travis, Melanie Lynskey

Premiered: 2002

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Rose Red is a television miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King. The series was premiered in the United States on ABC on January 27, 2002. The story involves a haunted Seattle ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
crystalplumage707 added Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: UPN, CBS

The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more
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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 4

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more
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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
The Exorcist 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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

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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Tales from the Darkside ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Paul Sparer

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 90

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 Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

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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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 361

Network: CBS, NBC

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more
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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Showtime

Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.
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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Hemlock Grove is an American Netflix original horror thriller television series. Executive produced by Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and a production of Gaumont ...more
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 154

Network: Showtime, Syfy, American Broadcasting Company

The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Rebecca De Mornay, Elliott Gould, Melvin Van Peebles

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Nightmares and Dreamscap... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
Tom Berenger, Claire Forlani, William H. Macy

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: TNT

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King is an eight-episode anthology series on TNT based on short stories written by Stephen King. It debuted on July 12, 2006, and ended ...more