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The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made

Updated October 2, 2020 11.2k votes 827 voters 9.8k views55 items

List RulesVote 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 House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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    It is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rose Red is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Rose Red

    Emily Deschanel, Nancy Travis

    Premiered2002

    Rose Red is a television miniseries scripted by horror novelist Stephen King. The series was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

    The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    105

    The Exorcist

    Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis
    The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is an American supernatural horror television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Premiered1983

    Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero;... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

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  • 16
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Masters of Horror

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered2005

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    The Strain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

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    Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Castle Rock

    Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland

    Premiered2018

    Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Hemlock Grove

    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård

    Premiered2013

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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    Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

    Premiered2016

    Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made
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    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

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    Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Fr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepy-Crawliest Horror TV Shows Ever Made

    Premiered2006

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