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The Creepiest Shows In TV History

Updated March 19, 2021 42.5k votes 5.9k voters 75.8k views63 items

List RulesVote up the series almost too creepy for you to watch alone. In the dark. Naked.

Television loves to push the boundaries of what can be shown to a general audience. The medium has evolved from being a place filled with only family friendly programming to a platform to showcase anything the mind can imagine, no matter how scary and creepy it may be. The TV shows on this list are bursting with disturbing images, frightening plot lines, and horrors that haunt the viewer long after the TV has been shutoff.

Shows like Twin Peaks, Fringe, and The Walking Dead have tested the limits of what can be shown to audiences, with creepy moments that haunt viewers for years. Older, classic anthologies like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Masters of Horror feature mind-bending horror classics written by the genre's best auteurs.

What is your favorite creepy TV show in history? Do you prefer creepy monster of the week shows like Hannibal and The X-Files? Or do you like shorter stories  and narrative arcs with more bite, such as American Horror Story and Alfred Hitchcock Presents?

 Vote up the shows on this list that you think are the creepiest shows to ever hit the television airwaves.

 

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    Dark Shadows

    Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall

    Premiered1966

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    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

    The Strain (FX, 2014) is an American horror drama television series created by Guillermo del...  more

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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more

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    Scariest Places on Earth

    Linda Blair, Zelda Rubinstein

    Premiered2000

    Scariest Places on Earth (Fox Family, 2000) is an American paranormal documentary reality...  more

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    Friday the 13th: The Series

    Colm Feore, Louise Robey

    Premiered1987

    Friday the 13th: The Series is an American-Canadian horror television series that ran for...  more

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    Creepshow

    David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau

    Premiered2019

    Creepshow (Shudder, 2019) is an American horror anthology television series and a continuation...  more
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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

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    Carnivàle

    Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau

    Premiered2003

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    Unsolved Mysteries

    Pistol Black, Jane Green

    Premiered2020

    Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix, 2020) is a reboot of the long-running American television series,...  more
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    American Gothic

    Gary Cole, Lucas Black

    Premiered1995

    American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer...  more

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    The Haunting of...

    Breanna Lakatos, Kesha Rose Sebert

    Premiered2012

    The Haunting Of... (Biography, 2012) is an American paranormal documentary television series...  more
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    The Dead Files

    Steve DiSchiavi, Matthew Anderson

    Premiered2011

    The Dead Files is an American paranormal television series that premiered on September 23,...  more

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    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

    Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam...  more
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Lyliana Wray, Miya Cech

    Premiered2019

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon, 2019) is an American children's horror anthology...  more

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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan...  more

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    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams'...  more

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    Calls

    Nicholas Braun, Clancy Brown

    Premiered2021

    Calls (Apple TV+) is American-French mystery thriller drama series based on the French series...  more

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    Millennium

    Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher

    Premiered1996

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    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Premiered2013

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more

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    The Following

    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy

    Premiered2013

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    Lore

    Robert Patrick, Holland Roden

    Premiered2017

    Lore (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series developed by Aaron...  more
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    Premiered2009

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    V

    Robert Englund, Michael Ironside

    Premiered1983

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