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The Creepiest Shows In TV History 

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List Rules Vote 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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Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

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John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

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Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

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David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

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Paul Sparer

Premiered: 1983

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Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas

Premiered: 1995

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Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

Premiered: 1955

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Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

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Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

Premiered: 1987

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Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

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Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

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Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

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Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

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Premiered: 2014

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Rod Serling, Gary Collins

Premiered: 1970

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R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

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Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner

Premiered: 2005

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Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Premiered: 2018

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Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

Premiered: 1974

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