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.
Premiered: 1989Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror... more
Premiered: 1959The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more
Premiered: 2011American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more
Premiered: 1993The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more
Premiered: 1983Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero;... more
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Premiered: 1995The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology... more
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Premiered: 1991Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series.... more
Premiered: 2013Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed... more
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Premiered: 2014Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created... more
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Twin PeaksKyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn
Premiered: 1990Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark... more
Premiered: 2010The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more
Premiered: 2011Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more
Premiered: 2002A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness... more
Premiered: 2005Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick... more
The ExorcistAlfonso Herrera, Geena Davis
Premiered: 2016The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is an American supernatural horror television series created by... more
Premiered: 1974Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the... more
Premiered: 1997Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is an American television anthology series created by Lynn... more