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The Creepiest Shows In TV History

Updated March 2, 2021 45.7k votes 5.9k voters 75.4k views62 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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  • Tales from the Crypt1
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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  • The Twilight Zone2
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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  • American Horror Story3
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more

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  • The X-Files4
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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

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  • Tales from the Darkside5
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    Premiered1983

    Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero;...  more

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  • Unsolved Mysteries6
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    Unsolved Mysteries

    Robert Stack, Dennis Farina

    Premiered1987

    Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, 1987) is an American mystery documentary television show created by...  more

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  • The Outer Limits7
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    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1995

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology...  more

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  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents8
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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

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  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?9
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series....  more

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  • Hannibal10
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

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

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  • Night Gallery11
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    Night Gallery

    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

    Premiered1970

    Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring...  more
  • Penny Dreadful12
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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

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  • Supernatural13
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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

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  • The Haunting of Hill House14
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    The Haunting of Hill House is the first season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more

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  • Goosebumps15
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more

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  • Bates Motel16
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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

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  • Dexter17
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more

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  • Twin Peaks18
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more

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  • The Walking Dead19
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more

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  • Black Mirror20
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more

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  • A Haunting21
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    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy

    Premiered2002

    A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness...  more

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  • Masters of Horror22
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    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered2005

    Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick...  more

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  • The Exorcist23
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    The Exorcist

    Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis

    Premiered2016

    The Exorcist (Fox, 2016) is an American supernatural horror television series created by...  more
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker24
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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1974

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  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction25
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    Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine

    Premiered1997

    Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is an American television anthology series created by Lynn...  more

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