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The Creepiest Shows In TV History

Updated October 20, 2020 47.9k votes 5.9k voters 73.9k views64 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 Crypt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 Wikipedia

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 Wikipedia

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    Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Premiered1983

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

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    Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Alfred Hičkok predstavlja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Alfred Hičkok predstavlja

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

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    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

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

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    Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 Wikipedia
  • 16
    Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

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  • 17
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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  • 18
    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

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  • 20
    Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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  • 21
    A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy

    Premiered2002

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  • 22
    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    The Exorcist

    Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis
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    Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Masters of Horror

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered2005

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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1974

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    Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Shows In TV History
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    Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

    Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine

    Premiered1997

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