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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 genres 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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The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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Tales from the Crypt John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

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879 564
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The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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730 281
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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581 492
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Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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682 291
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Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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807 303
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Unsolved Mysteries Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

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591 343
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

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Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

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LanaYoshii added Penny Dreadful Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

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Goosebumps R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

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Night Gallery Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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Masters of Horror Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
JVall14 added Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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killakane94 added Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Jonathan Frakes, Don LaFontaine, James Brolin

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Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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279 401
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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246 287
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

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255 186
The Strain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
LanaYoshii added The Strain Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand

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Charley Feldman added Millennium Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

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243 216
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
killakane94 added The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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American Gothic Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco

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258 296
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True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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Carnivàle Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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Friday the 13th: The Series is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Trioxin245 added Friday the 13th: The Series Colm Feore, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
LanaYoshii added Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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LanaYoshii added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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171 231
Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
LanaYoshii added Fear the Walking Dead Mercedes Mason, Rubén Blades, Kim Dickens

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Trioxin245 added Eerie, Indiana Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes

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The Ray Bradbury Theater Lucy Lawless, Ray Bradbury, Richard Kiley

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141 214
Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
mhiler added Hemlock Grove Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron

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Boris Karloff's Thriller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Channel Zero Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Shaun Benson

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98 212
Poltergeist: The Legacy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Charley Feldman added Poltergeist: The Legacy Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Robbi Chong

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Charley Feldman added Amazing Stories Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo

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70 197
Fear Itself is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Charley Feldman added Fear Itself Margherita Donato, Valerie Womack, Marie Zydek

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Ferry73 added Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

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Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Ghost Story Sebastian Cabot

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The Simpsons Treehouse of Horr... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Verna Peddi added A Haunting Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren

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Scream: The TV Series is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
-1453870667083 added Scream: The TV Series Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna

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Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyon... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History

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Darkroom is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Darkroom James Coburn

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Harper's Island is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Shows in TV History
Heather Goldilox added Harper's Island Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr