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The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made 

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Updated March 5, 2020 267 votes 28 voters 48 items

List Rules Vote up the television thriller series that historically are the best at delivering the creeps.

Thrillers have often done exactly as the name describes: they thrill viewers with shocking twists and frightening situations, but some thriller TV series manage to also thoroughly creep viewers out. Whether you're talking about a thriller that's all about a psychological horror or a thriller television show that delves deep into horrific things that can only be described as nightmare fuel, there are tons of incredible shows to choose from!

Shows like Breaking Bad thrilled audiences who couldn't imagine what Walter White might get into next. Each episode showcased his inevitable fall from lowly high school chemistry teacher into the biggest, baddest manufacturer of meth in New Mexico. If drugs aren't your thing, consider another option like Dexter, which follows the misadventures of a man who specializes in putting down serial killers... because he's a serial killer himself! Whatever your interests in this wide-open genre, there are dozens of amazing series that easily make it onto a list of the best thrillers ever!

Which of these creepy, thriller television shows freaks you out the most? Vote up your favorites and watch as the creepiest rises to the top!

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Dark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel
Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: FX

Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more
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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: BBC America, Space

Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more
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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Lie to Me is an American drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman ...more