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The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made

Updated May 20, 2021 603 votes 45 voters 1.5k views65 items

List RulesVote 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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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    PremieredOctober 1, 2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work for...  more
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    Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn

    PremieredDecember 1, 2017

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings...  more
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    PremieredDecember 4, 2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1993

    The X-Files (Fox, 1993) is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The series revolves around FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating...  more
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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an institutionalized...  more
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    David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby

    PremieredOctober 28, 2011

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. Homicide...  more
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan...  more
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    PremieredMarch 18, 2013

    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on characters from the 1959 novel Psycho by Robert Bloch. After his father's sudden death, teenager Norman...  more
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean

    PremieredApril 8, 1990

    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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    The Walking Dead

    Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

    PremieredOctober 31, 2010

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 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 Adlard....  more
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    Mr. Robot

    Christian Slater, Rami Malek

    PremieredJune 24, 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 disorder...  more
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    Altered Carbon

    Anthony Mackie, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2018

    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 from...  more
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    Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

    PremieredApril 15, 2014

    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 in and...  more
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    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    PremieredApril 4, 2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller, based on the characters created by novelist Thomas Harris. A gifted FBI profiler (Hugh...  more
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    American Horror Story

    Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton

    PremieredOctober 5, 2011

    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
  • 16

    Criminal Minds

    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    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 show...  more
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff

    PremieredJanuary 12, 2014

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences....  more
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    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    PremieredJuly 21, 2017

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a...  more
  • 19

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    PremieredApril 3, 2011

    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen. Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen...  more
  • 20


    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    PremieredOctober 13, 2017

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan...  more
  • 21

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2013

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers to...  more
  • 22

    House of Cards

    Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

    PremieredFebruary 1, 2013

    House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by Beau Willimon, and an adaptation of the BBC mini-series based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. Congressman...  more
  • 23

    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Janina Gavankar

    PremieredSeptember 16, 2013

    Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, and Len Wiseman, and loosely based on the short story by...  more
  • 24

    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris

    PremieredMarch 30, 2013

    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 fact,...  more
  • 25

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    PremieredJuly 15, 2016

    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), a...  more