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The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made

Updated February 19, 2021 425 votes 38 voters 1.3k views57 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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  • Dexter1
    16
    5

    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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  • Fringe2
    13
    6

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more
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  • Dark3
    10
    4

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by...  more
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  • American Horror Story4
    10
    5

    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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  • Bates Motel5
    10
    5

    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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  • Supernatural6
    12
    8

    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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  • Grimm7
    8
    2

    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by...  more
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  • Lost8
    10
    8

    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J....  more
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  • The X-Files9
    10
    8

    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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  • Twin Peaks10
    8
    5

    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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  • Nip/Tuck11
    8
    5

    Nip/Tuck

    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon

    Premiered2003

    Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the...  more
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  • Black Mirror12
    9
    8

    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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  • Altered Carbon13
    8
    6

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
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  • Mr. Robot14
    7
    6

    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin

    Premiered2015

    Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Sam...  more
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  • Fargo15
    6
    5

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
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  • Breaking Bad16
    9
    9

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by...  more
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  • Hannibal17
    5
    4

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed...  more
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  • Orphan Black18
    5
    4

    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

    Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme...  more
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  • The Walking Dead19
    4
    2

    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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  • The Killing20
    4
    2

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on...  more
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  • True Detective21
    5
    5

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic...  more
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  • Sleepy Hollow22
    4
    4

    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Premiered2013

    Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex...  more
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  • Mindhunter23
    4
    4

    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe...  more
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  • Criminal Minds24
    6
    8

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more
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  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation25
    4
    2

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

    Premiered2000

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series...  more
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