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The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made 

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Updated July 17, 2020 296 votes 35 voters 49 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

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 ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 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 ...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

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 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 X-Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

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) 6 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 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. ...more
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 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 ...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

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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 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
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 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
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 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), ...more
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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003

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) 22 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

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) 23 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

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) 25 on the list The Creepiest Thriller Series Ever Made
Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

Premiered: 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 ...more