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The Creepiest Horror TV Shows In 2021

Updated April 29, 2021 1.3k votes 273 voters 7.7k views16 items

List RulesVote up the horror television series airing new episodes during the 2021 calendar year that favor creeping and creepy horror over jump scares.

Are you ready for the creepiest horror TV shows in 2021? Creepy shows come in all kinds of flavors – there’s everything from existential horror that mangles the mind to body horror that literally gets under your skin, and classic creepy-crawly visuals like too many teeth and lots of goo. Creepy horror is the stuff that makes your skin crawl more than it makes you jump. What makes a horror show creepy has a lot to do with the level of suspense, shock, and outright horror that unfolds on the scene. Yeah, a big pile of tooth filled goo is gross and creepy-crawly but is it still haunting you after the episode ends?

On the surface, horror shows are inherently creepy, but not every horror television show is creepier than it is scary. For the kind of creepy shows that get you in the back of your brain, You on Netflix and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu are go-tos. For more classic creeps, American Horror Story, Two-Sentence Horror Stories, and The Walking Dead are vital parts of any creepy watchlist. If you want slightly less aggressive creepiness, then go for the children’s horror show Are You Afraid of the Dark? for a nostalgic hit of the creepy-crawlies.

Which of these creepy horror TV series freak you out the most? Which are you most looking forward to creeping you out in 2021? Vote up your favorites and watch as the creepiest horror TV shows rise to the top!

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    AHS is an old reliable for creepy-crawlies, with opening credits and stunning visuals that will haunt your dreams and days.

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      It's right in the title! But anthology series can do something special with horror, thanks to their limited time frame and this TV version of the now-nostalgic movies is no different, making you laugh and shudder at the same time.

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      • Short and sweet, each episode opens with a perfectly innocuous sentence that turns terrifying once joined by the single line that comes up on screen after the horror has played itself out.

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          Saving a kingdom from a rapidly spreading and adapting plague, battling the undead, deadly political intrigue - every flavor of creepy needed for a balanced diet.

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