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The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 346 votes 89 voters 8.4k views 34 items

List Rules Only thriller television series airing new episodes during the 2019 calendar year that keep you caught up in the action and excitement.

UPDATED: Check out The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020!

The most exciting thriller TV shows new or ongoing in 2019 are some of the most delightfully nerve-wracking to watch on television, but which are the most exciting new or returning shows? Determining which thriller television series is the best isn't an easy task given the plethora of options available, but this list might make it just a bit easier. These days, with the use of digital streaming via multiple options such as Netflix, Hulu, and others, there is a ton of content available but which of these current thriller shows are the best of them all in terms of excitement?

For a thriller series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that excites the viewer through masterful storytelling, unbearable suspense, and horrific consequences for the people on the screen. The only way to find out which is the best is to vote up your favorite thriller series below, but remember, this list is all about excitement! Which new thriller series available in 2019 is more exciting than the one below it? For this list, the series either has to be new to 2019 programming, or it has to be a pre-existing series with new episodes premiering in 2019.

Don't forget to add your favorite new or returning thriller show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorites below! Then see what exciting thrillers are airing in 2020.

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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
2
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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
3
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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
4
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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
5
Ozark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

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
6
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
7
Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama

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
8
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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
9
You is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

Genres (Tv): Drama

You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more
10
Whiskey Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Scott Foley, Lauren Cohan, Ana Ortiz

Genres (Tv): Drama

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Dave Hemingson. Following an emotional break-up, FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) is assigned to work with CIA ...more
11
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Network: FOX

Genres (Tv): Crime, Action, Police procedural

Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more
12
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more
13
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
14
The Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Enemy Within (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Former CIA agent, Erica Wolfe (Jennifer Carpenter), considered one of the most notorious traitors in modern history, is ...more
15
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
16
Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena Sud, based on the Russian film The Major. Tensions run high between African American citizens and ...more
17
I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more
18
The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, James D'Arcy

Network: National Geographic

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

The Hot Zone (National Geographic, 2019) is an American medical thriller television drama miniseries based on the Richard Preston non-fiction novel of the same name. The six-part limited series ...more
19
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: BBC One, FX

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
20
Reef Break is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Poppy Montgomery

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Drama

Reef Break (ABC, 2019) is a French-American crime drama television series created by Ken Sanzel. Cat Chambers (Poppy Montgomery), a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a Pacific Island ...more
21
Black Earth Rising is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Michaela Coel, John Goodman, Tamara Tunie

Network: Netflix, BBC Two

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Drama

Black Earth Rising (Netflix, 2019) is a television drama series created by Hugo Blick. When her adoptive mother (Tamara Tunie) takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader, a ...more
22
The Rook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Jon Fletcher, Emma Greenwell, Adrian Lester

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Starz

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Rook (Starz, 2019) is an American television series created by Stephenie Meyer and based on the novel by Daniel O'Malley. A young woman attempts to re-integrate into her life of ...more
23
Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Network: Epix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
24
Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Song Seung-heon, Go Ara, Lee El

Genres (Tv): Supernatural thriller

Black (OCN, 2017) is a 2017 fantasy-thriller South Korean television series. While chasing his runaway partner, a grim reaper uncovers truth about a set of unsolved murders and also falls in ...more
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Straight Forward is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows of 2019
Cecilie Stenspil, Arlo Green, Stephane Garneau-Monten

Network: Acorn

Genres (Tv): Crime, Thriller

Straight Forward (Acorn, 2019) is a New Zealand-Danish crime thriller television series. After a family member is murdered, con woman (Silvia Cecilie Stenspil) decides to get even by robbing the ...more