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The Best Horror TV Series

Updated October 30, 2020 24.3k votes 2.3k voters 47.3k views100 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror series, including those in any subgenres.

Don't be scared, these are just the very best horror TV shows, ranked from best to worst thanks to your votes. Serving thrills, chills, creepy-crawlies, and psychological terror, this list of the greatest horror shows also includes pictures from the shows, cast, and premiere dates to help you vote.

Popular horror series have been a staple of television for years because people like to be afraid. It's the ultimate escapism. It truly makes you feel alive. What do you think is the most entertaining horror show of all time. Don't (DON'T, YOU GUYS) let your favorite horror television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

This list of the best of horror TV contains shows like Supernatural and The Walking Dead, along with other great horror TV series of the decade. It answers the questions, "What is the best horror show of all time?" and "What are the greatest horror shows?" Don't forget to vote and put some fear into the shows in the top spots!

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    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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    It is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

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    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

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    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

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    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

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    Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

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    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

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    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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    Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

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    Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

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    The Strain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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    Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

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