vote on everything
Watchworthy
2.3k voters

The Best Horror TV Series

Updated October 16, 2020 24.9k votes 2.3k voters 47.2k views111 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!

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    713
    333

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    amazon buy button

    More The Twilight Zone 

    Creepy Parallels Between 'American Horror Story' And 'The Twilight Zone' You Never Even Knew Existed#10 of 11 Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Shows

  • 2
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    515
    239

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    amazon buy button

    More Stranger Things 

    Wholesome 'Stranger Things' Moments That Turned Our Hearts Upside DownWho Would Be In 'Stranger Things' If It Were Cast In The '80s?

  • 3
    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    967
    557

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    amazon buy button

    More American Horror Story 

    Small, Creepy Details Fans Noticed In 'American Horror Story'20 'American Horror Story' Memes That Reign Supreme

  • 4
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    864
    524

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    amazon buy button

    More Supernatural 

    29 'Supernatural' Memes That Remind Us Why It Remains One Of Our Favorite TV Shows EverThe Best Supernatural Characters

  • 5
    It is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    353
    153

    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

    amazon buy button

    More It 

    Horrifying Things That Happened In The Book 'IT' Way Too Awful for the MoviesHow The Makers Of The '90s 'It' Miniseries Managed To Scare An Entire Generation

  • 6
    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    647
    326

    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

    amazon buy button

    More Tales from the Crypt 

    #228 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time#35 of 265 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

  • 7
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    951
    562

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    amazon buy button

    More The Walking Dead 

    'The Walking Dead' Is As Big A Nightmare Behind The Scenes As It Is On-ScreenThe Objectively Worst Decisions Made On 'The Walking Dead'

  • 8
    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    710
    458

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    amazon buy button

    More The X-Files 

    'The X-Files' Episodes That Made Us Say "Ewwww"The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes

  • 9
    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    317
    203

    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

    amazon buy button
  • 10
    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    352
    231

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    amazon buy button

    More Penny Dreadful 

    12 Easter Eggs In 'Penny Dreadful' Designed For Brainy ViewersWhich 'Penny Dreadful' Character Are You Based On Your Zodiac?

  • 11
    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    359
    245

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    amazon buy button

    More Hannibal 

    Every Food-Related Pun From ‘Hannibal’30 Hilarious 'Hannibal' Memes That Leave Us Hungry For More

  • 12
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    297
    169

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

    amazon buy button

    More Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

    #58 of 335 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time#39 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • 13
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    307
    212

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    amazon buy button

    More Are You Afraid of the Dark? 

    The Midnight Society From 'Are You Afraid Of The Dark?' - Where Are They Now#10 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s

  • 14
    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    175
    104

    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

    amazon buy button

    More The Stand 

    The Best Characters From The Stand Miniseries#431 of 714 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • 15
    Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    197
    127

    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

    amazon buy button

    More Ash vs Evil Dead 

    #258 of 390 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#45 of 82 The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

  • 16
    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    350
    269

    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    amazon buy button

    More 

    The Best Twin Peaks Characters'Twin Peaks' Is The Scariest Thing Ever Aired On Television

  • 17
    The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    217
    156

    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    amazon buy button
  • 18
    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    261
    218

    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

    amazon buy button

    More Grimm 

    The Best Seasons of Grimm#126 of 537 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

  • 19
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    610
    527

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    amazon buy button

    More Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

    Xander Harris Was The Worst Part Of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer'15 Fan Theories About Buffy The Vampire Slayer Just Crazy Enough To Be True

  • 20
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    241
    194

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Don Messick, Casey Kasem

    Premiered1969

    amazon buy button

    More Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! 

    #3 of 360 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#3 of 674 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • 21
    Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    303
    240

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    amazon buy button

    More Goosebumps 

    Fan Theories About 'Goosebumps'#39 of 60 The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series

  • 22
    Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    169
    123

    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

    Premiered2016

    amazon buy button
  • 23
    The Strain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    197
    148

    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

    amazon buy button

    More The Strain 

    #151 of 308 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time#26 of 64 The Creepiest Shows In TV History

  • 24
    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    412
    407

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    amazon buy button

    More True Blood 

    The Best True Blood Characters of All TimeThe Best Seasons of 'True Blood'

  • 25
    Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Series
    233
    183

    Premiered1983

    amazon buy button
TV ProgramsTVEntertainmentHorrortop 50top 100pollBest TVHorror Movies and TVGraveyard Shift