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

The very best horror shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest horror shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular horror TV shows 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. The list of horror television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.The list you're viewing contains shows like Supernatural and The Walking Dead, along with other great horror TV series of the decade.This list answers the questions, "What is the best horror show of all time?" and "What are the greatest horror shows?" Heck, what are some good horror shows?

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
JamesCushman added 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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more

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It is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

Premiered: 1990

It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...more

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Scooby-Doo, Where Are Yo... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe

Premiered: 1969

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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

Premiered: 1955

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more

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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas

Premiered: 1963

The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology television series. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more

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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
EvilAsh21 added Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo

Premiered: 2015

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 1994

The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The remaining survivors after a deadly plague split into ...more

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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand

Premiered: 2014

The Strain (FX, 2014) is an American horror drama television series created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and based on their novel trilogy of the same name. A viral outbreak causes an ...more

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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
EvilAsh21 added Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira

Premiered: 2016

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

Premiered: 1966

Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire ...more

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