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The Best Horror TV Shows 

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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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

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 X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
JamesCushman added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: UPN, CBS

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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: HBO

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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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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It is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Network: Showtime

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more

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Are You Afraid of the Da... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: Nickelodeon, YTV, Rede Record, France 3, Nickelodeon, + more

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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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 361

Network: CBS, NBC

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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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 74

Network: Jetix, Vrak.TV, YTV, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network, + more

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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 154

Network: Showtime, Syfy, American Broadcasting Company

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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

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Kolchak: The Night Stalk... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

Premiered: 1974

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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
The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 4

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

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Tales from the Darkside ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Paul Sparer

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 90

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