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The Best Horror TV Shows  

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best TV series.

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
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
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 Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
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) 5 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
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
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
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
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
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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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther
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
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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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones
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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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
EvilAsh21 added Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira
Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more
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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
EvilAsh21 added Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo
This show (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Thirty years after saving the world, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn
Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage
Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren ...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
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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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it premiered on CBS ...more
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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror TV Shows
Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan
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