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The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made  

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List Rules The horror television series that have historically favored blood-pumping excitement over slow creeping horror.

The best horror TV shows ever aired are some of the most harrowing series to watch on television, but which are the most exciting horror TV shows of all time? Determining which horror TV series is the most exciting isn't an easy task given the plethora of options available, but this list might make it just a bit easier. These days, with the use of digital streaming, more and more shows people have forgotten are being rewatched, checked out for the first time, or even remade into new classics for new generations to enjoy, but which of these frightening horror shows is the most thrilling of them all?

Would something newer like American Horror Story land higher on the list than a classic horror anthology series like the original Twilight Zone? For a series to be truly, horrifyingly exciting, it has to be the kind that makes you sleep with a night light on or scream at the screen for a character to stay out of a room while you're perched on the edge of your seat, so keep that in mind while looking through the most exciting horror shows of all time. The only way to find out which is the best is to vote up your favorite horror series below, but remember, this list is all about fear! Which series is more exciting and frightening than the one below it?

Don't forget to add your favorite exciting horror show to the list if it's missing and vote for the shows that know how to keep your nerves on edge below!

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of Hill House, ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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 Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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It is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner
Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.
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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Paul Sparer
Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, ...more
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Two Sentence Horror Stories is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Nicole Kang, Jim Parrack, Aleyse Shannon
Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW Seed, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series. The themes tap into universal primal fears, filtered through the anxieties of the most connected ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira
Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made
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