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The Most Exciting Horror Series Ever Made

Updated January 11, 2021 3.0k votes 274 voters 2.7k views62 items

List RulesThe 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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  • Lucifer1
    164
    69

    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series...  more
  • The Haunting of Hill House2
    83
    49

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    The Haunting of Hill House is the first season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more
  • The X-Files3
    72
    45

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more
  • American Horror Story4
    66
    50

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more
  • The Twilight Zone5
    56
    42

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is...  more
  • Tales from the Crypt6
    49
    38

    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror...  more
  • Supernatural7
    62
    54

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more
  • Stranger Things8
    55
    47

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents9
    43
    34

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

    Premiered1955

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred...  more
  • Hannibal10
    41
    34

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed...  more
  • Penny Dreadful11
    31
    23

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created...  more
  • It12
    50
    48

    It

    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Premiered1990

    It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same...  more
  • Channel Zero13
    34
    28

    Channel Zero

    Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw

    Premiered2016

    Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick...  more
  • Tales from the Darkside14

    Premiered1983

    Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero;...  more
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer15
    37
    35

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
  • Masters of Horror16
    31
    27

    Masters of Horror

    Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered2005

    Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick...  more
  • Twin Peaks17
    33
    30

    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn

    Premiered1990

    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark...  more
  • Bates Motel18
    29
    26

    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on...  more
  • The Stand19
    27
    27

    The Stand

    Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald

    Premiered1994

    The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on...  more
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?20
    29
    30

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull

    Premiered1991

    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series....  more
  • Millennium21
    21
    21

    Millennium

    Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher

    Premiered1996

    Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files,...  more
  • Ash vs Evil Dead22
    28
    32

    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

    Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam...  more
  • The Walking Dead23
    35
    43

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
  • iZombie24
    21
    25

    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

    iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane...  more
  • Goosebumps25
    24
    30

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more