Entertainment

The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made  

Ranker TV
333 votes 44 voters 1.5k views 56 items

List Rules Only thriller television series that have historically kept you caught up in the action and excitement.

The best thriller TV shows ever aired are some of the most exciting and... well, thrilling series to watch on television, but which are truly the most exciting thriller series of all time? Determining which thriller 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 thrilling shows is the best of them all?

Would something newer like I Am The Night land higher on the list than a classic crime thriller series like Columbo? For a series to be truly thrilling, it has to be the kind that excites the viewer through masterful storytelling, unbearable suspense, and horrific consequences for the people on the screen. The only way to find out which is the most exciting is to vote up your favorite thriller series below, but remember, this list is all about excitement! Which series is more exciting and thrilling than the one below it?

Don't forget to add your favorite thrilling thriller show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorite below!

list ordered by
back to page 1
26
The Following is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore
The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more
27
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
28
I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays
I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more
29
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann
Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more
30
Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera
Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
31
The Rook is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Jon Fletcher, Emma Greenwell, Adrian Lester
The Rook (Starz, 2019) is an American television series created by Stephenie Meyer and based on the novel by Daniel O'Malley. A young woman attempts to re-integrate into her life of ...more
32
Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson
Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’
33
The Act is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Cathy Wingate added Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny
The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's (Joey King) quest for independence from the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective ...more
34
The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, James D'Arcy
The Hot Zone (National Geographic, 2019) is an American medical thriller television drama miniseries based on the Richard Preston non-fiction novel of the same name. The six-part limited series ...more
35
Straight Forward is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Cecilie Stenspil, Arlo Green, Stephane Garneau-Monten
Straight Forward (Acorn, 2019) is a New Zealand-Danish crime thriller television series. After a family member is murdered, con woman (Silvia Cecilie Stenspil) decides to get even by robbing the ...more
36
Green Frontier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Nelson Camayo, Juana del Rio, Miguel Ramos
Green Frontier (Netflix, 2019), in Spanish "Frontera Verde", is a Colombian crime thriller web television miniseries, created by Ciro Guerra. When Helena (Juana del Río), a ...more
37
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more
38
Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson
Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more
39
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins
The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more
40
Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002, to May 19, 2009. The series follows the cases of a Missing Persons ...more
41
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller 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
42
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
43
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller 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
44
Lost is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more
45
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris
Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more
46
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley
Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
47
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
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
48
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
49
Black Earth Rising is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Michaela Coel, John Goodman, Tamara Tunie
Black Earth Rising (Netflix, 2019) is a television drama series created by Hugo Blick. When her adoptive mother (Tamara Tunie) takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader, a ...more
50
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright
House of Cards is a 2013 American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the ...more