Entertainment The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made  

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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!

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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14 7
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
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4 0
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more
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7 4
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more
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6 4
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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5 3
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller 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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4 2
The Following is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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3 1
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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3 1
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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2 0
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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2 0
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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8 7
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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5 4
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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5 4
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller 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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4 3
Lost is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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4 3
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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4 3
Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more
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3 2
Taboo is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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3 2
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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3 2
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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3 2
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller 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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3 2
Suits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more
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2 1
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more
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2 1
Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made
Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale
Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility ...more
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2 1
I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 25 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