Entertainment
328 voters

The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made

Updated April 15, 2021 1.7k votes 328 voters 15.1k views106 items

List RulesOnly 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!

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    156
    38

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul
    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by...  more
  • 2
    96
    30

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more
  • 3
    82
    20

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci
    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by...  more
  • 4
    54
    15

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen
    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed...  more
  • 5
    77
    40

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller
    Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The...  more
  • 6
    65
    30

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter
    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more
  • 7
    31
    8

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman
    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
  • 8
    57
    38

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour
    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
  • 9
    33
    14

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell
    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
  • 10
    25
    7

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson
    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created...  more
  • 11
    31
    14

    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin
    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J....  more
  • 12
    28
    13

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey
    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic...  more
  • 13
    22
    6

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on...  more
  • 14
    24
    12

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin
    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard...  more
  • 15
    26
    16

    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore
    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on...  more
  • 16
    23
    15

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal
    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
  • 17
    24
    16

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish
    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more
  • 18
    21
    15

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone
    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon...  more
  • 19
    14
    7

    The Following

    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy
    The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly...  more
  • 20
    15
    9

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies
    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a...  more
  • 21
    12
    6

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill
    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"...  more
  • 22
    8
    2

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory
    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more
  • 23
    8
    3

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
    The X-Files (Fox, 1993) is an American science fiction horror drama television series created...  more
  • 24
    8
    4

    Revenge

    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe
    Revenge (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by...  more
  • 25
    9
    6

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler
    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more