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The Most Exciting Thriller Series Ever Made

Updated November 24, 2020 1.2k votes 210 voters 10.4k views96 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!

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  • 1
    Breaking Bad
    105
    30

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Sherlock
    61
    16

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Dark
    43
    11

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Dexter
    48
    19

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Prison Break
    48
    26

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Stranger Things
    41
    22

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hannibal
    31
    13

    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jack Ryan
    19
    9

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bates Motel
    19
    10

    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

    Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Black Mirror
    19
    12

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    True Detective
    14
    6

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Killing
    11
    2

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Fargo
    13
    6

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Homeland
    14
    7

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Walking Dead
    17
    12

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Originals
    12
    5

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lost
    16
    10

    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Person of Interest
    9
    2

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Blacklist
    13
    8

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    I Am the Night
    8
    5

    I Am the Night

    Chris Pine, India Eisley

    Premiered2019

    I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is an American limited television series created by Sam Sheridan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Taboo
    9
    8

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Premiered2018

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The X-Files
    6
    4

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Orphan Black
    12
    12

    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

    Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Revenge
    6
    5

    Revenge

    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

    Premiered2011

    Revenge (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Criminal Minds
    6
    5

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... more on Wikipedia