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The Scariest TV Shows In 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated January 7, 2020 135 votes 22 voters 31 items

List Rules Vote up the television series airing new episodes during the 2020 calendar year that scared you the most.

Are you ready for the scariest horror TV shows in 2020 and can't wait to see what's new in scary horror TV in 2020? These are the scariest horror TV series available to watch in 2020, which are either new or continuing from a previous season. The scariest horror series are shows that can make you question right and wrong and everything that you believe in. The scariest horror doesn't need to be shamelessly gory, it opens up strange doors and awful possibilities that you never thought possible in a sane world and keeps your nerves on edge with just psychological terror.

The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead have been keeping us in a perpetual state of zombie apocalypse for seasons and 2020 promises more. The Handmaid's Tale shows us a frightening future that just might be while The Purge displays a near future where all of our worst qualities right in the open for us to see.

Which of these scariest horror TV series is the scariest? Which shows are you most looking forward to in 2020? Vote up your favorites and watch as the scariest horror TV shows rise to the top!

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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris
The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
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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Into the Dark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau
Into the Dark (Hulu, 2018) is an American horror anthology web television series. Each episode of the series is inspired by a holiday from the month in which it is released.
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Marianne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Marianne
Victoire Du Bois

A famous horror writer who is lured back to her hometown discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams is now wreaking havoc in the real world. 

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Evil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Evil
Kristen Bouchard, David Acosta

A psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there's a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more
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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of ...more
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Lovecraft Country is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Wunmi Mosaku
Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt Ruff. In 1950s Jim Crow America, Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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Black Summer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Jaime King
Black Summer (Netflix, 2019) is an American television zombie apocalypse drama series, created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams, and a companion prequel series to Z Nation. When a mother (Jaime ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark
Dracula (Netflix, 2020) is a drama horror series created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The series stars Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, and Morfydd Clark. In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking ...more
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Tell Me Your Secrets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Hamish Linklater
Tell Me Your Secrets (TNT) is a thriller drama television series created by Harriet Warner. As each of them is pushed to the edge, a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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The Man in the High Cast... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more
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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
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One of Us is Lying is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
One of Us is Lying (Peacock, 2020) is an American crime drama television series. A brain, an athlete, a princess, a criminal, and a "basket case" walk into detention - but only the ...more
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Omniscient is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Marcello Airoldi, Guilherme Prates, Luana Tanaka
Omniscient (Netflix, 2020) is a Brazilian science fiction horror television drama. In a city where citizens are monitored 24/7, a tech employee must outsmart her surveillance drone in order to ...more
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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Jacob Dudman, Brandon Fellows, Siobhan Finneran
The Stranger (Netflix, 2020) is a British television drama series based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben. The series will follow Adam Price, who seems to be living the perfect life ...more
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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Haunted

Haunted is an American paranormal documentary developed by Propagate. The anthology series focuses on horror stories in which individuals or groups of people talk about their paranormal experience.

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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy
Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
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Why Women Kill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
Lucy Lui, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American dark comedy-drama web television series created by Marc Cherry. Following the stories of a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest TV Shows In 2020
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.