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The Scariest TV Shows In 2020

Updated June 16, 2021 576 votes 74 voters 1.7k views39 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1

    The Haunting

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American television anthology series created by Mike Flanagan and produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television, for Netflix. The first series, titled The...  more
  • 2

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, Shingo Usami

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Thriller

    The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by David Kajganich, based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. A new story each season, the show follows explorer...  more
  • 3

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama, Anthology

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more
  • 4

    The Walking Dead

    Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Science fiction

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 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 Adlard....  more
  • 5

    American Horror Story

    Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama, Thriller

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations,...  more
  • 6

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    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 subjugated,...  more
  • 7

    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Paranormal

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters in a...  more
  • 8


    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. 

  • 9

    The Purge

    Max Martini, Derek Luke

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Horror, Action

    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 night...  more
  • 10

    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt Ruff. Set in 1950s Jim Crow America, Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee...  more
  • 11

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences....  more
  • 12

    Black Summer

    Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Horror

    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 King)...  more
  • 13

    Castle Rock

    Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    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 intertwines characters and themes from the...  more
  • 14

    Into the Dark

    Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Thriller

    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....  more
  • 15

    The Twilight Zone

    Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Science fiction, Fantasy, Thriller

    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 tales...  more
  • 16


    Kristen Bouchard, David Acosta

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Paranormal, Mystery

    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.

    Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Robert King and Michelle King. A skeptical forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) allies with a Catholic seminarian...  more
  • 17

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Science fiction

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is based...  more
  • 18


    David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Fantasy, Dark comedy

    Creepshow (Shudder, 2019) is an American horror anthology television series and a continuation of the first two films in the Creepshow franchise. Each episode of the series features two stories,...  more
  • 19

    The Man in the High Castle

    Alexa Davalos, Joel de la Fuente

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Science fiction

    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
  • 20

    Tell Me Your Secrets

    Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Drama

    Tell Me Your Secrets (Amazon Video, 2021) 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...  more
  • 21

    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Thriller

    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
  • 22

    Why Women Kill

    Allison Tolman, Lana Parrilla

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy, Crime

    Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American dark comedy-drama anthology television series created by Marc Cherry. The first season follows the stories of a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite...  more
  • 23

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

    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 of her...  more
  • 24


    Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Thriller, Action

    Snowpiercer (TNT, 2020) is an American television series based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige created by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Set seven years after...  more
  • 25

    Mr. Mercedes

    Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Thriller

    Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King. Still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. Mercedes,"...  more