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The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated July 29, 2019 285 votes 34 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the scripted television series airing new episodes during the 2019 calendar year that stressed you out the hardest.

Though the most stressful shows of 2019 may not initially sound like your idea of a good time, prepare to be surprised. As you'll see from the amount of binge-worthy shows here, such as True Detective and Game of Thrones, sometimes the most stressful shows can also be the most fun. When you really think about it, many of the most stressful TV series of 2019 are also the most suspenseful, delightfully scary, or have a way of being so engrossing that you just can't bring yourself to pull away.  These are the shows that long, lazy days full of Netflix binges and ice cream are made of.

But what are the best stressful series airing this year? This is where you get a chance to decide. Whether you're looking for new shows to get absorbed in or just want to give your favorite shows of 2019 a shout out, you've come to the right place. Locate your favorite, albeit stress-inducing, shows that are airing new or returning episodes this year and give them a big thumbs up so they rise to the top.

 

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
2
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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
3
Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
4
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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
5
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
7
Mayans MC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos, Jacqueline Obradors

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. EZ Reyes (J. D. Pardo), a former golden boy now fresh out of ...more
8
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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 ...more
9
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
10
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
11
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
12
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Action

Ray Donovan (Showtime, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Ann Biderman. Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles, can make ...more
13
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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
14
The Purge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Genres (Tv): Action, Horror, Sci-fi

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
15
Chambers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn

Genres (Tv): Drama, Supernatural

Chambers (Netflix, 2019) is a supernatural television series created by Leah Rachel. A young heart attack survivor begins taking on the characteristics of the heart donor that saved their life — ...more
16
The Terror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Anthology, Psychological thriller

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
17
How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Network: ABC

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 ...more
18
The Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Enemy Within (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Former CIA agent, Erica Wolfe (Jennifer Carpenter), considered one of the most notorious traitors in modern history, is ...more
19
I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

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
20
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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
21
Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
22
Into the Dark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Horror, Anthology

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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Tell Me a Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall, Danielle Campbell

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller, Anthology series

Tell Me a Story (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American psychological thriller web television series created by Kevin Williamson, based on the Mexican television series Érase una vez. The ...more
24
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian 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 ...more
25
A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: Discovery Channel

Genres (Tv): Docudrama, Anthology series, Paranormal television, Documentary

A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness accounts of possession, exorcism, and ghostly encounters. The show originally aired from October 28, ...more