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The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019  

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187 votes 18 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
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
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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
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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
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
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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
6
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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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Chambers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn
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
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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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Into the Dark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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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Mayans MC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos, Jacqueline Obradors
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
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
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
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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.
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
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
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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan
Ray Donovan is an American television drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
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
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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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 Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey
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
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
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
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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
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
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
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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Tell Me a Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall, Danielle Campbell
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
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
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
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The Order is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Stressful TV Shows In 2019
Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Matt Frewer
The Order (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Dennis Heaton and Shelley Eriksen. College freshman Jack Morton (Jake Manley) joins a fabled secret society and is ...more