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The Best Suspense TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 5.6k votes 1.1k voters 71.9k views70 items

List RulesVote up the best suspense series - those shows that keep you on the edge of your seat thanks to their twists and turns.

The best suspense TV shows get you snared in story and caught up in the characters. Whether they're weaving suspenseful scenes with horror, drama, crime, or even sci-fi, each episode of the very best suspense series on television has you eager for more. The only thing more suspenseful than the best suspense shows is trying to determine which series are the best. This list of the greatest suspense shows is ranked from best to worst, thanks to your votes, to clear up any debate about what the most entertaining suspense show of all time is.

This list features suspenseful tv shows like Twin Peaks, True Detective, and Ozark - all shows that amp up the intrigue and know how to keep you guessing. Don't let your favorite suspense television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of suspense television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best suspense show of all time?" and "What are the greatest suspense shows?"

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    NetworkAMC

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

    NetworkHBO

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    NetworkShowtime

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    The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHBO

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    Death Note is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Death Note

    Mamoru Miyano, Aya Hirano

    Premiered2006-10-03

    NetworkNippon TV

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    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

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    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

    NetworkAMC

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    24 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCBS

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    Lost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

    NetworkA&E

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    The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

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    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHBO

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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    The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    NetworkUSA

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    NetworkAMC

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    You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix, Lifetime

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAmazon Video

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    Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    Premiered2013

    NetworkITV

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    NetworkShowtime

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