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The Best Suspense TV Shows 

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Updated March 19, 2020 5.7k votes 1k voters 69.2k views 66 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Suspense TV series.

The very best suspense shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest suspense shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular suspense TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining suspense show of all time is. 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.

List features shows like Wild Romance and Twin Peaks.

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
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
MarySSpiegel added Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

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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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Prison Break (Fox, 2005) is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring.The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced for a something he did not commit, and ...more

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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Premiered: 2018

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. A fractured family confronts ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

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

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

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 Killing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011

The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen. Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
konstantinos20142 added Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his ...more

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

Premiered: 2006-10-03

Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
JVall14 added Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Bates Motel (A&E, 2013) is an American psychological horror drama television series based on characters from the 1959 novel Psycho by Robert Bloch. After his father's sudden death, teenager ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Luke Albright added Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

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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24 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. A CIA ...more

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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott

Premiered: 2017

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more

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You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

Premiered: 2018

You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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