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The Best Suspense TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 5.9k votes 1.2k voters 77.0k views69 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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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    Premiered2006

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    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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    Premiered2013

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    Premiered2001

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    Premiered2017

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    Premiered2004

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    Premiered2016

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