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The Best Suspense TV Shows  

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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
Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong
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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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of Hill House, ...more
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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
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Luke Albright added Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
MarySSpiegel added 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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and ...more
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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
konstantinos20142 added Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang
The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more
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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more
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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley
Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson
The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more
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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper
Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson
Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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Outcast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt
Outcast (Cinemax, 2016) is an American horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman, based on his comic books. A young man (Patrick Fugit) searches for answers as to why he's been ...more
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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley
The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more
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Good Behavior is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney
Good Behavior (TNT, 2016) is an American drama television series based on the novella series by Blake Crouch. Released from prison on good behavior, con artist Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover
American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Imani Henry added Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera
Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more