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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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
JVall14 added Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more

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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas 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. The story of five siblings who ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi 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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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Witches of East End is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston Witches of East End is an American television series based on the book of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz. The series premiered on Lifetime on October 6, 2013. Set in the fictional seaside ...more

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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd Counterpart (Starz, 2018) is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When lowly UN employee Howard Silk (J. K. Simmons) discovers his agency is guarding a gateway ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Twisted is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Ashton Moio Twisted is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series. The pilot episode aired on March 19, 2013, and the show's next 10 episodes resumed airing on June 18, 2013. On July 30, ...more

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Hunted is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane Hunted is a 2012 British television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for its ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more

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Storm of the Century is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Stephen King, Spencer Breslin, Colm Feore Storm of the Century, alternatively known as Stephen King's Storm of the Century, is a 1999 horror TV miniseries written by Stephen King and directed by Craig R. Baxley. Unlike many other King ...more

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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
The Dead Zone, aka Stephen King's Dead Zone is an American–Canadian science fiction/suspense series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has developed psychic ...more

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The Gates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols The Gates is an American supernatural crime drama television series that aired on the ABC network from June 20, 2010 to September 19, 2010. The show was canceled after its first season due to ...more

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La Reina del Sur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
La Reina del Sur Kate del Castillo, Edith González, Guy Ecker La Reina del Sur is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States television network Telemundo, in conjunction with the Antena 3 network and RTI Producciones. Based on a novel of ...more

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Midnight DJ is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Kristine Hermosa, Maui Taylor, Ehra Madrigal Midnight DJ is a Filipino drama-horror television series starring Oyo Boy Sotto, who works as DJ at night and at the same time he works to find solutions to the paranormal problems of his ...more

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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It was based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics. was nominated for and won an Emmy in ...more

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E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Dennis Trillo, Iza Calzado, Francine Prieto E.S.P. is a horror Philippine drama by GMA Network starring Iza Calzado. The series premiered on February 4, 2008 and ended on May 9 of the same year. The show has a similarity of 2 American hit ...more

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My Lover, My Wife is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
My Lover, My Wife Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, Maxene Magalona My Lover, My Wife was a television drama series developed by GMA Network starring Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, and Maxene Magalona. The show premiered on February 28, 2011 replacing Koreana. The ...more

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Michelle Phillips Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty. Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name, ...more

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Golden Boy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Chi McBride, Bonnie Somerville, Kevin Alejandro As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three ...more

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The Ghost Inside My Child is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
What if your child remembered dying in a past life? This new BIO series explores many parents' most closely guarded secret: Their child is a reincarnation of someone who died violently and came ...more

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Miracles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Skeet Ulrich, Angus Macfadyen, Marisa Ramirez Miracles is an American drama television program starring Skeet Ulrich and Angus Macfadyen. Created by Richard Hatem and Michael Petroni, the series has sometimes been dubbed a "spiritual ...more

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Fillmore! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Orlando Brown, Tara Strong, Horatio Sanz Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney. Based on popular police dramas of the 1970s, Fillmore! is centered on reformed ...more

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Mystery Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mystery Woman Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, Nina Siemaszko Mystery Woman is the name of a series of 11 TV movies released by the Hallmark Channel between 2003 and 2007, and now appearing regularly on the Hallmark Movie Channel. While on the Hallmark ...more

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Eva Fonda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Eva Fonda Cristine Reyes, BB Gandanghari Eva Fonda is a Filipino drama show on ABS-CBN that aired on December 1, 2008 and ended on February 6, 2009. Eva Fonda is a remake of a 1976 film of the same name starring Alma Moreno.

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The High Fructose Adventures o... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tom Kenny The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange is an American live-action/animated TV series based on the characters from the popular web series The Annoying Orange created by Dane ...more

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Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo, Ronnie Lazaro Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak or Secret Affairs is a Sine Novela offering produced by GMA Network starring Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado. From October 15, 2012 until February 19, 2013, GMA Life TV ...more

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Magkaribal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Magkaribal Kathryn Bernardo, Iya Villania, Bea Alonzo Magkaribal is a Philippine suspense drama about love, fashion, and family which began on June 28, 2010 and ended on November 5, 2010 on ABS-CBN. The show was launched as part of the half-term ...more

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The Book of Jer3miah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
The Book of Jer3miah The Book of Jer3miah is an American live-action web series created by a group of Brigham Young University students and faculty members. It follows the experience of college freshman, Jeremiah ...more

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La Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Jennylyn Mercado, Jean Garcia, Sunshine Dizon La Vendetta is a Filipino drama-suspense-thriller series produced by GMA Network. The series premiered October 29, 2007 and concluded on January 18, 2008. The series is an experimental soap ...more

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Green Rose is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Green Rose Anne Curtis, Jake Cuenca, Alessandra De Rossi Green Rose is a critically acclaimed Philippine television drama that aired on ABS-CBN from February 14, 2011 to May 27, 2011. It is a remake of the Korean drama of the same title aired by SBS.

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Mujeres Asesinas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Mujeres Asesinas Adrián Suar, Patricio Contreras, Dolores Fonzi Mujeres Asesinas is an Argentine drama and suspense thriller TV series, based on trilogy of books of the same name by Marisa Grinstein, produced by Pol-ka Producciones and broadcast from 19 July ...more

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Deadly Encounter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Deadly Encounter

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The Twins of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
The Twins of Destiny was a 1991 animated television series produced by French writer Jean Chalopin. It followed the quest of two children, Jules and Julie, in their travels across Eurasia ...more

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¿Dónde Está Elisa? is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Sonya Smith, Jorge Luis Pila, Gabriel Porras ¿Dónde está Elisa? is a Spanish-language telenovela, written by Pablo Illanes, produced by TVN and remade by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RCN, ...more

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Ilumina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Paulo Avelino, Carla Abellana, Rhian Ramos Ilumina is a fantasy-themed Philippine drama series about witchcraft, demonic possession,and sorcery directed by Mark A. Reyes and distributed by GMA Network. It premiered on August 2, 2010 ...more

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K-On! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Aki Toyosaki K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga was serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara between the May 2007 ...more

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Horror Hotel web series is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Horror Hotel web series

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Dark Realm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Eric Roberts, Jane March Dark Realm is an anthology series hosted by Eric Roberts. The series aired in syndication in the United States for a total of 13 episodes, from May to December 2001.

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Katorse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Katorse Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon, Valerie Garcia Katorse is a television primetime series that aired on ABS-CBN from August 31, 2009 to January 8, 2010. It tells the story of a simple small-town girl who fell in love with a childhood friend ...more