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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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 4 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 first season, The Haunting of ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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 Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
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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 Killing is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 14 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 Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 18 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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24 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini
Bloodline (Netflix, 2015) is an American thriller–drama web television series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. A family of adult siblings find that their past ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
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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You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense TV Shows
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell
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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