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The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years 

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List Rules Only shows that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2015.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best horror TV shows since 2015. Our list of the highest rated horror shows of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the scariest series on television. What is the best new scary TV show? 

Featuring new Netflix shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent horror shows include PreacherStranger ThingsThe Exorcist, and Fear the Walking Dead. Syfy's Channel Zero is considered to be one of the scariest shows on TV, while Showtime's revival Twin Peaks is commonly known as the horror show to watch now in 2018. 

Vote up the best new horror shows and feel free to add any new horror series missing from the list. 

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira

Premiered: 2016

Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2016

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more
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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Premiered: 2017

Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Premiered: 2016

Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Scream Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna

Premiered: 2015

Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more
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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
MeganRC added Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Premiered: 2018

Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
MrGr8 added Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

Premiered: 2017

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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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Premiered: 2015

This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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Dark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel

Premiered: 2017

Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden ...more
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The Outsider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp

Premiered: 2020

The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters ...more
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Locke & Key is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones

Premiered: 2020

Locke & Key (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the comic book series by Joe Hill. After their father is murdered, three children move into a new home where they ...more
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Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell

Premiered: 2019

Creepshow (Shudder, 2019) is an American horror anthology television series and a continuation of the first two films in the Creepshow franchise. Each episode of the series features two stories, ...more
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Black Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jaime King
Black Summer (Netflix, 2019) is an American television zombie apocalypse drama series, created by Karl Schaefer and John Hyams, and a companion prequel series to Z Nation. When a mother (Jaime ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more
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Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic

Premiered: 2019

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more
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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jason Hawkins, Victoria Hogan, Tina

Premiered: 2019

Haunted (Netflix, 2018) is an American paranormal documentary anthology television series. Often using horror film framing, individuals and groups share horror stories about their paranormal ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Premiered: 2017

Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Claes Bang, John Heffernan, Dolly Wells

Premiered: 2019

Dracula (Netflix, BBC One, 2019) is a British-American horror-fantasy television limited series based on the novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. This retelling of the classic story follows ...more
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Most Terrifying Places i... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Matthew M. Baxter, Bryan Bonner, Sean-Michael Bruno

Premiered: 2009

Most Terrifying Places in America was an American paranormal documentary television series that premiered on October 9, 2009 on the Travel Channel as a stand alone special. The special was ...more
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Mr. Mercedes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
MrGr8 added Mr. Mercedes Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Justine Lupe

Premiered: 2017

Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King. Still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

Premiered: 2019

The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American anthology drama web television series based on the 1959 television series. An updated version of the classic TV series featuring various ...more
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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Horror TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2016

Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more