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The Best New Horror Series of the Last Few Years

Updated May 21, 2021 11.3k votes 5.5k voters 121.2k views47 items

List RulesVote up the best horror TV series that premiered their first season on or after January 1, 2018.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best horror TV shows since 2018. Our list of the highest-rated horror shows of the past four 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 horror series, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent horror shows include The Purge, Black SummerThe Outsider, and Creepshow. Them is considered to be one of the scariest shows on TV, while Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are commonly known as some of the best horror shows to watch

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

  • 1

    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman

    PremieredJanuary 12, 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 in a...  more
  • 2

    The Haunting

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    PremieredOctober 12, 2018

    The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American television anthology series created by Mike Flanagan and produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television, for Netflix. The first series, titled The...  more
  • 3

    Castle Rock

    Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins

    PremieredJuly 25, 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 from the...  more
  • 4


    Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn

    PremieredDecember 1, 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 brings...  more
  • 5


    David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau

    PremieredSeptember 26, 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
  • 6

    Locke & Key

    Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup

    PremieredFebruary 7, 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 find...  more
  • 7

    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant


    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 Clarita,...  more
  • 8

    The Twilight Zone

    Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele

    PremieredMarch 31, 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 tales...  more
  • 9

    Black Summer

    Jaime King, Justin Chu Cary

    PremieredApril 11, 2019

    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 King)...  more
  • 10

    Eli Roth's History of Horror

    Eli Roth, Greg Nicotero

    PremieredOctober 14, 2018

    Eli Roth's History of Horror (BBC Four, 2018) is an American documentary horror television series. Host Eli Roth takes an in-depth look at the history and pop cultural significance of horror films....  more
  • 11

    Sweet Home

    Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook

    PremieredDecember 18, 2020

    Sweet Home (Netflix, 2020) is a South Korean horror, thriller drama based on the webtoon of the same name by Kim Kan-bi and Hwang Young-chan. Following the death of his family in an accident, Cha...  more
  • 12

    American Gods

    Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle

    PremieredApril 30, 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
  • 13

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, Shingo Usami

    PremieredMarch 26, 2018

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    The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by David Kajganich, based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. A new story each season, the show follows explorer...  more
  • 14

    Lisey's Story

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen


    Lisey's Story (Apple TV+, 2021) is an American horror drama miniseries based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Stephen King. A widow becomes the object of a dangerous stalker, obsessed with her...  more
  • 15

    Truth Seekers

    Emma D'Arcy, Malcolm McDowell

    PremieredOctober 30, 2020

    Truth Seekers (Amazon Video, 2020) is a British paranormal comedy television series. It centers on a pair of paranormal investigators who take out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned...  more
  • 16


    Claes Bang, Dolly Wells

    PremieredJanuary 1, 2020

    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 Dracula...  more
  • 17

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino


    The Haunting of Hill House is the first season of the Netflix supernatural anthology television series The Haunting. It premiered on October 12, 2018. is an American supernatural horror television...  more
  • 18

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

    PremieredOctober 9, 2020

    The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season of the Netflix supernatural anthology television series The Haunting. It premiered on October 9, 2020. The story is loosely based on the 1898 horror...  more
  • 19

    The Purge

    Max Martini, Derek Luke


    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 night...  more
  • 20

    Swamp Thing

    Crystal Reed, Andy Bean

    PremieredMay 31, 2019

    Swamp Thing (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero horror drama web television series based on the DC Comics character. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns home to Houma, Louisiana to...  more
  • 21

    The Stand

    James Marsden, Amber Heard

    PremieredDecember 17, 2020

    The Stand (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American apocalyptic horror drama television miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. After the world is in ruins, due to a man-made...  more
  • 22

    Love, Death & Robots

    Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler

    PremieredMarch 15, 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, horror,...  more
  • 23


    Jason Hawkins, Victoria Hogan

    PremieredOctober 19, 2018

    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
  • 24

    Mr. Mercedes

    Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway


    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. Mercedes,"...  more
  • 25

    50 States of Fright

    Taissa Farmiga, Lulu Wilson


    50 States of Fright (Quibi, 2020) is a short drama horror television series executive produced by Sam Raimi. The series explores stories based on urban legends from different places in the United...  more