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The Greatest Thriller Shows in TV History

Updated November 18, 2020 32.8k votes 6.6k voters 294.9k views171 items

List RulesVote up the best thriller TV series - whether the thrills come from character drama, gripping action or nail-biting horror.

These are the best nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest thriller TV shows also includes information about the series stars. Popular thriller TV series have been a staple of television viewing for years, so there's often debate about what the most gripping and engaging thriller series of all time is. Don't let your favorite thriller television series sink to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

This thrilling list is made up of both newer and older shows, like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and even Lost. These are all the top-rated thriller shows, thanks to votes, so if you're trying to remember some names of your favorite old thriller series this is a great place to start.

This list answers the questions, "What is the greatest thriller show of all time?" and "What are the best thriller shows?"

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  • 1
    Breaking Bad
    1,462
    699

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    NetworkAMC

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    Dexter
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    NetworkShowtime

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  • 3
    Sherlock
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 4
    Mindhunter
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    35

    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 5
    True Detective
    424
    225

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHBO

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    Dark
    159
    58

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 7
    Hannibal
    974
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • 8
    Homeland
    376
    215

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    NetworkShowtime

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  • 9
    24
    664
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    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 10
    Person of Interest
    528
    336

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    NetworkCBS

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  • 11
    The Blacklist
    502
    342

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • 12
    Criminal Minds
    405
    258

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • 13
    Fringe
    383
    280

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    NetworkFox

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  • 14
    Mr. Robot
    72
    16

    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin

    Premiered2015

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 15
    Supernatural
    676
    510

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

    NetworkThe WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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  • 16
    The Fall
    74
    26

    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC Two

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  • 17
    The X-Files
    455
    362

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 18
    House of Cards
    180
    113

    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 19
    The Walking Dead
    647
    476

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    NetworkAMC

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  • 20
    The Mentalist
    350
    241

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    NetworkCBS

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  • 21
    American Horror Story
    289
    219

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    NetworkFX

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  • 22
    Orphan Black
    233
    196

    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC America, Space

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  • 23
    Altered Carbon
    55
    34

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 24
    Stranger Things
    284
    96

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    NetworkNetflix

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  • 25
    Prison Break
    1,082
    612

    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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