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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Thriller TV series.

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 shows also includes information about the series stars. Popular thriller TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining thriller show of all time is. Don't let your favorite thriller 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 thriller television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different newer and older shows, like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and even Lost. These are the top rated thriller shows so if you're trying to remember some names of thriller shows 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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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738 357
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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497 221
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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816 431
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

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935 481
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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467 286
24 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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530 340
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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454 250
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
VivekRaghunathan added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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327 206
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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319 179
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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350 205
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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154 70
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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277 166
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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284 204
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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235 164
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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357 247
Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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157 91
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
aria2000 added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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210 120
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
goelv2003 added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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223 158
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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195 136
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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166 124
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MajaKadic added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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125 124
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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125 85
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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126 95
Suits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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131 101
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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126 104
The Following is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
dalal.karima added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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145 130
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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62 40
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Banshee Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen

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55 19
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
OmerA.Hafeez added House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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69 56
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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99 94
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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156 167
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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126 131
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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64 94
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk^! Mike Lally^! John Finnegan

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47 37
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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58 52
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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30 35
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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62 69
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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67 80
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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33 49
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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131 140
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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30 16
Justified is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
OmerA.Hafeez added Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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26 13
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
ceset added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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75 85
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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84 132
Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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6 14
Chance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Sazonana added Chance Norika Fujiwara, Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Yasuo Daichi

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23 40
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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76 96
Alias is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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9 22
The Glades is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added The Glades Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gómez

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13 29
The Finder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thriller TV Shows
MarioArley added The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason