23 TV Shows That Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

Check out the list of TV shows below which are ranked as the most horror shows on TV by the viewers.

1. Outcast



Outcast is so much better than I expected. It’s visually stunning with great scares, good plot twists, and a great set of actors.” – Kim Harkess, Facebook.

2. Hannibal



“Almost every scene was a tableau of gore and elegance. It was the deadliest game of cat and mouse with some of the most unexpected scenes on network television. You know you wanna watch.” – Belinda Cech, Facebook.

3. Harper’s Island

Harper’s Island


“It was a mini-series and VERY good, but never well-known for some reason. It’s suspenseful, classic horror with an ending that will keep you guessing.” – Kristina Vandercosk, Facebook.

4. Hemlock Grove

Hemlock Grove


“Highly stylised and very cinematic, the characters are complex and the acting is superb. There are also nods to classic horror films everywhere if you watch carefully enough.” – Alexandra Archive, Facebook.

5. Supernatural


The CW

“Ghosts, demons, shape shifters, vampires, angels, werewolves, rougarou, djinn, there are all kinds of cool monsters! Add in two sexy brothers with one of the best fandoms and you’ve got one hell of a show! Also, as far as true lore and the occult goes, this show is pretty accurate.” – clairew469e28fce.

6. Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead


“It’s definitely for you if you’re a fan of horror comedies, which is especially nice when most horror TV shows are dramas. The action is exciting and it doesn’t withhold all the blood that comes with it.” – Ann Catherine Hughes, Facebook.

7. Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful


“It’s absolutely glorious. It’s a gothic horror full of some of literature’s greatest characters and creatures, like Frankenstein and his creations, Dorian Gray, werewolves, and vampires. Every episode is so beautifully shot, and even though it has a lot going on with the various storylines, everything is woven together perfectly.” – fabfourdarling.

8. Scream Queens

Scream Queens


Scream Queens is really underrated. It’s a mystery, but it’s also a comedy and one of the best combinations of the two I’ve ever seen. It’s really smart and self-aware, which in turn makes it hilarious, and in my personal opinion, classic.” – Cara Evans, Facebook.

9. Salem


WGN America

“It’s a dramatic reimagining of the Salem witch trials with great supernatural elements and gore. I’ve had many friends say they couldn’t finish it because it gets so graphic!” – sarahs405287ae2.

10. Scream



“It’s got drama, great actors, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Modern-day teen horror done perfectly.” – Emilie Grincais, Facebook.

11. Bates Motel

Bates Motel


Bates Motel is essential. The performances are amazing and it’s so low-key scary that I’m just in constant distress for what Norman will do next.” – Katherine Rose.

12. Dead of Summer

Dead of Summer


“It has a very cool ’80s vibe, along with teens, a summer camp, freaky masks, and satanic rites. Not the best writing or effects, but there are some good jump scares and it’s definitely entertaining.” – educerv.

13. Tales From the Crypt

 Tales From the Crypt


“It’s a classic anthology series that never gets old. And with super guest stars and the Cryptkeeper’s cheesy puns, there’s more than enough to keep you satisfied.” –lizzyw4961ae5c5.

14. Dexter



“Who doesn’t love a serial killer drama?” – brissybecketta.

15. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds


“Although it isn’t strictly horror and definitely not paranormal, most episodes are truly terrifying and dig into the terrors of something that could actually happen. Plus there are a lot of seasons.” – jewell4b4b29131.

16. Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror


“This is essential watching for horror fans. It’s an anthology series where each episode is directed by a different known horror director. It’s a bit hit-and-miss at times but overall very fun.” – pzofficial.

17. Goosebumps


Fox Kids

“It’s not scary to me now that I’m an adult, but it’s a classic that every ’90s kid remembers.” – cici10.

18. Slasher



“It’s awesome and plays off a lot of ’80s slasher tropes and has a cool plot with a crazy twist ending.” – zoeyg2.

19. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


“Not only does this show focus on the supernatural aspect, but also on characters overcoming obstacles and challenges in their personal lives. Character development is flawless, the plot is amazing and thorough, and the ’90s vibe is awesome.” –madisunflower13.

20. Afterlife



Afterlife was a classic setup of sceptic and believer. Lesley Sharp is absolutely phenomenal as a clairvoyant nurse who considers her ability to be a curse, and The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln is also great as a cynical academic who is trying to debunk the supernatural.” – werkaholic.

21. The Strain

The Strain


“It gives me my late summer horror need while waiting for American Horror Story andThe Walking Dead to return. The show is gory and terrifying.” – strudelgrrl.

22. The X-Files

The X-Files


“It’s not officially a ‘horror’ TV show, but there’s some pretty damn scary stuff on there. Also Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny… need I say more?” –thefriendlyguy63.

23. Stranger Things

Stranger Things


“It has something for every kind of horror fan! It’s absolutely incredible. Everything about it is just done so well, and the child cast is one of the best kid ensembles I’ve ever seen. Honestly it’s probably the best fantasy/horror show that’s been produced in years.” – Ysabeaux Feather, Facebook.

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