Top 25 Horror TV Shows

Horror TV Shows, that’t what it is all about in this list, great anime and regular series.

It was really interesting making this list, it’s a genre I enjoy and presumably you too, considering you are reading this.

I’m sure you’ll find series you know but I suppose there are some you might have not heard of and will be interested in, give them all a chance, this is the best 25 Horror TV Shows.

Best Horror TV Shows

Death Note - imageDeath Note

Created by: Tsugumi Ohba
Genre: Detective Fiction
Running Time: 100 mins
Original Channel: NTV

Death Note was created by Tsugumi Ohba, it is a Japanese manga series consisted of 37 episodes. It was on air from 2006 to 2007. When it comes to horror the the Japanese rule.

After an intelligent high school kid finds a book in which whoever’s name is written into it can be killed. We see him going on a killing crusade.

37 episodes that you should really see, it’s a great supernatural series. This may be one of the best manga horror shows!

Twilight Zone - imageTwilight Zone

Created by: Rod Serling
Genre: Horror
Running Time:
Original Channel:

Twilight Zone was created by Rod Serling, the original series was on air from 1959 to 1964, the first revival occurred from 1985 to 1989 and the second from 2002 to 2003. There is also a movie called Twilight Zone: The Movie released in 1983.

It is about ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary situations, the endings are always very interesting consisted with a twist.

Another great horror TV show, a classic dare I say.

Supernatural - imageSupernatural

Created by: Eric Kripke
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Running Time: 38-45 mins
Original Channel: The WB, The CW

Supernatural is on air from 2005, it started airing on The WB but only for a year, the show was created by Eric Kripke. 10 seasons and 195 episodes so far and hopefully many more to come.

Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps and continue his legacy by tracking down supernatural beings and getting rid of them from the Earth.

Great reception for this show, if you are a fan of fantasy, action, mystery…then this is a show for you.

Hannibal - imageHannibal

Created by: Bryan Fuller
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Running Time: 42 mins
Original Channel: NBC

Hannibal was developed by Bryan Fuller, the characters was based on Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. It’s a fairly new series, started airing last year. Thus far there have been 2 seasons and 26 episodes.

A FBI criminal profiler emphasizes with the killers. It is a great crime drama, not for someone with a light stomach. How good is this show tells you the reviews reception, it has been quite positive.

It is a great time to start watching the series, two season in, you have time to catch up…get to work.

The Walking Dead - imageThe Walking Dead

Created by: Frank Darabont
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 42-45 mins
Original Channel: AMC

The Walking Dead was based on The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore. It was developed by Frank Darabont. The series is on air since 2010, so far 4 seasons and 51 episodes is how much you are behind.

Rick Grimes is a police officer who is responsible for a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse occurred. One of the most popular horror series today.

The reception has been very positive, a lot of great characters and unpredictable moments, as a fan of this genre I am sure you will enjoy the show. This is the best zombie horror TV shows.

Attack on Titan - pictureAttack on Titan

Created by: Yasuko Kobayashi
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Running Time:
Original Channel: MBS

Attack on Titan is on air since last year, the Japanese have done it again. A great dark fantasy anime.

2000 years from today the Earth and the humans are in big trouble, the titans have arrived, they are several stories tall and as it seems with no intelligence. They kill the remainder of the humans only for pleasure.

25 episodes so far, if you are a fan of dark fantasy anime then this one was made for you.

Berserk - pictureBerserk

Created by: Yasuhiro Imagawa
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Tragedy
Running Time:
Original Channel: Animax, Nippon Television

Berserk was written by Yasuhiro Imagawa and directed by Naohito Takahashi. The series has 25 episodes, it was on air from 1997 to 1998.

Meet Guts, a skilled swordsman, he joins a mercenary group called “The Band of the Hawk”. They are led by Griffith and fight their way into the royal court.

It is another great anime, highly rated and appreciated. Enjoy the show.

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - pictureThe Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Created by: Michael Cox
Genre: Mystery
Running Time: 50-120 mins
Original Channel: ITV

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes was created by Michael Cox, it was on air for a decade, from 1984 to 1994.

Sherlock Holmes and his compatriot Dr. Watson solve the mysterious disappearances of Thor Bridge, Lady Frances Carfax and many more.

As a big fan of mystery and particularly Sherlock Holmes I really enjoyed the show and so will you!

Fullmetal Alchemist - imageFullmetal Alchemist

Created by: Seiji Mizushima
Genre: Adventure
Running Time:
Original Channel: YTV

Fullmetal Alchemist was created by Seiji Mizushima. The series has 51 episodes and was on air from 2003 to 2004.

The Elric brother’s are in a bad situation after their mother dies, their father has abandoned the long time ago. In order to reincarnate their mother they lose their bodies. Things keep going from bad to worse until they get in a position where they have to decide the value of life.

Another great anime, a lot of drama and adventure, hope you’ll like it.

Jam - pictureJam

Created by: Chris Morris
Genre: Sketch
Running Time: 25 mins
Original Channel: Channel 4

Jam was created by Chris Morris, the show was on air for only a month and had 6 episodes. The creator of the show also starred in it alongside Mark Heap and Kevin Eldon among others.

Surreal bleak comedy sketches that you will certainly enjoy. The dark comedy is strong with this one, not very popular but definitely quality.

The show received mixed reactions, watch the six episodes.

American Horror Story - pictureAmerican Horror Story

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Genre: Erotic Thriller
Running Time: 39-52 mins
Original Channel: FX

American Horror Story was created by both Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It started airing in 2011 and thus far there have been 38 episodes.

An anthology series that has different characters in each episode and different venues as-well, from haunted houses, witch coven to insane asylum and so forth.

What a great show this is, you will definitely enjoy this one as a fan of horror series. Make sure you watch it!

Spawn - imageSpawn

Created by: Todd McFarlane
Genre: Superhero
Running Time: 30 mins
Original Channel: HBO

Spawn was on air from 1997 to 1999, the show was created by Todd McFarlane. 3 seasons and 18 episodes is the total of the show.

Spawn tries to find his killer, a man who is in charge of a secret agency in which Spawn himself worked in. Great horror and superhero series.

If you like superhero’s and horror stories then this one will intrigue you. There are three movie adaptations as-well.

Paranoia Agent - imageParanoia Agent

Created by: Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Running Time:
Original Channel: Adult Swim

Paranoia Agent was written by Seishi Minakami and Satoshi Kon, directed by Satoshi Kon and produced by Masao Teshima. The series has 13 episodes. It was on air in 2004.

As it seems unconnected citizens in Tokyo get attacked by a boy with a golden baseball bat. The funny thing that the police stumbles upon is the fact that their lives seemed to improve after the assaults.

Another anime from Japan and another success. Great psychological horror story, you will enjoy it.

Hellsing Ultimate - imageHellsing Ultimate

Created by: Chiaki J. Konaka
Genre: Drama, Action
Running Time:
Original Channel: Encore Action

Hellsing Ultimate was written by Chiaki J. Konaka and directed by Umanosuke Lida. There are 13 episodes of this interesting action drama.

SS-Major seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army but is confronted by vampire Alucard. I said it once and I’ll say it again, kudos to the Japanese for all these anime horror’s that we get to enjoy.

Great show with a lot of positive review, another one for you anime lovers.

The League of Gentlemen - imageThe League of Gentlemen

Created by: Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton
Genre: Black Comedy
Running Time: 30-60 mins
Original Channel: BBC Two

The League of Gentlemen was on air for three years, from 1999 to 2002. The British are really good when it comes to black comedy, 19 episodes of this extraordinary series.

It’s basically about all these weird and unexpected people, from the transsexual taxi driver to fiery reverend to xenophobic couples and few more that will make you laugh.

The show received few awards and lots of praise.

The Originals - imageThe Originals

Created by: Julie Plec
Genre: Supernatural Drama
Running Time: 45 mins
Original Channel: The CW

The Originals was created by Julie Plec, the show started airing last year, thus for there have been 22 episodes. It is a great fantasy drama.

A Vampire Diaries based series, the original vampire family settles down in New Orleans, the city they helped build. One of my favorites on the list, a great show with a lot of drama and scary moments.

Only one season so far, hopefully many more to come, an ideal moment to start watching the show.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - imageGarth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Created by: Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 25 mins
Original Channel: Channel 4

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was created by both Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. The series was on air for less than 2 months in 2004. It has only 6 episodes.

The parody series is set in the 80s, it takes place in a hospital and is filled with bad dialog and hilarous violence. Not the most popular show in this list but it did draw an audience.

Only six episodes, you don’t have much to lose if you give it a try.

Poltergeist Report Yuu Yuu Hakusho - imagePoltergeist Report: Yuu Yuu Hakusho

Created by:
Genre: Anime Horror
Running Time: 23 mins
Original Channel:

Poltergeist Report was on air from 1992 to 2003. The series was directed by Noriyuki Abe and Justin Cook for the most part.

14 year-old Yusuke Urameshi dies trying to save a child from the oncoming traffic. The spirit world is so surprised by his sacrifice because of his bad personality that he gets a chance to get back to life.

It’s a very popular anime that you should watch, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

The Outer Limits - imageThe Outer Limits

Created by: Leslie Stevens
Genre: Fantasy Drama
Running Time: 43-44 mins
Original Channel: Showtime, Sci-Fi

The Outer Limits is a remake of the same named series in the 60s that was created by Leslie Stevens. The show was on air from 1995 to 2002. It has 154 episodes and 7 seasons.

A modern revival of the great show from the sixties, an anthology series with twisted endings. Science fiction and Horror make for a good show.

If you watched the original show then you will and I am absolutely sure love this one as-well, if you haven’t seen either then I recommend the series.

American Gothic - imageAmerican Gothic

Created by: Shaun Cassidy
Genre: Supernatural Drama
Running Time: 45 mins
Original Channel: CBS

American Gothic was on air for a year and that dissapointed a lot of people. This great show was created by Shaun Cassidy, it has 22 episodes and is a great supernatural drama and horror.

American Gothis takes place in South Carolina, in a small town where everyone is not as they seem, a lot of secrets and manipulation makes this a great series.

Another great show that had a great reception from the fans, hopefully the will gain another fan in you.

Ugly Americans - imageUgly Americans

Created by: Devin Clark
Genre: Black Comedy
Running Time: 22 mins
Original Channel: Comedy Central

Ugly Americans was created by Devin Clark, it was on air for two years, from 2010 to 2012. There are 31 episodes and 2 seasons of this very interesting sitcom.

New York City with ugly beasts, science fiction freaks and fantasy faerie and you get Ugly Americans. It was a very difficult decision whether I should put this series on this list but I think I made the right choice.

Great series with a lot of black humor, I’m sure you will like it.

Darker Than Black - imageDarker Than Black

Created by: Tensai Okamura
Genre: Mystery
Running Time: 
Original Channel: Animax Asia

Darker Than Black was created, written and directed by Tensai Okamura, the series has 25 episodes and was on air for a few months in 2007.

Psychics came to Tokyo with an impenetrable gate called “Hell’s Gate”. The psychics use their paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience.

So many anime series and all of them Japanese, another great one and another you should not miss out on.

When They Cry - imageWhen They Cry

Created by: Chiaki Kon
Genre: Psychological Horror
Running Time:
Original Channel: Chiba TV

When They Cry is a psychological horror created by Chiaki Kon, it aired on Chiba TV in 2006 for a few months. There are 26 episodes of this supernatural mystery.

Hinamizawa is a strange town, people disappear and are murdered, many believe that it is part of a curse but some disagree and blame people who tend to have an odd behavior.

The series had a great reception and is one of the more popular anime series.

Unsolved Mysteries - photoUnsolved Mysteries

Created by: John Cosgrove, Terry-Dunn Meurer
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Running Time: 44 mins
Original Channel: NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Spike

Unsolved Mysteries was created by the duo of John Cosgrove and Terry-Dunn Meurer, firstly it was on NBC then on CBS, Lifetime and finally Spike. 14 seasons and 7 specials is the total of the show.

The first reality show on the list, such a fantastic show, a lot of real mysterious cases filled with great interviews. Make sure to watch this reality, one of my all-time favorites.

A great combination of mystery and horror makes this a memorable series.

Penny Dreadful - imagePenny Dreadful

Created by: John Logan
Genre: Thriller
Running Time: 
Original Channel: Showtime

Penny Dreadful was created and written by John Logan, so far it has only 8 episodes, it’s the newest TV show on the list, it started airing this year.

The setting takes place in Victorian London, Sir Malcolm Murray, an explorer, American gun-slider Ethan Chandler and others unite to battle supernatural evil.

It is a show that promises a lot, thus far the reception has been positive.


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