These are the 15 Best Horror TV Shows Ever
Horror on television was a relatively quiet genre until recently. There was a limit on the amount of violence or gore that a show could use, even though the main networks had a strict policy. However, it is interesting to note that police procedures are often given the freedom to go wild and bring out the gritty. For the most part, shows were more atmospheric or eerie than scary. With the introduction of premium cable networks and streaming platforms, there was a lot more flexibility in what could be shown on-camera. Things could get more sinister than ever before, with the acceptance of sex and encouragement of salty language.
It seems natural to create a show called “Haunted” given the obsession with real crime and real-life mysteries. The show is a pseudo-documentary in which people who claim to have experienced supernatural phenomena tell their stories for the camera. Some stories are more convincing than others, and there are some with little evidence to support them. But, just as with ghost stories, the success or failure of these stories is determined by how they are told.
“Evil”, one of the few networks shows that made the list, does for possessions what the X-Files did for alien sightings. It uses a format similar to that of the 1990s classic: A skeptic and true believer are forced to collaborate on complex cases that challenge our understanding. David Acosta (Mike Colter), a priest in training, works to evaluate the validity of faith-based claims such as miracles or demonic possessions. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Myers), a forensic psychologist, is responsible for separating supernatural cases from mental illnesses. The two of them see things that are difficult to explain together.
13. Channel Zero
The Tooth Child photo alone is worthy of “Channel Zero”, a place among the greatest horror TV shows. Syfy’s gruesome anthology series had a four-season run. It brought to life some of the most disturbing creepypasta stories (many of which are now well-known via the Internet). Each six-episode series would have a different story, with the first one focusing on a child murderer whose skin was entirely made of human teeth.
12. Bates Motel
Anthony Perkins’ creation of Norman Bates as an unhinged bird-of-prey character made him one of the most famous villains in film history. We are shown glimpses of Norman Bates’ childhood and unhealthy relationship with his mother in “Psycho”. But it is just enough to get us curious about his early years. The “Bates Motel” gives us a fascinating look at Norman Bates and Norma, a codependent couple for the ages.
11. Stranger Things
Its first season, “Stranger Things,” a Netflix original, was a tribute to 1980s adventure movies with a disturbing 21st-century twist. The show took an ordinary suburb and gave it secrets. All of this would culminate in the disappearance of Will Byers, a preteen boy. There is a dangerous and mysterious world beneath Hawkins, Indiana. It is full of Lovecraftian creatures who threaten everyone they meet. As if all that wasn’t enough, there is a strange girl who wanders around with telekinetic powers and a shaved face, as well as an affinity for Eggos.
10. The Walking Dead
Let’s be clear: “The Walking Dead” is not the most consistent television show. It was a great show when it was at its best. But it can compete with other TV genre shows. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a deputy, wakes up at the hospital in the middle of a shooting to find that he is in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. He sets out to find his wife and son in the South, but he is unable to do so. Along the way, he joins a group of people to survive.
9. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is a genre anthology series that was originally broadcast in the UK. It reflects the fear surrounding modern technology, which can often create nightmare scenarios for its characters. The tone of each episode is different. Some episodes are lighthearted, others are bittersweet and some are filled with existential terror that will stay with you long after the end of the series. Although none of the episodes are frightening in the traditional sense, such as ghosts, monsters, and serial murderers, some are so disturbing they can be compared to other horror shows.
8. American Horror Story
“American Horror Story” is the longest-running horror series. It has inspired many imitators to try their hand at the dark and creepy pie. Each season has a new storyline set in a unique, often unsettling setting. We’ve seen freak shows, cults, and psychiatric institutions in the past. Who knows what Ryan Murphy might throw at us next?
7. The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is the most popular genre TV show. The show began in 1959 and quickly gained a reputation for dealing with the Cold War America fears in a way other dramas could not. The Twilight Zone is a well-known horror and science fiction series known for its unexpected endings. It’s been parodied and riffed upon many times throughout popular culture.
6. Being Human
Three supernatural beings, a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf, find themselves in a shared flat, trying to reconcile the need for normality with their supernatural abilities. “Being Human” approaches the inevitable chaos with a wink at the camera. It brings a lighter touch to the existential drama. While it functions as a horror-comedy, there are elements of the absurd that counterbalance the darker aspects. However, the heart of “Being Human” is filled with pain, loneliness, and guilt.
5. Penny Dreadful
Victorian society was intrigued by the occult because it allowed them to see the world through a scientific rather than religious perspective. Strange phenomena are categorized and displayed as evidence of life after death. Since the Age of Enlightenment had reduced people’s faith in Biblical heaven, someone else had to replace it. It’s only fitting that this era would be a suitable setting for a horror series, as well as a source of classic scare stories.
Supernatural, created as a monster of the week teen drama, is one of the purest forms of horror we have seen on television over the past two decades. In each episode, Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester, and Dean (Jensen Ackles), brothers, travel across the country to confront ghosts, demons, and monsters. The show became more arc-driven as it focused on the conflict between angels and demons and humans. It started with two men who were emotionally suppressed and avoided therapy by living their lives in salting and burning bodies.
3. Are you afraid of the dark?
“Are you afraid of the dark?” is a question that is only relevant to a subset of millennial kids. Their entry into horror was provided by “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” It aired on Nickelodeon’s Saturday Night programming (“SNICK”) and was aimed at a slightly older audience than their daytime shows. It was an anthology series with a simple premise. Every week, a group of teens gathers in the woods to share scary stories. Each character has a unique approach to their stories. Kristin preferred to tell bittersweet, romantic ghost stories while Gary preferred magic and the iconic Sardo (“No Mister accent on the DOH!”
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Teenage boys and girls enter an abandoned high school at night. It’s a classic horror movie setting. We are waiting for something horrible to happen to the girl. Surprisingly, she suddenly turns around and shows us her vampiric visage. Here she is the threat. Joss Whedon, the showrunner, establishes that Buffy the Vampire Slayer will challenge gender norms in horror. Sarah Michelle Gellar portrays Buffy, a cheerleader who becomes a supernatural hunter after a difficult high school experience.
1. The Haunting of Hill House
Ghost stories by definition are all sad. They all start because someone has died and is forced into the same space, unable or unwilling to leave. The Haunting of Hill House not only provides some terrifying jump scares that will haunt viewers (and that image of the Bent-Neck Lady is certain to stay rent-free in all of your heads for quite some while), but also captures the deep sadness that lies beneath the story. A grieving family has chosen to functionally separate from each other to deal with their trauma.