The Top 9 Most Terrifying Horror TV Shows of All Time

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Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

Penny Dreadful is a crossover horror TV show featuring famous literary monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Dorian Grey, with Eva Green playing the lead character of Vanessa Ives.

Castle Rock (2018-2019)

Castle Rock is a popular TV show set in Stephen King's fictional town of Castle Rock, featuring references to his books and characters, and starring Bill Skarsgård.

Supernatural (2005-2020)

Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers as they battle demons, spirits, and mythological beings over a decade, with an apocalyptic arc involving angels and the Four Horsemen. It's the longest-running fantasy show on TV.

American Horror Story (2011–)

American Horror Story, a popular anthology series led by Ryan Murphy, features a stellar cast including Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, exploring macabre tales and urban legends such as Madame LaLaurie and Roanoke colony.

Hannibal (2013-2015)

Hannibal, based on Thomas Harris' novels, follows FBI profiler Will Graham and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who happens to be a cannibalistic serial killer, with stunning visuals and intense kitchen scenes.

The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan's second installment of the anthology, features a returning ensemble cast in a slow-burning, nostalgic horror narrative set in an English country house.

Midnight Mass (2021)

Flanagan's 2021 mini-series Midnight Mass takes place on a remote island where the return of a former prisoner coincides with a mysterious priest's arrival, leading to strange events that forever change the community.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

The Haunting of Hill House, the first of the anthology, reimagines Shirley Jackson's novel and follows five siblings confronting the literal and figurative ghosts of their past while staying in their haunted childhood home.

The X-Files (1993-2018)

The X-Files, featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, explores government conspiracy theories, aliens, monsters of the week, and unsolved mysteries in a thrilling science-fiction series.

Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's crime drama, known for its unique visuals, cinematography, and dream sequences, is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows ever.