The paranormal intrigues us all and the need to find out more drives us to look for good content. Anything out of the ordinary gets me hooked and this should come as no surprise that I love the horror genre. I have sampled a lot and I can honestly separate the good from the bad. Therefore, after last week’s best thriller shows this week I will be listing the best Horror TV Shows of all time.
Personally, I prefer the actual supernatural genre but there is a lot that floats for horror these days. And a lot of people choose to watch them because of the controlled content. It is also good for people who cannot watch really scary TV. This list includes the ideal scare-perfect shows and the slightly toned down verticals of the paranormal content that TV and Netflix have on offer!
1. American Horror Story
IMDB Rating : 8.2
Ryan Murphy’s FX series follows the tradition of horror anthology TV series, with the same cast playing different characters in a different story each season. An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a murder house, an asylum, a coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse. It is a real scare fest because it is raw, infuriating storyline that makes you want more!
IMDB Rating : 8.6
Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. Dean and Sam are brothers who save people because it is their family business. It is heartbreaking because they can never have a bigger family because of the kind of job they do. It is a very modern show that though uses proper equipment, base it on a lot of different mythologies from all around the world.
3. Teen Wolf
IMDB Rating : 7.7
Original Run: 2011-present
Teen Wolf is a genuinely terrifying and unapologetically scary piece of work. Of course with a series, one runs out of source material rather quickly. But Davis and his team have done their homework and created an intriguing and well thought-out world, complete with magic, banshees, were-coyotes and even kitsune, populated by a surprisingly talented group of young actors.
4. The X-Files
IMDB Rating: 8.7
Spanning nine seasons, Fox’s “The X-Files” was revived in 2008 for a film, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” and for a six-episode event series in 2016. The more I say about this show is less. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are household names because this show had been running since 1993. It only just concluded a few years ago but the level of sophistication of the alien and horror television was beyond their time.
5. Bates Motel
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son. Psychotic and scary all at the same time. This was a next-level show for a horror aficionado like me.
6. Penny Dreadful
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Showtime’s period horror drama “Penny Dreadful,” which takes its name from a type of cheap sensationalist fiction published in 19th-century Britain, adapts its characters from classic works of fiction, including Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
7. Masters of Horror” (2005)
IMDB Rating: 7.6
For the first time, the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of 13 one-hour films each season. Each episode of Showtime’s anthology horror series was directed by a different one of creator Mick Garris’ director friends. The series featured episodes from John Carpenter, Joe Dante, and Tobe Hooper. Anchor Bay has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, “Masters of Horror”.
8. A Haunting
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Programs such as A Haunting (or even certain segments of Unsolved Mysteries) don’t purport to FIND any ghosts, but only describe the stories of real-life people who claim to have experienced these phenomena, via terrifying reenactments. It makes more of a genuine attempt at frightening the viewer than almost any other show on this list. Fright is truly its only purpose, and it’s damn effective at it. Although some of the reenactments come off as silly, plenty of A Haunting segments is chock full of high-grade nightmare fuel that would send children crying out of the room.
9. Scream Queens
IMDB Rating: 7.2
The horror-comedy anthology series from “Glee” trio Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan earned a straight-to-series order from Fox for a fall 2015 premiere. The series stars Lea Michele, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin as sorority girls threatened by a stream of campus murders. I am yet to watch this one but it comes highly recommended!
10. The River
IMDB Rating: 6.8
The crew of a research vessel is on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.
Creators: Oren Peli, Michael R. Perry. Since Oren Peli gave us the Paranormal Activity series, I opened up to The River. And I personally loved it a lot. It is a great show for viewers who like science, technology with a hint of the unknown!
And since no list of my favorite horror shows could only be ten members long, here are some more that I appreciated or have heard are excellent:
- The Walking Dead (2010)
AMC’s zombie apocalypse series based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman was a huge hit for the cable network, becoming the top-rated television program in the 18-49 demographic for its fifth season and spawning an undead companion series “Fear of the Walking Dead” for 2015.
- Hannibal: NBC’s prequel series to 1991’s cannibal movie “Silence of the Lambs” was a low-rated cult hit for much of its run before being canceled after its third season.
- The Originals (IMDB Rating: 8.3): It is created as the prequel to the Vampire Diaries. It shows the stories of the first of the vampire line- Klaus, Rebekkah, and Elijah. It is fictitious, based in New Orleans, is a cult-favourite for all people who love vampires.
- The Strain (2014): Despite facing controversy for a disgusting billboard campaign, FX’s vampire horror series “The Strain” was a success upon its debut, earning it a second season renewal.
- Black Mirror (IMDB Rating: 8.9) A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.
Another week and another list of the Top ten Horror shows. These are great for anyone looking to explore the unknown from the safe confines of their home. With my list, get ready to get your spook on! Do you have some more suggestions for me regarding your favourite TV shows? I’d love to find more because I want to see new and different shows now.