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Best Horror Television Shows of All Time

Updated on August 9, 2017

Horror Shows

Night Gallery was a Rod Serling horror television show. Unlike Twilight Zone, these themes were strictly horror and demon related.
Night Gallery was a Rod Serling horror television show. Unlike Twilight Zone, these themes were strictly horror and demon related. | Source
The Twilight Zone was written by Rod Serling and it featured science fiction and horror themes at times.
The Twilight Zone was written by Rod Serling and it featured science fiction and horror themes at times. | Source
Tales From The Crypt originally aired on HBO and it was hosted by a Skelton who was named the crypt keeper.
Tales From The Crypt originally aired on HBO and it was hosted by a Skelton who was named the crypt keeper. | Source
Masters of Horror featured horror writers for this horror anthology series. Each show would totally shock and surprise you with their endings.
Masters of Horror featured horror writers for this horror anthology series. Each show would totally shock and surprise you with their endings. | Source
Tales from the Darkside had television shows and a movie. The shows usually had twists and turns and the person who enters the darkside normally deserves it.
Tales from the Darkside had television shows and a movie. The shows usually had twists and turns and the person who enters the darkside normally deserves it. | Source
Monsters was a horror series made in the1980's and it features everything from mummy's and Frankenstein to ghosts and demons.
Monsters was a horror series made in the1980's and it features everything from mummy's and Frankenstein to ghosts and demons. | Source

Scary Anthologies

1. Tales From The Darkside (1983): This series of shows was based on George Romero and Stephen King's Creep Show films. Even the way the introduction to the show came on was scary, with dark talking and spooky music. This show usually had an odd twist that was hard to figure out until the last few minutes. There are some really great episodes where science fiction meets horror, with an occasional comedy quip included.

2. Rod Sterling's Night Gallery (1970): This was a frightful look into the mind of Rod Sterling, the creator of The Twilight Zone. This show always had a scary twist and often quite to be honest. This show was a slow show but, when it got going, there could be several twists and turns that you didn't know about. My personal favorite is The Caterpillar. Similar to Twilight Zone the show always ended in a surprising fashion which was usually sick and demented to say the least.This show was far ahead of it's time. The twists and turns in this television show were like the horror version of the Twilight Zone.

3. Tales From The Crypt (1989): The famous walking skeleton known as Crypt Keeper narrates the horror tales ranging from angels and demons to crooks and priests. The show ran for seven years and was based on the horror comics of the same name. This was shown on television on HBO, all the rated R things are still on the show and not censored like the other horror shows of the era. This show was later had re-runs on regular television.

4. Masters of Horror (2005): This show was on Showtime and each episode was sixty minutes a piece. The shows usually made you think and had more plot twists than Twilight Zone. The series only lasted two years but, is a cross between terror and drama. It always kept you on the edge of your seat guessing, wondering and freaked out.

5. Twilight Zone (1957): The combination of science fiction, horror, fantasy and suspense make this most people's number one pick. This show has featured some great actors and has had two separate runs, comic books and a film made based on three of the episodes. The shows always seemed to trick you and end in a shocking way. My favorite episode is called Eye of the Beholder.

6. The Hitchhiker (1983): This show was very similar to Tales from the Darkside except, the tales were told by the lone hitchhiker. The show had over 80 episodes and most shows usually ended in tragedy or revenge. The story line made this television show well worth it, and you never knew what you were going to see next.

7. Freddy's Nightmares (1988): This show was hosted by Freddy himself and he is in some of the shows. The show always has a dark and scary theme, usually based on demons, ghosts or Freddy Krueger. Although this show only ran for two seasons, it still made the list because, at times, the show was odd and frightening.

8. Monsters (1988): This show had seventy two episodes and it completely was based on horror monsters such as vampires, mummies, demons, ghosts. The ironic twists in these shows was second to none. When the show came on it showed a family of monsters watching television inside their home in a very comedic way.

9. Friday The 13th: The Series (1987): The show had seventy two episodes and it was based on an antique shop owner, who sold cursed antiques to people. The owner made a deal with the devil but, when he broke the deal, the devil put evil in the antiques.This show has nothing to do with Jason & the Friday the 13th films. Although the name may make you think of it that way. Each show is thirty minutes with a lot of turns and twists before you get to the ending.

10. Twin Peaks (1990): The scenery on this show was absolutely beautiful. There were only thirty shows made and it was based on the murder of a teenage queen. All the episodes happened in one day and the series also spawned a movie. This show could best be summed up as a supernatural mystery show.

The HitchHiker

The HitchHiker was a 30 minute horror television show.  Each episode was it's own show and it was always very frightening.
The HitchHiker was a 30 minute horror television show. Each episode was it's own show and it was always very frightening. | Source

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Up and Comers

Many shows are making waves in the horror genre including The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum.The American Horror Story has created 5 additional seasons. American Horror Story is creepy and scary at the same time but, also at the same time, I can't wait until the next season comes on. There are many shows that come on FX or the Scy-Fy channel that would fall into the up and coming category.

So this list could easily be changed in the future with one of these two frightening shows. Stay tuned for a new and improved list as time calls for it.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this page.

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© 2012 Buster Johnson

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