Horror TV shows aren’t really anything new. However, there are a lot more options that maybe flew under your radar…or I’m preaching to the choir here.
Of course, I will include a couple classics, but if I haven’t seen over 75% of the entire series…I won’t be including it in the main list. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR order.
Anybut, let’s continue our Spooky Ooky lists with 10 Horror TV Shows You Should Watch:
A favorite from the 90s to early 2000s. Even if you’ve never seen an episode, chances are high you’ve heard the opening theme song. It’s a classic theme that has become synonymous with alien sightings or other unexplained shenanigans. Though extraterrestrials were the bread and butter, there were several episodes that dove headfirst into horror. Whether it’s a crazed inbred family to the gray men themselves, this one is definitely one to check out if you never got around to it or were born after it’s run.
If you’re looking for something more on the daytime detective show side of television, this may be the show for you. iZombie is all about Liv Moore who, after one unfortunate night at a boat party, is now a zombie. But unlike the mindless, brain eaters of movie fame, zombies on this show can pass as human. Liv takes a job at a coroner’s office in order to feed herself, but is discovered by her superior Ravi Chakrabarti who immediately wants to study her and find a cure. Learning she can see flashes of memories from those who brains she has eaten, Liv uses this ability to assist police in solving murders. There’s humor, there’s romance, there’s amazing music choices, and there’s gore…what more could you ask for? Oh, how about a possible civil war between zombies and humans?
8. The Twilight Zone
Full disclosure…I haven’t watched the new version with Jordan Peele. I know, I know, fake fan, but I just haven’t found the time to get around to it. However, I would still argue that the original Twilight Zone is still worthy of rewatches. Sure some of the effects are cheesy by today’s standards, but some are still terrifying. If you love anthology horror movies, than an anthology horror SHOW should be a no-brainer.
7. The Walking Dead
If you never watched The Walking Dead…I don’t know if we can be friends….HOWEVER! I did stop watching after season 8. Deputy Rick Grimes wakes from a coma to find the world has gone to shit. A zombie outbreak has overrun the world and he needs to find his wife and son. Cue the dramatic zombie chases, the gore, and some fantastic southern accents. Truthfully, this show has hit or miss seasons (Season 2 is a slog), but when it hits high, it soars. This was a zombie show that really took off and for good reason.
6. What We Do In The Shadows
Are zombie and aliens not your thing? How about vampires? What if I told you there was a vampire show similar to The Office? Well, there is and it’s What We Do In The Shadows. Based on the Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement film of the same name, we follow four vampires as they navigate their way through life on Staten Island. This is a brilliantly written comedy mockumentary with lovable characters and hilarious situations that leave you wanting more and more. Also, don’t forget to check out the original film starring Waititi and Clement…totally worth it.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
For all the 90s kids who loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch but wished it had been darker…TA-DA! I love this show. Making it darker, but still having moments of humor completely works. Do I miss Salem the cat being able to talk….yes, but the creators made it up to me with all the blood and spells I could handle. Season 2 may stumble a little at points, but overall the show is brilliant in world-building, character, and story.
4. American Horror Story
This is another show I checked out following Season 6. I love that the actors change characters every season. I love that the characters they play all live in the same universe and sometimes interact. The stories…sometimes go nowhere or they try to stuff too much into a season, but they’re all good fun. I couldn’t bring myself to get through Cult or Apocalypse. I tried, but just couldn’t do it. I haven’t checked out 1984…but we’ll see. I stand firm that the strongest seasons were 1-4. Hotel and Roanoke were fine, but Jessica Lange was a powerhouse and raised those first 4 seasons just a little higher.
3. Black Mirror
An anthology series for the modern era. Technology…the true horror! Okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but this anthology is clean and so well written it’s frightening. And some would argue it’s a little clairvoyant. As our technology evolves, new horrors evolve with it. If you’re a technophobe…this may not be the show for you.
2. Ash vs. Evil Dead
This is absolutely one of my favorite shows that not enough people watch! I love the Evil Dead movies and when I heard they were making a series I was onboard 100%. And this show did NOT disappoint. Bruce Campbell is stellar and it’s obvious this show was made for the fans. There’s so much blood EVERY episode it’s a miracle when the characters come out of a fight not completely doused. It’s so over the top it just adds to the charm and witty writing. Was I a little disappointed in Season 3? Just a tad. Something about it just didn’t quite gel as well as seasons 1 and 2. BUT!! I still love it. MORE BLOOD PLEASE!!
1. The Haunting of Hill House
This show is stunning in its simplicity. There are ghosts EVERYWHERE. They may never interact with a single main character. They may just be in a single frame of a scene, but this show knew how to build the tension and just make you feel uncomfortable. You may not know why that shadow behind those two characters bothers you, but you know something is wrong with Hill House. Not the mention the story and the characters. Just brilliant and a modern classic of horror everyone should check out.
Now it is time for me to be honest and SHAMEFUL. For the Honorable Mentions list, I must make a confession. These are all shows I haven’t watched (not including the recent remake of The Twilight Zone). Please, be kind. There are just TOO many things to watch for me to catch up with everything………..though I am sorry about Number 1.
5. Penny Dreadful
I’ve seen the first episode…but then I started Hill House…I’m sorry!
4. The Order
I think I’m just a little tired (right now) of the secret society fighting against something evil…sorry.
Okay, this one is on this list only because a friend JUST recommended it to me.
I missed the window on this one. I just never got around to watch it…Sorry.
1. Stranger Things
I’M SORRY!! I don’t know why I never watched it. It’s still sitting on my watchlist. I just keep getting distracted!! But I do love the design of the demogorgon.
Did I miss some good horror shows you love? Comment below!