Top 13 Horror Series
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The top rated 13 scary sci-fi, with a dash of the supernatural TV series from the 50's to now, enjoy TBHMmaniacs!

 

 

13) The Hitchhiker (1983-1991)

Creator: Lewis Chesler, Riff Markowitz, Richard Rothstein

Actors: Page Fletcher, Nicholas Campbell, Vincent Grass

Number of Seasons: 6

Tagline: He takes you places you don't want to visit alone.

Level of Horror: Anthology, Supernatural, Mystery

Plot: A highly original anthology series with some supernatural elements but the human dark side is what takes center stage mostly in those miniseries. Each episode starts and closes with the cryptic wanderer known as The Hitchhiker.

 

 12) X-Files (1993-2002)

Creator: Chris Carter

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

Number of Season:

Tagline: The Truth is out There.

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Plot: These miniseries were one of the fewest at the time which dealt with extra-terrestrial beings. We became familiar with Agent Mulder and Agent Scully, their beliefs and their reserves on the extra-terrestrial activities that the FBI was trying to cover up. But the truth is out there, we are bound to uncover it. These miniseries were very profound and informative in the subject of paranormal and extra-terrestrial paraphernalia.

"Mulder and Scully came right out my head. A dichotomy. They are the equal parts of my desire to believe in something and my inability to believe in something. My skepticism and my faith. And the writing of the characters came very easily tot, like a lot of people do, to have the experience of witnessing a paranormal phenomenon. At the same time I want not to accept it, but to question it. I think those characters and those voices came out of that duality." out of the mouth of Chris Carter.

 

 11) Kingdom Hospital (2004)

Created: Lars Von Trier

Director: Craig R. Baixley

Writers: Stephen King & Richard Dooling

Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Bruce Davison

Number of Seasons: 1 #Episodes: 13

Tagline: Where Malevolence meets Malpractice.

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Comedy-Horror

Plot: The King himself wrote the storyline to these miniseries. Kingdom Hospital is being haunted with evil spirits along with an innocent spirit as well; whose a little girl that died in the hospital. Every patient that get checked into the hospital will either survive the injuries or die of a sudden death based on whatever their lives have been like up to that moment. The residents of Kingdom Hospital are very resilient; among them stand some doctors who are good and evil spirited which levels everything out, as the battle of good versus evil is an ongoing fight within the walls of Kingdom Hospital.

 10) Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996)

Created by: William Gaines

Director: Freddie Francis

Writers: Johnny Craig & Al Feldstein

Actor: Van Snowden

Voice of: John Kassir

Number of Seasons: 7

Tagline: Death lives in the vault of Horror.

Level of Horror: Supernatural 

Plot: This Crypt is one skeletal looking pimp. His laughter before showing any short stories is even creepier than the story itself. I loved watching it because each short story contained a valuable lesson that you will either understand the same instant you watched the show or many shows later, but the bottom line is that you will get it.

 9) Tales from the Darkside (1984-1988)

Created by: George A. Romero

Director: Richard Blackburn & Terence Calahan

Writers: Franco Amurri & Mark Patrick Carducci

Voice of: Paul Sparer

Number of Seasons: 4

Tagline: Brace yourself for some KILLER stories.

Level of Horror: Fantasy, Supernatural, Sci-Fi

Plot: These were some very hardcore horror stories told out loud. Each tale gets my heart pumping for more. They were a little longer than the stories from Tales from the Crypt and a bit more horrifying. They gave me nightmares growing up but that never really made me stop watching them.

 

 8) "Buffy" the vampire slayer (1997-2003)

Created by: Joss Whedon

Writers: Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Number of Seasons: 7

Tagline: Sometimes it takes more than just good looks to kill.

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Horror-Comedy

Plot: These miniseries were the bomb, I remember I would not go to sleep on the weekdays until I finished watching Buffy; I was addicted to the show mostly because of her butt-kicking vampire-ass style, her sticking them in the heart with a sharp objects style or maybe it was purely because of her intense romance with Angel. I loved the fact that she was the queen bee in Sunnydale also. These miniseries had me going for years and inspired me to join Tae Kwon Do, so that I could kick derrieres too.

 

7) Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965)

Created by: Alfred Hitchcock

Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler

Number of Seasons: 10

Quote: There is no terror in the bang only in the anticipation of it

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Mystery

Plot: A series of short stories introduced by Alfred Hitchcock thus the title where supernatural, mystery and thriller themes are combined to outline the stories. Each story ends with Alfred Hitchcock tying up loose ends from the story for his audience. Some of them were very frightening.

 

6) Freddy's Nightmares (1988-1990)

Created by: Wes Craven

Presented by: Robert Englund

Actors: Robin Anto, Robert Englund, Todd Allen 

Number of Seasons: 2 

Tagline: Don't let him catch you sleeping

 Level of Horror: Horror-Comedy, Supernatural

Plot: When you think Springwood slasher, you see Freddy Kruegger's face, this was a short-lived series chronicling the mischievious killer, Freddy, on his nightly rampage through Elm street. Classic!

 

5) Night Gallery (1969-1973)

Creators: Rod Serling

Actors: Rod Serling, Joanna Pettet, Larry Watson 

Number of Seasons: 3

Tagline: Night Gallery

Level of Horror: Supernatural

Plot: The edgier version of Twilight Zone as I like to call it. Each episode starts out with the unveiling of a painting at an art gallery by our host, Rod Serling himself, from which the tales mirror. 

My Favorite Painting/Tale

 

4) American Gothic (1995 -1996)

Creator: Shaun Cassidy

Actors: Gary Cole, Lucas Black

Number of Seasons: 1

Tagline: I smell a Ghost.

Level of Horror: Supernatural

Plot: I cannot believe there is only one season of this show. I loved the themes of good vs evil. In this small town called Trinity in SC, Sheriff Lucas Buck is the devil personified. He has superpowers that he uses purely for evildoings. He rapes women, he murders and manipulates the townsfolks whenever he feels like it but he gets away with these crimes since noone from Trinity can shake him up except the new doctor, Matt Crower, who will be a great challenger against the malevolent sheriff Buck by aiding his bastard son, Caleb from Buck trying to claim him as his biological son. These series were horror-filled, engaging, entertaining and had a large death count. 

 

 

 3) Supernatural (2005-)

Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugene Ross- Leming

Number of Seasons: 7

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

Tagline: What you don't understand can kill you.

Level of Horror: Supernatural

Plot: The Manchester brothers are on a quest to rid our world of the demonic, the poltergeists, and the witches that lure in the obscure places to take on the weak ones. They will burn them at the stake; none of them are at rest while the Manchester brothers are still patrolling our streets. They made a pact with their dad before he died to free the world of the supernatural and that’s what they will do.

 

 2) Masters of Horror (2005-2007)

Creator: Mick Garris

Directors: Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, John Landis, Bill Malone, Don Coscarelli, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, Larry Cohen, Dario Argento, Takashi Miike, John McNaughton 

Number of Seasons: 2 

Tagline: Their Wildest Dreams are your worst Nightmares.

Level of Horror: Anthology, Supernatural 

Plot: It's an anthology series sprung up by Mick Garris where he decided to invite every well known directors and writers in the horror genre to dinner to discuss ideas on a new original series. It resulted on two seasons of hardcore horror where each series lasted sixty minutes. I am not ready for these series to be over, I hope they will bring it back. 

 

1) American Horror Story (2011-

Creators: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Actors: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters

Number of Seasons: 1

Tagline: You're going to die in there.

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Hardcore Horror

Plot: AHS tells the story of a family of three, Vivien (Connie Britton) the wife, Ben (Dylan McDermott) the husband and Violet (Taissa Farmiga) the teenage daughter, with their own personal issues who moved from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien had given birth to a stillborn and Ben was caught having an affair with one of his students. They move to this gorgeous mansion which was questionably very affordable. On the first day, Vivien meets their would be old glass-eyed maid to women and young, beautiful sexy French maid costume wearing to men and strange man wearing rubber-suit walking around the house. At this point, I am saying to myself, I want more. After watching the previews and the advertisement stints prior to the show airing on FX, I kinda knew I was going to get mindfuck, but within the pilot episode, I was brain-fucked multiple times with the creative kills, the constant urge to put a question mark on all the characters introduced as though whether they are ghosts or living and the quick shock cuts. It's only fair to tell you that I became a groupie, I would wait impatiently at 10PM every wednesday night for my weekly dosage of brain-rape. I will miss the Harmons but I am psyched to meet a new family in a new locale. Can't hardly wait for Season dos!

 

 

 

 

Some great ones worth mentioning are:

 

1)V the miniseries (1983)

Creator: Kenneth Johnson

(I was hooked on V growing up) 

A group of aliens from a dying planet comes on Earth and tries to befriend the population under false pretenses. While their main goals are to enslave the humans, to feed on them and to kill off all potential threat to their cause. With every regime, there will be resistance, as humans and rebellious visitors known as part of the fifth column, come together to fight for humanity; these reptiles, mice-eating, man-eating creatures will have to put on their A game against the resistance.

2)Hammer House of Horror (1980)

Creator: Hammer Films

(So scary)

A compilation of 13 horror stories with inevitably horrific endings. These are stories tainted with twist endings but never happy endings.

3)Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense or Fox Mystery Theater (1984)

Creator: Hammer Films

(So suspenseful and creepy)

A list of thirteen horror stories with endings rather similar to the Twilight Zone.

4)Twin Peaks(1990 - 1991)

Creator: David Lynch, Mark Frost

(We need a season three!)

White Lodge and Black Lodge, Good versus Evil - Special Agent Cooper wanted to seek out the truth and put the bad guy or bad spirit away but what if in his pursuit of justice, he becomes what he was hunting. 

Dedicated to a fan!

5) Heroes (2006-2007)

Creator: Tim Kring

Plot: The first episode of this show was all about, "Free the cheerleader, free the world". I was thinking this was some high school miniseries but it broadens up wider than I could have ever imagined. This is about a group of young people with super powers; they all have a different type of super power that complements each other. They will use their power for a common goal, to save the world. But the question remains who will use their power for their own personal gain, and who will use it for evil, that is always what it comes down to. So far, the pure hearted ones are already identified. There could still be a strip of evilness living inside of each of them unknowingly.

 

 

6) Smallville (2001-2011)

Creator: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Alfred Cough & Miles Millar

Actors: Tom Welling, Kristen Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Number of Seasons: 10

Tagline: His Journey, Their Battle, Our Future.  

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Sci-Fi

Plot: "Somebody save me, don’t care how you do it, just save me!" This theme song says it all. Clark Kent could not be any more gorgeous than the actor who’s playing him. This is my favorite show not only because Clark is the hottest super hero ever but also because of the way they twisted the storyline a bit to give it more spunk. We all know the story of superman and how he is supposed to end up with Lois. But in the TV miniseries, they start out with Lana and Chloe whom we know will never end up with Clark and in the second season or so, they bring in Lois but they act as if they will never be hitched. This show keeps you guessing what else they can throw in there to take you off guard. Every episode is meticulously put together. I own every seasons, I don’t ever get tired of watching them. I live for this show. Last note, Smallville finally ended after ten years of great storylines.

7) Dead Like me (2003)

Creator: Bryan Fuller 

Actors: Ellen Muth, Laura Harris, Callum Blue

Tagline: Life after Life. Me, Myself and I.

Number of Seasons: 2

Level of Horror: Fantasy, Gothic

Plot: This television miniseries were about this girl who wanted nothing to do with her family but did not expect to die off this soon either. Well, one day out of the blue death came looking for her, and before she knew it she was no longer alive. She was the newest addition to the Death agency. Dead like me is a very light-hearted TV original series which dealt with death and what happens after that in a very dark comical way.

 

8) Medium (2005-2011)

Created by: Glenn Gordon Caron

Writer: Bernadette Mcnamarra

Actors: Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval

Number of Seasons: 7

Tagline: Seeing is believing.

Level of Horror: Supernatural, Mystery

Plot: Waking up at odd time of the night, seeing the dead, seeing the killer, seeing the afterlife, is all in a day’s work for Allison Dubois, played by Patricia Arquette. She can balance work and family and she does a damn good job at both. Some of us can’t even do one right. Imagine that! Anyway, if only we could all be mediums, right. Except for me, I love surprises; I love being taken by the moments, not knowing them beforehand. Let the chips fall where they may is my motto.

 

9) The 4400 (2004-2007)

Created by: Renee Echevarria, Scott Peters

Directors: Morgan Beggs & Milan Cheylov

Writers: Scott Peters & Nick Wauters

Actors: Joel Gretsch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Laura Allen  

Number of Seasons: 4 

Tagline: This July, the missing return

 Level of Horror: Sci-Fi,Supernatural

Plot: When I saw the first episode of this show, I was mesmerized, I thought to myself this could really blow up, it was a genius touch to the idea of humans being abducted by aliens why not by humans from the future. And thereafter every episode brought more joy to my life. Their theme song is very appropriate to the show; I can see this show for years to come in the top charts of TV miniseries just like the X-files.

10) Angel (1999-2004)

Creators: Joss Whedon & David Greenwalt

Actors: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Glenn Quinn, Alexis Denisof 

Number of Seasons: 5

Tagline: Live fast. Die Never.

Level of Horror: Horror-Comedy, Supernatural

Plot: Angel is a spinoff from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". In this show, Angel has another love interest other than Buffy; cast members from Buffy make their appearances on Angel and cast members from Angel vice versa. Angel had taken off and became the newest sensation in TV miniseries for awhile when it first debuted. No other show could beat Angel the vampire who kills off other vampires because they were too damn evil and  had for best friends, a gay vampire and a couple of hot humans.

 

11) The twilight Zone (1959 -1964)

Creator: Rod Serling

Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord

Number of Seasons: 5

Tagline: A twist of fate in the Twilight Zone.

Level of Horror: Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Plot: There is not one person in America that could tell me that they have never seen "The Twilight Zone"; I would ask you where on Earth you were living, if you say no. This show is a veteran in TV miniseries laced with horror. Just like Tales from the dark side and Tales from the Crypt, the host which is a human voice in this scenario, gives you an introduction to the next story and the moral of the story. These stories don't have happy endings but they are worth watching because they make you dig deep in your mind and leave you with good values.

 

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop...the Twilight Zone.
—Rod Serling

 

 

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