It’s almost Halloween, which means you’re probably getting yourself in the mood for some creepy horror films. In addition to all of those movies, however, Halloween is also an opportune time to get on board with some of the great horror series available on streaming services.
There are plenty of horrifying, mind-bending, and sometimes hilarious, horror series dating all the way back to the 1960s and up to present-day that will keep you glued to your streaming screen of choice. With so many choices out there, you can make the decision a little easier by choosing from this list of the 13 best-reviewed horror shows available on streaming services, ranked according to their Reelgood and IMDb review scores.
13. Penny Dreadful (2014) – 91%
Showtime’s British-American horror drama lasted for three seasons and a total of 27 episodes, and introduced audiences to a host of iconic characters from 19th Century British and Irish Gothic fiction, from Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray to Abraham Ven Helsing and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, depicted with a mix of reality and the supernatural. It was so popular, it spawned a spin-off, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which is set to go into production this year.
12. The Haunting of Hill House (2018) – 92%
This supernatural horror drama, loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, follows the lives of five adult siblings who continue to be haunted by paranormal experiences they had when they were younger. Alternating between two different timelines, you’ll be at the edge of your seat throughout the 10-episode first season. Then gear up for the second season, The Haunting of Bly Manor, which will be released in 2020.
11. Hannibal (2013) – 92%
Based on the characters and events from the Thomas Harris novels Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising, the story follows FBI special investigator Will Graham and his relationship with Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist who, unbeknownst to Graham, is the very serial killer he’s hunting. The series, which developed a cult following, aired for three seasons on NBC, so you’ll want to start binging early to get through all 39 episodes.
10. Stranger Things (2016) – 93%
A perfect Halloween binge, there are 3 seasons and 25 episodes to date of this science-fiction horror series that’s set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the early ‘80s. A group of young boys meets a young girl with special powers, and they — and the town’s Chief of Police — find themselves caught in the middle of supernatural happenings involving monsters, mysterious disappearances, and grisly deaths. It’s The Goonies for a new generation, and with far more special effects, blood, and gore. Catch up now so you’re ready for the upcoming fourth season, which is likely to be released in 2020.
9. Twin Peaks (1990) – 93%
Going back almost three decades, this mystery series that follows an investigation into the suspicious murder of a town’s homecoming queen spawned a cult following, even though it only lasted for two seasons in its original run. It was so well-received, in fact, that the series was resurrected in 2017 with a third season that aired on Showtime with many of the original cast members reprising their roles. A mix of supernatural sci-fi with a melodramatic soap opera feel make for a unique series. It is available on multiple streaming services, so start early to get through all 48 episodes.
8. Channel Zero (2016) – 93%
In this anthology series that aired for four seasons on Syfy, each self-contained season is based on popular creepypastas — a series of horror-related legends or images that have been shared on the Internet, such as Slender Man and Ted the Caver. There are 24 episodes, with the second and third seasons receiving particular praise with 100% approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. Bates Motel (2013) – 93%
Chronicling the early years of the murderous innkeeper Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic Psycho, this psychological drama looks at Bates’ life as a young man living with his mother, Norma. Ending in its fifth season by loosely adapting the plot of Psycho, the series has all 50 episodes available to stream, making for a nice, horrifying binge in time for Halloween.
6. What We Do in the Shadows (2019) – 94%
Premiering earlier this year, this New Zealand mockumentary horror series is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and received stellar reviews and audience feedback, making it a must-watch for the Halloween season. A documentary crew follows four vampire roommates who each possess different special powers and distinct personalities, from the 757-year-old Nandor who became obsessed with the Macarena, to Nadja, who is secretly seeing a human behind her vampire husband’s back. You can get through the ten episodes of the first season pretty quickly, then wait for season 2 in 2020.
5. In the Flesh (2013) – 97%
This BBC Three supernatural drama ran for two seasons, the first with just three hour-long episodes and the second with six, before it was canceled due to budget cuts. Focused on the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, when a cure has been found through medication that can help the dead restore their consciousness, the series explores how the formerly dead attempt to integrate back into the real world as sufferers of PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). The story centers on one reanimated teenager named Kieren who must live with the guilt of having committed suicide, as well as several murders when in his rabid state.
4. Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) – 99%
As a sequel to the original Evil Dead movie trilogy, this comedy-horror series sees Bruce Campbell reprise his role as Ash Williams, a man who fought off hordes of evil demons over the years and saved the world multiple times over, only to go back to his old job and raunchy lifestyle with a missing hand to show for it. In the latest series, Ash tries to live a normal life, but the cursed Necronomicon tome that wakes the demons has other plans for him and anyone unlucky enough to be around him. Canceled by Starz after three seasons and 30 episodes, the series successfully channeled the over-the-top gore and irreverent comedy that made the original films cult classics.
3. Crazyhead (2016) – 100%
Airing for just a single, six-episode season, this British comedy-horror series has been described as both wildly disturbing and crazy fun. It follows the story of a young woman who can see demons no one else can — until she meets another woman with the same gift. They band together to hunt down and rid the streets of the evil beings. You can stream the whole first season of the series, which has been described as Misfits meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
2. The Addams Family (1964) – 100%
It’s the oldest entry on the list, but if you’re looking for a classic, family-friendly horror series to indulge in during the Halloween season, The Addams Family is it. The live-action series that inspired the 1977 film — and multiple reboots, spin-offs, and other related projects — originally aired for two seasons with 64 total episodes. Dubbed a horror-comedy, the sitcom was based on characters from New Yorker cartoons created by Charles Addams and is known as much for its hilarious characters as its catchy theme song. From the seemingly sociopathic daughter Wednesday to the creepy Uncle Fester, it remains one of the best interpretations of the characters to date.
1. Marianne (2019) – 100%
Another recent entry, this French horror series was released in September 2019 as an eight-episode season and follows a novelist named Emma who realizes that the supposed fictional characters she writes about in her horror novels actually exist. With a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a decent 7.6 stars on IMDb, it also boasts an almost all-female cast.
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