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It's not very difficult for horror fans to find movies, but finding a TV series that can provide the same level of horrifying entertainment has proven to be quite difficult. Over the last few years, the horror series market has grown with zombies, aliens, Deadites and more. The market for horror-based TV and Netflix series has grown rather vast, so it can get a little difficult to choose something that will provide every level of entertainment that a fan craves. Here are the top 10 episodic horror shows available.

10. 'Scream'

'Scream' [Credit: The Weinstein Company]
'Scream' [Credit: The Weinstein Company]

Network: MTV

Premier Date: June 30, 2015

Number Of Seasons: 2 and a 2-hour Halloween special

Returning: Renewed for Season 3, which will premier in 2017

Plot: What starts as a YouTube video going viral soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a serial killer.

Why Watch: For being an MTV production, the show is actually really well done. Fans were irritated to say the least when a mask change was revealed, but the mask does go with the story and is actually pretty intimidating. The stars of the show are phenomenal actors for being so young. The films are known for their plot twists and insane killer reveals, but the TV series may actually have the films beat when it comes to plot twists. The show can get a little predictable at times, but it is an entertaining take on the slasher classic nonetheless.

Catch up: Netflix and DVD

9. 'Scream Queens'

'Scream Queens' [Credit: Fox]
'Scream Queens' [Credit: Fox]

Network: Fox

Premier Date: September 22, 2015

Number Of Seasons: 2

Returning: No information available for Season 3

Plot: Each season had a different theme, but they are both centered around a group of sorority sisters that are being hunted by a serial killer.

Why Watch: If you're a fan of cheesy B-movies, this is the show for you. Scream Queens is a beautiful homage to '80s slasher films, combining campy fun with jump scares and a little bit of gore. Having scream queen extraordinaire, Jamie Lee Curtis, at the head of each season doesn't hurt the entertainment value, and adds even more fun and enjoyment to each episode.

Catch Up: Hulu and DVD

8. 'Supernatural'

'Supernatural' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Supernatural' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Network: The CW

Premier Date: September 13, 2005

Number Of Seasons: 12

Returning: January 26, 2017

Plot: 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.

Why Watch: has been around for 12 seasons for a reason. The show is entertaining, funny and well written. This may not be the goriest show (it does have its splatter moments), but the storylines and various creatures that have been showcased throughout make it a perfect watch for horror fans. It's like a soap opera littered with demons, vampires, angels and other pretty incredible monster.

Catch Up: Netflix and DVD

7. 'The Strain'

'The Strain' [Credit: Fox]
'The Strain' [Credit: Fox]

Network: FX

Premier Date: July 13, 2014

Number Of Seasons: 3

Returning: Fourth season premiering summer 2017

Plot: A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

Why Watch: There have been a few attempts at making a vampire series that will impress and entertain genre fans, but finally nails it. Not only does the show pact a fairly gory punch, but it is incredibly well written.

Catch Up: Netflix and DVD

6. 'Holliston'

'Holliston' [Credit: ArieScope Pictures]
'Holliston' [Credit: ArieScope Pictures]

Network: FEARnet (due to FEARnet folding, new seasons will be available on

Premier: April 3, 2012

Number of Seasons: 2 and a Christmas Special

Returning: Set for a 2017 return after an almost four-year hiatus

Plot: Two down-and-out aspiring filmmakers struggle with life, career, and the opposite sex as they attempt to make it out of the small New England town they are trapped in and into the big time.

Why Watch: Holliston is Full House meets Saved By the Bell packed with gore and humor. What makes the show even better is that it is the slightly embellished telling of how writer/director Adam Green made his way into the world of film and horror. It may be a comedy, but there are a few moments of seriousness that will actually tug on your heart strings a bit. Holliston is the first and only horror themed sitcom.

Catch Up: DVD (available at

5. 'Bates Motel'

'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E Networks]
'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E Networks]

Network: A&E

Premier Date: March 18, 2013

Number Of Seasons: 4

Returning: Season 5 premiers on February 20, 2017

Plot: 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.

Why Watch: The Alfred Hitchcock slasher classic truly paved the way for the decades of slasher films to come, but the only thing it was lacking was a look at why Norman Bates was the way that he was. Bates Motel gives that insight to fans and makes Bates almost a sympathetic serial killer. Not only is the shoe fantastic on its own, even if you have never seen the film, but it adds even more entertainment value to it. It is the perfect companion to the classic.

Catch Up: Netflix and DVD

4. 'American Horror Story'

'American Horror Story' [Credit: Fox]
'American Horror Story' [Credit: Fox]

Network: FX

Premier Date: October 5, 2011

Number Of Seasons: 6

Returning: Renewed for three more seasons. Season 7 premier date announced

Plot: An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse.

Why Watch: American Horror Story is a little bit of a mixed bag, some like it, some hate it. The seasons always start off strong, but a couple have failed to keep the intensity all the way to the end. Even with the occasional decline entertainment factor, the anthology series is unique and it does push the limit for what some may deem as acceptable for television and it's not afraid to "go there." The themes and images contained in the show are disturbing, but they are artfully done.

Catch Up: Netflix, Hulu and DVD

3. 'The Walking Dead'

'The Walking Dead' [Credit:AM
'The Walking Dead' [Credit:AM

Network: AMC

Premier Date: October 31, 2010

Number Of Seasons: 7

Returning: February 12, 2017

Plot: Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living.

Why Watch: Another controversial show that has been known to push the limits, The Walking Dead has created a fandom that only a few if any can rival. Armed with well written storylines, insane walker kills and much more, TWD is one of the best shows on television today. Even with the recent announcement that it will be dialing back the violence due to the gorefest in the Season 7 premier, this show will still continue to flourish.

Catch up: Netflix and DVD

2. 'Ash Vs Evil Dead'

'Ash vs Evil Dead' [Credit: Renaissance Pictures]
'Ash vs Evil Dead' [Credit: Renaissance Pictures]

Network: Starz

Premier Date: October 31, 2015

Number Of Seasons: 2

Returning: Season 3 to premier fall 2017

Plot: Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.

Why Watch: Reason No. 1: Bruce Campbell. Bruce is back and Ash is better than ever. The original series brought a new life to films featuring the undead, and has taken it even further. Packed with crude humor, gratuitous violence and snappy one-liners, the series is beyond entertaining, it becomes almost addicting. The only bad thing about this show? The short run-time for each episode. Other than that, Ash vs Evil Dead is horror comedy gold.

Catch up: DVD

1. 'Stranger Things'

'Stranger Things' [Credit: Netflix]
'Stranger Things' [Credit: Netflix]

Network: Netflix

Premier Date: June 15, 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Returning: July 2017

Plot: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Why Watch: Why not watch it is a better question. Stranger Things is a breath of fresh air to both horror and sci-fi. Although the show centers around a very young cast, the storyline and series of events are quite mature. With the combination of humor, aliens and telekinesis, may not just be one of the best shows available for genre fans; it may be one of the best series available period. Netflix hit a home-run with this one, and Season 2 is highly anticipated.

Catch Up: Netflix

Perhaps with the growing demand for more horror-themed series, genre fans will soon have even more to choose from. For now, these are the 10 best available.


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