Best-Reviewed TV Horror 2019

What a year to be a TV-watching horror fan: M. Night Shyamalan made his small-screen debut with Apple TV+’s creepy Servant; The Walking Dead returned to form; and American Horror Story finally embraced the slasher genre. All were splattered with love by critics. But it was CBS’s Evil, a supernatural thriller from The Good Wife and Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King, whose reviews ran reddest, and proved that network TV still had a few surprises left up its sleeve.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Evil: Season 1 (2019)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95726%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.

Adjusted Score: 43668%
Critics Consensus: A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow TWD create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries.

#3
Adjusted Score: 91403%
Critics Consensus: Driven by an unsettlingly compelling Lizzy Caplan, Castle Rock's second chapter opens the borders of its titular town without losing any of its creeping atmosphere.

Adjusted Score: 83176%
Critics Consensus: A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time.

Servant: Season 1 (2019)
84%

#5
Adjusted Score: 88766%
Critics Consensus: Though Servant's slithering mystery often wanders into dark, crowded corners, its claustrophobic atmosphere and powerful performances build enough tension to keep viewers hooked.