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)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 93.958%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.
Synopsis: A psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.352%
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.
Synopsis: The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That... [More]
Directed By: Laura Belsey

#3
Adjusted Score: 91.078%
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.
Synopsis: In season two of Castle Rock, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 61.212%
Critics Consensus: A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1984, five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood; as they adjust... [More]

Servant: Season 1 (2019)
82%

#5
Adjusted Score: 86.013%
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.
Synopsis: Following a tragedy that has caused a rift in their marriage, the Turners hire a nanny, who soon finds that... [More]

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