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44 Best Horror TV Series to Watch on Netflix

Updated: October 26, 2020

Looking for the perfect Halloween binge watch? Satisfy your blood craving with one of the many original Netflix horror series and more. The streaming service’s collection of horror-centric series includes teen vampires (The Vampire Diaries), campy zombie hunters (Ash vs. Evil Dead), genius anime detectives (Death Note), and some incredibly scary haunted houses (The Haunting of Hill House), haunted horror writers (French drama Marianne), haunted hearts (Chambers), and even haunted military interrogation centers (India’s Ghoul). Basically, there’s a lot of haunting.

Netflix also serves up multiple horror anthology series, including American Horror StoryTwo Sentence Horror Stories, Slasher, and Love, Death & Robots. If anthologies aren’t your thing, sit down for some supernatural-themed procedurals, like the multi-seasoned broadcast imports Lucifer, Supernatural, and iZombie.

The streaming service has also added plenty of foreign options, including French historical horror La Révolution and Mexican religious horror Diablero, although they didn’t make the list because we’re only including series that are ranked with Tomatometer scores. (That’s also why U.S. shows like Legacies and Van Helsing didn’t make it either.)

In the mood for some TV scares? Check out this list of 44 horror TV series on Netflix you can watch right now.

Ratched (2020)
61%

#44
Synopsis: A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.... [More]

The Mist (2017)
60%

#43
Synopsis: Stephen King's 1980 novella "The Mist" -- adapted into a feature film by Frank Darabont in 2007 -- is re-imagined... [More]

Scream (2015)
61%

#42
Synopsis: MTV teams with super-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein on a TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated... [More]

Haven (2010)
63%

#41
Synopsis: FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, on what she believes is a routine assignment. But the longer she... [More]

Typewriter (2019)
67%

#40
Synopsis: A haunted house and a haunted book stir the imaginations of young wannabe ghost hunters.... [More]
Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh

Synopsis: Anthology series exploring primal and social fears.... [More]
Starring:

Slasher (2016)
70%

#38
Synopsis: Sarah Bennett's parents were murdered by a killer known as "The Executioner" 30 years ago. Now, she returns to the... [More]

Daybreak (2019)
70%

#37
Synopsis: Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and "Mad Max"-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love.... [More]

Dracula (2020)
71%

#36
Synopsis: The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire's gory crimes -- and bring his vulnerability... [More]
Directed By: Sue Vertue

Curon (2020)
71%

#35
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:

Dexter (2006)
71%

#34
Synopsis: Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's... [More]

Requiem (2018)
71%

#33
Synopsis: Matilda Gray, an ambitious musician and talented cellist, has her life suddenly turned upside down when her mother commits suicide.... [More]
Directed By: Mahalia Belo

#32
Synopsis: "American Horror Story" was created by the co-creators of "Glee," but the shows have little in common besides that. The... [More]

#31
Synopsis: This collection of animated short stories spans several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy. World-class animation creators bring... [More]
Starring:

Black Summer (2019)
89%

#30
Synopsis: Set in the "Z Nation" universe, this series follows a crack team of special forces as it fights for hope... [More]
Directed By: Abram Cox

Glitch (2015)
80%

#29
Synopsis: A police officer in a small country town finds his life turned upside down when six former residents return from... [More]
Directed By: Tony Ayres

The Walking Dead (2010)
80%

#28
Synopsis: Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years... [More]

The Twilight Zone (1959)
82%

#27
Synopsis: "The Twilight Zone" was the brainchild of Emmy Award-winner Rod Serling, who served as host and wrote over 80 episodes... [More]
Starring: Rod Serling

The Originals (2013)
84%

#26
Synopsis: Klaus, the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, returns to New Orleans -- which his family helped build -- to investigate rumors of... [More]

Synopsis: This adaptation of the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the... [More]

The Vampire Diaries (2009)
86%

#24
Synopsis: This supernatural drama, based on the series of novels by L.J. Smith, details the lives of two brothers, Damon and... [More]

Lucifer (2016)
88%

#23
Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Ghoul (2018)
88%

#22
Synopsis: When a new prisoner arrives at a military detention center exhibiting eerie behavior, young interrogator Nida Rahim searches for the... [More]

#21
Synopsis: A young governess arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate.... [More]

Twin Peaks (1990)
82%

#20
Synopsis: A crime drama mixed with healthy doses of the surreal, this series is about FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who travels... [More]

Devilman Crybaby (2018)
89%

#19
Synopsis: Akira's best friend tells him that ancient demons have returned to take back the world from humans and suggests that... [More]

Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
89%

#18
Synopsis: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a... [More]

iZombie (2015)
92%

#17
Synopsis: When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining... [More]

Penny Dreadful (2014)
91%

#16
Synopsis: Many people are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. "Penny Dreadful" brings those and other... [More]
Directed By: John Logan, Sam Mendes

Wynonna Earp (2016)
92%

#15
Synopsis: Wynonna Earp has been away from her hometown, Purgatory, for years but returns to reluctantly take on the role that... [More]

Dead Set (2008)
92%

#14
Synopsis: Inspired, says creator Charlie Brooker, by the classic horror film "Dawn of the Dead," this five-episode series chronicles a nightmare... [More]

Hannibal (2013)
92%

#13
Synopsis: Gifted criminal profiler Will Graham has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with anyone, including psychopaths.... [More]

Marianne (2019)
94%

#12
Synopsis: A famous horror writer who is lured back to her hometown discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Bodin

Castlevania (2017)
94%

#11
Synopsis: Inspired by the popular video game series, this anime series is a dark medieval fantasy. It follows the last surviving... [More]

Synopsis: This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on... [More]

Bates Motel (2013)
93%

#9
Synopsis: After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay,... [More]

Supernatural (2005)
93%

#8
Synopsis: This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)
93%

#7
Synopsis: The disappearance of a boy in Hawkins, Ind., is just the beginning of strange paranormal happenings in the small Midwestern... [More]

Dark (2017)
95%

#6
Synopsis: When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives... [More]
Directed By: Baran bo Odar

Mindhunter (2017)
97%

#5
Synopsis: Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's... [More]

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
99%

#4
Synopsis: Ash is baaaack! Bruce Campbell reprises his "Evil Dead" film role as heroic, chainsaw-handed monster fighter Ash Williams, now an... [More]

The Order (2019)
100%

#3
Synopsis: When Belgrave University student Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, he is... [More]

Crazyhead (2016)
100%

#2
Synopsis: A twentysomething woman who can see demons joins a hunter on a quest to end the demon threat.... [More]
Directed By: Al Mackay, Johnny Capps

Death Note (2006)
100%

#1
Synopsis: A high-school student discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill.... [More]


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The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 1 (Greg Nicotero/AMC)

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Best Zombie TV Shows Ranked by Tomatometer

After two seasons flirting with Rotten scores The Walking Dead came raging back with season 9 and its 91% score. Season 10 has kicked off nicely with scores in the 90s for its first two episodes. With the scores on the upswing, the AMC horror series has moved up on our list of the best of zombie TV.

The Walking DeadiZombie, In the Flesh, and other TV series that tackle the undead have found ravenous audiences both with the critical brains who write about them and the meat sacks who watch. We bit into our Tomatometer scores to find the best reviewed zombie shows on TV, including a few of those that feature zombie characters even if the’re not the show’s main focus.

Series are ranked by their series-level Tomatometer scores. The ones without overall scores are listed alphabetically at the bottom.

Z Nation (2014)

#21
Synopsis: Several years since a zombie virus swept across America, there's only one person -- who goes by just Murphy --... [More]

Talking Dead (2011)

#20
Synopsis: Chris Hardwick is more than happy to host this after-show for "The Walking Dead" franchise that serves as a platform... [More]
Starring: Chris Hardwick

Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:

Freakish (2016)

#18
Synopsis: Students don't usually like having to go to school under normal circumstances, so imagine how the students at Kent High... [More]

The Returned (2015)
67%

#17
Synopsis: From executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") and Raelle Tucker ("True Blood"), "The Returned" is set in a small... [More]

#16
Synopsis: The town of Jasper, Ala., was known as a top coal producer, but now it's "fame" is being the site... [More]

#15
Synopsis: A sign of the apocalypse has begun. Reports of a rapidly changing world for unknown reasons underscore this gritty drama,... [More]

Death Valley (2011)

#14
Synopsis: Maintaining law and order is the mandate of the UTF, but this isn't exactly Benson and Stabler working the streets... [More]

Black Summer (2019)
89%

#13
Synopsis: Set in the "Z Nation" universe, this series follows a crack team of special forces as it fights for hope... [More]
Directed By: Abram Cox

American Gods (2017)
77%

#12
Synopsis: Ex-convict Shadow Moon roams a world he doesn't understand, left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife. Little... [More]

Glitch (2015)
80%

#11
Synopsis: A police officer in a small country town finds his life turned upside down when six former residents return from... [More]
Directed By: Tony Ayres

Helix (2014)
81%

#10
Synopsis: Drs. Alan Farragut and Julia Walker -- scientists who used to be married and, at one time, worked for the... [More]

The Walking Dead (2010)
80%

#9
Synopsis: Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years... [More]

Kingdom (2019)
96%

#8
Synopsis: The deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread; the prince must face a new breed of enemies... [More]
Directed By: Kim Seong-hun, Park In-Je

Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
89%

#7
Synopsis: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a... [More]

Dead Set (2008)
92%

#6
Synopsis: Inspired, says creator Charlie Brooker, by the classic horror film "Dawn of the Dead," this five-episode series chronicles a nightmare... [More]

iZombie (2015)
92%

#5
Synopsis: When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining... [More]

Pushing Daisies (2007)
96%

#4
Synopsis: Ned possesses a rare gift -- the ability to restore life to the dead -- with a touch. He puts... [More]

In the Flesh (2013)
97%

#3
Synopsis: This drama centers on teenage zombie Kieren Walker, who returns home after his death in 2009 to a less-than-warm welcome.... [More]
Directed By: Jonny Campbell

The Returned (2012)
97%

#2
Synopsis: In a small Alpine village, a group of men, women and children is in a state of confusion as they... [More]

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
99%

#1
Synopsis: Ash is baaaack! Bruce Campbell reprises his "Evil Dead" film role as heroic, chainsaw-handed monster fighter Ash Williams, now an... [More]


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This week on streaming video, we’ve got Netflix’s latest original series, a few smaller films, and some worthy television shows. Read on for details:


New on Netflix:

 

F Is for Family: Season 1 (2015) 85%

Bill Burr, Laura Dern, and Jason Long lend their voices to Burr’s animated sitcom about a family living during the 1970s.

Available now on: Netflix


Make Believe (2010) 85%

This documentary follows six teen magicians as they enter the World Magic Seminar and compete to become Teen World Champion.

Available now on: Netflix


Time Out of Mind (2014) 80%

Richard Gere and Jena Malonestar in a Certified Fresh drama about a day in the life of a homeless man in Manhattan.

Available now on: Netflix


Helix: Season 2 (2015) 83%

SyFy’s series about scientists attempting to fight the outbreak of a deadly disease ended after two seasons, but both are viewable on Netflix now.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Hulu

 

Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (2015) 95%

Sundance’s Certified Fresh German-language period drama centers around a spy in the 1980s who goes undercover in West Germany as a soldier.

Available now on: Hulu


New on Hulu and Amazon Prime

 

Selma (2014) 99%

Featuring an astonishing performance from David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Selma is an account of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, where demonstrators met serious resistance at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama, as well as from local and national politicians.

Available now on: Amazon Prime, Hulu


Available to Purchase

 

The Martian (2015) 91%

While investigating the surface of Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is caught up in a violent storm and presumed dead by his departing crewmates. Utilizing whatever he has on hand, Mark must attempt to survive until NASA can figure out a way to bring him home.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu


Sicario (2015) 92%

Emily Blunt stars as a tough, no-nonsense FBI agent who joins a Federal task force charged with taking on the drug cartels. Our heroine soon discovers that the team leader and his mysterious partner may have a hidden agenda.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


The Walk (2015) 83%

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Robert Zemeckis’ Certified Fresh retelling of Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu


Everest (2015) 72%

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Keira Knightley star in the harrowing true tale of a group of climbers who were caught in an  avalanche while trying to scale the world’s highest peak in May of 1996.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu


Sleeping With Other People (2015) 63%

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star in a comedy about two philanderers who find solace in each other.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu


The Intern (2015) 59%

Ben (Robert De Niro) is a widowed retiree whose boredom leads him to apply for a job as a “senior intern” at an online fashion startup; the company’s thirtysomething CEO Jules (Anne Hathaway) eventually takes a shine to her older employee, and the two of them become good friends.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes, Vudu

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