30 Best Occult TV Shows

by eyeshaveseen | created - 09 Mar 2012 | updated - 13 Mar 2012 | Public

Some short-lived series featuring science fictions and occult themes

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1. Night Gallery (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

Votes: 4,239

2. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Peter Brace

Votes: 11,412

3. Dark Shadows (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.

Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett

Votes: 3,423

4. Strange Paradise (1969–1970)

22 min | Drama, Horror

A Gothic soap opera that took place on a small Caribbean island, Strange Paradise featured the occult in the story of wealthy but cursed Jean Paul Desmond who resided in his castle ... See full summary »

Stars: Colin Fox, Cosette Lee, Dawn Greenhalgh, Kurt Schiegl

Votes: 62

Canada's answer to Dark Shadows.

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 62,325

6. The Immortal (1969–1971)

60 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

An immortal man whose blood can have miraculous health benefits is a fugitive from those who would exploit both him and his brother he seeks.

Stars: Christopher George, Don Knight, Barry Sullivan, Carol Lynley

Votes: 155

7. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

TV-PG | 51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,685

8. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985–1989)

22 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Updated remakes of classic stories from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), originally produced by the Master of Suspense. His original opening bits are colorized for re-use here.

Stars: Bernard Behrens, Cynthia Belliveau, David B. Nichols, Kathleen Quinlan

Votes: 1,999

9. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 33,209

A sci-fi tv staple: Especially the Tom Baker years (1974-1981). One of the best theme songs ever.

10. The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)

23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 911

11. Reaper (2007–2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth and he must now be a bounty hunter for the devil until he dies.

Stars: Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym

Votes: 22,429

12. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 10,735

13. The Invaders (1967–1968)

51 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Max Kleven, William Windom

Votes: 2,124

14. The Sixth Sense (1972)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Michael Rhodes is a college professor with an interest in the paranormal. He and his assistant Nancy spend much of their time investigating mysteries involving extra-sensory perception,... See full summary »

Stars: Rod Serling, Gary Collins, Catherine Ferrar, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 337

I think SCTV did a satire on this.

15. Circle of Fear (1972–1973)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences.

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sheila Larken, Meg Foster, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 321

16. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,370

17. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 1,084

18. The New Addams Family (1998–1999)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

Updated-for-the-90's version of the original Addams Family show. The family remains the same: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Granmama, Lurch, Thing and Cousin Itt. ... See full summary »

Stars: Glenn Taranto, Ellie Harvie, Brody Smith, Nicole Fugere

Votes: 1,508

19. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,775

20. The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history.

Stars: James Darren, Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell, John Zaremba

Votes: 2,647

21. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 156,112

22. Gemini Man (1976– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A man has a watch that makes him invisible when pressed. However he can only remain invisible for 15 minutes or else he will stay invisible forever.

Stars: Ben Murphy, Katherine Crawford, William Sylvester, Quinn K. Redeker

Votes: 231

23. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett, Wendy Schaal

Votes: 5,956

24. The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976–1978)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Motley Hall was built in 1577 and was home to the Uproar family. Empty of living inhabitants, it is home to Five Ghosts from different periods of the Halls history who are compelled to get ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur English, Freddie Jones, Nicholas Le Prevost, Sean Flanagan

Votes: 94

25. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman

Votes: 197

26. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 200 min | Horror

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 18,580

27. Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (2010– )

Comedy, Horror, Mystery

After Shuckton, Ontario's bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics is rejected, Mayor Larry Bowman is murdered in his home, and almost everybody in town becomes a suspect.

Stars: Melanie Scrofano, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Votes: 1,074

28. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 461

29. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The scary and silly goings-on at a mad scientist vampire's home/lab.

Stars: Billy Van, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, Joe Torbay

Votes: 557

30. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 2,928



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