Horror shows (1946-1993)

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1. Lights Out (1946–1952)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 113

2. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 147

Theatrical plays of supernatural dramas

3. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 259

First to date as the horror+sci-fi formula show/Twilight Zone predecessor

4. The Quatermass Experiment (1953– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »

Stars: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 257

A handful of episodes are considered to be early gothic/ghostly horror (stories by E. A. Poe, A. Bierce, O. Wilde, R. L. Stevenson and many more)

6. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Joan Elan

Votes: 73

7. Quatermass II (1955– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Stone

Votes: 333

Unusual and disturbing (don't miss it)

8. Strange Experiences (1955–1956)

5 min

Offers three minute plus eerie tales. Peter Williams narrates.

Stars: Peter Williams, Peter Sallis, Theodore Bikel, Elspet Gray

Votes: 5

Short (about 5 min per episode) grotesque stories made of pure chilling ramblings

11. Panic! (1957– )

30 min | Thriller

A short-lived anthology series narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis. Each episode tells its own thriller story and featured its own unique cast.

Stars: Westbrook Van Voorhis, Bill Erwin, Norman Alden, Robert Anderson

Votes: 44

Somewhat pathetic but lovely

12. Quatermass and the Pit (1958– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell, John Stratton

Votes: 797

13. The Unforeseen (1958–1960)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An anthology series that appeared twice a week initially. Each episode was a short play covering the inexplicable, the supernatural, the occult or science fiction. Each episode had it's own writer, director, and actors.

Stars: Barry Morse, Ron Hartmann, Chris Wiggins, Eric Clavering

Votes: 15

14. The Veil (1958– )

25 min | Horror

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews, Harry Bartell

Votes: 297

Classic 40's(!) twists. I think it was already a "retro"-show for 1958. Anyway, it's great

15. 13 Demon Street (1959–1960)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A horror anthology series, set at decaying 13 Demon Street where the host, an unnerving Lon Chaney Jr., opened and closed each episode.

Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Nolte, Alan Blair, Lorri Scott

Votes: 58

16. Masterworks of Terror (1959– )

65 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

An anthology of three Edgar Allan Poe stories--"The Case of Mr. Valdemar," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."

Stars: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Adolfo Linvel, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Beatriz Día Quiroga

Votes: 83

Argentinian TV suspense goes into terror!

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: 1,111

Such a promising and fresh one

18. The Nightwatchman's Stories (1959– )

30 min | Drama

A TV series of five plays, all adapted from the stories of W.W. Jacobs.

Stars: Wally Patch, Gordon Harker, Hermione Baddeley, Andrew Downie

19. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

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: 63,631

True classics

20. The Voodoo Factor (1959– )

30 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Hard-driven scientist David Whittaker finds himself battling for the survival of the world against a disease spreading from a tropical island caused by a legendary spider-goddess.

Stars: Maurice Kaufmann, Maxine Audley, Philip Bond, Charles Carson

Votes: 11

21. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,128

A gothic show by mr. Karloff

22. Great Ghost Tales (1961– )

30 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The last regularly scheduled television series to be broadcast live in the U.S. was hosted by Frank Gallop, and featured dramatizations of ghost stories and other tales of the supernatural,... See full summary »

Stars: John Abbott, Lou Antonio, R.G. Armstrong, Barbara Barrie

Votes: 26

23. Tales of Mystery (1961–1963)

30 min | Fantasy

Supernatural drama series adapted from the short stories of Algernon Blackwood.

Stars: John Laurie, Michael Aldridge, Edward Ogden, Ann Castle

Votes: 11

24. 'Way Out (1961)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A new drama in the macabre genre was broadcast each week hosted by Roald Dahl.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Richard Morse, George Turner, Philip Coolidge

Votes: 114

In vein of Murnau movies

25. Out of This World (1962– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A British science fiction anthology television series.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Piers Keelan, Raymond Adamson, Bill Mills

Votes: 27

Don't know much about it, but this seems to be a show with slight comedic relief

27. 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: 6,484

Cheesy but great

29. Historias para no dormir (1966–1982)

Crime, Drama, Horror

Tales of terror by established authors such as Ray Bradbury or Edgar Allan Poe as well as original scripts.

Stars: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Estanis González, Lola Lemos, Pedro Sempson

Votes: 134

30. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A classic anthology science fiction series which features adaptations of stories by famous authors including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Frederik Pohl and John Wyndham.

Stars: John Gabriel, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Erik Chitty, Peter Copley

Votes: 77

31. 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: 3,473

Gothic soap opera

32. Mystery and Imagination (1966–1970)

75 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A British anthology series based on classic ghost stories and chillers from M. R. James, Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu and others; later branching into feature-length teleplays ... See full summary »

Stars: David Buck, Freddie Jones, Robert Hunter, Mark Moss

Votes: 57

34. Haunted (1967– )

60 min | Drama

A British university professor of philosophy travels around the United Kingdom investigating tales of the supernatural.

Stars: Patrick Mower, John Nettleton, Michael Barrington, Denis Goacher

35. Witch Hunt (1967– )

25 min | Drama

A man buys a farmhouse in a small country village and becomes convinced that the locals are practicing the black arts.

Stars: Patrick Kavanagh, Anna Palk, John Paul, Peter Blythe

36. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature.

Stars: Michael Callan, Joseph Cotten, Brandon De Wilde, Julie Harris

Votes: 142

Boring-to-watch. More paranormal-supernatural than horror

37. Late Night Horror (1968– )


Anthology series of horror adaptations.

Stars: Bart Allison, Jean Anderson, Clare Austin, Frank Barry

Votes: 5

38. Night Gallery (1969–1973)

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: 4,300

The portion of lovecraftian pearlies plus some brilliant occvlt detectives

39. 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: 63

One more gothic soap opera, though it happened to be one-season show

40. Menace (1970–1973)

75 min | Thriller

This is a series of thrillers designed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Stars: David Wood, John Wentworth, Sheila Hancock, Anne Kristen

Votes: 15

While the 1st season was a typical thriller, the 2nd contains some elements of the mystical/supernatural

41. Shadows of Fear (1970–1973)

60 min | Thriller

Anthology series in which characters find themselves in weird and scary situations. Not evoked by the supernatural but by other people.

Stars: Ray Smith, Michael Craig, Ian Bannen, Peter Barkworth

Votes: 34

42. Tales of Unease (1970– )


British series adapted from a trio of horror-story anthologies which were edited by John Burke and published between 1960 and 1969. The television installments used the cream of Burke's crop.

Stars: Anthony Jackson, Ronald Lewis, Ursula Mohan, Larry Dann

Votes: 9

44. Dead of Night (1972)

50 min | Horror

A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, John Castle, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown

Votes: 82

Bizarre and glorious

45. Escape Into Night (1972– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

This serial is an adaptation of Catherine Storr's novel "Marianne Dreams", which is about a young girl, Marianne, whose drawings become her dreams.

Stars: Sonia Graham, Patricia Maynard, Edmund Pegge, Vikki Chambers

Votes: 106

46. 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: 328

Greatly crafted as "Ghost Story", but soft and kind of forgettable as "Circle of Fear". I should mention some excellent pieces of work in Matheson screenplays

47. No Exit (1972– )

50 min | Drama

Anthology series of plays dealing with the themes of fear and entrapment.

Stars: Katharine Blake, John Carson, Lee Montague, Nigel Stock

48. The Frighteners (1972– )

26 min | Thriller

A horror anthology series, with each episode featuring a different eerie tale.

Stars: Tom Bell, Alison Fiske, Jack Hedley, Ian Hendry

Votes: 26

50. The Sixth Sense (1972)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller