Best American Thriller TV Shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best American Thriller TV Shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense and atmospheric. Plot: danger, crimes, supernatural, police officer, pop culture, investigation, woman with a gun, murder, violence and victim. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Mystery. Country: USA and UK.
Best American Thriller TV Shows
Best American Thriller TV Shows
TOP TV Shows: Criminal Minds (2005), Ozark (2017), Supernatural (2005), Fargo (2014), Revenge (2011), Sense8 (2015), Chicago P.D. (2014), Manifest (2018), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018), Nine Perfect Strangers (2021), The Exorcist (2016), Under the Dome (2013), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Dexter (2006), Sons of Anarchy (2008), Homeland (2011), Lost (2004), 9-1-1 (2018), The Shield (2002), The X-Files (1993).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.1
 192K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: psychological, exciting, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, special agents, serial killer, law enforcement, murder, team, forensics, crimes, profiler, intelligence, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s, 2010s
Place: virginia, usa, arizona
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 8.5
 299K
Ozark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, crimes, family relations, rivalry, murder, violence, teenage girl, survival, law enforcement, cheating wife, organized crime ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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 8.4
 434K
Supernatural (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, vampire, monster, demon, supernatural ability, ghost, good versus evil, paranormal, killings, paranormal phenomena, peril, creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1958, 90s, 70s ...
Place: usa, arizona
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 8.9
 366K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, dark humor, small town, police investigation, psychopath, small town life, killings, law enforcement, policewoman, snow, police officer, killer ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, future, year 2006 ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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 7.8
 119K
Revenge (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When Emily Thorne moves to the Hamptons, everyone wonders about the new girl, but she knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. Years ago, they took everything from her. Now, one by one, she's going to make them pay.
Style: twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high society, pretense, hidden identity, strong female character, vengeance, rivalry, scheme, haunted by the past, crimes, mysterious character, enemy, millionaire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 8.2
 153K
Sense8 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, stylized, serious, erotic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lgbt, supernatural, supernatural ability, gay, telepathy, love affair, secret organization, lesbian, conspiracy, sex scene, mind control, survival ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mumbai india, london, san francisco, chicago illinois, berlin germany
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 8.1
 37K
Chicago P.D. (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who ...
Style: exciting, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, law enforcement, policewoman, crime investigation, crimes, victim, police detective, sergeant, arrest, partners, murder, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
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 7.1
 55K
Manifest (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: After landing from a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers of Montego Air Flight 828 discover five years have passed in what seemed like a few hours. As their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the ...
Style: mysterious, twists and turns, captivating, exciting, enigmatic ...
Plot: mysticism, time warp, a vision, starting over, presumed dead, life & death, supernatural, airplane, investigation, passenger, secrets, secret ...
Time: future
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
Style: atmospheric, satanic, dark, stylized, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: witch, witchcraft, half breed, high school, teenager, black magic, devil worship, adventure, dedication, teenage girl, teenage love, satanism ...
Time: 2010s
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Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 388 min.
TV show
Story: At a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation, nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort's director, Masha, a ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: resort, magic mushroom, self discovery, animal death, psychotherapy, secret, challenge, manipulation, uncover truth, secrets, sexy woman, group of strangers ...
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 7.9
 28K
The Exorcist (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Follow the lives of two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, macabre, scary, psychotronic ...
Plot: demonic possession, supernatural, possessed woman, priest, exorcism, ghost, catholic priest, demon, terror, demon hunter, exorcist, male protagonist ...
Time: 2010s
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 6.5
 106K
Under the Dome (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, mind bending, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, survival, trapped, small town, life turned upside down, small town life, mystery, isolation, teenage girl, society, human existence, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, bleak, rough, captivating ...
Plot: rape, surrogate mother, sexism, slavery, infertility, tyranny, totalitarianism, violence against women, violence, protest, distopia, torture ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future
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 8.7
 716K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, hidden identity, double life, right and wrong, crime investigation, loner, corpse, forensics, police station, dark humor, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.6
 292K
Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: biker, motorcycle gang, motorcycle, crimes, gang, power struggle, group of criminals, arms dealing, friends, prison, family relations, young man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, northern california
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 8.3
 338K
Homeland (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: espionage, cia, terrorism, spy, investigation, top secret, terrorist, surveillance, government agency, counter terrorism, bipolar disorder, cia agent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, langley virginia, usa, iraq, america ...
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 8.3
 542K
Lost (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, exciting, enigmatic, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, stranded on an island, island, human nature, air disaster, adventure, lost, mysterious place, desert island, destiny, plane crash, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pacific ocean
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are ...
Style: tense, captivating, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: law and order, sex crime, police detective, sexual abuse, police, partners against crime, police officer, crimes, lawyer, law enforcement, fighting crime, female detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 7.8
 33K
9-1-1 (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Explore the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Plot: 911, firefighter, misadventure, ambulance, fire brigade, medicine, daring rescue, chore, emergency, police officer, saving a life, teamwork ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.7
 80K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, law enforcement, police brutality, corrupt cop, murder, tough law enforcer, crimes, partners, dirty cop, dishonesty, cruelty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.6
 221K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, mind bending, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, investigation, paranormal investigation, top secret, fbi, alien contact, space and aliens, conspiracy, special agents, paranormal activity, alien abduction ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, arizona, washington d.c.
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Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
TV show
Story: After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, semi serious, neo noir ...
Audience: teens
Plot: female protagonist, superhero, strong female character, private detective, super powers, investigation, strong female lead, supernatural power, lawyer, violence, mind control, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Person of Interest (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Person of Interest follows former CIA paramilitary operative, John Reese, who is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, surveillance, hi-tech, computer system, partners against crime, crimes, hacker, mysterious character, computer genius, fighting crime, privacy invasion, teamwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 9.1
 906K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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Fear the Walking Dead (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, apocalypse, survival, chaos, plague, family relations, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, distopia ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.6
 27K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, policewoman, who done it, murder investigation, police officer, homicide detective, uncover truth, mentor, victim, police, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 60s, 90s, 50s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 6.4
 57K
CSI: Miami (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forensics, policewoman, investigation, murder, workplace situations, workplace, riddles and clues, medical examiner, police detective, law enforcement, crimes, police ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, usa, florida
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 7.0
 23K
S.W.A.T. (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly-trained unit that's the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.
Style: tense, twists and turns, exciting, captivating, suspense
Plot: swat team, fight scenes, crimes, friendship, gunfight, adventure, heroes, chase, police investigation, martial arts, police officer, police ...
Place: los angeles
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Without a Trace (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Without a Trace was an American police procedural television drama series that originally ran on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009. The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, murder investigation, crime investigation, police detective, kidnapping, murder, police, female detective, federal bureau of investigation, fbi, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.6
 24K
Moonlight (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Mick St. John is a captivating, charming and immortal private investigator from Los Angeles, who defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living.
Style: witty, light, suspenseful, serious, neo noir
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural ability, dangerous attraction, supernatural, investigation, vampire human love, immortality, supernatural romance, reporter, fall in love, impossible love, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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