Best Thriller TV shows

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Best Thriller TV shows
Best Thriller TV shows
TOP TV shows: Breaking Bad (2008), The Walking Dead (2010), Chernobyl (2019), Tell Me a Story (2018), Mr. Robot (2015), Stranger Things (2016), American Horror Story (2011), Fargo (2014), Black Mirror (2011), 13 Reasons Why (2017), Sons of Anarchy (2008), Ozark (2017), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), The Blacklist (2013), Mindhunter (2017), The Wire (2002), The Mentalist (2008), Dexter (2006), Dark (2017), The Punisher (2017).

List of Best TV shows

 9.5
 1.5M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, drug lord, life is a bitch, master criminal, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, unlikely partners, family problems, peril, ambition, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, apocalypse, survival, zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, plague, danger, supernatural, future dystopia, walking dead, fear, graphic violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta
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 9.4
 545K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, harsh, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, accident, scientist, post nuclear, save the day, salvation ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chernobyl, soviet union, russia ...
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Tell Me a Story (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Tell Me a Story takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller.
Style: psychological thriller, disturbing, atmospheric, suspense, fairy tale ...
Plot: love, greed, revenge, loss, interlinked stories, crimes, new yorker, fear, murder, heist, male nudity, female nudity ...
Place: new york
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 8.6
 334K
Mr. Robot (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, melancholic, psychological thriller ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, split personality, fighting the system, rebellion, childhood trauma, schizophrenia, hacking, drug addict, crimes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.7
 825K
Stranger Things (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, exciting, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: telekinesis, supernatural power, monster, supernatural, super powers, friendship, parallel universe, boy, parallel world, missing person, missing child, experiment ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, 20th century
Place: soviet union, usa, indiana
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, captivating, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, death, nightmare, evil, mental institution, danger, witch, nun, evil force, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2013 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, north carolina ...
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 8.9
 328K
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: dark humor, atmospheric, captivating, clever, cynical ...
Plot: crimes, neo noir, small town, police investigation, crime, policewoman, psychopath, killings, snow, small town life, law enforcement, female police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1979, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, north dakota, usa
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 8.8
 446K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, satire, media satire, technology, chaos, gadget, life ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 7.6
 257K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Style: thought provoking, serious, psychological, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, depression, teenage girl, loss of friend, guilt, teenage boy, high school, human relationship, suicidal, death of daughter, loss of daughter, abusive relationship ...
Place: usa
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 8.5
 261K
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, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, motorcycle gang, gang, crime, crimes, family relations, motorcycle, friends, power struggle, group of criminals, arms dealing, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, northern california
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 8.4
 189K
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, suspenseful, serious, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, crimes, family relations, danger, rivalry, murder, violence, law enforcement, teenage girl, teenage boy, crime ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, 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, slavery, surrogate mother, violence against women, sexism, protest, infertility, totalitarianism, kidnapping, torture, violence, tyranny ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future
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 8.0
 198K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, special agents, master criminal, unlikely partners, investigation, manipulations, mind game, partners, terrorism, danger, law enforcement, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 8.6
 218K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Style: psycho film, bleak, idiotic, suspense, disturbing
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, psychology, criminal psychologist, murderer, police investigation, fbi agent, fbi, killings, serial murder, police, murder ...
Time: 70s
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 9.3
 286K
The Wire (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between ...
Style: tense, cynical, suspenseful, clever, rough ...
Plot: police detective, drug dealing, police investigation, urban ghetto life, fighting crime, working undercover, crime, crimes, life is a bitch, wiretap, drug lord, shooting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa
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 8.1
 166K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, investigation, partners, outsmarting, murder, serial killer, danger, fighting crime, crime, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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 8.6
 647K
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, dark humor, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, vigilantism, corpse, crimes, loner, crime, forensics, right and wrong, police detective, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.8
 285K
Dark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: time travel, time machine, time loop, missing child, investigation, disappearance, small town, corpse, mysterious past, deja vu, alternate dimension, family relations ...
Time: year 1986, 50s, 80s, contemporary, year 2019 ...
Place: germany, chernobyl
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 8.5
 185K
The Punisher (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Style: brutal, exciting, disturbing, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilante, justice, vengeance, violence, gunfight, vigilantism, murder, one man army, revenge, fight scenes, superhero, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, afghanistan
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 9.0
 500K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, crime, serial killer, neo noir, investigation, partners, crimes, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 7.7
 67K
Scandal (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for ...
Style: serious, stylized, clever, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: workplace situations, lawyer, president, white house, political thriller, politician, teamwork, media, relationship vs career, democrat, senator, politics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 7.7
 22K
1/9/2001 (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, suspense, realistic
Plot: 911, misadventure, ambulance, firemen, chore, firefighter, fire brigade, emergency, daring rescue, workplace situations, medicine, danger ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire they knew and loved in 1864.
Style: romantic, suspenseful, stylized, serious, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, love triangle, supernatural, werewolf, supernatural romance, dangerous attraction, high school, vampire human love, immortality, teen romance, youth, supernatural power ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, 19th century ...
Place: virginia, usa
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 8.3
 314K
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: cia, terrorism, espionage, top secret, explosion, investigation, danger, surveillance, spy, treason, paranoia, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, usa, virginia, iraq, iran ...
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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: dark, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing, satanic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: witchcraft, witch, teenager, half breed, black magic, devil worship, dedication, adventure, high school, school, teenage love, couple relations ...
Time: 2010s
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 8.0
 20K
The Act (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, rough, based on true events, thought provoking ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, overprotective parent, treatment, pretense, teenage life, deception, fake illness, murder of mother, true crime, manipulation, hate, mockery ...
Place: usa
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 9.1
 809K
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, captivating, witty, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, mind game, prodigy, mastermind, british, genius, sherlock holmes, partners, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 572 min.
TV show
Story: The Crains, a fractured family, confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
Style: enigmatic, scary, emotional, surreal, non-linear ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, ghost, sibling relationship, supernatural ability, mysterious past, supernatural power, family in danger, supernatural, uncover truth, supernatural horror, addiction ...
Place: usa
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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspense, captivating, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, terrorism, agent, espionage, investigation, danger, shooting, intelligence, outsmarting, ex marine, murder, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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