17 Best Horror TV Shows To Watch On Streaming Services In 2021
With Halloween upon us, we are all currently living in spooky season where horror is the name of the game. And while we're already discussed plenty of horror movies that are new to streaming services you should check out, it's time to turn our focus to TV.
Traditionally, horror on television hasn't been as popular a format as its big screen brethren. However, in the past ten years, horror has found a new home on the small screen thanks to a golden age of television that produces high-quality content from all genres.
With all the streaming services out there, it can be tough figuring out what to watch if you're looking for some scares. Luckily, we've combed through the new content coming to all these services to see what new horror shows are a must watch and what TV series you might have missed out on. Check out all our recommendations below.
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Shudder's revamp of the classic anthology horror movie Creepshow is in its third season. Creepshow is out now with episodes airing on Thursday. Season 3 wraps on October 28. Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) has collected some great talent--both up-and-coming and established--to tell two stories an episode. This is creating a wildly entertaining series that delivers new horror scares and pays homage to the '80s.
Behind The Monsters (Shudder)
This docuseries explores the history of iconic characters in horror. The first season will cover Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky, and Pinhead. Interviews will include directors and actors from the movies, along with writers and horror experts.
Episode 1 drops on October 27 with new episodes arriving Wednesday.
Channel Zero (Shudder)
Syfy's horror series Channel Zero debuted in 2016 and ran for four seasons. The anthology series had each of its season's stories based on a creepypasta--a horror story written on the internet. It's one of the best horror shows ever, and it gave us horrific imagery like the tooth child, which you can see above.
The Haunted Museum (Discovery+)
Joining forces for this new series is horror filmmaker Eli Roth and ghost enthusiast Zak Bagans, who have teamed up to give life to the spooky stories. The duo tell a story of a haunted item from Bagans' haunted museum, making this essentially an anthology series. The Discovery+ series is currently airing the first season.
Ghost Adventures (Discovery+)
You're probably well-aware of the Ghost Adventures series by now. A team of ghost investigators, led by yelling-in-abandoned-buildings enthusiast Zak Bagans, go into places that are allegedly haunted and try to find evidence of ghostly presences. There are plenty of seasons and specials on Discovery+ but none of them are as intriguing as Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo.
The Walking Dead (AMC+/Netflix)
Over on AMC+, you can check out every season of The Walking Dead--along with the spin-offs World Beyond and Fear the Walking Dead. Catch up on all your favorite characters as they navigate a world of walkers before the main series comes to an end with Season 11. Additionally, Seasons 1-10 are also available on Netflix.
American Horror Story (Hulu/Netflix)
The biggest of the anthology horror series of the 21st century is none other than Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story. In each season of the show, characters have to navigate some sort of horror or atrocity, like ghosts, aliens, vampires, and lots of haunted locations. Thus far, there have been 10 seasons of AHS, with the latest--Double Feature--currently airing on FX.
In addition to having the whole series on Hulu, previous seasons are also available on Netflix.
American Horror Stories (Hulu)
The first spin-off from AHS is American Horror Stories, which is a bite-sized anthology series consisting of one-off stories--although three in the first season dealt with Murder House. The seven episode first season debuted on FX and FX on Hulu in 2021, and there is a second season coming.
What We Do In The Shadows (Hulu)
One of FX's best comedy series--and that's saying a lot--is a mockumentary comedy series which follows a group of four vampires (one of which is an energy vampire) living in Staten Island. If you loved the movie of the same name, this series will be up your alley. It's hilarious, relevant, and has some amazing cameos from other cinematic vampires.
Season 3 of What We Do In The Shadows wraps on October 28.
Hammer: House of Horror (Peacock)
In 1980, Hammer Films released an anthology series on ITV in the UK. You probably know Hammer Films from its Dracula series starring Christopher Lee or its Frankenstein series starring Christopher Lee or The Gorgon starring Peter Cushing… and Christopher Lee. The one season of Hammer: House of Horror included stories about evil wizards, witches, werewolves, and more.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Peacock)
Horror anthology series are quite the hit right now with shows like American Horror Story and Creepshow leading the way. Back in the '60s, master of suspense horror Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, The Birds) hosted Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an anthology series featuring thriller, crime, mystery, and horror stories.
If you're looking for a blast from the past, then you may want to revisit Goosebumps on Netflix. Based on R.L. Stine's anthology horror series of the same name, all five seasons are on the streaming service, and somehow, it's rated TV-G--there had to be some moments not appropriate for everyone, right? From living dummies to a horror-based theme park, it's all there.
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Do you enjoy the work of Mike Flanagan? Midnight Mass is the third Netflix series for the creator, following The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. Midnight Mass takes place on an isolated island and follows the community that lives there. That's about as vague as we can get, but of course, this series will take a horrific turn. And while you're at it, please check out GameSpot's review of Midnight Mass.
Oats Studios (Netflix)
Arriving on Netflix in 2020, director Neill Blomkamp wrote and directed a series of dystopian sci-fi short films that all takes place in post-apocalyptic worlds. The episodes range from as short as four minutes to almost 30 minutes long. It's the perfect series to binge watch in a day.
Sweet Home (Netflix)
Also arriving on Netflix last year, in the bustling Korean section of the service, Season 1 of Sweet Home landed. The show follows a high school student whose parents die, and he's forced to leave his home and move into an apartment. After his transition, monsters appear and start killing people. The student and other apartment dwellers hold out to try and survive.
The Kingdom (Netflix)
The Kingdom takes place after the Imjin War during Korea's Joseon Dynasty in the late 16th/early 17th century. A mysterious plague breaks out, which reanimates the dead. That's right, this is a zombie series that takes place hundreds of years ago. The Kingdom mixes horror and Korean history throughout the two seasons of the series and one movie.
The Stand (Paramount+)
One of CBS All Access's (Now rebranded Paramount+) big original series of 2020, The Stand adapted the Stephen King novel of the same name. The story takes place in a dystopian future where a disease has wiped out most of the population. From there, it's a story of good versus evil, and this is largely considered to be one of King's best stories.