James’ Top Five Horror-based TV Shows

I live for this time of year.  The month of October is a celebration for all things creepy and spooky.  With that being said, my first article is going to be this, a list of my favorite horror-based TV shows.  It was really hard to break it down to just five, but I love a challenge.  There are a lot more that could have made my list, so if you don’t see something you think should be on the list, let me know!


Honorable Mention – The Strain


This is the most recent show on this list, but it’s really left a great impression on me.  I am a huge fan of the novels the show is based on and it amazes me how well they translated it to the small screen.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised.  Guillermo del Toro is the creative juggernaut behind both the books and the show.  Regardless, this show deserves mention simply because of how well the horror hits.  When the strigoi hit, they hit hard.  They aren’t afraid to kill children or animals on this show, which is a sign that all bets are off.  Plus, there is the handsome Mr. Quinlan.  While he hasn’t done a ton so far, you can expect that to change next season.  I guarantee it.

5.  The Walking Dead


There is no way in hell I’d be able to keep The Walking Dead off of this list and be able to look at myself in the mirror.  About to enter it’s fifth season, this show hits all the right notes for me.  Amazing characters, gruesome effects done by the master himself Greg Nicotero, well written storylines and simple, armchair-gripping terror are found throughout the entire series.  There is a reason this show continues smashing records every season.

4.  The Addams Family/The Munsters


I simply couldn’t pick one of these over the other, so I cheated.  Sue me.  Both of these sitcoms have strong roots in the horror genre and to this day stand the test of time.  I laugh and enjoy both of these shows as much now as I did thirty years ago.  Interesting characters, clever writing and fun situations will always have my interest.

3.  Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel


Yep, I cheated again.  But come on!  How could I choose one of these amazing shows from Joss Whedon over the other???  Both of them are some of the best horror based shows that television has ever produced.  Who doesn’t love the memorable characters on either show?  When these shows are firing on all cylinders, not much can hold a candle to them.  Smart, funny and action packed… these shows should not be missed by genre fans.

2.  Supernatural

Torn and Frayed

The Winchester brothers.  I can’t lie, I love the hell out of this show.  Sam and Dean’s adventures never disappoint.  Whether they are dealing with demons, the monster of the week or each other, the show never fails to entertain.  There are plenty of horror elements at play here and it gets gorier than you’d expect.  But what sets this show apart from all others is the meta-fiction.  This has to be the most self-aware show I’ve ever seen.  They deal with books based on the episodes of the show, appearing in various other tv shows(in one episode no less) and even have been thrust into an alternate dimension where they are taking the place of the actors that portray the characters.  The most amazing part?  They pull it off.

1.  Tales From The Crypt

Crypt Keeper

As if there could be any other show as number one?  This show has it all.  A look and feel all it’s own.  Outstanding talent both in front of and behind the camera.  An amazing theme song that you can’t get out of your head.  And, of course, the Crypt Keeper.  Who could ever forget that incredible ghoul?!?!  As the presenter of the tales of the macabre, he is simply amazing.  His puns are fantastic.  His laugh unforgettable.  Quite simply, this show and everything about it is the pinnacle of what all horror based television should strive to be.

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