From zombies to monster hunters, we’ve hunted down the best English-speaking supernatural shows of the last 25 years. (Otherwise, THE RETURNED would be in the top slot, naturally.) Check out the list below, if you dare.
The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009. The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a fictional small town haunted and surrounded by supernatural beings.
The Walking Dead (2010-Present)
Prior to AMC’s adaptation of the hit comic book series, zombies on the small screen looked less like gruesome monsters and more like drowsy hipsters. That all changed with The Walking Dead, which unleashed a bevy of decaying monstrosities on the poor citizens of Georgia. The Walking Dead upped the ante for horror on television by making no character immune to grisly death. In fact, there have been so many tragic onscreen passings, the cast line-up has changed dramatically in just four seasons.
Games of Thrones (2010-Present)
From the moment the White Walkers stalked across the barren wasteland beyond The Wall, it was clear that HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed book series would mix supernatural scares with high fantasy. And so far the series has given fans dragons, a killer smoke demon baby, a flaxen-haired sorceress, and “Wargs,” aka characters who can enter the minds of animals. With several seasons (and two books) left in the series, who knows what else Game of Thrones will offer up. Deadly bunnies, perhaps? No, wait, Monty Python did that already.
Picking up the reigns from supernatural TV greats like Buffy and The X-Files, The Winchester Bros. have been hunting demons, ghosts and all manner of ghouls on The CW since 2005. In an era when most supernatural drama leans heavily on gloomy romance, Supernatural has remained a fun, straightforward apocalyptic action-fest. It probably doesn’t hurt that stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have inspired more than a few obsessive Tumblr tributes. But the show wouldn’t have lasted nearly 10 seasons if it didn’t also have its fair share of scares and twisty plotlines.
Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him. Teen Wolf premiered on June 5, 2011, following the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.