The Scariest Shows On Netflix Right Now

by Danielle Jackson

From Orange is the New Black to the very recent addition of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix is jam packed with loads of television shows that have struck a chord with viewers throughout the years. Though the service has blessed us with some comedic gems and heartbreaking dramas, it's also home to a few horror shows that are sure to satisfy you when you're in the mood to be a little spooked. Some of the scariest shows on Netflix are hidden gems, while others have proven to be true crowd favorites. Either way it goes, if you haven't already started marathon watching any of these shows, it's time for you to begin ASAP.

On those days in which the only thing you plan on accomplishing is curling up on your couch and making it through a marathon of some of your favorite series, Netflix makes it easy to find a show to fit any mood. But when it comes to truly scary series, there aren't too many on the streaming platform to go around. Luckily there are enough horror TV shows on the platform that are good enough to fuel your nightmares. Read on for some of the scariest shows on Netflix.



MTV did good by turning one of everyone's all-time favorite slasher films into series. Of course, the TV series, which premiered in 2015, ties in some modern elements: A group of high-schoolers are put in the hot seat when a cyberbullying incident ends in a murder (or a few).


'Hemlock Grove'

Hemlock Grove is a strangely terrifying Netflix original set in a fictional town in Pennsylvania. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of two teenage girls, the town’s citizens set out on a quest to discover who — or what — is responsible.



Just in case you like your horror with a side of humor, Crazyhead follows Amy and Raquel, two 20-somethings who become friends after discovering that they both have the ability to see demons. Their strange bond leads them on a hilarious quest to stop a hellmouth from opening up and releasing millions of demons into the world.


'Stranger Things'

The science-fiction horror that likely took over your Facebook and Twitter feeds this past summer tells the story of a small town in Indiana that uncovers several of its own secrets involving mysterious experiments and strange supernatural forces after the disappearance of a preteen boy.


'Black Mirror'

Technology is scary, and the British TV drama that was recently turned into a Netflix original only proves that there’s a reason why we really can’t have nice things. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed social media addict or you have a thing for trendy video games, there’s a Black Mirror episode that’s enough to make anyone feel terrified and/or personally attacked.


'American Horror Story'

The best thing about Ryan Murphy’s popular anthology series is that, even though each season takes on a completely different topic, every single episode is filled with enough surprises to scare the pants off of you. Murphy recently shared a teaser photo for the upcoming season — the theme of which is “Election” — and it’s literally what nightmares are made of.


'The Walking Dead'

Because you can never get enough of watching anything about a zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead follows a group of people who are navigating in the aftermath of the world becoming overrun by zombies.


'Penny Dreadful'

First premiering on Showtime in 2014, Penny Dreadful is set in the Victorian Era and features a few famous names that you likely learned about in a few of your high school English classes. The show weaves together the stories of Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Grey, and others.


'Bates Motel'

Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates. Yes, that Norman Bates. The show is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, Psycho, and tells the story of Norman's relationship with his mother (played by Vera Farmiga) before the events of the film ever took place.

Are you scared yet? If not, you will be by the time you add all of these shows to your Netflix queue.

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