Television’s best supernatural and horror shows


Samantha Sektnan

With the fall of great shows like Dexter, Moonlight, Vampire Diaries, and Fringe, comes a new wave of horror and supernatural shows. Get in the Halloween mood by watching these great shows.

11. The Originals– A spin-off of the popular show Vampire Diaries on the CW, this American supernatural show has plenty of action for vampire fanatics. The series centers on the vampire Klaus Mikaelson and his family returning to New Orleans to reclaim their power over the land. It has already been renewed for its third season on the CW.

10. Supernatural– Premiering its eleventh season on October 7th of 2015, this fantasy horror show on the CW is a must-see for supernatural fans. Its storyline centers on two brothers as they hunt down various monsters, ghosts, demons, and other supernatural characters that pose a threat to humanity. Be prepared to begin watching this show from the very beginning, or risk being confused by the storyline in the more recent seasons.

9. Z Nation– Beginning its second season on Syfy on September 11 of 2015, Z Nation gives Walking Dead a run for its money with its hilarious zombie action. After a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors are assigned the task to transport the only known survivor of a zombie bite to a research facility in California. Being that it is a horror-comedy, it can get corny at times, but it is a nice change from the typical serious zombie apocalypse shows.

8. Teen Wolf– Already renewed for its sixth season on MTV, Teen Wolf is an interesting werewolf story, based off the 1985 movie of the same name. Even though the main actor lost the role of Jacob Black to Taylor Lautner in the Twilight series, Tyler Posey excels in his role as a high school student, Scott, that becomes a werewolf and how his life progresses from this change. My only criticism involves how actress Crystal Reed was killed off the show, resulting in a serious change of the storyline with regards to Scott’s love life.

7. Scream– Based off the popular slasher film series of the same name, Scream is an American horror series on MTV that centers on a group of high school students being picked off one by one by a masked killer. After unveiling its lead killer in the first season finale, it will be interesting to see what season two will have in store. The second season is set to premiere in 2016.

6. iZombie– Loosely based off the comic books of the same name, iZombie centers around a woman who not surprisingly, becomes a zombie. Because she needs to eat brains to survive, she takes a job at a morgue and helps solve crimes by gaining the victims’ memories after eating their brains. The concept sounds gross in theory, but proves interesting with its combination of zombie and detective drama. It premiered its second season on the CW on October 6th of 2015.

5. Bates MotelBates Motel is an American thriller-drama series on A&E that is seen as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho. Its plot centers on the life of teenager Norman Bates, his brother Dylan, and their mother Norma Bates as they start a new life in Oregon and purchase a motel after the death of Norma’s husband. If you know anything about the movie Psycho, then you know that Norman Bates becomes a deranged killer as an adult. In the television series, Norman is portrayed as a shy young man with an extreme attachment to his mother and just so happens to black out when murders occur in the small Oregon town. Being that the show has already been renewed for its fourth and fifth seasons to air in 2016 and 2017, I would say that this show is a must-see.

4. Scream Queens– This show has only just premiered on Fox on September 22nd of 2015 and it already makes the list, thanks to its all-star cast of Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Diego Boneta, and Abigail Breslin, just to name a few. Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande also join the show as guest stars, which is bound to bring in plenty of teenage fans. This horror-comedy focuses on the Kappa sorority at Wallace University and includes plenty of screaming girls when a murder mystery and the Red Devil come to play.

3. American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story is an American horror and erotic thriller that acts as an anthology series, with each season acting as a miniseries with a new storyline. Its fifth season, subtitled Hotel, premiered on October 7th of 2015 and centers around the haunted Hotel Cortez and its strange staff and guests. When guests continue to disappear and be murdered, an investigation ensues that brings the hotels history into question.

2. The Strain– Recently completing its second season on FX, The Strain brings a new perspective to what you typically see in the vampire and horror genre. Its plot centers on a group of people in New York City that fight to survive the deadly virus and stop it from spreading. The lead vampire antagonist known as The Master continues to build an army of undead followers, making for some serious drama and vampire action. Its third season is set to premiere on FX in 2016.

1. The Walking Dead– Premiering its sixth season on AMC on October 11th of 2015, The Walking Dead is arguably the best zombie apocalypse series on television to date. This horror drama is based off the comic books of the same name and is watched by millions. It centers on a group of survivors that fight to survive in a world of dangerous zombies and humans. Its companion series Fear the Walking Dead, is also a must-see for any person that needs more zombie action in their life.