As horror movies grow more and more popular with each passing year – we’re coming up on our fifth Paranormal Activity if that doesn’t say something – the genre has started to slip onto television as well. No longer content to curl up in the dark with some popcorn for a couple hours at a time, fans of the paranormal and the frightening now are able to get their fix in weekly doses on virtually any network of their choosing. For those who aren’t afraid of the dark or the things that go bump in the night, these five TV shows will satiate the need for scares.

American Horror Story: Coven

The latest incarnation of the American Horror Story series, Coven is all about witches. Where the first series dealt with a haunted house and the second with an insane asylum, now Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga are joined by new cast members in Louisiana at an academy for young women with peculiar powers – and they’re not nice witches, either. The episode “Boy Parts,” for just one example, involves the coven dismembering teen boys for their own amusement.

Sleepy Hollow

An updated telling of the Halloween classic, Sleepy Hollow takes Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman out of the 1700s and into the modern day. With the gruesome ghoul on the loose yet again, Crane must team up with the Sleepy Hollow police department to stop him from terrorizing the town – and bringing about the horsemen of the apocalypse. Plus, one of the characters is secretly a witch. Two supernatural themes for the price of one!

Teen Wolf

It’s not so much the Michael J. Fox movie we’ve all seen and quoted for the past few decades, but Teen Wolf is a horror staple for the MTV crowd based on the classic. A normal teenage boy is bitten by a werewolf while out in the woods, and now must keep his new persona a secret in order to protect his loved ones. Of course, that’s a bit difficult when teenage life gets in the way – going to school and dealing with girlfriend drama can get messy when you have to run off every time there’s a full moon rising.


The story of two brothers plagued by angels and demons, Supernatural has become a cult classic in its eight years on the air. Sam and Dean Winchester travel the country in their Impala investigating paranormal events and other unexplained mysteries – think vampires, demons and ghosts – saving the world from one urban legend at a time. They’ve been to hell and back. Literally. Fans of the show are so invested in the characters’ relationships that they’ve begun writing their own episodes and plot lines to steer things in their own direction. This one’s not just about the scares.

True Blood

True Blood, now in its last season, has been telling the story of a simple, telepathic waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana, who is in love with a vampire since 2008. Add shapeshifters, faeries, werepanthers and a whole mess of other supernatural creatures to the mix, and it’s a true nightmare of a town. At the beginning of the series, the big premise was that vampires were able to “come out of the coffin” with the creation of a synthetic blood drink that allowed them to interact with regular humans – since they wouldn’t be thirsting for their blood all the time. But as the show progressed, the series explored other topics revolving around Ms. Sookie Stackhouse, Vampire Bill and all the magical creatures they seemed to attract to their small town. “Bad things” indeed.