Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows
In honor of the episode of THE WRITERS' ROOM, featuring American Horror Story, and the third season of American Horror Story, here's your list of the best supernatural shows of all time: time-traveling doctors, alien crime-solvers, overnight superheroes, and a high school located directly over the pit of hell -- it's all in here: so let's get right to it, shall we?Photo Credit: Still from THE WRITERS' ROOM: AMERICAN HORROR STORY
10. True Blood (2008-Present)
"You're alive?" "Technically, no."Photo Credit: HBO
Seriously, before this show premiered on HBO, who knew that Anna Paquin had so much bombshell potential? And I think many women would agree that they owe a million 'thank-you's to HBO for bringing Alexander Skarsgård into the limelight. You have to admit that True Blood is the show we were all waiting for in the post-Buffy world of Twilight-mania. And it continues to deliver lustful horror camp in the supernatural vein. We're very much into that.
9. Heroes (2006-2010)
"Save the cheerleader, save the world."Photo Credit: NBC
It's a comic nerd's dream — average people wake up to find that they suddenly have superpowers, thanks to a solar eclipse and some good old fashioned superhero mythology. Though its viewership tapered off each season until its cancellation after the 4th Volume, creator Tim Kring stated that Heroes' timing was poor. "It arrived precisely as the audience was finding new ways to watch traditional content on multiple screens". Bummer. Its cancellation left many questions unanswered, and the fans are still hungry for more. The good news is that MSN is in talks of bringing it back, though with a new cast, but we're intrigued nonetheless.
8. The X-Files (1993-2002)
"The Truth Is Out There."Photo Credit: FOX
Mulder and Scully; the yin and the yang; the passionate unrequited platonic lovers. These days, we mostly remember The X-Files for the space aliens, but it's important to remember that this show featured plenty of monsters-of-the-week; including shape-shifters, demons, devils, pyro-kenetics, and of course the monster of Fox and Dana's unrealized love for one another -- the greatest monster of all!
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
"This is not gonna be pretty. We're talking violence, strong language, adult content..."Photo Credit: The WB
When your high school is placed on top of a portal to another dimension, things become a little more complicated than your average coming-of-age crises. Buffy, Xander, Angel, Willow and all the rest did their best to battle the woes of high school drama, amidst fighting demons, black magic and slaying vampires. And you thought your teen years were rough...
6. Carnivále (2003-2005)
"Everything's impossible, 'til it ain't."Photo Credit: HBO
Remember when they cancelled Carnivàle after only 2 seasons, and everyone collectively yelled, "BUT IT WAS GETTING SO GOOD!"? We're still recovering from not knowing the meaning behind so many of the crazy details that were building up this super weird, super mystical traveling circus, and the impending battle of good vs. evil. And though we may never get all of our questions answered, it will always remain in our hearts as one of the greats.
5. American Horror Story (2011-Present)
"Don't make me kill you again."Photo Credit: Still from THE WRITERS' ROOM: AMERICAN HORROR STORY
It's like The Shining meets S&M meets David Lynch. Part of the fun of this show is that it changes completely with each season, and it's all the better for shocking and surprising us each time. Season one of the show took place in a haunted house, and season two in an insane asylum, with only returning cast member Jessica Lange as a terrifying nun. The third season... well, it'll be set in New Orleans and be about "evil glamour," and that's all we really know so far… but the one thing to expect with American Horror Story is the unexpected; so basically, we're psyched.
4. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
"Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chants out between two worlds, 'Fire walk with me!'"Photo Credit: ABC
Never mind that the show didn't necessarily make total sense… For two gripping seasons, David Lynch and Mark Frost gave us a chilling look into the heart of small-town Americana: a bizarre search for the murderer of an innocent (or not-so-innocent) young woman, with plenty of talking logs, dancing dwarfs, giants with secrets, and mysteriously addicting coffee and pie served up along the way.
3. Dr. Who (1963-Present)
"It won't be quiet, it won't be safe, and it won't be calm. But I'll tell you what it will be: the trip of a lifetime."Photo Credit: BBC
We're going to take a guess that almost everyone has seen at least one episode of Dr. Who. And if you haven't, well, get on it, because you have 798 episodes to choose from -- got to start somewhere! Since its initial premiere in 1963, the time-traveling humanoid alien known as "the Doctor" has been cast 12 times, churned out 34 seasons, and garnered respect from audiences for which it is difficult to classify as a "cult" following anymore, what with the massive, continuously growing fan base. Celebrate your inner nerd. Watch Dr. Who!
2. Lost (2004-2010)
"We have to go back!"Photo Credit: ABC
Polar bears and smoke monsters, time-travel and creepy synchronicities -- this series was so good, and perplexing, the fans spawned its very own online encyclopedia--Lostpedia--whose community focussed on putting together the puzzle pieces that answer the question, "What is up with that island?" Was it all just a dream inside the mind of a dog? Well, that theory has been rejected. But what we do know is this series unfolds to be one of the best, and most addicting, series ever on TV… even if it left many questions unanswered.. which, by the way, seems to be a recurring theme in these supernatural shows.
1. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind."Photo Credit: CBS
An iconic introduction, that of which makes any supernatural TV lover weak at the knees. The sound of Rod Serling's voice means you're in good hands… and in for a treat. The Twilight Zone presents worlds of personal fantasy and horror. Worlds where your dreams can become your worst nightmare, and vice versa. The lesson of this seminal 1960s serial -- and the reason The Twilight Zone is number one on our list -- is that it served Americans the constant reminder that the line between thrilling fantasy and terrifying horror is often blurred by our own personal misconceptions, fears and desires.
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