With so many streaming services comes an abundance TV shows to binge-watch! 2021 had a surprising amount out horror, thrillers, and suspense shows to pick from. Here are my favorites.
BEST TV SERIES
Them (Amazon Prime) – Terrifying and traumatic on so many levels, the show tackles the brutality of racism, 1950s America, and haunted house terrors.
Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix) – Odd and indescribable mix of the darker side of Hollywood, curses, kittens, and gory mischief with a solid cosmic horror/Twin Peaks vibe.
Evil, Season 2 (Paramount+) – The second season of this horror procedural gets darker and more fun now that's its not shackled to broadcast TV.
Chucky (SyFy) – Who could imagine a TV show about a well-worn horror franchise could be so fun, fresh and imaginative?
Midnight Mass (Netflix) – A grim and melancholy slowburn about Catholicism, regret, death, spiritual collapse and awakening also features a vampire onslaught.
30 Coins (HBO Max) - A Spanish religious-tinged horror mystery with a charismatic cast and some great action scenes and twists that keep you guessing to the end.
What We Do In The Shadows, Season 3 (FX+Hulu) – The world's best comic cast gathers for a third installment of this seriously hilarious vampire-out-of-water show.
Calls (Apple TV+) – An exciting experimental show that is a star-studded audio show with swirling motion graphics about the end of the world and the person trying to stop it.
Squid Game (Netflix) – This Korean import pits greeds against childhood games resulting in tension and blood filled spectacles where nothing is held back.
Ghosts (CBS) – Based on the British show, this charming comedy has a delightful cast and good writing that is both a funny and touching exploration of life and the afterlife.
OTHER NOTABLE TV SERIES
Creepshow, Season 2 (Shudder) – Old school horror with tongue-in-cheek glint - woohoo!
Servant, Season 2 (Apple TV+) – This second season of this quietly sinister show keeps building its darkly angelic subtext while still frustratingly cagey about the big picture.
Wellington Paranormal (HBO Max) – A hilarious spin-off of What We Do in the Shadows features two witless police persons in a special paranormal unit.
Mil Colmillos/Thousand Fangs (HBO Max) – This Columbian import mixes The Descent, The Ruins, and Lost with a tension-filled and exhilarating ride.
Yellowjackets (Showtime) – A survivalist show and a slasher show combine in a darkly riveting take on the American psyche and the quest for survival and revenge.
The Haunted Museum (Discovery+) – If you can't get to Zak Bagans Las Vegas museum, you can still see some his haunted treasures and their wicked stories.
Haunted: LatinoAmericano (Discovery+) – Real people confront their supernatural experiences in this chilling docuseries.
Lisey's Story (Apple TV+) – Stephen King's quiet story ruminates on the aftermath of loss and goes to some strange places for answers.
Chapelwaite (Epix) – This prequel to Stephen King's Salems Lot takes it time to lull you with it's period piece grit and sad life of one family who must confront the original vampires.
Behind Her Eyes (Netflix) – A French import has it all: a lusty love triangle, unexpected twists, and even a thrilling supernatural angle you won't see coming.
Dr. Brain (Apple TV+) – This Korean sci-fi thriller poses the question we all wonder: can you tap into the mind of a recently deceased person –or cat– to invade their memories?