2. Thriller

Air Dates: September 13, 1960 - April 30, 1962
Network: NBC
Best Episode: "Pigeons From Hell" (June 6, 1961)

On the air at the same time as Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, Thriller was never able to achieve the same degree of public recognition, nor has it garnered a similar amount of small-screen legend in the decades since. Perhaps that's because, unlike The Twilight Zone, the Boris Karloff-hosted Thriller didn't have as much to say about society—it was more concerned with scaring the pants off of viewers. Mission accomplished.

Straightforward in its intentions, the anthology-formatted Thriller focused on the macabre, with malevolent ghosts (the awesomely titled “Pigeons From Hell”), inexplicably murderous eyeglasses (“The Cheaters”), witches channeled through hairpieces (“A Wig For Miss Devore”), and serial killers (“Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper”). And for that, Thriller is hands down the best strictly-horror TV series of all time.

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