25 Best Horror TV Shows of All Time

From gourmet serial killers to vampire slayers, the greatest small-screen landmarks featuring scariest monsters and superfreaks

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24. 'The Vampire Diaries' (2009-Present)

Ah, the pleasures of watching hot young people take off their shirts and rip out each other's hearts. That's the recipe for the success of practically every CW show; The Vampire Diaries just made the metaphor literal. Sexy, funny, and often shockingly violent for a teen soap, TVD has all the lust and angst you'd expect. But it also boasts a surprisingly complex mystical mythos that the characters reveal one lethal layer at a time. And the show features a trio of beautifully brooding lead performances: Nina Dobrev as both an innocent high schooler and her vampire doppelgänger; Paul Wesley as the reluctantly undead Stefan Salvatore; and the perpetually smizing Ian Somerhalder as his bad-boy brother.

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