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Our Longlist for the Scariest TV Episodes of All TIme

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We came up with a huge "longlist" of candidates for the scariest TV episodes ever... and I thought I'd share it here on the O-deck. What did we leave out?


Adventure Time, “The Creeps”

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, “The Monkey’s Paw”

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, “The Jar”

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, “An Unlocked WIndow”

Amazing Stories, “Go to the Head of the Class”

Amazing Stories, “Mirror Mirror”

American Horror Story, “Smouldering Corpses”

American Horror Story, “Halloween”

Ancient Aliens, “The Watchers”

Angel, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Angel, “Billy”

Are You Afraid of the Dark? “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner”

Are You Afraid of the Dark? “The Tale of Old Man Corcoran”

Are You Afraid of the Dark? “The Tale of Laughing in the Dark”

Are You Afraid of the Dark? “The Tale of the Chameleon”

Babylon 5, “Z’ha’dum”

Batman: The Animated Series, “House and Garden”

Battlestar Galactica, “Valley of Darkness”

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, “Space Vampire”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Hush” *

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Conversations with Dead People”

Carnivale, “Pick a Number”

Courage the Cowardly Dog “Everyone Wants to Direct”

Cowboy Bebop, “Toys in the Attic”

Day of the Triffids, 1980s miniseries

The Darkroom, “Makeup”

Dexter “Buck the System”

Doctor Who, “Blink”

Doctor Who, “Midnight”

Doctor Who, “The Empty Child”

Doctor Who, “Edge of Destruction”

Doctor Who, “Terror of the Autons”
Doctor Who, “Planet of the Spiders”

Eerie, Indiana, “Just Say No To Fun”

The Evil Touch, “The Trail”

Fantasy Island, “Nightmare”

Fear Itself,”Skin and Bones”

Firefly, “Bushwhacked”

Friday The 13th: The Series, “The Inheritance”

Fringe, “Marionette”

Fringe, “The Night of Desirable Objects”

Game of Thrones, “The Pointy End”

Goosebumps “Welcome to Dead House”

Hammer House of Horror “The House that Bled to Death”

Hammer House of Horror “The Two Faces of Evil”

Haunted, “Pilot”

Invader Zim, “Bad Bad Rubber Piggy”

Journey to the Unknown, “Matakitasis Coming”

Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “The Zombie”

Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be” aka “U.F.O.”


Lost, “Claire’s Dream”

MacGyver, “Ghost Ship”

Masters of Horror, “Cigarette Burns”

Masters of Horror “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road”

Medium, “Penny for Your Thoughts”

Millennium, “Pilot”

Millennium, “Lamentation”

Webster, “Moving On”

Night Gallery, “Camera Obscura”

Night Gallery, "The Cemetery"

Night Gallery, “The Caterpillar”

Night Gallery, “Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture”

Night Gallery, “Sins of the Sin Eater”

Night Visions, “If a Tree Falls”

The Omega Factor, “Powers of Darkness”

One Step Beyond, “The Death Waltz”

One Step Beyond, “The Clown”

The Outer Limits, “Dead Switch”

The Outer Limits “Demon With a Glass Hand”

The Outer Limits, “The Form of Things Unknown”

The Outer Limits, “The Zanti Misfits”

The Prisoner, “A, B and C”

Punky Brewster, “The Perils of Punky parts 1 and 2”

Quantum Leap, “The Boogieman”

Quantum Leap, “Shock Theater”

Quatermass and the Pit, miniseries

The Ray Bradbury Theater, “Playground”

The River, “Marbeley” (the one with the tree of dolls)

SeaQuest DSV, “Knight of Shadows”

The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror VI”

Sleepy Hollow, “Blood Moon”

Space: 1999, “Dragon’s Domain”

Smallville, “Scare”

Stargate: Atlantis, “Whispers”

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Genesis”

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Schisms”

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Phantasms”

Star Trek: The Next Generation, “ Night Terrors”

Star Trek: Original Series, “Wolf in the Fold”

Supernatural, “Bloody Mary”

Supernatural, “Everyone Loves a Clown”

Supernatural, “Scarecrow”

Supernatural, “The Kids are Alright”

Supernatural, “No Rest for the Wicked”

Supernatural, “Yellow Fever”

Tales From the Crypt “Television Terror”

Tales From the Crypt, “And All From the House”

Tales From the Crypt, “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy”

Tales from the Crypt, “You Murderer”

Tales From the Darkside, “Inside The Closet”

Tales From the Darkside, “Trick or Treat”

Thriller, “Pigeons From Hell”

Thriller, “The Purple Room”

Torchwood, “Countrycide”

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Trilogy of Terror, “Amelia”

True Blood, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”

True Blood, “I Don’t Wanna Know”

The Twilight Zone, “Eye of the Beholder”

The Twilight Zone, “It’s a Good Life”

The Twilight Zone, “Living Doll”

The Twilight Zone, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

The Twilight Zone, “To Serve Man”

The Twilight Zone 1980s, “Nightcrawlers”

The Twilight Zone 1980s, “Wordplay”

The Twilight Zone 1980s, “Gramma”

Twin Peaks, “Demons”

Twin Peaks, “Lonely Souls”

Twin Peaks, “Beyond Life and Death”

The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”

The Walking Dead, “Better Angels”

The X-Files, “Elegy”

The X-Files, “Folie a Deux”

The X-Files, “Home”

The X-Files, “Irresistible”

The X-Files, “Small Potatoes”

The X-Files, “Squeeze”

The X-Files, “Tooms”

V: The Final Battle, “Part 2”

Tv Specials:


Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Stephen King’s IT

20/20 Exorcism Special

Salem’s Lot miniseries

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