27 best horror shows to watch (and 14 shows you should skip)

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Horror shows: The Exorcist

  • Seasons: 2
  • Created by: Jeremy Slater
  • Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, Kurt Egyiawan, Alan Ruck, Geena Davis, Li Jun Li, Brianna Hildebrand, John Cho and Zuleikha Robinson
  • Streaming: Hulu

A few years ago, television gave us a couple of different horror television shows based on franchises, including The Exorcist and Damien, but The Exorcist was definitely the better of the two. In fact, The Exorcist might be one of the most criminally underrated horror television shows of the past decade. Only running two seasons because it never managed to find an audience (and it was on FOX), The Exorcist told a new and compelling story while weaving in genuine surprises that came straight from the iconic 1973 movie that started it all (it is technically a direct sequel).

It might start a little shaky, but The Exorcist steadily improves throughout every episode, with many arguing that its second season is even better than its first. The closest comparison to this show, in my opinion, is the currently airing and excellent EVIL on Paramount+.

The series begins with a family terrorized by demonic possession. Angela Rance is disturbed by something in her home. She’s having nightmares, her husband is losing his mind, her older daughter is always locked in her room, and her younger daughter believes she hears things inside the walls. Angela turns to Father Tomas Ortega, setting him careening toward an ancient force of evil.

Verdict: WATCH