"Traditionally, horror isn’t a genre that’s been embraced by TV," says Kayla Cobb. "Every few years an adaptation may pop up, like MTV’s Scream or USA’s The Purge. But for years the only consistently successful show in the genre has been FX’s American Horror Story. That’s not the case this year. Two of the biggest shows of 2020, HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Netflix’s Ratched, are unapologetically odes to horror and have been the genre’s heavy hitters in 2020...Then there’s the second tier of horror shows this year, the binge watches that may not be essential viewing but have been specifically made for thriller fans. Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, the sequel series to The Haunting of Hill House, has even more frights and more hidden ghosts than its predecessor. It also contains one of the most unexpected and satisfying twists of the year, transforming its ghost story into an homage to gothic romance. On the sci-fi front there’s HBO Max’s Raised By Wolves, an ambitious and chilling deep dive into motherhood told through two androids trying to raise human children. The series inspired by ’70s sci-fi is responsible for some of this year’s most gut-wrenching on-screen deaths as well as its most disturbing scenes. There’s even something season-specific for scaredy cats. FX’s excellent What We Do in the Shadows takes one of the most terrifying monsters in history — vampires — and plops them in the center of a slapstick sitcom. That’s only scratching the surface of what horror television has to offer this year."
TOPICS: Ratched, The Haunting of Bly Manor , Lovecraft Country, Raised by Wolves, What We Do in the Shadows