False Positive Tips: Best Genre TV Shows –


Here’s a list of some recommendations for some of my favorite pulp tales of the surreal, fantastic, and macabre in live-action TV series format.


There’s a list for Best Animated TV Series and another for Best Anthology TV series.


Favorite Genre/ Pulp TV Series

In no particular order.


WARNING: Some of these trailers contain SPOILERS.


Still On the Air:


Locke & Key (2020–)



Stranger Things (2016–)


Ozark (2019–)


The Mandalorian (2019–)



Completed Series…


Hannibal (2013–2015)

If you happened to watch Bryan Fuller’s other show, Dead Like Me, Hannibal delivers the most awesomely meta crossover ever.


Fringe (2008–2013)

Do yourself a favor, skip Season 1: Episodes 9 and 12.


The Haunting of Hill House (2018)


Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021)



Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

Yes. I’m the one who liked the entire series. It had pacing issues at the end, but I appreciated the payoffs.



The Magicians (2015–2020)



Partial Series…


Carnivále (2003–2005)

Canceled after 2 seasons.



Firefly (2002)

Canceled during the first season, but the movie finishes the story: Serenity (2005). Skip the opening series title theme song.


Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

Watch seasons 1–2. Skip s3 and pretend it doesn’t exist.


Supernatural (2005–2020)

Watch seasons 1–5. Skip the rest or find a best-of list of episodes to guide your viewing.


Castlerock (2018–2019)

Watch season 2. Skip the first season.


American Horror Story (2011–)

Watch season 1 & maybe, Season 9. Skip the rest.




If the List Kept Going, Maybe…


Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)


Angel (1999–2004)


Fargo (2014–)


The Orville (2017–)


Dollhouse (2009–2010)


Babylon 5 (1993–1998)


Continuum (2012–2015)


Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

Watch seasons 3–7 and skip s1 & 2. Or find a best-of list of episodes to guide your viewing.




What are some of your favorite science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, crime, or sword & sorcery TV series?