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8 Shows that Are Creepy in a Good Way

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 20th 2009 4:36PM
The Vampire Diaries - Nina Dobrey
Some shows are creepy just because, well, they're icky to think about. Like 'The Girls Next Door' (twins sleeping with the same old guy!) or 'Hoarders' (the ultimate pack-rats!). Then there are shows that are frightening, but in a good way. Read on for eight such shows that make you look under the bed at night, avoid cemeteries, and ponder alternate universes.The Vampire Diaries - Nina Dobrey
Some shows are creepy just because, well, they're icky to think about. Like 'The Girls Next Door' (twins sleeping with the same old guy!) or 'Hoarders' (the ultimate pack-rats!). Then there are shows that are frightening, but in a good way. Read on for eight such shows that make you look under the bed at night, avoid cemeteries, and ponder alternate universes.

Ghost Whisperer - Jennifer Love Hewitt'Ghost Whisperer'
Things were always a bit scary for Melinda Gordon and her spiritual buddies, but this show has upped the fright factor with the Shinies, the Book, and the mysterious Shadows who not only attack people (including Melinda), but can also possess bodies. And you'd better not talk about them, or they'll do bad things to your relatives! At this point, simply helping spirits into the light must seem like frolicking through a sunny field of daisies for Melinda.

True Blood - Eric Northman'True Blood'
If the usual residents of Bon Temps weren't enough -- vampires, shapeshifters, Maenads, and such -- Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris ramped it up with the worst monster yet: vamp-hating Christians! (Hey, it's their idea, not ours). But maybe we'll get back to the creature features with season 3, in which Sookie (who's something of a creature herself) tries to figure out where Bill disappeared to the night he asked for her white-light hand in marriage.

Fringe - The Observer'Fringe'
What's creepy about this Fox show isn't so much the parasites and devices that Walter Bishop digs out of human bodies in his lab at Harvard University. It's that mysterious alternate universe lurking somewhere in the ether, allowing alt-savvy people like Walter to yank people from "over there" to "over here." What is William Bell doing there? Are there really carbon copies of everyone there? What's the ultimate goal of the army that's being built? And what the heck are those bald-headed Observers doing here? So many questions, so few answers. That's the fun and fantastical universe that is 'Fringe.'

Vampire Diaries'The Vampire Diaries'
Witches, vampires, and ghosts give this show from The CW a dark feel. Not only that, but the setting, including the Gothic mansion in which the Salvatore brothers dwell, is physically dark and brooding. But things could get a whole lot creepier if all those vampires stuck in their mystical holding cell can escape. Emily may have slammed that door shut with her ring of fire, but we're betting they find a way out.

The Prisoner - Ian McKellen'The Prisoner'
It's everyone's worst nightmare. Wake up in a barren landscape populated only by a mysterious Village filled with seemingly happy people known only by numbers and led by an eerie guy in a white suit who's keeping his wife in a catatonic state. Only for "Six," it's not a nightmare. It's the real thing. Or whatever it turns out to be after he's sussed out the truth -- if he doesn't get sucked into that big white bubble first.

FlashForward - Joseph Fiennes'FlashForward'
There's something innately creepy about blacking out and seeing a vision of your life six months in the future. Even more so when it happens to everyone on the planet (well, almost everyone), hurling the human race into utter chaos. Whether the visions are a gift from God or a curse from the Devil is yet to be discovered. But there's no denying it's something that crosses all of our minds at some point. Is the future ours for the taking? Can we decide our fate? Or are we just stumbling along until the inevitable bitter end?

V - Elizabeth Mitchell, Logan Huffman'V'
Aliens among us is nothing new, but when they look like Anna and bring a message of "peace," you just know that's not going to go well. Do these handsome creatures really want to play nice with us? We think not. They're here to worm their way into our lives until there's no telling who's alien and who's human. Ok, apparently that's already the case, even with intuitive folks like Erica, who's been joined at the hip with her partner for years, never knowing he was a Visitor.

Paranormal State'Paranormal State'
Season four of this A&E show premieres Dec. 15, along with 'Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal.' There's not a lot new in the world of paranormal activity; we've pretty much seen every variety of ghost and alien out there. But when the investigators in this show check out the shadow people in your basement or strange lights in your backyard, it's like having the smart, ultra-brave kid next door come over and work his tech magic. The show follows members of the Penn State Paranormal Research Society as they investigate strange stuff across the country. Shape-shifters, pet cemeteries, soul collectors ... these guys do it all, and in creep-tastic style.

But sometimes even they get the creeps. Check out some of the scariest moments from the PRS team:

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