[31 Days of Horror] Day One: Favorite Horror Television Show


Favorite Horror Television Show


As a monster kid from day one, most of the television I consumed as a child was horror themed or genre related. I always leaned towards the darker, odder selections and spent many hours watching shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps, Can of Worms, and cartoons like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Courage the Cowardly Dog, but none of these beat my absolute favorite show growing up, featuring a handsome, young teenage werewolf named Tommy Dawkins (Brandon Quinn) and his goth best friend, Merton J. Dingle (Danny Smith).Big Wolf on Campus, a Canadian series, created by Peter A. Knight and Christopher Briggs was short lived with only three seasons  between 1999-2002, but I was sure to catch every episode. After being bitten and turned into a werewolf just before senior year, the preppy and popular, football star, Tommy, turns to the class goth, Merton, for help. The two team up with the eventual help of ex-catholic school kid and bad ass kickboxer, Lori Baxter (Aimée Castle), fighting the forces of evil - from mummies and vampires to witches and ghosts - while protecting their hometown of Pleasantville. Unfortunately, we’ve never seen a home video release of the series, and there’s probably a good chance we never will, but I sure would love to add those precious 65 episodes to my collection someday; I’d sit down for a rewatch and a nostalgia sesh immediately. - Megan Casady


Channel Zero
is by far my favorite horror related television show. Each season I’m left with my jaw dropped by the end of each episode. Season 1 still reigns supreme to me, but I love everything I’ve seen so far. - Rachael Hauschild


I feel like I’ve got to say Are You Afraid of the Dark? Just because it got me watching horror casually at a young age. It was a way to watch scary stories on TV at the age of 6 or 7. - Michael Vlastnik


I still remembering staying up to watch Snick (Saturday night Nickelodeon, for the uninitiated) and hearing the creepy intro music, the haunting shots of empty swing sets and rocking boats, and then finally meeting the Midnight Society. I read a lot of Goosebumps but the show was never able to quite capitalize on the feels I got from the book series but Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a full blown evolving anthology show that was able to deliver on a Twilight Zone-esque level for kids and teens. To this day, I rewatch the show numerous times a year. And you know, this site is named after an episode and character. - Ryan Larson


I know some people will cry foul on this choice and say that it isn't horror, but they can kiss my butt because my pick is one close to my heart, David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks. There are multiple episodes that are downright terrifying and holy smokes is it a weird, beautiful trip to take. Runner up would have to be Nightmare Cafe. It was such a fun show to watch, even with how short lived it was. - Jerry Smith


My favorite is Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which I blame solely on the fact that I was born in 1986 and I was the perfect target audience for this Canadian masterpiece. This was an amazing era for YA horror; the early/mid-1990s were chock full of fantastic spooks for the underage crowd, and Are You Afraid holds up so well. From the creepy intro to the amazing cameos from guest stars like Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell and Jay Baruchel to unforgettable villains like Zeebo the Clown, every vintage creepy kid remembers this series with fondness, and I snagged the entire series on DVD recently for a complete rewatch; it holds up and I can't wait until my kid is old enough to show them to her, too. - Amanda Rebholz

My favorite horror television show – really, my favorite television show, period – will always be Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. It is a show that continues to remain incredibly relevant today, and has never lost any of the charm that made it so popular upon its first airing. I still quote the show all the time, I still love and identify with all the characters, and I still find reason to revisit the show at a moment’s notice. It wasn’t always a perfect show – it was at times equally as dark and disturbing as it was comedic – but it was a show that continued to grow and change with its characters in wonderfully compelling ways. And that’s why it will always be one of the best. - Michele Eggen