11 scariest TV shows of all-time
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2. "The X-Files"
Why it was scary: While the week-to-week monsters tapped into our imaginations, it was the rampant conspiracy theories, the distrust of government and authority figures and the possibilities of things unseen that really messed with our minds. Whether it was Super Soldiers, black oil, the Smoking Man or -- seriously -- that theme song, it was the unknown and unquantifiables that raised some of the biggest batch of goosebumps.
Scariest moment: The haunted house scenario of "Home" with the horrifying Peacocks lurking brought on a shocking sickness worthy of Halloween-only reruns for the series. Not only did Glen Morgan and James Wong pair pen some silly comic relief, but also some disquiet stomach-turning, like when a wife touches the blood from her own husband, Sheriff Taylor.