10 scariest TV shows of all-time
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8. "American Gothic"
Why it was scary: "American Gothic" covered the classic battle between good and evil with malevolent glee. Sheriff Lucas Buck, played with sociopathic charm by a never-better Gary Cole, presided over the tiny town of Trinity, S.C., and its denizens, many of whom had already unintentionally sold their souls to their satanic overlord. Pity anyone who challenged Buck, especially if they got between him and his son, Caleb, the result of a brutal rape. As he cultivated an unknowing Caleb to be his successor, Buck used his expert knowledge of human nature to destroy all who got in his way...except for those with the purest intent. Buck's ability to find each person's weakness and use it against him made the show a psychological, supernatural, devilish delight, as campy as it was scary. Even better? The show was co-created by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy.
Scariest Moment: "Someone's at the door," "American Gothic's" equivalent of "Redrum."