5 Horrifying Tv Shows Like Hannibal

Shows like Hannibal

Hannibal is an American psychological horror-thriller tv series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris’ novels Red Dragon (1981), Hannibal (1999), and Hannibal Rising (2006).

Hannibal follows the life of an FBI criminal profiler, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who can think like his prey and analyze their next move. Attempting to hunt down a cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford, he partners with a forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelson) but unknown to Will, Dr. Hannibal is also a cannibal.

You watched Hannibal, fell in love with it, and now you are looking for tv shows about killers, mind games, cannibalism, mental patients, police, psychopath, serial murderers, crime, drama, mystery, and horror, then check out these five recommended tv shows like Hannibal.


mind hunters tv show

To catch a criminal, you must visit their minds and know how they think and their next move. Two young men try to analyze the psyches of criminals to capture them.

Mindhunters is a psychological thriller and crime drama set in the United States. Created by Joe Penhall, it is based on a crime book of 1995 titled “Mindhunters: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” authored by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The first season was first aired on October 13th, 2017, and concluded with the second season on August 16th, 2019, with 19 episodes and a runtime of 37 to 73 minutes.

Mindhunters is based on the jobs of two FBI agents in the Behavioural Science Unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Geoff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallary), who try to catch criminals by studying how they think. With the goal in mind, they develop modern serial-killer profiling. With the help of a professor of psychology, Wendy (Anna Torv), they try to solve pending cases.

The main characters of minehunters and Hannibal have one noticeable thing in common – they are both FBI profilers.

The Silence of the Lambs

the silence of the lambs

A young lady hunts down a devil’s agent but can’t; she turns to another for help but unknown to her, he is the devil.

Made in 1991 and set in the United States, the silence of the lambs is a psychological horror movie directed by Jonathan Demme. It is based on a novel of 1988 of the same title authored by Thomas Harris. It was first aired in New York City on January 30th, 1991, then in the United States on February 14th, 1991, with a runtime of 118 minutes.

It follows the life of a young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who tries to capture a serial killer, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), who kills his female victims. To catch the killer, she goes to Hannibal Lecter(Anthony Hopkins), a recent psychiatrist and psychopathic and cannibalistic serial killer in prison, for advice and help.

The silence of the lambs won numerous awards like Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is the only Best Picture winner widely considered a horror movie. Empire listed it as the 48th on the 500 greatest movies of all-time list. The American Film Institute ranked it the 5th greatest and most influential thriller movie, while Starling and Lecter were listed among the greatest film heroines and villains.

Hannibal being its sequel, it is highly recommended you watch it if you want to understand the backstory of Hannibal.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

Mind reading is a necessary tool in hunting down criminals. A group of people tries to capture criminal masterminds studying their movements to predict the next.

Criminal minds different genres like police procedural, thriller, mystery, and crime drama. It is a 2005 American television series created by Jeff Davies. With 15 seasons (324 episodes), it was released from September 22nd, 2005 to February 19th, 2020 with a runtime of 42 minutes per episode.

It is based on an elite group of FBI criminal profilers in the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU). They try to capture the country’s most notorious criminals by using profiling to investigate crimes and behavioral analysis to predict their next move in somehow preventing it from happening.


Dexter tv show

A man lives a double life, a forensic technician during the day and a serial killer of criminals who escaped punishment by luck or by crook in the nights. 

Dexter is a 2006 American crime drama series with elements of psychological thriller, mystery, dark comedy, and police procedural. It is based on a novel titled “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” authored by Jeff Lindsay and developed by James Manos Jr. It was aired from October 1st, 2006 to September 22ndv2013 with a runtime of 47 to 58 minutes and released eight seasons (96 episodes).

The television series focuses on the life of a forensic technician, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), who is a bloodstain pattern analyst in the Miami Metro Police department (fictional). Living a secret life with homicidal tendencies, he hunts and kills criminals who have escaped punishment one way or another.

The Walking Dead

The Walking dead

It is no longer the survival of the fittest but the survival of the smartest. In the awakening of zombies apocalypse, people risk so many things to be safe, but the threat worsens.

Walking dead is an American television series exploring genres like horror, neo-western, zombie apocalypse, and serial drama. Developed by Frank Darabont, it is based on a novel of the same title by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adland. Having released eleven seasons (161 episodes), it was originally aired on October 31st, 2010 with 41 to 67 minutes per episode runtime.

The series is based on a group of people who survived the zombie apocalypse but still live in fear due to the zombie’s constant attacks. After the collapse of modern civilization, the survivors with the human survivors form groups with laws and difficult choices to stay alive.

The five recommended tv shows like Hannibal are all packed with horrifying, mind-blowing, seat gum, flesh-eating, blood-sucking elements.  If you think we missed out on any show that deserved to be on this list, kindly drop them in the comment section below.

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