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With NBC’s “Dracula” descending upon us on Friday, we thought we’d shine a light on the darkest, spookiest shows to haunt our TVs this Halloween season:


Dracula”: This new adaptation of “Dracula” has not even aired yet, but we can tell from the preview that the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring series is going to be a bloody good time. The reboot shakes up the iconic vamp’s backstory a bit, with Meyers playing a trinity of roles: Dracula, Vlad Tepes and an American inventor named Alexander Grayson. With twists on the Van Helsing mythos as well, “Dracula” lives to defy adaptations. Airs Fridays at 10pm on NBC.

Sleepy Hollow”: This hit FOX series takes the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and turns it on its head, sending Ichabod Crane through time from Revolution-era America to the present day, where he teams up with a detective to stop the Headless Horseman – who just turns out to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Though it sounds a little dark, “Sleepy Hollow” is probably one of the more family-friendly shows on the list, combining its spooky atmosphere with a surprising amount of humor. Airs Mondays at 9pm on FOX.


American Horror Story: Coven”: For two seasons, FX’s “American Horror Story” has terrified us with ghosts, serial killers, aliens and the devil, to name a few. But this season, the show found magic (pun intended) by following a coven of witches in New Orleans, Louisiana. With acting greats Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates set to face off in a battle of wits and witchcraft, you’re right to be scared! Airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.

Witches of East End”: Watching Lifetime’s “Witches of East End” often feels like watching a romance novel come to life. We mean that in the best way possible, as this campy melodrama mixes family curses and spell-casting with longing glances and romantic, slow-motion dream sequences. Yet with actors like Julia Ormond and Madchen Amick, along with a scene-stealing Rachel Boston, “East End” is way more fun than it has any right to be. Airs Sundays at 10pm on Lifetime.


The Originals”: While we’re focusing on new series, “The Vampire Diaries” should get an honorable mention, at the very least for serving as the launchpad for this new CW drama focusing on – you guessed it – vampires, werewolves and the like. Still, while “TVD” focuses on a somewhat “Twilight”-esque love triangle, “Originals” at its heart is a complex family drama, complete with backstabbing, lies and an unexpected child. Airs Tuesdays at 8pm on the CW.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!