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It’s back to school time, and we arm you with the knowledge you need to make the most of your non-academic pursuits in front of the tv.

School is officially back in session, and college students all over the country are returning to campus or experiencing dorm life for the first time. While the life of a university student can be extremely hectic — between classes, studying, working, extracurriculars, and social activities — downtime is important, too. And you can get pro essay writing help to create more time to relax and bond with friends in front of the television while watching your favorite horror shows

Since your time is precious, you’ll want to find a show that helps you make the most of every moment you spend lost in another world. That means you’ll want a compelling plot, fascinating characters, and plenty of edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Thus, we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite shows that are perfect for unwinding with — alone or with friends and roommates — while you take a break from higher learning.

1. American Horror Story

Since it first aired back in the summer of 2011, the episodic horror-themed television show American Horror Story (AHS) has become a cultural phenomenon. It has helped change the landscape of television.

With its innovative format of self-contained seasons, introducing entirely new storylines and characters from one season to the next, the show has become must-see television and captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of viewers. It popularized the idea of a limited series and paved the way for shows like True Detective and Fargo.

With its wonderfully campy performances from screen titans like Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, and Denis O’Hare, as well as its clever themes, creative storylines, and insane plot twists, AHS helped bring horror to the mainstream and made it the go-to genre for TV creators.

Of course, The Walking Dead also had a big hand in that. But, while the latter injected considerable life into the undead, AHS went well beyond zombies to bring fans a much broader and more diverse horror offering.

So far, the show has given us everything from a haunted house to a creepy asylum to a twisted carnival. We’ve visited a horror hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a slasher summer camp, a bleak beach town, and a desert valley. We’ve traveled back and forth through time to experience ghosts, aliens, demons, serial killers, vampires, witches, cults, and just about everything else you can imagine.

The show has been at times terrifying, at other times hilarious, and even sometimes highly topical and politically charged. And the great thing about AHS is that if one season fails to excite you, chances are good-to-great that another season will be everything you hoped for and more.

There’s a reason this show tops our list. Thanks to AHS inciting TV’s horror resurgence, we now have a variety of other great horror shows to binge watch, like Channel Zero and the brilliant Hannibal — plus the other stellar recommendations below.

2. Midnight Mass

Netflix has really upped its horror series game in recent years. In fact, we wrote an entire article dedicated to the Netflix originals we can’t get enough of, including new breakout hits like Brand New Cherry Flavor and Squid Game. However, it’s hard to argue that the undisputed king of Netflix’s horror dominance is Mike Flanagan — a man we pay tribute to often on this site, for very good reason.

Flanagan was already making a name for himself in the indie horror film world (Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) before his meteoric rise that began with the terrifying 2018 Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same time.

The talented filmmaker now has a longtime deal with Netflix, which consistently produces some of the best genre content around. This includes film adaptations of Stephen King classics with Doctor Sleep and Gerald’s Game, as well as other hugely successful series.

Both The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to Hill House, and Midnight Mass premiered in 2020 to critical acclaim and commercial success.

The latter is a single-season series whose horror is centered around religion, loosely based on Stephen’s King Salem’s Lot. It tells the story of a community that a supernatural presence has invaded. Father Paul is the latest entrant into the community that begins to experience strange happenings. Some people disappear mysteriously while others who have been injured are cured miraculously.

The incidents divide people into groups based on their beliefs and social classes. As their society faces external demonic forces, individual citizens are forced to battle internal demons.

Delving into the world of spirituality and religion, MIDNIGHT MASS is one of the most brilliantly produced horror shows you can currently watch. It will terrify even the most ardent horror lover.

The great news is, if you’re a fan of Flanagan’s work (who isn’t?), Netflix has announced at least five new series from the prolific filmmaker in the works for the streaming platform. This includes the Christopher Pike book adaptation The Midnight Club and a series based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.

3. Ash vs. Evil Dead

If you’re a serious horror fan, it’s a pretty sure bet you’re also a fan of the Evil Dead trilogy.

Originally conceived as a fourth film in the successful franchise, Ash vs. Evil Dead takes place 30 years after the Army of Darkness neutralized the deadites (though, due to legal reasons, the events from that film c