Top 12 Best Stephen King TV Series to Watch Now

The newest Stephen King adaptation in the form of Doctor Sleep boasts a phenomenal cast and crew. If you're not familiar with this King outing, let us tell you a bit of a synopsis... On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless, mostly old, lots of polyester and married to their RV's. But as Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) knows, and tween Abra Stone (Kyleigh Curran) learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. If a Torrance surname sounds familiar, yes, it's a sort of sequel to The Shining. As Dan Torrance settles in a New Hampshire town, he finds an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep". Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul...

Stephen King is one of the most televised novelists in history, and if King publishes a book or a story it's quite certain it'll soon enough make it to our small or big screens. This time, we look at the small screen adaptations that have made the most impact on the culture and audiences across the world.

  • 11.22.63: Series 1 (2016)

    7h 2min

    Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel and starring a terrific cast, 11.22.63 dives into the unpredictable darkness of the American dream. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school teacher searching for meaning in his life. Encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back to 1960s Texas to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As Jake Explores the mysteries surrounding alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, his mission is threatened not only by Oswald but also by a beautiful librarian who steals Jake's heart... and by the Past itself, which doesn't want to be changed.

  • It (1990) Stephen King's It

    3h 0min

    October, 1957. "It" awakens and the small town of Derry, Maine will never be the same. Stephen King brings to life every childhood fear and phobia as seven children face an unthinkable horror which appears in various forms, including Pennywise (Tim Curry) - a clown who lives, hunts and kills from the town's sewers. Years later, the surviving adults who are brave enough return to stop the new killing spree, this time for good. Be sure to check out this original miniseries as well as its big-screen reimaginings.

  • Tales from the Darkside (1983)

    0h 30min

    Tales from the Darkside is a horror anthology series that sought to scare its audiences with its various different takes on famous horror genres as well as well-known stories told in a different and unique way. The series told a new story in every episode as it used old and new ideas but in interesting and original ways to scare its viewers. From old school ghost stories to more modern versions of horror - slasher tales to psychological horror, this anthology has everything including Stephen King as one of the writers.

  • Kingdom Hospital (2004)

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    9h 42min

    Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital is the haunting drama series created directly for television by the award-winning, bestselling master of horror. Using Lars Von Trier's Danish miniseries Riget (a.k.a. The Kingdom) as a point of inspiration, King tells the terrifying story of The Kingdom, a hospital with a bizarre population that includes a nearly blind security guard, a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood and a paraplegic artist whose recovery is a step beyond miraculous. When patients and staff hear the tortured voice of a little girl crying through the halls, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers... but at their own peril.

    Director:
    Craig R. Baxley
    Cast:
    Jamie Harrold, Diane Ladd, Bruce Davison
    Genre:
    TV Thrillers, TV Horror
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Haven (2010)

    1h 0min

    FBI Agent Audrey Parker travels to the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Soon she discovers that Haven is a refuge for people with supernatural powers, and it's up to her to unlock the town's mysterious secrets, including the hidden truth about her own past.

  • Under the Dome (2013)

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    In this Stephen King adaptation, the small town of Chester's Mill is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent barrier. The epic story of a town in peril unfolds as the residents struggle to maintain control and ultimately figure out the truth about the dome.

  • Castle Rock (2018)

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    This star-studded psychological-horror series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. This first-of-its-kind reimagining explores the themes and worlds uniting King's entire literary canon while brushing up against some of his most iconic, beloved and terrifying tales.

  • Rose Red (2002)

    4h 5min

    Is Rose Red Mansion truly haunted? To find out, professor Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis) invites six people - each with a distinct paranormal skill - to join her on a psychic field trip to reawaken the estate's supposedly dormant supernatural powers. So mark your calendar. And maybe buy some life insurance. The unparalleled master of horror scares up another fright-filled ectoplasmic encounter. The mansion's gates are open. Enter at your own risk. Because Rose Red isn't just a place, it's a living palace of doom.

  • Salem's Lot (1979)

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    3h 3min

    Sinister events bring together a writer (David Soul) fascinated with an old hilltop house; a suave antiques dealer (James Mason) whose expertise goes beyond bric-a-brac; and the dealer's mysterious, pale-skinned "partner" (Reggie Nalder) in Salem's Lot - a blood-curdling shocker based on King's novel and directed by Tobe Hooper of the Poltergeist fame.

    Director:
    Tobe Hooper
    Cast:
    David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin
    Genre:
    Drama, Classics, Horror
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Stand (1994) Stephen King's The Stand

    5h 59min

    In Stephen King's epic vision of an apocalyptic future, the few survivors of a plague-ravaged world must choose sides in a battle of good vs. evil that will decide the fate of humanity. As the followers of demonic Randall Flagg (Jamey Sheridan) plot to rebuild the world in his dark image, a courageous foursome embarks on a heroic mission against Flagg and his minions. Fighting overwhelming odds, they will risk more than their lives as they take one desperate last stand against evil.

  • Dead Zone (2002) Stephen King's Dead Zone

    1h 0min

    This is a cult drama series about a man who awakens from a coma with mystical powers that helps him see future events with his mind. The series follows Johnny Smith, a small-town teacher who is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma for six years. When he awakens his friends and family have moved on but he is left with an ability to see future events and stop them leading him to work with the police and people to help save lives and stop crimes and tragic events from happening. This is also a reimagining of the 1983 film, The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken in the role of Johnny Smith.

  • Stephen King's Storm of the Century (1999)

    4h 15min

    Stephen King takes fans to the brink and beyond with this ice swept macabre tale about a tiny Maine island community besieged by a fierce weather supersystem and by an accompanying, all-knowing being even fiercer. "Give me what I want and I'll go away," proclaims the humanoid being who calls himself Linoge. This much is clear to the villagers: the sturdy town hall might shelter them from the storm, but nothing can protect them from the ever-escalating terror of an evil that's festered since the dawn of time.

    Director:
    Craig R. Baxley
    Cast:
    Carson Manning, Tim Daly, Colm Feore
    Genre:
    Horror
    Availability:
    DVD

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