10 Deadliest Shows on TV Revealed

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Television is no longer the walk in the park that is used to be. With many series focused on solving murders (or committing them), the landscape of television has become, well, deadly. But which series are the deadliest?

In a study conducted by Funeralwise.com, which analyzed the deaths in 8 episodes of 40 TV shows, it was revealed that Spartacus: Vengeance and Game of Thrones came out on top, with an average of 25 and 13 dead bodies per episode, respectively.

For those not familiar with either series, those numbers do appear to be extremely high. Though with Spartacus: Vengeance focusing on the gladiator rebellion, and Game of Thrones highlighting the civil war between the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, it’s not surprising to find these two series making the top of the list.

However, and perhaps most surprising, is that the jump from second to third goes from pay cable to broadcast television, thanks to CW’s Nikita. Seeking her revenge on Division, Nikita averaged 9 deaths per episode. NCIS: Los Angeles followed in fourth place, with an average of 6 deaths per episode.

Of course, the land of television is no longer solely a human domain. Many series are now including vampires, zombies, werewolves, and every other preternatural creature in existence in their storylines. Sadly, the nighttime is no longer safe for those who go bump in the night.

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Coming out on top as the true monster killers on television is The Vampire Diaries, which only slightly bested The Walking Dead, with an average of 18 and 16 non-human deaths per episode, respectively. What about Supernatural? Unfortunately, Sam and Dean only averaged 1 non-human deaths an episode (3 human). Perhaps not the best score for television’s best monster hunters.

Proving to be the safest series to exist in, Revenge, White Collar and Leverage all tied with 0 deaths – human and non-human. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t deaths on the series (fans of each can attest to that), it’s just that they don’t occur as often.

Besides highlighting television’s decision to kill (almost) everyone, the purpose of the study was to discovery whether there was a correlation between the average number of deaths per episode and its popularity (there wasn’t any). Additionally, they were interested to see how many of those deaths included a funeral or memorial service. Out of the 1,000+ dead bodies counted, only 8 received such a service.

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Other than a sample body count for each series, there isn’t really much information one can take from this study. The trend to include deaths on television isn’t anything new – and with CBS’ rule of at least 1 death per episode for their procedurals, you’re always going to have someone dying.

So let’s just all be safe and stay out of television series.


You can check out the 10 deadliest series below:

1 – Spartacus: Vengeance (STARZ)
Avg. Deaths: 25

2 – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Avg. Deaths: 13

3 – Nikita (CW)
Avg. Deaths: 9

4 – NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Avg. Deaths: 6

5 – Criminal Minds (CBS)
Avg. Deaths: 5

6-9 (tied) Alcatraz (Fox); Breaking Bad (AMC); CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); Homeland (Showtime)
Avg. Deaths: 4

10 (tied) – CSI: Miami; Person of Interest; Rizoli & Isles; Dexter (Showtime)
Avg. Deaths: 3


Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonyocasio

Source: Funeralwise.com

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  1. I think you may have Criminal Minds a little high there. I’m not sure that they should have 25 deaths per episode.

    • Haha… you missed that episode?!

  2. Peculiar how “Deadliest Catch” failed to make the list. :)

    • When you’re right…You’re right…..Good call…

  3. And that is why I am disappointed with Supernatural. But Games of Thrones is awesome :) and I am still in the first season catching up

  4. I’m confused. How can Supernatural not be on this list?

    And if it was still on, 24 would likely be top.

  5. Nikita is just to awesome more ppl need to watch it!! Glad it made the list

  6. Not surprising to see “Spartacus” top the list although after a spell, one usually ceases the dead-bodies-per-episode count. (The first season, “Blood and Sand” was aptly named although I often inserted “Porn” in place of “Sand”.)

  7. The Walking Dead, with an average of 18 and 16 non-human deaths per episode?
    Hello, THEY ARE ALREADY DEAD, they are not non-humans, they are dead people, they don’t count as deaths!

  8. Whoa! That’s a major count for Spartacus dude!

  9. Wheres trueblood?

    • My thoughts too…They definately have several kills throughout the season..

  10. No supernatural??? That’s crazy

  11. No Supernatural?? This whole list has been discredited

  12. What about Dexter,
    the body count must be high on that show.

  13. what a weird list.

  14. BS! Breaking Bad #1

  15. y harpers island (CBS) is not on the list? i think it has 10+ deaths there.

  16. No Supernatural there is gotta be a mistake in their system i mean they live in a world full of monsters and the most dangerous creatures leviathans

  17. What about Pretty Little Liars? They’ve kiled off 3 characters in just 2 and a half years plus it focuses on murder! I mean come on if you watch the halloween special this season! Hiding a body in the drinks? dude seriously?

  18. Love this site. But so surprised ‘The Green Mile’ didn’t get a look in regarding the 10 saddest movies