Horror & Suspense TV Shows

About Horror & Suspense

The horror-and-suspense genre was one of the most popular during the peak of radio's reign in the early twentieth century, and the genre was successfully transported to television in the early days of the medium. The focus of horror and suspense is fear, and these programs try to make the viewer uneasy or afraid in an entertaining way. Programs in the genre usually include elements of the supernatural, but these elements are not necessarily a requirement.

The distinction between horror and suspense lies in the specific type of uneasiness that the story tries to provoke. Horror aims for a visceral kind of fear, often rooted in revulsion, and horror programs are likely to include violence and situations that cause strong emotional reactions in the viewer. Suspense is more subtle; it tries to evoke a feeling of dread, and it relies more on the anticipation of something bad happening than it does on the actual unpleasant event itself.

Early TV suspense programs were much like radio suspense programs in that each episode featured a unique, stand-alone story that was not related to the stories in other episodes. Series such as The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits presented stories that drew on other genres-crime, science fiction, horror-and were characterized by suspenseful plots that typically built toward a surprising twist at the end.

Horror and suspense was largely absent from television through the last couple of decades of the twentieth century, but the turn of the century saw the development of some new forms. The horror drama fused the supernatural with genres such as action and adventure-the monsters and demons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are a good example-and more recent dramas introduce zombies and vampires into typical action- and romantic-drama situations.

The horror pseudo-documentary has also become popular in recent years. Shows that feature teams of investigators in search of ghosts and monsters blur the boundaries between horror, suspense, documentary and reality TV.

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The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Lucifer
Lucifer
BrainDead
BrainDead
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Salem
Salem
Outcast
Outcast
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Second Chance
Second Chance
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Death Valley
Death Valley
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Moonlight
Moonlight
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Haunted History
Haunted History
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Strange
Strange
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Zombieland
Zombieland
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Exit
Exit
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Stream
Stream
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Darknet
Darknet
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
The Unknown
The Unknown
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Damien
Damien
Montauk
Montauk
Paranormal Egypt
Paranormal Egypt
The Real Exorcist
The Real Exorcist
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
School-Live!
School-Live!
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
American Justice
American Justice
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Splatter
Splatter
Paradox
Paradox
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Detour
Detour
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror