Horror & Suspense TV Shows

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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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Salem
Salem
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Moonlight
Moonlight
Zombieland
Zombieland
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Stream
Stream
Death Valley
Death Valley
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Paradox
Paradox
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Stranded
Stranded
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Exit
Exit
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Hunger
Hunger
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
American Justice
American Justice
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Haunted History
Haunted History
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Darknet
Darknet
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
The Veil
The Veil
Black Forest
Black Forest
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
The Dorm
The Dorm
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
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
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
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
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Guidestones
Guidestones
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Unknown
The Unknown
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Strange
Strange
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Spooked
Spooked
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Phenom
Phenom
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Detour
Detour
Paranormal Paparazzi
Paranormal Paparazzi
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites
Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites
Halloween Craziest
Halloween Craziest
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira