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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Lucifer
Lucifer
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Scream Queens
Scream Queens
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Salem
Salem
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Second Chance
Second Chance
Damien
Damien
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Slasher
Slasher
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Moonlight
Moonlight
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Zombieland
Zombieland
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Stream
Stream
Hunger
Hunger
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Darknet
Darknet
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Stranded
Stranded
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Egypt
Paranormal Egypt
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
American Justice
American Justice
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Death Valley
Death Valley
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
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
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Exit
Exit
Haunted History
Haunted History
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Strange
Strange
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Mysteries at the National Parks
Mysteries at the National Parks
Outcast
Outcast
School-Live!
School-Live!
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Fear: Buried Alive
Fear: Buried Alive
Still: The Series
Still: The Series
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
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
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 Kingdom
The Kingdom
Paradox
Paradox
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
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
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N