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
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Salem
Salem
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Moonlight
Moonlight
Death Valley
Death Valley
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Stranded
Stranded
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Zombieland
Zombieland
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Stream
Stream
Ghost Cases
Ghost Cases
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Paradox
Paradox
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Exit
Exit
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
The Veil
The Veil
Black Forest
Black Forest
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Darknet
Darknet
The Dorm
The Dorm
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
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
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
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
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
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
Hunger
Hunger
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
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