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
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Lucifer
Lucifer
Scream Queens
Scream Queens
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Salem
Salem
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Second Chance
Second Chance
Moonlight
Moonlight
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Damien
Damien
Slasher
Slasher
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Outcast
Outcast
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Darknet
Darknet
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Haunted History
Haunted History
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Death Valley
Death Valley
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Zombieland
Zombieland
Stream
Stream
Hunger
Hunger
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Exit
Exit
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
American Justice
American Justice
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Paranormal Egypt
Paranormal Egypt
Paradox
Paradox
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Strange
Strange
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
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 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
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
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Detour
Detour
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill