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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American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Salem
Salem
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Stream
Stream
Death Valley
Death Valley
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Zombieland
Zombieland
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Exit
Exit
Moonlight
Moonlight
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Darknet
Darknet
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Paradox
Paradox
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Stranded
Stranded
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Haunted History
Haunted History
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Guidestones
Guidestones
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
American Justice
American Justice
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
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
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
Strange
Strange
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Spooked
Spooked
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
The Dorm
The Dorm
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Veil
The Veil
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Phenom
Phenom
The Unknown
The Unknown
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Black Forest
Black Forest
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
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
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Splatter
Splatter
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America