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
Salem
Salem
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Zombieland
Zombieland
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Stream
Stream
Moonlight
Moonlight
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
American Justice
American Justice
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Death Valley
Death Valley
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Hunger
Hunger
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Paradox
Paradox
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Exit
Exit
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Guidestones
Guidestones
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Black Forest
Black Forest
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
The Veil
The Veil
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Stranded
Stranded
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Haunted History
Haunted History
Strange
Strange
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
The Unknown
The Unknown
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Phenom
Phenom
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Spooked
Spooked
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Killer Legends
Killer Legends
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N