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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American Horror Story
American Horror Story
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Lucifer
Lucifer
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Salem
Salem
BrainDead
BrainDead
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Second Chance
Second Chance
Moonlight
Moonlight
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Slasher
Slasher
Outcast
Outcast
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Haunted History
Haunted History
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Death Valley
Death Valley
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Darknet
Darknet
Zombieland
Zombieland
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Stream
Stream
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
American Justice
American Justice
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Detour
Detour
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
The Unknown
The Unknown
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
School-Live!
School-Live!
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Ghost Cases
Ghost Cases
Damien
Damien
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: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Splatter
Splatter
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Paradox
Paradox
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
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
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th