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
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Lucifer
Lucifer
Salem
Salem
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Outcast
Outcast
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Second Chance
Second Chance
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Haunted History
Haunted History
BrainDead
BrainDead
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Moonlight
Moonlight
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Damien
Damien
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Zombieland
Zombieland
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Stream
Stream
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Slasher
Slasher
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Death Valley
Death Valley
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
American Justice
American Justice
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Hunger
Hunger
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Exit
Exit
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Darknet
Darknet
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
School-Live!
School-Live!
Fear: Buried Alive
Fear: Buried Alive
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Paranormal Egypt
Paranormal Egypt
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Guidestones
Guidestones
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
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 Kingdom
The Kingdom
Paradox
Paradox
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
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
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