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
Lucifer
Lucifer
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Second Chance
Second Chance
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Salem
Salem
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Stream
Stream
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Moonlight
Moonlight
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Zombieland
Zombieland
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Exit
Exit
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Hunger
Hunger
Haunted History
Haunted History
Darknet
Darknet
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Death Valley
Death Valley
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Stranded
Stranded
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
The Real Exorcist
The Real Exorcist
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
The Unknown
The Unknown
Black Forest
Black Forest
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Ghost Cases
Ghost Cases
Mysteries at the National Parks
Mysteries at the National Parks
Damien
Damien
School-Live!
School-Live!
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror