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)
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Lucifer
Lucifer
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Second Chance
Second Chance
Salem
Salem
Haunted History
Haunted History
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Freakish
Freakish
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Moonlight
Moonlight
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
BrainDead
BrainDead
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Aftermath (2016)
Aftermath (2016)
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Death Valley
Death Valley
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Slasher
Slasher
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
L.A. Macabre
L.A. Macabre
The Killer & I
The Killer & I
The Hotel Barclay
The Hotel Barclay
The Day After
The Day After
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Stream
Stream
Zombieland
Zombieland
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
The Veil
The Veil
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
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
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Ghost Cases
Ghost Cases
Still: The Series
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
NO GOODBYE
NO GOODBYE
So Dark
So Dark
WISP
WISP
Stagrassle Paranormal
Stagrassle Paranormal
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
American Justice
American Justice
Darknet
Darknet
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Exit
Exit
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town