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
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Zombieland
Zombieland
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Salem
Salem
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Stream
Stream
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Moonlight
Moonlight
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Paradox
Paradox
American Justice
American Justice
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Death Valley
Death Valley
Hunger
Hunger
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Stranded
Stranded
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Strange
Strange
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Exit
Exit
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Phenom
Phenom
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
The Unknown
The Unknown
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Veil
The Veil
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Spooked
Spooked
Black Forest
Black Forest
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Haunted History
Haunted History
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Splatter
Splatter
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult