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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Salem
Salem
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Splatter
Splatter
Zombieland
Zombieland
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Stream
Stream
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Moonlight
Moonlight
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Hunger
Hunger
Death Valley
Death Valley
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Haunted History
Haunted History
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Exit
Exit
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Stranded
Stranded
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
American Justice
American Justice
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Strange
Strange
Phenom
Phenom
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Spooked
Spooked
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Black Forest
Black Forest
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
The Unknown
The Unknown
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Veil
The Veil
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Killer Legends
Killer Legends
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
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
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Paradox
Paradox
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Guidestones
Guidestones
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother