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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The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Salem
Salem
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Zombieland
Zombieland
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Hunger
Hunger
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Death Valley
Death Valley
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Moonlight
Moonlight
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Stream
Stream
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Stranded
Stranded
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Haunted History
Haunted History
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
American Justice
American Justice
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Exit
Exit
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Darknet
Darknet
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Paradox
Paradox
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
The Veil
The Veil
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Spooked
Spooked
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Strange
Strange
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Phenom
Phenom
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Black Forest
Black Forest
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
The Dorm
The Dorm
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
The Unknown
The Unknown
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
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
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Splatter
Splatter
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
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