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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Bates Motel
Bates Motel
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Stranded
Stranded
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Exit
Exit
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Hunger
Hunger
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Strange
Strange
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Death Valley
Death Valley
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Guidestones
Guidestones
Moonlight
Moonlight
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Haunted History
Haunted History
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Stream
Stream
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Zombieland
Zombieland
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
The Unknown
The Unknown
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Black Forest
Black Forest
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
The Veil
The Veil
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Stephen King's
Stephen King's "N."
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Paradox
Paradox
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Splatter
Splatter
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
American Justice
American Justice
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Killer Legends
Killer Legends
Rosemary's Baby (2014)
Rosemary's Baby (2014)
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Paranormal Paparazzi
Paranormal Paparazzi
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers