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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The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
BrainDead
BrainDead
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Lucifer
Lucifer
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Salem
Salem
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Outcast
Outcast
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Haunted History
Haunted History
Second Chance
Second Chance
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Moonlight
Moonlight
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Damien
Damien
Darknet
Darknet
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Death Valley
Death Valley
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Zombieland
Zombieland
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Stream
Stream
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Exit
Exit
The Unknown
The Unknown
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
School-Live!
School-Live!
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
American Justice
American Justice
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
Splatter
Splatter
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
Residue
Residue
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Fear: Buried Alive
Fear: Buried Alive
Slasher
Slasher
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Stranded
Stranded
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Strange
Strange
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
The Hotel Barclay
The Hotel Barclay
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Paradox
Paradox
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Detour
Detour
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Bluebeard
Bluebeard