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
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Lucifer
Lucifer
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Second Chance
Second Chance
Salem
Salem
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Moonlight
Moonlight
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Zombieland
Zombieland
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Ghost Cases
Ghost Cases
The Day After
The Day After
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Haunted History
Haunted History
Stream
Stream
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
The Veil
The Veil
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Darknet
Darknet
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Still: The Series
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
NO GOODBYE
NO GOODBYE
BrainDead
BrainDead
L.A. Macabre
L.A. Macabre
The Killer & I
The Killer & I
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
The Hotel Barclay
The Hotel Barclay
So Dark
So Dark
WISP
WISP
Freakish
Freakish
Stagrassle Paranormal
Stagrassle Paranormal
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
The Haunting
The Haunting
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
American Justice
American Justice
Paradox
Paradox
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Stranded
Stranded
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
School-Live!
School-Live!
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira