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
Salem
Salem
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Moonlight
Moonlight
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Zombieland
Zombieland
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Stream
Stream
Strange
Strange
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Stranded
Stranded
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Hunger
Hunger
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Death Valley
Death Valley
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Exit
Exit
Haunted History
Haunted History
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
American Justice
American Justice
Paradox
Paradox
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Detour
Detour
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Darknet
Darknet
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Scream Queens 2015
Scream Queens 2015
Mysteries at the National Parks
Mysteries at the National Parks
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
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
Splatter
Splatter
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives