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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Salem
Salem
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Moonlight
Moonlight
Zombieland
Zombieland
Stream
Stream
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Death Valley
Death Valley
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Hunger
Hunger
Paradox
Paradox
Dead Again (2014)
Dead Again (2014)
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Stranded
Stranded
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Exit
Exit
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Strange
Strange
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Haunted History
Haunted History
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
American Justice
American Justice
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Phenom
Phenom
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Best of Ghost Adventures - Fan Favorites
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Darknet
Darknet
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
The Veil
The Veil
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Stephen King's N
Stephen King's N
The Dorm
The Dorm
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Spooked
Spooked
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Black Forest
Black Forest
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Assignment Berlin
Assignment Berlin
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Jack the Ripper in America
Jack the Ripper in America
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
Splatter
Splatter
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
The Unknown
The Unknown
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
Guidestones
Guidestones
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Detour
Detour
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
Paranormal Paparazzi
Paranormal Paparazzi
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Japanese Horror Anthology: Legends
Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites
Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites
Halloween Craziest
Halloween Craziest
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia