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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Salem
Salem
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Lucifer
Lucifer
Moonlight
Moonlight
Zombieland
Zombieland
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Stream
Stream
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Hunger
Hunger
Haunted History
Haunted History
Damien
Damien
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Stranded
Stranded
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Darknet
Darknet
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Exit
Exit
School-Live!
School-Live!
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Paradox
Paradox
Death Valley
Death Valley
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
The Unknown
The Unknown
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
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
Detour
Detour
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Black Forest
Black Forest
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
Trophy Heads
Trophy Heads
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
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
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Murderous Intent
Murderous Intent
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Bluebeard
Bluebeard
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Guidestones
Guidestones
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult