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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American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Salem
Salem
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Zombieland
Zombieland
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Stream
Stream
Strange
Strange
Paradox
Paradox
Moonlight
Moonlight
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
Hunger
Hunger
Death Valley
Death Valley
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
American Justice
American Justice
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Guidestones
Guidestones
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Phenom
Phenom
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree
Stranded
Stranded
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Zombie Roadkill
Zombie Roadkill
Vampire Island
Vampire Island
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
The Veil
The Veil
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
Killer Sisters' Midnight Hour
The Girly Ghosthunters
The Girly Ghosthunters
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Black Forest
Black Forest
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
Rampo Noir
Rampo Noir
The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
Japanese Horror Anthology: Underworld
The Unknown
The Unknown
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Haunted History
Haunted History
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Killer Legends
Killer Legends
FEARnet All AXEess
FEARnet All AXEess
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Spooked
Spooked
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Ultra Q
Ultra Q
The Kingdom
The Kingdom
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Derren Brown Investigates
Derren Brown Investigates
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Haunted Histories
Haunted Histories
Tomb Detectives
Tomb Detectives
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Stephen King's
Stephen King's "N."
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