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
Lucifer
Lucifer
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Purge
The Purge
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Moonlight
Moonlight
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Home Alone
Home Alone
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Salem
Salem
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Lore
Lore
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Freakish
Freakish
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
The Mist
The Mist
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Death Valley
Death Valley
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Damien
Damien
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
The Princess: Tears of Blood
The Princess: Tears of Blood
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Stranded
Stranded
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Slasher
Slasher
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Stream
Stream
Ghoul
Ghoul
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Second Chance
Second Chance
School-Live!
School-Live!
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Dead Again
Dead Again
Haunted History
Haunted History
Zombieland
Zombieland
Darknet
Darknet
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Requiem
Requiem
The Unknown
The Unknown
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Exit
Exit
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
Mysteries at the National Parks
Mysteries at the National Parks
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
American Justice
American Justice
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Blood Cell
Blood Cell
5th Dimension
5th Dimension