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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American Horror Story
American Horror Story
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Lucifer
Lucifer
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Freakish
Freakish
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Second Chance
Second Chance
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Parasyte: The Maxim
The Mist
Ghost Stalkers
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Ghost Wars
Black Mirror
Haunted History
Paranormal Survivor
Moonlight
CopyCat Killers
Alaska Monsters
Making Monsters
Masters of Horror
Real Ghosts
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Stan Against Evil
Slasher
My Haunted House
The Dead Files Revisited
Lore
Swamp Monsters
Hammer House of Horror
Eerie, Indiana
Still: The Series
100 Years of Horror
Stream
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
WISP
Dead Crossroads
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
True Supernatural
American Gothic (2016)
Rosemary's Baby
Psychic Detective
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
So Dark
Stagrassle Paranormal
The Girly Ghosthunters
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
The Veil
5th Dimension
Great British Ghosts
NO GOODBYE
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
The Kingdom
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Haunting Australia
The Haunting
13 Nights of Elvira
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
L.A. Macabre
Ghost Cases
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
The Killer & I
League of Gentlemen
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Lifetime Scary Movies
El Mariachi
Friday The 13th: The Series
Darknet
Alaska Haunting
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Ghosts in My House
Scary Tales
Interrogation Room
Horror Hotel Web Series
Svengoolie
Paranormal Challenge
Supernatural: The Anime Series
Deadly Wives
The Machine Girl