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
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
The Mist
The Mist
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Lucifer
Lucifer
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Freakish
Freakish
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Second Chance
Second Chance
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Van Helsing
My Haunted House
The Exorcist
Channel Zero
Goosebumps
Salem
Moonlight
Alaska Monsters
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Masters of Horror
Murder Comes to Town
Paranormal Survivor
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Dead Again
CopyCat Killers
Svengoolie
Hammer House of Horror
Eerie, Indiana
The Haunting
Ghost Cases
True Supernatural
Zombieland
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
WISP
Stream
Dead Crossroads
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
So Dark
Stagrassle Paranormal
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
The Girly Ghosthunters
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Still: The Series
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
Outer Limits
Haunting Australia
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
Ghost Stalkers
L.A. Macabre
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Real Ghosts
The Killer & I
Watch With Mother
The Enfield Haunting
Deadly Wives
100 Years of Horror
13 Nights of Elvira
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Supernatural: The Animation
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Scary Tales
Interrogation Room
Exit
Rosemary's Baby
Paranormal Challenge
Release The Hounds
The Machine Girl
Paranormal TV
The Unknown
Lifetime Scary Movies
Slasher
Hunger
Friday The 13th: The Series
Ultra Q
Darknet
The 39 Steps
The Dead Files Revisited
Wolfblood
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks