Horror & Suspense TV Shows

The horror-and-suspense genre was one of the most popular during the peak of radio's reign in the early twentieth century. 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 Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Lucifer
Lucifer
The Act
The Act
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Purge
The Purge
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Home Alone
Home Alone
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
The Twilight Zone (2019)
The Twilight Zone (2019)
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Love, Death + Robots
Love, Death + Robots
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Ghost Nation
Ghost Nation
Salem
Salem
Slasher
Slasher
Moonlight
Moonlight
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Ghosts of Morgan City
Ghosts of Morgan City
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Freakish
Freakish
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Black Summer
Black Summer
The Last Kids on Earth
The Last Kids on Earth
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
The Mist
The Mist
Stranded
Stranded
The Day After
The Day After
Haunted History
Haunted History
The Order
The Order
Death Valley
Death Valley
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Haunting Australia
Haunting Australia
Damien
Damien
NOS4A2
NOS4A2
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Glitch (2015)
Glitch (2015)
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Psychic Intervention
Psychic Intervention
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Joker Game
Joker Game
Second Chance
Second Chance
Nightflyers
Nightflyers
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Don't Watch This
Don't Watch This
Darknet
Darknet
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Psychic Detective
Psychic Detective
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Dead Again
Dead Again
BrainDead
BrainDead
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Dracula
Dracula
Lore
Lore
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Thriller
Thriller
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Stream
Stream
Ghoul
Ghoul
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
Missions
Missions
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Immortals
Immortals
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Exit
Exit
Green Door
Green Door
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Zombieland
Zombieland
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Ultra Q: The Complete Series