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
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Lucifer
Lucifer
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Salem
Salem
Moonlight
Moonlight
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Channel Zero
CopyCat Killers
Silent Witness
Masters of Horror
The Dead Files Revisited
Death Valley
Freakish
Alaska Monsters
Extreme Ghost Stories
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Supernatural: The Animation
Houdini and Doyle
Paranormal Survivor
El Mariachi
Hammer House of Horror
Second Chance
The Haunting
Zombieland
Outer Limits
Svengoolie
The Girly Ghosthunters
Ghost Stalkers
The Kingdom
League of Gentlemen
Stream
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Great British Ghosts
5th Dimension
Real Ghosts
The Veil
100 Years of Horror
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Swamp Monsters
13 Nights of Elvira
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Haunting Australia
Dead Crossroads
True Supernatural
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Ghost Cases
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
NO GOODBYE
BrainDead
L.A. Macabre
The Killer & I
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
The Hotel Barclay
So Dark
WISP
Stagrassle Paranormal
Stan Against Evil
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Paranormal TV
Darknet
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The Hitchhiker
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Waking the Dead
Eerie, Indiana
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Paranormal Challenge
Ultra Seven
Stranded
Wolfblood
Phenom
School-Live!
The Enfield Haunting
Friday The 13th: The Series
Lifetime Scary Movies
Damien
The Real Exorcist
Aftermath (2016)
Devil's Trade
FEARnet All AXEess
Interrogation Room
Ayakashi Japanese Classic Horror
Paranormal Cops
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead