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
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Lucifer
Lucifer
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Slasher
Slasher
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Salem
Salem
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Moonlight
Moonlight
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Haunted History
Haunted History
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Death Valley
Death Valley
Dead Again
Dead Again
Rogue Mysteries
Rogue Mysteries
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
Paradox
Paradox
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Freakish
Freakish
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Lore
Lore
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
American Justice
American Justice
The Mist
The Mist
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Second Chance
Second Chance
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Darknet
Darknet
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Fear Files... Har Mod Pe Darr
Fear Files... Har Mod Pe Darr
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Day After
The Day After
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Damien
Damien
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Exit
Exit
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead
Strange
Strange
Zombieland
Zombieland
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
The Veil
The Veil
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Hunger
Hunger
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Portalz
Portalz
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
The Kingdom
The Kingdom