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
Lucifer
Lucifer
The Purge
The Purge
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Salem
Salem
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Moonlight
Moonlight
Lore
Lore
Home Alone
Home Alone
The Mist
The Mist
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Freakish
Freakish
Slasher
Slasher
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Death Valley
Death Valley
Dead Again
Dead Again
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Stranded
Stranded
Ghoul
Ghoul
Haunted History
Haunted History
BrainDead
BrainDead
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Zombieland
Zombieland
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stream
Stream
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
American Justice
American Justice
Second Chance
Second Chance
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Friday The 13th: The Series
Friday The 13th: The Series
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Watch With Mother
Watch With Mother
Psychic Detective
Psychic Detective
Strange
Strange
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
The Day After
The Day After
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Damien
Damien
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Requiem
Requiem
The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Supernatural: The Anime Series
Supernatural: The Anime Series
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Unknown
The Unknown
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Still: The Series
Still: The Series
Devil's Trade
Devil's Trade
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
The Haunting
The Haunting
The Hotel Barclay
The Hotel Barclay