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
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Lucifer
Lucifer
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Freakish
Freakish
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Haunted History
Haunted History
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Second Chance
Second Chance
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Slasher
Slasher
Black Mirror
Silent Witness
Ghost Wars
Goosebumps
Masters of Horror
The Mist
Salem
Moonlight
My Haunted House
CopyCat Killers
Release The Hounds
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Murder Comes to Town
Hammer House of Horror
Penny Dreadful
The Haunting
Lore
Eerie, Indiana
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Ghost Cases
Swamp Monsters
Tales From the Crypt
Supernatural: The Animation
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
WISP
Dead Crossroads
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Svengoolie
True Supernatural
Psychic Detective
So Dark
Stagrassle Paranormal
The Girly Ghosthunters
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
100 Years of Horror
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
13 Nights of Elvira
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
Ghost Stalkers
L.A. Macabre
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
The Killer & I
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Lifetime Scary Movies
Real Ghosts
Stream
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Zombieland
The Day After
League of Gentlemen
The Hitchhiker
Paranormal Cops
Scary Tales
Exit
Alaska Haunting: Dead of Winter
Paranormal TV
The Enfield Haunting
Stephen King's Golden Years
El Mariachi
Friday The 13th: The Series
Alaska Monsters
Damien
Paranormal Egypt
Making Monsters
Wolfblood
Home Alone