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
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Masters of Horror
Fight of the Living Dead
League of Gentlemen
Salem
Ghost Wars
Moonlight
Parasyte: The Maxim
Paranormal Survivor
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
CopyCat Killers
Eerie, Indiana
Alaska Monsters
Slasher
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Freakish
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
True Supernatural
Hammer House of Horror
So Dark
Haunted History
The Haunting
Devilman Crybaby
Ghost Asylum
Second Chance
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
WISP
Dead Crossroads
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Psychic Detective
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Stagrassle Paranormal
True Nightmares
The Girly Ghosthunters
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
The Veil
5th Dimension
Great British Ghosts
NO GOODBYE
Friday The 13th: The Series
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
The Kingdom
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Haunting Australia
13 Nights of Elvira
Trophy Heads
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
Paranormal Egypt
L.A. Macabre
Ghost Cases
Darknet
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Swamp Monsters
The Killer & I
Exit
The Mist
Death Valley
Svengoolie
Paranormal Challenge
Lifetime Scary Movies
Outer Limits
Home Alone
Stranded
Glitch (2015)
Lore
100 Years of Horror
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Ghosts in My House
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Stream
Interrogation Room
American Gothic (2016)
Stephen King's N
Release The Hounds
Deadly Wives
Strange