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
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Lucifer
Lucifer
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Moonlight
Moonlight
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Salem
Salem
My Haunted House
Haunted History
Release The Hounds
Requiem
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Freakish
The Exorcist
Alaska Monsters
Waking the Dead
Masters of Horror
Ghost Wars
Murder Comes to Town
Fight of the Living Dead
Strange
CopyCat Killers
The Haunting
Tales From the Crypt
Death Valley
Ghost Asylum
Lore
Scary Tales
Exit
Svengoolie
Eerie, Indiana
So Dark
Outer Limits
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
Friday The 13th: The Series
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
WISP
R.I.P Files
Dead Crossroads
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Psychic Detective
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
Stagrassle Paranormal
True Nightmares
The Day After
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
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
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
The Killer & I
Hammer House of Horror
Paranormal Survivor
El Mariachi
Supernatural: The Animation
Darknet
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Stream
Second Chance
Real Ghosts
Houdini and Doyle
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
True Supernatural
The Hitchhiker
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Paranormal Cops
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Murders in the Rue Morgue