Horror & Suspense TV Shows

The horror-and-suspense genre was one of the most popular during the peak of radio's reign in the early twentieth century. 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.

Lucifer
Lucifer
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Act
The Act
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows
Locke & Key
Locke & Key
Servant
Servant
Light as a Feather
Light as a Feather
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit
Anjaan: Special Crimes Unit
Ghoul
Ghoul
Ghost Nation
Ghost Nation
The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland
Escape the Night
Escape the Night
The Twilight Zone (2019)
The Twilight Zone (2019)
Grace
Grace
Salem
Salem
The Purge
The Purge
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Moonlight
Moonlight
Shaitaan Haveli
Shaitaan Haveli
Typewriter
Typewriter
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Slasher
Slasher
The Last Kids on Earth
The Last Kids on Earth
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
These Woods Are Haunted
These Woods Are Haunted
Love, Death + Robots
Love, Death + Robots
The Terror
The Terror
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Destination Fear
Destination Fear
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Freakish
Freakish
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
The Mist
The Mist
Scared Famous
Scared Famous
Monsters
Monsters
Damien
Damien
Second Chance
Second Chance
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Angels of Death
Angels of Death
NOS4A2
NOS4A2
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Holzer Files
The Holzer Files
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Lore
Lore
The Order
The Order
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Darknet
Darknet
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
Thriller
Thriller
Haunted
Haunted
V Wars
V Wars
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Immortals
Immortals
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ghosts of Morgan City
Ghosts of Morgan City
Home Alone
Home Alone
The Day After
The Day After
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
The Unknown
The Unknown
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Death Valley
Death Valley
Two Sentence Horror Stories
Two Sentence Horror Stories
Tokyo Vampire Hotel
Tokyo Vampire Hotel
Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room
Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room
Black Summer
Black Summer
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Haunted History
Haunted History
13 Nights of Elvira
13 Nights of Elvira
True Terror with Robert Englund
True Terror with Robert Englund
Mysteries at the National Parks
Mysteries at the National Parks
Kingdom (2019)
Kingdom (2019)
Ares
Ares
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Chiller
Chiller
Joker Game
Joker Game
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
BrainDead
BrainDead