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
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Lucifer
Lucifer
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Second Chance
Second Chance
Salem
Salem
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Moonlight
Moonlight
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
League of Gentlemen
League of Gentlemen
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Murder Comes to Town
Release The Hounds
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Channel Zero
Haunted History
Death Valley
Rosemary's Baby
Silent Witness
Fight of the Living Dead
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Waking the Dead
The Dead Files Revisited
Van Helsing
Hammer House of Horror
Damien
Tales From the Crypt
Zombieland
Eerie, Indiana
Real Ghosts
The Hotel Barclay
The Day After
The Haunting
Svengoolie
Outer Limits
Darknet
The Kingdom
The Girly Ghosthunters
Great British Ghosts
5th Dimension
Ultra Seven
The Veil
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Haunting Australia
Dead Crossroads
True Supernatural
Patrick Macnee's Ghost Stories
Ghost Cases
CopyCat Killers
Still: The Series
Gods & Monsters with Tony Robinson
NO GOODBYE
BrainDead
L.A. Macabre
The Killer & I
Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
So Dark
WISP
Stagrassle Paranormal
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Alaska Monsters
Ghosts in My House
Residue
Slasher
Freakish
Aftermath (2016)
Ghost Stalkers
FEARnet All AXEess
The Hitchhiker
American Justice
Paranormal Challenge
Stream
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Lifetime Scary Movies
Stranded
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Wolfblood
Ultra Q
Paranormal Survivor
Extreme Ghost Stories
Paradox
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Stephen King's N
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Houdini and Doyle
Paranormal Egypt
Devil's Trade
Interrogation Room