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
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Mist
The Mist
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Salem
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Penny Dreadful
Moonlight
League of Gentlemen
Ghost Wars
Stan Against Evil
Channel Zero
Paranormal Survivor
My Haunted House
Waking the Dead
Haunted History
Death Valley
Lore
Eerie, Indiana
Freakish
Ghost Stalkers
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
WISP
Dead Crossroads
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
True Supernatural
Hammer House of Horror
Psychic Detective
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
So Dark
Stagrassle Paranormal
Second Chance
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
The Haunting
13 Nights of Elvira
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
Home Alone
L.A. Macabre
Ghost Cases
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Swamp Monsters
The Killer & I
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Stream
Supernatural: The Anime Series
Strange
Lifetime Scary Movies
Friday The 13th: The Series
The Hitchhiker
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief
Svengoolie
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Zombieland
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
American Justice
Murder Comes to Town
The Enfield Haunting
The Day After
School-Live!
Stephen King's Golden Years
Alaska Monsters
Rogue Mysteries
FEARnet All AXEess
Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree