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
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Moonlight
Moonlight
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
The Enfield Haunting
The Enfield Haunting
Freakish
Freakish
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Haunted History
Haunted History
Stranded
Stranded
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Death Valley
Death Valley
Lore
Lore
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
The Mist
The Mist
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Salem
Salem
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Second Chance
Second Chance
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
Requiem
Requiem
Stream
Stream
Interrogation Room
Interrogation Room
Paradox
Paradox
Exit
Exit
Soul Fire Rising
Soul Fire Rising
True Supernatural
True Supernatural
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Paranormal Challenge
Paranormal Challenge
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Deadly Wives
Deadly Wives
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult
Dead Again
Dead Again
Extremely Dangerous
Extremely Dangerous
Montauk
Montauk
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Ghost Adventures Aftershocks
Residue
Residue
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
The Unknown
The Unknown
School-Live!
School-Live!
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Still: The Series
Still: The Series
Stalked by a Ghost
Stalked by a Ghost
Damien
Damien
Extreme Ghost Stories
Extreme Ghost Stories
Darknet
Darknet
Real Ghosts
Real Ghosts
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Wolfblood
Wolfblood
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Great British Ghosts
Great British Ghosts
Home Alone
Home Alone
Fear Files... Har Mod Pe Darr
Fear Files... Har Mod Pe Darr
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
The Veil: The Complete Series
The Veil: The Complete Series
Ghosts in My House
Ghosts in My House
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Joker Game
Joker Game
WISP
WISP
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files