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
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Purge
The Purge
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Home Alone
Home Alone
Paranormal Survivor
Paranormal Survivor
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
Moonlight
Moonlight
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Scream Queens (2015)
Scream Queens (2015)
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Salem
Salem
Freakish
Freakish
Outer Limits
Outer Limits
Houdini and Doyle
Houdini and Doyle
The Mist
The Mist
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
True Nightmares
True Nightmares
Waking the Dead
Waking the Dead
My Haunted House
My Haunted House
100 Years of Horror
100 Years of Horror
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
The Day After
The Day After
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Haunted History
Haunted History
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Eerie, Indiana
Eerie, Indiana
Stan Against Evil
Stan Against Evil
Alaska Haunting
Alaska Haunting
Ghost Bait
Ghost Bait
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby
So Dark
So Dark
Second Chance
Second Chance
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
Aftermath (2016)
Aftermath (2016)
Damien
Damien
L.A. Macabre
L.A. Macabre
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
Strange
Strange
Stranded
Stranded
Zombieland
Zombieland
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Death Valley
Death Valley
Ghoul
Ghoul
Lifetime Scary Movies
Lifetime Scary Movies
El Mariachi
El Mariachi
The Hitchhiker
The Hitchhiker
Lore
Lore
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
Slasher
Slasher
Swamp Monsters
Swamp Monsters
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
Into the Dark
Into the Dark
Requiem
Requiem
Svengoolie
Svengoolie
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Paranormal TV
Paranormal TV
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Making Monsters
Making Monsters
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust
The Dead Files Revisited
The Dead Files Revisited
American Gothic (2016)
American Gothic (2016)
Hammer House of Horror
Hammer House of Horror
Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Dead Again
Dead Again
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
The Haunting
The Haunting
Don't Watch This
Don't Watch This
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
TNT Mystery Movie Night
TNT Mystery Movie Night
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
Scary Tales
Scary Tales
R.I.P Files
R.I.P Files
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Dead Crossroads
Dead Crossroads
Horror Hotel Web Series
Horror Hotel Web Series
Exit
Exit
Alaska Haunting: Dead of Winter
Alaska Haunting: Dead of Winter