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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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American Horror Story
American Horror Story
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Lucifer
Lucifer
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Designated Survivor
Designated Survivor
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Fight of the Living Dead
Fight of the Living Dead
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Channel Zero
Channel Zero
Release The Hounds
Release The Hounds
The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Tales From the Crypt
Tales From the Crypt
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim
Goosebumps
Devilman Crybaby
My Haunted House
Moonlight
Salem
Ghost Wars
Waking the Dead
Death Valley
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
The Mist
Scream Queens (2015)
Hammer House of Horror
The Dead Files Revisited
Dead Again
Slasher
Haunted History
Ghost Stalkers
Lore
Dead Crossroads
True Supernatural
Psychic Detective
The Haunting
Stream
Freakish
Alaska Monsters
Masterpiece Contemporary: The Last Enemy
Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo
WISP
Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders
Svengoolie
Eerie, Indiana
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Ghost Dimension - Unseen and Unedited
So Dark
Stagrassle Paranormal
True Nightmares
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
Haunting Australia
13 Nights of Elvira
Trophy Heads
BrainDead
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns Revealed - The Series
The Hotel Barclay
Paranormal Egypt
L.A. Macabre
Supernatural: The Animation
Ghost Cases
BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural
Flesh for the Beast: Tsukiko's Curse
Swamp Monsters
The Killer & I
The Hitchhiker
Rosemary's Baby
Lifetime Scary Movies
Outer Limits
Paranormal Survivor
Making Monsters
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462
Zombieland
American Justice
The Day After
School-Live!
Hunger
Home Alone
Glitch (2015)
Psychic Intervention
Poltergeist: The Legacy