Paranormal-themed nonfiction TV: A list
I was writing an article when I realized I needed a clear idea about when this whole amateur investigation reality-television thing became popular. So, I started a list. (I’m a good Googler.) Here is a list of TV shows (series) that portray the paranormal as real or examine it as possibly real. Some are reality-type shows, some are documentaries. (Therefore, I have also included some shows on here of a skeptical nature.) Some are not wholly paranormal-themed but they contain an element that suggests a particular subject or event is beyond that which is currently accepted in the scientific community. I realize the line can be blurry.
Since one of my areas of interest is how the media promotes a view of science and the scientific to the public, I think the popularity of these shows is important. There is some research into how paranormal/supernatural themed shows affect the public belief in the paranormal, but there is LITTLE to NO research on how reality-type shows affects this or, regarding my interest, how the public perceives the “scientificity” of these shows.
I cataloged 125 shows ranging in premier dates from 1949 to some upcoming ones on the horizon. Many are available across the world and on DVD and even online. But, I stuck with only English-language shows. I wasn’t out to make a comprehensive list but if you have any additions or corrections, let me know.
I think you’ll notice some trends and copycat shows. Obviously, the proliferation of channels in the 21st century and the need for cheap and plentiful programming became a driving issue. You don’t have to pay amateurs who want a TV deal as much as professional actors. Yet, it presents a new and interesting perspective. And, there are possible ramifications for the public understanding of science.
More to come on that…
Posted on April 24, 2011, in Cryptozoology, Culture, education, Generally Unexplained, Ghosts, Monsters, Paranormal Culture, Pseudoscience, Science and Nature, Sham Inquiry, Skepticism and tagged Anomalies, Bigfoot, Cryptozoology, education, ghost hunters, Ghosts, hauntings, miracle detectives, paranormal, paranormal investigation, Pseudoscience, psychics, science, Sham Inquiry, skeptical, TV show. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.