Paranormal TV show listing

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PARANORMAL-THEMED TV SHOWS

This 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.) I realize that 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. The line can be blurry.

The purpose for the list was to look for trends and copycat shows. For more about paranormal television shows, check out Doubtful News. I post news about shows that are renewed or cancelled and new ones on the horizon at the same time they are posted here.

Title Run Years Category Channel/Network
Ripleys Believe it or Not 1949-1950,
1982-1986,
1999 (animated)
2000-2003
Paranormal  ABC, TBS
One Step Beyond (Alcoa Presents…) 1959-1961 Paranormal ABC
In Search Of… 1976–1982 Paranormal U.S. syndicated
Beyond Reason 1977-1980 Paranormal CBC (Canada)
Next Step Beyond (The) 1978-1979 Paranormal Syndicated
Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World 1980 Paranormal U.K.
Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers 1985 Paranormal A&E networks
Unsolved Mysteries 1987, 2001 Paranormal NBC, CBS
James Randi: Psychic Investigator 1991 Psychics U.K.
Haunted Lives/Real Ghosts 1991-1995
(mini-series [3 eps])
Ghosts CBS/UPN
Mysteries from Beyond the Other Dominion 1992-1993 Paranormal SyFy (SciFi)
Sightings 1992-1997 Paranormal Fox Network, Syfy, syndicated television
Extraordinary (The) 1993-1996
1994
Paranormal Seven Network (Australia)
U.S. version
Strange But True? 1993-1997 Paranormal ITV (U.K.)
Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe 1994 Paranormal U.K.
Encounters: The Hidden Truth 1994 Paranormal Fox Channel
Ancient Mysteries 1994-1998 Paranormal History Channel/A&E
Histories Mysteries 1994-2006 Paranormal History Channel
Ghosthunters 1996 Ghosts Discovery Channel Europe
Strange Universe 1996 Paranormal UPN, syndicated television
Paranormal Borderline (The) 1996-1997 Paranormal UPN
Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996-2000 Paranormal Canada
Unexplained (The) 1996-2000 Paranormal A&E Network, Biography Channel
Fortean TV 1997-1998 Paranormal U.K. Channel 4
Animal X 1997-2002 Cryptozoology Animal Planet
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 1997-2002 Paranormal Fox
Haunted History 1998–2008 Ghosts History Channel, Biography Channel
Exploring the Unknown 1999 Paranormal Fox Kids
X Creatures (The) 1999 Cryptozoology BBC (U.K.)
Crossing Over with John Edward 1999–2004 Paranormal Sci-Fi Channel, Living TV (UK)
Real Scary Stories 2000-2001 Paranormal ABC Family
Encounters with the Unexplained 2000-2002 Paranormal PAX
Scariest Places on Earth 2000-2004 Ghosts ABC Family
MTV’s Fear 2000–2002 Ghosts MTV
Ghostwatch Live 2001 Ghosts U.K.
Out There TV 2001 Paranormal America One
Scary…But True 2001 Paranormal Syfy, YTV, Chiller
Truth or Scare 2001 – 2003 Paranormal Discovery Kids, The Hub
Haunted Hotels (America’s) -2001 Ghosts Travel Channel
6ixth Sense with Colin Fry 2002 Psychics Living TV (UK)
Critical Eye 2002 Paranormal Science Channel
Most Haunted Live! 2002 Ghosts Living TV (UK), Paranormal Channel (UK), Travel Channel
Scream Team 2002 Paranormal Living TV
Beyond with James vanPraagh 2002-2003 Psychics U.S. syndicated
Big Urban Myth 2002-2004 Paranormal MTV
Pet Psychic 2002-2004 Psychics Animal Planet
Mystery Hunters 2002-2006 Paranormal Discovery Networks, YTV
Mysterious Journeys 2002-2007 Paranormal Travel Channel
Scared! (on Staten Island) 2002-2009 Ghosts
Creepy Canada 2002–2006 Paranormal Canada
Most Haunted 2002–2010 Ghosts Living TV (UK), Paranormal Channel (UK), Travel Channel
Antiques Ghost Show (The) 2003 Ghosts Living TV (UK)
Penn & Teller’s Bullshit 2003-2010 Paranormal Showtime
Unexplained Mysteries 2003 Paranormal Syndicated television
Jane Goldman Investigates 2003-2004 Paranormal Living TV (UK)
Weird Travels 2003–2006 Paranormal Travel Channel
Proof Positive: Evidence of the Paranormal 2004 Paranormal SyFy
Mysterious Encounters 2004 Cryptozoology OLN
Psychic Detective with Tony Stockwell 2004 Psychics Living TV (U.K.)
I’m Famous and Frightened! 2004-2005 Ghosts Living TV (U.K.)
Weird U.S. 2004-2005 Paranormal History Channel
Dead Famous 2004-2006 Ghosts Living TV, Biography
Psychic Detectives 2004-2007 Psychics TruTV
UFO Files 2004-2007 Aliens/UFOs History Channel
Ghost Hunters 2004-current Ghosts Syfy
America’s Haunted Castles 2005 Ghosts Travel Channel
Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns 2005 Ghosts Living TV (UK), Travel Channel
Dead Tenants 2005 Ghosts The Learning Channel
Enigma 2005 Paranormal Vision TV (Canada)
Girly Ghosthunters (The) 2005 Ghosts Canada
Haunted Houses: Tortured Souls & Restless Spirits 2005 Ghosts Biography Channel
Paranormal? 2005 Paranormal National Geographic Channel
Psychic Witness 2005-2006 Psychics TLC/Discovery
A Haunting 2005-2007 Ghosts Discovery Channel / Destination America
Beyond 2005-2007 Paranormal Canada
Is it Real? 2005-2007 Paranormal Nat Geo
Haunting Evidence 2005-2008 Paranormal Court TV/TruTV
Decoding the Past 2005-current Paranormal History Channel
Ghostly Encounters 2005-2011 Ghosts Viva/W Network (Canada), A&E Network, Biography Channel
Celebrity Paranormal Project 2006 Ghosts VH1
Haunted Homes 2006 Ghosts ITV
Haunted Lighthouses of America 2006 Ghosts Travel Channel
SciFi Investigates 2006 Paranormal SyFy
5th Dimension: Secrets of the Supernatural 2006 Paranormal Discovery
Unexplained Canada 2006 Paranormal Space
Extreme Ghost Stories 2006-2007 Ghosts ITV Granada WeTV (U.K.)
Ghost Trackers 2006-2008 Ghosts HBO, Discovery Kids Canada ,YTV
Psychic Investigators 2006-2009 Psychics Biography Channel
Ghosthunting with… 2006-2010 Ghosts ITV2 (U.K.)
Rescue Mediums 2006-2010 Psychics W Network (Canada)
Paranormal State 2006-2011 Paranormal A&E Network
America’s Psychic Challenge 2007 Psychics Lifetime
Investigations of the Unexplained 2007 Paranormal Travel Channel
Phenomenon / The Successor 2007 Psychic NBC
Spook School 2007-2008 Ghosts Unexplained Channel, Antix Productions
Monster Quest 2007-2010 Cryptozoology History Channel
Destination Truth 2007-2014 Paranormal SyFy
Ghost Hunters International 2008-2012 Ghosts Syfy
The Real Exorcist (Bob Larson) 2007 2008 2012 Demons Virgin 1 UK SciFi Lifetime
Paranormal Egypt 2008 Paranormal Travel Channel
The One 2008 and 2011 Psychic Seven Network (Aus)
Unexplained (The) with George Noory 2008 Paranormal SyFy
Living with the Dead 2008-2009 Ghosts U.K. CTV, syndicated
UFO Hunters 2008-2009 Aliens/UFOs History Channel
Ghost Adventures 2008-current Ghosts Travel Channel
Extreme Paranormal 2009 Ghosts A&E Network
Ghost Cases 2009 Ghosts (Canada)
Ghost Hunters Academy 2009 Ghosts Syfy
Ghost Intervention 2009 Ghosts TLC
Haunted (The) 2009 Ghosts Animal Planet
Nostradamus Effect 2009 Psychics History Channel
Othersiders (The) 2009 Ghosts Cartoon Network
Ghost Stories 2009 – current Ghosts Travel Channel
Most Terrifying Places in America 2009-2010 Paranormal Travel Channel
Ghost Lab 2009-2011 Ghosts Discovery Channel
Conspiracy Theory w/ Jesse Ventura 2009-2011 Conspiracy TruTV
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2009-current Ghosts Biography Channel
Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files 2009-current Paranormal Syfy
Mystery Quest 2009 Paranormal History Channel
Psychic Kids 2009-2011 Psychics Biography Channel/A&E Network
River Monsters 2009-current Cryptozoology Animal Planet
American Paranormal 2010 Paranormal Nat Geo
Real and Chance: The Legend Hunters 2010 Paranormal VH1
Ancient X Files 2010-2011 Paranormal Nat Geo
Derren Brown Investigates 2010 Paranormal Ch. 4 (U.K.)
Freak Encounters 2010 Paranormal Animal Planet
Mary Knows Best 2010 Psychics SyFy
Paranatural 2010 Paranormal Nat Geo
Paranormal Cops 2010 Paranormal A&E Network
Pet Psychic Encounters 2010 Psychics Animal Planet
Weird or What 2010 Paranormal Discovery Channel
My Ghost Story 2010 Ghosts Biography Channel
Ancient Aliens 2010-current Aliens/UFO History Channel
Brad Meltzer’s Decoded 2010-current Conspiracy History Channel
Paranormal State: The New Class 2010 Paranormal A&E Network
Mysteries at the Museum 2010-current Paranormal Travel Channel
Beast Hunter 2011 Cryptozoology Nat Geo
I Survived…Beyond and Back 2011 Miracles Biography Channel
Miracle Detectives 2011 Miracles OWN
Paranormal Home Inspectors 2011-2012 Paranormal Investigation Discovery (Canada)
Finding Bigfoot 2011-current Cryptozoology Animal Planet
Haunted Collector 2011-2013 Ghosts SyFy
Legend Quest 2011 Paranormal SyFy
From Beyond 2011 Paranormal Mun2
Paranormal Witness 2011 Paranormal SyFy
Long Island Medium 2011-current Psychics TLC
Celebrity Ghost Hunt (w/Chip Coffey) 2011 (pilot only) Ghosts Biography
Dark Matters: Twisted but True 2011-current Paranormal Science Channel
The Truth Behind… 2011 Paranormal Nat Geo
Paranormal Challenge 2011 Paranormal Travel Channel
Dead Files (The) 2011-current Psychics Travel Channel
Exorcist Files (The) 2012-cancelled Demons Discovery
Beyond Belief 2012 Miracles OWN
School Spirits 2012 Ghosts SyFy
Haunted Highway 2012-current Paranormal SyFy
Ghost Mine 2012-2013 Paranormal SyFy
Chasing UFOs 2012 Aliens/UFOs Nat Geo
Conspiracy Road Trip 2012 Conspiracy BBC3 (UK)
Professor Weird 2012 Paranormal Science Channel
Paranormal Paparazzi 2012 Paranormal Travel Channel
Cursed 2012 Paranormal Biography
UFOs: The Untold Stories 2012 Aliens/UFO Nat Geo
Haunted Encounters: Face to Face 2012 Paranormal Biography
Unsealed: Conspiracy Files 2012- Conspiracy CW?
Unsealed: Alien Files 2012- Aliens/UFO CW?
The Haunting Of… 2012-current Paranormal Biography
Stranded 2013 Paranormal SyFy
Deep South Paranormal 2013 Paranormal SyFy
Alien Mysteries 2013 Aliens/UFO Discovery Canada and Destination America
Monsters and Mysteries in America 2013 Cryptozoology Destination America
Killer Contact 2013 Paranormal SyFy
Joe Rogan Questions Everything 2013 Paranormal SyFy
Psychic Tia 2013 Psychics A & E
The Unexplained Files 2013 Paranormal Science Channel
Stalked by a Ghost 2013 Paranormal Biography
The Ghost Inside My Child 2013- Paranormal Biography
Ghost Bait 2013 Paranormal Biography
Mountain Monsters 2013- Cryptozoology Destination America
When Ghosts Attack 2013 Paranormal Destination America
The Monster Project 2013 Cryptozoology NatGeo Wild
Mystery Map 2013 Paranormal ITV (UK)
The Curse of Oak Island 2013- Paranormal History
Haunting: Australia 2014 Paranormal SyFy
10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty 2014 Cryptozoology Spike
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast 2014 Cryptozoology History Channel
Hangar 1: The UFO Files 2014 UFOs and aliens History (2) Channel
Cell Block Psychic 2014 Psychics Investigation Discovery
The R.I.P. Files 2014 Paranormal A&E CI (Australia and New Zealand)
Close Encounters 2014 UFOs and aliens Discovery Channel
Miracles Decoded 2014 Miracles History Channel (CAN)
Mom’s a Medium 2014 Psychics CMT (Canada)
Swamp Monsters 2014 Cryptozoology Destination America
Monsters Underground 2014 Cryptozoology Destination America
Ghost Asylum 2014 Paranormal Destination America
Angels Among Us 2014 Miracles TLC
Amish Haunting 2014 Paranormal Destination America
Search for the Lost Giants 2014 Paranormal History
Ghost Stalkers 2014 Paranormal Destination America
Buyer Beware Likely cancelled Paranormal SyFy
Ghost Town, USA Likely cancelled Paranormal SyFy
Deadfinder Likely cancelled Paranormal SyFy
Voodoo Paranormal In development Paranormal CMT
Cajun Paranormal In development Paranormal TLC
Meatloaf Rocks the Paranormal Likely cancelled Paranormal SyFy
Psychic Matchmaker In development Psychic TLC
Expedition Unknown In development Paranormal Travel Channel

If you have any additions or corrections, let me know (paskeptic[at]gmail.com) Last updated 21-October-2014

94 thoughts on “Paranormal TV show listing

  1. Andrew C

    I wouldn’t put River Monsters on that list. There is a lot of focus on local folklore, but it’s always attributed to animals that actually exist.

  2. Eno The Wonderdog

    River monsters appears to be a mistake. The only one involving cryptozoology I have seen was about a lake monster purported to be (details tedius) through “Sightings” and “Physical proof” the bloke came up with a possible suspect & caught it. This is the exact opposite of a show “Portraying paranormal as reality”. It’s looking at the ‘monster’ and debunking it as natural.

  3. Joe

    River Monsters ? Really ? I’ve seen every episode and they’ve never (to my recollection) referred to the supernatural as nonfiction.

  4. IggySniff

    river monsters doesn’t belong on this list, it’s just a fishing show, nothing paranormal or cryptozoological about it, trust me i’ve seen every episode

  5. idoubtit

    Regarding River Monsters: I did add this because of the folklore element (which gets a bit paranormal but not “supernatural”, just outside the “normal” range). However, I left off Beast Legends which does the opposite by focusing on JUST folklore animals. I’m going to add a little more background on this to help clarify. But thanks to those who commented!

    • Anonymous

      i love your site and your list, wish there really was proof of something crazy out there instead of just the crazy fools saying “what was that” over and over again. Do you know of any shows that are based a little more around reality?

    • Anonymous

      This is absolutely the best list I could ever hope to imagine to view. It has absolutely everything I could think of

  6. I hate, make that HATE, these “Ghost hunters” type of shows. They all consist of people filmed in night-vision going, “Did you hear that?” or “What was that?” Show me some conclusive proof. I am open-minded and do take some things on faith, but these shows are just garbage. Educate us on folklore or legends of old, not how creaky a settling house is.

    • idoubtit

      I share your irritation. Check out the rest of the site and see why. They do a real disservice to portraying investigation and science. It warps the public’s view if they do not have the tools or background to tell what has merit and what is bullshit. The point of this list was to see when “reality” type stuff came into it’s own and what came before.

      • I am now a new fan. Bad Astronomer turned me on to you and while I would like to be a believer in Bigfoot, Jersey Devil, UFO’s and many other things, I need PROOF. Not blurry video or secondhand stories, real scientific proof by SCIENTISTS. I am also not a fan of “Reality TV” to begin with so these shows double irk me.
        Living in the mountains of western NC and traveling the world as a military brat then a serviceman myself, I have seen some strange things that scared me all the way to the mens room, but I am not a scientist, so it was probably “Fight or Flight” reactions. Anyway, good blog, subscribed here and twitter, @TB2942MH blog is tb2942. Thanks for some good reading tonight

    • Agbo

      HATE seems a bit strong, you make a statement that includes a huge generalisation unless you really have seen al the shows. I can tell you about episodes that give more proof of ghosts than I need.

  7. Will

    This all seems like a rather frightening descent into ignorance. With science in schools deteriorating, kids watching an increasing amount of television at home (at least as far as I’m aware) and more shows like this being presented under the guise of proper research, it is so very important for skepticism to make its way to younger generations. I work with people who take the ghost hunting shows seriously and it is mind boggling. There was a show on the history channel last night about hauntings… I wish I were surprised by it. It was during Easter with a crowd of people so I didn’t catch all of it, but nothing I saw indicated an attempt at rationality.

    While any network is bad, seeing these shows on Discovery, History, Travel Channel and Nat Geo is utterly disheartening and infuriating. It makes rational people have to be that much more cautious and work that much harder to separate fact from nonsense (not that this paranormal subject matter is particularly difficult).

    Even just looking at the chronological order and quantity progression is sad. I’ve not seen most of them, but are there any good skeptical shows to counter the nonsense? The titles don’t suggest much hope, but Randi’s show is a nice beacon (though unfortunately long gone).

    And here I thought the constant rain in Indiana was depressing…

    • idoubtit

      Will: It does seem that way but I think we have the ability to be better informed than ever, we just have to know which sources to go to for reasonable information. Because beliefs play into these subjects quite heavily, people don’t always want reasonable info, but what feeds into their belief. These amateur mystery investigations shows and “stories” shows play into that.

      I know what you mean about people taking them seriously; they think this is legitimate research and science. That’s seriously concerning. There are a few skeptical shows and some hat were less awful than others but spooky sells. I hope some day accuracy is valued over drama and speculation. But, I doubt that. Meanwhile, you point out flaws and hope someone is listening.

  8. jenny

    Thanks for this list! Most of these shows I have never heard of and will eagerly seek out. I love the old “In Search Ofs…”

  9. Tim

    I’d consider adding the Derren Brown Investigates TV shows over here in the UK. Although they are more a series of one-offs rather than an actual series. Great viewing.

  10. Anonymous

    Hello

    I´m trying to find a Paranormal television show that I saw a few years ago, around 2007-2009 or so. Its about 3 people (2 guys and a girl) that drives around America (i think) searching for haunted places. 1 guy and the girl checks out the place with cameras on their heads, with one camera recording their eyes and shows how they react. The other guy sits in the back of the car with computers that are recording everything. After the hunt is complete they go through the material together. The computer-guy uses programs to enhance any sightings they have recorded. I’d be very happy if someone could tell me the name of that show :)

  11. Andre Ho

    The name of the show is “Ghost Hunt” by New Zealand TV Networks. It’s by far the most genuine and scary paranormal or spirit hunting show I’ve seen. Strangely, it is not well known to many. I do hope there will be making Season 2.

  12. Anonymous

    One of he best ghost/paranormal series in my opinion is a show called ‘Haunted Britain’. A bit older than the rest but GREAT story-telling and re-creations, the shows where they run around squealing and saying ‘what was that what was that’ bug me, this show you just sit back and listen to the narrators deep, calm voice n get sucked in and freaked out

  13. Anonymous

    You simply cannot disregard the mountainous evidence of the supernatural. Countless testimonies to the fact that peoples lives were genuinly affected, and sometimes ruined (broken marriages, families..). Forget the clowns on television doing investigations. I focus on shows like Animal Planets “The Haunted,” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories” which give first hand accounts to supernatural occurrences. Some may be embellishing, and some may be completely dishonest, but you cannot rule all accounts as hoaxes. then you must ask yourself, what are these people truly experiencing? I will tell you that what people are truly experiencing, if at all, is demonic activity manifesting in many ways. I myself was the victim of repeated demonic attacks back in the 80’s but have since received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
    Dont be foolish, saying that “I have never experience anything paranormal, therefore it doesnt exist.” Many of the stories told on these programs are from persons who were completely skeptical until it happened to them.

    • idoubtit

      They are TV shows.
      There is not mountainous evidence of the supernatural other than people’s stories. There used to be mountainous evidence of witchcraft too. Not worth anything. You can’t scientifically test the supernatural – its not natural, thus, not testable.
      Testimony means nothing. People misinterpret, are wrong, make mistakes, exaggerate and lie.

      And… anyone who mentions “Lord Jesus Christ as Savior” can just spare the typing and go somewhere else. I’ve thought through that. Take it elsewhere.

    • KitchenKnives

      I realise this comment is almost a year old now, but I feel compelled to add a logical argument against your case. I assume that your faith dictates you denounce all Gods other than your own, therefore are you not implying that several billion people (those of other religions) are wrong in their beliefs? Apply the same logic, the logic you yourself live by, to belief in the supernatural and you’ve just cancelled out that supposed “mountainous evidence” you claim exists.

  14. Cherie

    By your theory the supernatural cannot exist because it cannot be scientifically tested,
    i think your wrong,just because nobody has found a viable way to test any theory on the supernatural or paranormal -do’s not mean it do’snt exist it just means nobody has looked in the right place yet.
    i am a firm believer in the supernatural and the paranormal,
    i think science is fun and the way forward,without science people would still think the world was flat and you could cure a headache by bashing a hole in your skull,
    even a scientist has to admit there are things in this world that cannot be explained or theorised you cannot say something do’s not exist just because you cannot explain or,rationlise it,

    • idoubtit

      It’s not my “theory”, it’s definitions. If the supernatural is beyond natural laws, it’s beyond science. So, we simply can’t test it or know it or predict it.

      The only way you can accept it is to believe. I chose not to believe too much just for fun. At least not important stuff.

      • Agonist

        perhaps the ‘supernatural’ IS within natural laws, we just dont know how to explane it yet… for example static electricity would have been ‘supernatural’ thousands of years ago before scientist understood friction… it was theorized that phlogiston was released in combustion reactions, which accounted for the loss of mass, which we know now as oxidization.

        did you know that our bodies radiate distinctive EMF’s which change upon our feelings and health, and that they can influence other people… that sounds a bit like the ‘supernatural’ belief in auras and energies… food for though.

      • idoubtit

        You misunderstand a lot about science. And we’ve come a long way from phlogiston. Most of the big things about natural laws have been discovered already. Sorry but that EMF changing fields thing is nonsense. That is a completely made up idea with no evidence.

      • Dave Schumacher

        I think we need to move towards saying people have subjective paranormal experiences and working towards understanding why they have those experiences, which can be studied using science (and I think we have seen this from people such as Dr. Chris French, Dr. Jason Braithwaite, Dr. Caroline Watt and others). Many people report many experiences and therefore it would seem like a worthwhile endeavor.

  15. d

    There’s a saying for people who feel something is worth believing in now just because it could be proven to exist in the future…

    …it’s called “Wishful Thinking”.

  16. This is an outstanding resource. And a little scary.

    Do you have plans to make a similar list (or have you done?) of fictional shows that involve the paranormal? There seems to be a few such productions currently, but there have always been some. Also, they may have changed over time. I’m pretty sure that “My Mother the Car” was widely viewed as not representing something real, but I’m not so sure about modern day psychic cop shows.

    • idoubtit

      Oh gosh, that would be quite the undertaking. I developed this list over a few months and keep adding to it. I was interested in their portrayal as “real” and as “science” especially. So, I’m not as interested in the fictional portrayals which I suspect would be a HUGE list, and a bit more ambiguous. Munsters, Scooby Doo, Adaams Family, I Dream of Genie, etc.

  17. … and then there are those liminal cases like The Brady Bunch which are a little too unreal …

    I guess this is what I would find interesting: There is fantasy and clear science fiction such as the Adaams Family and Dark Shadows. Then there is the use of paranormal in stories where any non believe would assume it is fiction but not all would assume that … it is not absurd enough … such as a psychic detective or some off that stuff about angels, where people really do believe in these things so even though they might recognize it as fiction they see the supernatural or paranormal as fictionalized reality. Then there is the use of paranormal or supernatural with the explicit rejection of the paranormal, like that one episode of Dick Van Dyke with the ghosts at the cabin, or all but one episode of Scooby Doo.

    Give these three categories (if the categories hold up) it would be interesting to have a basic tracking of relative frequency.

    Good point that there are a LOT of such shows. It might be best done by sampling.

  18. Mick

    If someone could help me identify this show, I would be very appreciative.

    I watched it about 7 or 8 years ago. It might have been a night terrors episode of a paranormal documentary type of show. It was about a person who was being terrorized at night and a sort of exorcism is performed. A person goes around the room and says a prayer while recording it on a voice recorder. Nothing unusual is heard during the prayer. However, when he listens back to the tape, when he mentions the word “God” you hear this horrible screaming on the recorder. Does anyone have any memory of this show?

  19. paul mower

    The Canadian Broadcasting Company came to the.U.K.about 12 years ago to film strange mysteries of Britain.The name of the programme I’m not sure of?.I was involved in the programme.The specific story was about two metal detectorist who at night were detecting a Roman site in Leighton,Shropshire.The story the sound of war like yells and charging horses.There were no horses in the field it was a wheat field.The two tried to leave the site the but were confronted by an impenetrable invisible barrier which prevented them from fleeing the scene.Was it the ghosts of the Legions?I was promised a copy of the programme,but never received it!.My 15 minutes of fame lost forever.Unless you know better?

  20. anywhere where i can these shows with a rating? I cant be done with people
    s ghost stories, i wanna see people getting out there and gathering evidence. i enjoy destination truth and ghost adventures. i don’t like chip coffey (rude) and i think the haunted collector is just a con-man blatantly burgling people for his ‘museum’.
    \Ive just watched ‘ghost mine’ and it’s alright actually, i’ve only seen the first two eps but it’s not bad at all.
    thank you

  21. Raven

    I agree that another – a second – list of fictional paranormal series would be a great thing to have…this is a good start, though, and it is an impressively comprehensive list. Nice to have like-minded folks out there.

  22. Raven

    There have been some others, …Lisa Williams and John Edwards are both psychics who had their own shows some years ago, and there was another show dealing with a psychic who healed animals (I didn’t think it was the ‘Pet Psychic’ show you list, but I could be wrong…) I do appreciate your list. I also agree that most of the ‘ghost hunting’ shows are BORING, though I felt ‘Paranormal State’ offered something more than the others and was sad to see it go. I also think that one can only ‘debunk’ specific occurrences; there are mysteries of a paranormal and supernatural nature that will possibly never be ‘proven’ one way or another. Big deal – I honor mystery.

    • idoubtit

      Paranormal State was potentially one of the most harmful shows on TV. Any show that promotes the idea that you have demons in your house is, frankly, unethical. Interesting, yes. But horrendous in its own way. And worse, it appealed to young adults and gave the impression the group was affiliated with the university and serious research which it CLEARLY was NOT.

      Sorry but “honor mystery” makes no sense to me. I can enjoy and appreciate it but honor is not an appropriate word.

  23. This is a great list.It is interesting to see that the beliefs through the years haven’t really changed very much yet the portrayal of them has become more and more subjective and sensational. Perhaps the competition has driven them to ever great heights (lows?) to secure an increasingly divided audience. I see the logical culmination of this trend as a show called “Murder Ghost”, where people walk into a haunted house and explode for no adequately explained reason. I would pitch it to producers myself but it makes my integrity hurt just thinking about it!

  24. jj

    I’m not sure if any readers will know of the tv series I’m describing. It’s an European (no idea what language, I was too young to figure that out) tv series aired during 1998/99 that had supernatural and crime elements to it. It’s about a boy or young adult male with the ability to see spirits after a near-death incident. He starts helping the spirit of a murder/rape victim identify who her serial killer was. The serial killer’s trademark was to rip the earring from the victim’s ear (very vague details here…). I’ve been searching for this and I’m almost giving up :( I know there’s very little to go with so if no one knows, it’s ok :)

  25. Robert Jeffries

    Yea just letting you know, a new paranoramal series from Australia called ‘Australia’s Most Haunted’ is in production now. Rob. J

  26. katie

    Thank you for keeping this list up to date. It’s been very helpful over the years and much appreciated. I’ve had it bookmarked for a while now.

    I prefer watching the biographic-type paranormal shows. I’m sure they stretch the truth to make the stories more interesting. But that’s ok with me. They capture my attention and have some creep-factor too. Awesome entertainment, and makes me imagine myself in that situation. What what I do?

    The investigative shows, however, are supposed to be seeking out hard evidence and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a good one. All we have are shows like Deep South Paranormal, which I find more goofy than investigative. These types of shows like Haunted Encounters: Face to Face rely almost entirely on EVP sessions and blurry night vision. That show was so boring to me and looked way too staged. Ghost Lab was probably one of my favorite investigative shows. Ghost Mine was good too. I hope they bring it back for season 2.

    For the biographic-type shows I really enjoy the new Alien Mysteries. It is very well done. A little drawn out, but better than most, nonetheless. I like the MUFON testimony. Not sure if it’s still on though.

    There is a new show on right now that is not on your list called My Haunted House. It is well done. I’d say it’s a cross between A Haunting (latest season) and Paranormal Witness. It’s nowhere near A Haunting season 1-3, which to me is the best of the best, but the camera work is great and worth a look for anyone looking to fill that ghost show void.

    idoubtit (I assume you are the creator of this list) – If you have any other recommendations for newer series (or past favorites), please share :)

  27. GMat

    This list is great!! But I have to say Paranormal State AND Children of the Grave was an awesome show/documentary. The Booth Brothers need to continue sharing their experiences!! Whether or not people think many of the shows are corny or harmful, everyone has the right to their opinion but mine will be River Monsters doesn’t belong on this list…again – my opinion! Anyway keep up the good work! Enjoy your show!!! :)

  28. Jay C

    If it could be arranged for you to go on an “Investigation” with the Travel Channels Ghost Adventures team, at no expense to you; Would you go for it and explain or rather “Debunk” any Electronic Voice Phenomena, or other attempts at spirit communication, as well as Video or other Photographic “Evidence”? You could even be involved in the final editing, I’d love to finally have a skeptics “Scientific Analysis” of these “Paranormal” incidents if you can come up with one. I’m a huge skeptic myself and have tried to “Debunk” EVPs for several years now but I’m at a loss to explain how I get direct answers to questions on a digital voice recorder whilst in a Faraday Cage.

    Getting back to the original question, please reply because I’m pretty sure it can be arranged.

    • idoubtit

      I don’t pretend to have the expertise to debunk that stuff. It takes specific knowledge to understand how it works. Ghost TV shows are edited extensively to show a good story. It would be worthless to go on to participate in an investigation. They do entertainment, not science.

  29. Barry T.

    I’m seeing a pattern here. Like the moderator mentions, there are too many legit channels (Discovery, History Channel, Nat Geo, among others) forwarding questionable fodder to their viewers, when it is nothing more than interesting filler for programming! Simple as that! It does, however, pique the interest of “hunters”, paranormal “tourists”, and even skeptics to see some of these spots for themselves, probably to the delight of individual home owners and various business owners who claim to be haunted or have seen and heard “strange things”. Whether proof of the paranormal exists or not isn’t of much importance, but the royalties and spin-offs and the cash of gullible consumers and passers-by certainly is! The circus carny has a new job description–paranormal investigator!

    Make no mistake about it, paranormal researchers and psychics, etc., as well as the proprietors they investigate do get some “payback” for their TV spots. It’s in their best interest to appear distressed or mystified, even when they have their own doubts about what they perceive. Makes for good TV.

    Those who take these shows too seriously, even if they’ve never experienced anything out of the ordinary themselves, should be aware of these shenanigans. For those who insist there’s supernatural and paranormal things out there–speaking from their own experiences–the rest of us can only question your understanding of the world we share, and hope that logic, a firm grasp of the laws of science and proper methodology, and some clear, up-close and unaltered photographs / videos will help you (and us) out. That, or stop taking the drugs you currently do and start taking the ones that won’t alter your perceptions and thoughts. Prescription or otherwise…

    I’ve often said to colleagues and workmates who are faithful to a religion that I have no real bias against their faith or beliefs, since I’ve understood it to be something learned (usually from a very early age) to the point of being hard-wired and, overall, culturally ingrained. Inevitably, I come to the conclusion–to stave off further argument–that “faith is above logic”. My tongue at that point becomes firmly planted, cheek-wise.

  30. james

    Thanks for the post me and my wife are always looking for new and old shows to watch with this tone. I experienced something 8 years ago and always kept my interest since. Think a few shows are missing thought.

    The ghost inside my child << Great show, very well done
    I'll haunt you when I'm Dead << decent, only one episode it seems maybe a pilot
    Alien encounters << Pilot, seems like my ghost story episode

    i'm sure there's more but that's what I've found outside this box. If you know more please post!
    .

  31. Chicago Skeptic

    Just want to say how utterly awful this program sounds “Meatloaf Rocks the Paranormal”. Something tells me it will never get out of development.

  32. Cindy

    There was a show a few years ago that i watched. It had Rachel Hunter and 3 or 4 other people who went into an insane asylum in Pennsylvania ? and they had to several tasks there. A young girl who had been in there had had a lobotomy and she was later found in her cell dead. While they were in the basement of this institution they were chased by a ghost. It’s the scariest Paranormal show I ever saw but I can’t remember the name of it. Any one know which show I’m referring to?

  33. I would LOVE to see a show by a paranormal team, that shows the WORK. The research, the setup, the sweating, freezing, or whatever, but real. No sleep, surviving in Monsters and beef jerky. Sit in rooms on the floor for hours, in silence, and cold, and you get nothing. Week after week. But then you Get IT. The holy grail.
    the piece of evidence that even Larry Flaxman will watch over and over.
    That is must see TV to *me.

    • Super

      umm, no offense, but that sounds REALLY boring. Do you mean you want to watch a half hour or hour long episode of someone sitting on a floor? Most shows show how they setup, you can use your imagination and figure out its a lot of work. People want to see evidence, not a lack of.

    • Super

      Thanks, I’m downloading now it. I’ve watched all other episodes and they were pretty interesting.
      I wish they would use a bit more “actual footage” though.

  34. Jim

    Does anyone remember a reality show that aired on Spike TV (I think) several years back. It had an attractive blonde cryptozoologist who traveled around in her RV and I think wrote diary entries at the end of each show. I though that she might’ve had a first name like Chance of Destiny or something like that, but now I think that she had a last name like “Strange”, and that made believe that maybe the show might have been called “Strange Encounters”, but I can’t find anything matching that. Any ideas?

  35. Xoxosophixoxo

    I can’t remember the name of the show but 3 people who know each other enter the show and they go to a haunted location for 5 days or so they call it a week and every week that the show is on three different people go to a different location does anybody know the name of the show?

  36. Francine

    I love your list. It’s got almost every show I’ve ever watched with a paranormal theme. I do have to say, I feel the “reality” based shows that have crept up over the past 5 or 6 years has ruined quality programing in this genre. I watched Ghost Hunters the first season and realized it didn’t have the entertainment quality as the reenactment type series that started with shows like One Step Beyond. All of these series are to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s mainly for entertainment purposes…for you to believe or not. I also enjoyed the Canadian series, Ghostly Encounters. Where the actual witness is telling their story with actors portraying the experience. I do hope they keep coming back with all of these paranormal type series.

  37. PATRICK

    What a great site you have here. I have noticed that this year (2014) it seems like a lot of the shows I used to watch have been cancelled. Long Island medium and The Dead Files are the only decent ones left I enjoy. I was disappointed that Haunted Collector was not renewed. Just my opinion but thought I’d share. Hope we get some good new shows to replace what’s been lost.

  38. Barry T.

    Even as a skeptic, you might agree the entertainment value can be pretty good, especially when a story is interpreted with CGI effects. Or not, if all a series ever shows is investigators plodding around in- or outdoors with IR or night cameras rolling nonstop. Always get a chuckle from the odd noises interpreted on EVPs as voices from beyond. Doesn’t “matrixing” apply to audio as well as visual? That fart could be my dead Auntie saying “Hello”!

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