a look back at the best paranormal shows on television over the last two decades, in brief
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We’ve all got our go-to shows when it comes to the paranormal on television. I’m going to look at the ten best paranormal shows from the last two decades in this post. This post contains only my personal opinions.
10) Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters debuted in 2004 and has since aired for a total of 13 times. This must be one of the longest-running paranormal shows on television. In any case, it was a pioneer in conducting in-depth investigations. In addition to Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, the cast has included many others over the years such as Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Dustin Pari. Until former investigator Donna Lacroix’s accusations that the show had been sullied by the fabrication of evidence, I had devotedly followed this show religiously.
9) Celebrity Ghost Stories
In 2009 and 2014, the show Celebrity Ghost Stories featured ghost stories from celebrities. It was pleasantly surprising. First, I thought the stories would be made up of D-list celebrities. What we got instead were entertaining and sometimes spooky tales from well-known celebrities. The stars tell their spooky stories through reenactments and short interviews. I highly recommend watching the show if you can get your hands on an old season.
8) Kindred Spirits
Ghost Hunters alums Amy Bruni and Adam Berry returned to television screens in 2016 with their new show Kindred Spirits. Bruni and Berry set out to look into claims that people were being haunted by the spirits of deceased family members. This is a fun show to watch because of the unique locations and high production values, as well as the talented ghost hunting team.
7) My Haunted House
There have been four seasons of My Haunted House since it premiered in 2013. In this book, real-life accounts of terrifying hauntings are recounted. The show is a lot of fun, but it’s one I approach with skepticism. The tales are told through a combination of re-enactments and interviews with the people who claim to have had these paranormal experiences. The problem is that these so-called “real” people are, in fact, terrible actors. In addition to this, there is the issue of reusing locations in successive episodes for different stories, which should raise red flags for viewers who value accuracy and realism in their entertainment. This is incredibly off-putting. There are some genuine scares in My Haunted House, which is an entertaining show. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s heavily inspired by science fiction and science fact only loosely or even entirely
6) School Spirits
In 2012, there was only one season of this show. It was created by the same team that brought you Celebrity Ghost Tales. There were interviews and re-enactments on this show, as on many other non-investigative shows. For this show, the tried and true formula worked well. This collection of ghost stories, all set in US colleges and universities, was both disturbing and engrossing. I’ve always hoped this show would have a second season. Unfortunately, this did not come to fruition. A gem of a show, School Spirits deserved to be more well-known than it was.
5) Alaska Haunting
A fifth show, Alaska Haunting, also aired for only one season. Each episode is based on an actual case of paranormal activity in the frozen Alaskan wilderness. Again, the story of ghostly hauntings is told through interviews and re-enactments. This show stands out from the crowd thanks to its Alaskan setting. Most of the tales are intriguing, if not downright frightening. I’m going to assume that the lack of scares was what ultimately doomed this show to a brief run. That’s too bad because the show had so much potential.
4) The Dead Files
It premiered in 2011 as The Dead Files. It’s still going strong after twelve seasons. For a long time, I put off watching this show because I’m wary of most TV psychics. Many people appear to just make stuff up. When it comes to television psychics, Amy Allen, co-host of the Dead Files, is a cut above the rest. She’s always right, and it’s fun to watch her investigate haunted houses to find out what’s really going on with the spirits there. Another member of the Dead Files team is co-host Steve DiSchiavi, a former New York Police Department detective who conducts his own research into each location and uses the findings to back up Amy’s clairvoyant insights. The Dead Files is a riveting show that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time.
3) A Haunting
– This show has always been a favorite of mine. In 2005, the show premiered, and it lasted until 2015. A Haunting examines a range of real-life hauntings through re-enactments and interviews. Generally speaking, the acting and narration are excellent. In many of the episodes, Ed and Lorraine Warren’s cases are featured. Certain members of the paranormal community will find this interesting, while others who are critical of their work will be turned off. Overall, however, this show offers an intriguing retelling of both well-known and lesser-known haunting cases. Check out this fascinating series for yourself.
2) Paranormal Witness
In 2011, this show debuted on television. Last year’s episode of the most recent season aired. The show’s devotees are hoping for a new season this year. Like A Haunting, Paranormal Witness examines paranormal cases through re-enactments and interviews. It’s not just for ghosts, either. Some of the topics covered on the show have included UFOs, Big Foot, werewolves, demonic infestations, and the usual assortment of hauntings. A lot of interesting cases are examined in Paranormal Witness, so it’s sure to pique the interest of paranormal fans everywhere. There are some genuine scares in this film that are sure to please horror fans, so if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
1) Paranormal Lockdown
It ran from 2016 to 2019 and featured Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman as paranormal investigators on the case. Expert paranormal investigators explore many well-known haunted locations with this team (The Anderson Hotel, Waverly Hills, Franklin Castle, the Pontefract Poltergeist House etc). Unlike many other paranormal investigation shows, they don’t just spend a night in the haunted house; they spend a full 72 hours there. This gives them a lot of time to look around and interact with the phantoms that live there. They employ a wide range of specialized equipment to produce what appear to be convincing results. This team’s method of investigation is similar to that of Ghost Hunters. The crucial distinction, however, is that none of the scandals that beset Ghost Hunters have followed Groff and Weidman. There are many similarities between Paranormal Lockdown and The Ghost Hunters, and it deserves to be at the top of this list of the best paranormal TV shows.