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Seven Best Ghost and Paranormal Shows

by Ikam Acosta, posted Sep 1st 2010 5:00PM
Ghost Adventures on Travel ChannelGhost stories aren't just for Halloween; some people enjoy getting the living crap scared out of them year round. For those who fit into that category, there are a few spooky television shows out there -- if you know where to find them.

From professional ghost hunters to people thrown into scary situations, read on to see our seven favorite freaky shows on TV right now.

1. 'Ghost Adventures'
Network: Travel Channel
Why It's Spooky: The trio of ghost hunters, comprised of Zak, Nick, and Aaron, investigates some of the most notorious and haunted places in the world. The detailed eyewitness accounts of these paranormal experiences make viewers feel as if they're actually on location with the ghost-hunting team. The interviews with local residents and historical experts add to the chilling nature of the show, explaining the history of the haunted places and some of the horrible deaths that occurred there.




2. 'Paranormal State'
Network: A&E (Arts & Entertainment Channel)
Why It's Spooky: This show features research conducted by university students from Penn State . It's particularly spooky because they take a more scientific approach when trying to provide evidence of an actual haunting or to solve some unexplained phenomenon. They film the entire process of their research, including the gathering of background information. They always explain the nature of any equipment used to measure and record paranormal activity, and later show the recorded footage. They also conduct interviews with the owners of the allegedly haunted homes before, during and after their findings.




3. 'Ghost Hunters'

Network: Syfy Channel
Why It's Spooky: Jason and Grant may be plumbers by day, but at night they take to haunted locations with their ghost-hunting team to collect evidence of paranormal activity. After founding The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), they resolved to help people understand the paranormal and to investigate any events that may be unexplained, no matter the location. This is the original 'Ghost Hunters' series. Spin-offs include 'Ghost Hunters Academy' and 'Ghost Hunters International.'



4. 'A Haunting'
Network: Discovery Channel
Why It's Spooky: This is one of the scariest shows chronicling eerie events that have occurred around America. The show is a dramatization of real-life events, but the way the stories are told are chilling, often involving suicides or murders that left a psychic impression on the location. Several people are interviewed throughout the show, discussing the energy they felt in the place and the legends and haunted history. After the hour is up, you're left with the complete story and a sense of amazement at how the dead can still have such an impression on the living.



5. 'Most Haunted USA'
Network: Travel Channel
Why It's Spooky: This show was originally adapted from the British television series of the same name. Paranormal investigators stay overnight at haunted locations to investigate unusual activity. They feature mediums and parapsychologists to sense whether there is a disturbing presence in a particular house or if there is something that needs to be communicated from the other realm. A historian is also there to provide facts about the location in question in case it reveals additional information about the unexplained events.



6. 'Ghost Hunters Academy'
Network: Syfy Channel
Why It's Spooky: It's a spin-off of the original 'Ghost Hunters' with two other members from TAPS heading the show. This time, however, they recruit people who wish to become ghost hunters and train them in the paranormal. It has a more amateurish element to it, but I believe that makes it scarier because the team is less experienced and more susceptible to being spooked by paranormal events. This show gauges whether some of these individuals have what it takes to be ghost hunters. Some will make the cut and continue on other 'Ghost Hunters' series, others will not.



7. 'Fear'
Network: MTV
Why It's Spooky: MTV's attempt to cash in on ghost-hunting reality shows reminded me of watching 'The Blair Witch Project.' You can see people were really freaking out at times, since they' weren't professional ghost hunters, but contestants who stayed overnight in a haunted house or other location where paranormal activity had been rumored to occur: penitentiaries, mental institutions and abandoned factories and hotels. While the show did sometimes feature psychics and stories of urban legends surrounding allegedly haunted locations, there was really no evidence to verify that supernatural activity actually occurred.




What's your favorite ghost/paranormal show?

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Conie

They are all so obviously faked, it amazes me that anyone could buy into it! Jeeeeeze! Ignorace really IS bliss! LOL

July 21 2014 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thedoggist

Has anyone mentioned "The Dead Files". I'm not even arguing veracity, just entertainment, and I like the premise of the show (an ex-cop who investigates, a medium who does the walk throughs). It's a good way to make my morning bus commute fly by!

August 31 2013 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Elvis Symons

You've mentioned some excellant programs, but you left out my absolute favorite ghost/paranormal show: "Fact or Faked Paranormal Files." All members of the team are experts in different specialized fields which helps them do tremendously thorough investigations. if you haven't seen it yet, do try to catch an episode! You'll be glad you did!

December 30 2012 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
D.j. Zaba

Has anyone ever heard of Paranormal Witness on SciFi channel??? It is by far the best paranormal show on telivision!

November 01 2012 at 3:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Fanny

I never miss this show, and think it is the best and absolutely most frightening of all of them! I'm watching The Dead Files right now and did a search on the most scary tv shows. I was very surprised that Paranormal Witness wasn't in the list!

June 15 2013 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

Ghost Adventures is a very good show. They debunk things as much as possible so that you see UNEXPLAINED things. They even say that they do not state that MANY things are paranormal, they normally say UNEXPLAINED, they only state that it is PARANORMAL if it is absolutely not possible for it to be anything else. This show is great. My other favorite is Paranormal State. Now if you don't want to try and help figure out WHY spirits are where they are, then this isnt for you. Ryan isn't die hard religious, but his goal is to help the people who are being haunted by sometimes banishing the spirits or helping them cross over. This is also a great thing. If you only want to watch it for the thrill of the scare then this isn't for you. But someone said that Ryan is ALWAYS getting religious, but i have watched like every episode and i don't think that is true. He normally ends things that need to be taken care of, by doing something religous, but it isn't like he is religious thru the whole show.

I also like the Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, but it seems like they don't do as much or stay as long to get the evidence. And sometimes they get evidence and then instead of trying to look into it more, they kinda just let it go and really they should have looked into it more to try and figure out what it was. It seems like as soon as they get some kind of good evidence they just all of a sudden stop and then go back home. It is kinda boring sometimes. But most of the time it is a good show.
BUT PARANORMAL STATE AND GHOST ADVENTURES IS MY FAVORITE. Recently i started watching, THE DEAD FILES, if you haven't watched it yet you should.

September 23 2012 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dequeal Greene

will u guys go to the same place were grave encounters was

April 02 2012 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tracy

Sensi, Ghost Adventures' first episode wasn't Bobby Mackie, it was the hotel in Arizona where the prostitute killed herself in the bathtub.

January 22 2012 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stephanie.cash19

i like the othersiders

December 02 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sensi

i don't like how Paranormal State always gets religious. I love Ghost Adventures. Really a one of a kind show. The guys are easy to like although Zak is mega-corny sometimes. Watch their 1st episode: Bobby Mackey's Music Club and you probably wont' stop watching them. I didn't. That episode changed my entire way of thinking when it comes to paranormal.

November 03 2011 at 3:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ItDoesntMatter

My boyfriend is a die hard Ghost Adventures fan, but I don't really share the love. I mean, they get good evidence, which is the most important factor, but I feel the team is really immature. There was an episode where they were in a mental institution that had housed thousands of mentally impaired children, and they were yelling at the spirits! So it's no surprise then that the spirits told them to go away, leave them alone.

Personally, I am a Paranormal State fan. Ryan had personal experiences as a child and wanted answers as a young adult. When he got to PennState, he founded his own group, and had a hard time doing so because all of the students that were interested were just immature. They wanted thrills, not answers. They screamed like little girls when a twig snapped, and that's just not cool. Ryan fought to find the 4-5 other PRS members who are mature, and willing to be adult in the quest for the truth. They use renowned psychics and psychologists to help them solve cases. It's not just "ooh, let's get an orb! Lets get a picture of that shadow dude!" They help families who live their lives in terror.

My boyfriend doesn't like that, says Paranormal State is boring. Yet he and I have gone on personal investigations, and no duh, it's boring! You sit there for hours and hear close to nothing. These shows edit down several hours into a 45 minute episode.

October 28 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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