If you’ve been watching TV, you know ghost hunter and psychic shows are almost ubiquitous. You can’t click a remote without landing on one. A variety of networks showcase these series: the Travel Channel, Discovery, Syfy and A&E, among others. Having a tough time deciding what’s worth watching? I’ll help you decide:
Ghosthunters (5 out of 5 stars): Most fans claim that this is the only truly legit show — there’s no evidence tampering. The team follows a well respected process of reviewing their paranormal results. They tend to do episodes around the most famous haunted places.
Ghosthunters went international and developed spin-off shows:
“Ghostunters Academy” and “UFO Hunters.” You might remember the famous Halloween episode where they set up shop in a dinky, abandoned psych ward and streamed video LIVE.
This is the most solid show out there, so I have to give it credit but it’s not the only great show.
Paranormal State (4.5 out of 5 stars): The Paranormal Research Society (PRS) was started by Ryan Buell. It’s inspired by of his childhood experiences and his desire to find out the truth. What’s awesome about this show is that on most episodes, the team helps families clear out angry ghosts and demonic forces from their home. Chip Coffey and Lorraine Warren (famous demonologist) join the team. I definitely dig this show the most.
Psychic Kids (3.5 out of 5 stars): Kids don’t especially lie. When a 6 year-old girl is consistently talking about a woman named “Catherine” from 1866 visiting her in the middle of the night (and research proves that Catherine died in the area in 1866), you start to believe her. Chip Coffey picks 2 or 3 kids to come stay for
the weekend at a haunted location. The kids are put through a variety of psychic tests. If you’re looking for Ghostbusters 3, this probably isn’t the show for you. If you ever thought you were psychic, it’s a great show to watch!
The Pet Psychic (3 out of 5 stars): Sonya Fitzpatrick is the star of this show on Animal Planet. She’s extremely detailed and quick with her readings. She loves pets, and if you do too, this one is for you! She solves problems and acts as a Dr. Dolittle of sorts. The animals have really funny and interesting things to say.
Ghost Adventures (3.5 out of 5 stars): The Travel Channel brings us 3 guys who like to provoke spirits and scare the living daylights out of each other. It’s entertaining, ridiculous, and scary. After initially touring the property and interviewing eyewitnesses, the crew is locked down for the night with no means of escape. The lead guy, Zac Bagans, makes me laugh because he’s so insistent on catching the best evidence. When a demonic presence is caught on camera and Zac has scratch marks on his body, the plot starts getting good!
Most Haunted (2.5 out of 5 stars): This is a British TV show documenting a team of investigators and psychics who go out on location to allegedly haunted spots around the UK. The main lady is pretty entertaining but I get annoyed when she talks over everyone on her team and fuddles up the EVPs. The hook: it’s fun to watch haunted and historical locations in the UK.
Ghost Detectives (2 out of 5 stars): This program follows a team of investigators moonlighting as cops by day, and ghost hunters by night. This is a lot like watching Steven Segal as a cop in Louisiana — it’s fun to a point but gets boring really quick.
Haunted (2 out of 5 stars): Re-enacting ghost
stories which mimic other re-enactments — on shows like America’s Most Wanted, I watch this when nothing else is on! That may sound harsh, but I’m just
comparing it to the other shows here. Haunted is like the Lifetime special of ghost shows — there’s some substance to it but it’s certainly not scary.
The Haunted (3 out of 5 stars): The Haunted kicks it up a notch from Haunted. I like that it tends to focus on the household pets’ perspective while paranormal activity is going on. This show also re-enacts the actual events but they tend to be a bit more dramatic!
Some other shows to check out:
Scariest Places on Earth
So which ones (if any) do you watch?