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TV is awash in "reality" paranormal series....ghosts, cryptids, UFOs/aliens, etc.

What was the first such series you remember watching? What were your initial thoughts on the show?

Do you watch any of them now?

 
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The first show I remember watching was 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files' which first aired in 2010 and only ran for two seasons.

The show covered a wide range of paranormal subjects, not just focusing on one, and the team would head out to disprove reported incidents as opposed to actually looking for events. Lead by ex-FBI agent Ben Hansen, the team used a variety of equipment and methods to try and recreate claims sent in by the public and organisations.

They successfully disproved, or provided a viable explanation for, a lot of the cases they looked at. However, there were a number of cases that they just could not provide an explanation for.

From its unique perspective on paranormal research, I found the show interesting. It's a shame it only ran for two seasons, but I suspect that after they had disproved a lot of the sites that relied on the stories of their property for tourism, they got shut down :tearsofjoy:

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The first show I remember watching was 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files' which first aired in 2010 and only ran for two seasons.

The show covered a wide range of paranormal subjects, not just focusing on one, and the team would head out to disprove reported incidents as opposed to actually looking for events. Lead by ex-FBI agent Ben Hansen, the team used a variety of equipment and methods to try and recreate claims sent in by the public and organisations.

They successfully disproved, or provided a viable explanation for, a lot of the cases they looked at. However, there were a number of cases that they just could not provide an explanation for.

From its unique perspective on paranormal research, I found the show interesting. It's a shame it only ran for two seasons, but I suspect that after they had disproved a lot of the sites that relied on the stories of their property for tourism, they got shut down :tearsofjoy:

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Though that was a semi-scripted show, I liked the format. I liked that they showed the audience some ways to think more critically in that many fantastical things can be faked or mimicked in mundane ways.
 
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“In Search of” was the tv show i first remember showcasing paranormal stuff. There was The twilight Zone”, but those were made up stories.
Me too Lynne - it was surely “In Search of”. I felt safe with Nimoy’s voice and his delivery. I knew I wasn’t going to experience any planned jump scares. That made it possible for me to really focus on the content so that I could learn.
 
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I can't remember the first show but I found the older ones entertaining. The modern investigator shows I find faked and boring. They don't seem in tune with the real paranormal world.
 

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The first show I remember watching was 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files' which first aired in 2010 and only ran for two seasons.

The show covered a wide range of paranormal subjects, not just focusing on one, and the team would head out to disprove reported incidents as opposed to actually looking for events. Lead by ex-FBI agent Ben Hansen, the team used a variety of equipment and methods to try and recreate claims sent in by the public and organisations.

They successfully disproved, or provided a viable explanation for, a lot of the cases they looked at. However, there were a number of cases that they just could not provide an explanation for.

From its unique perspective on paranormal research, I found the show interesting. It's a shame it only ran for two seasons, but I suspect that after they had disproved a lot of the sites that relied on the stories of their property for tourism, they got shut down :tearsofjoy:

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This was a good show. Idk why they didn’t get picked up for more.
 

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I saw two shows about the same time, early in the 2000s, but I can't remember which I saw first. "Most Haunted" was a show I saw while in the UK, it followed a team of investigators who'd go to various haunted sites in the UK. I thought it was pretty hokie, especially the team's "medium" who was way over the top. Unlike similar investigation shows that were to follow, Most Haunted was fronted by a team member who was an established, professional TV host and former teen actress.

A program called "Scariest Places on Earth" was being shown on one of the cable channels in the US. This series had a unique format in that each episode featured a different family at different locations around the world as the investigators. Each family member wore a video camera mounted on a cumbersome harness deal so their hands were kept free. This remains my favorite of the ghost hunting shows due to its format and the actions/reactions of some of the totally inexperienced investigators. I suspect some of creepier things experienced were created by the production staff to elicit the scared sh**less reactions we saw. At least some of the episodes were introduced by Linda Blair.
 

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Most Haunted from the UK. still my favorite besides Ghost Adventures. Paranormal Caught on Camera is awesome too!
 
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