Probably since my obsession with The X-Files in the 90’s, I’ve loved all the paranormal shows on TV. I will pretty much watch any of them and over the past few years, the number of these shows has been increasing–with some better than others. Whether you’re a Mulder or a Scully, there is probably a creepy show out there for everyone. From documentary styles to reenactment ones, I’ll share with you some of my favourites.
For 5 seasons, leading his crew around the world, adventurer Josh Gates travels the globe to investigate bizarre and unexplained phenomenon. The team immerses themselves into the local culture, speaking with witnesses to lead them closer to some potential answers.
“Blending travel, humor, questionable rental cars, and rugged adventure, Destination Truth is the show that dares to go where others won’t.” – JoshuaGates.com
Honestly, I can watch Josh Gates host anything (and I do, thoroughly enjoying his other show Expedition Unknown in which he travels to locations rich with legends). He’s knowledgeable, hilariously sarcastic and a fantastic photographer (his Instagram is a must-see if you love gorgeous travel photos).
One of my favourite episodes: The team spends a night in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, also known as the Suicide Forest.
Ghost Hunters, which is into their 10th season already, was one of the first shows of its kind that I really got hooked on, because I liked the scientific approach to their investigations. One of the things that sets it apart from other ghost hunting shows, I feel, is that the team seems to enjoy what they do while maintaining professionalism and integrity. I’ve seen other shows that seem very amateur or try and provoke encounters too aggressively–that then comes across overly dramatic. I also love the history of many of the locations that the Ghost Hunters investigate. The show shares some of the building’s past to tie in with their hunting. While, it’s true, there has been controversy in the past of their legitimacy, I still enjoy watching the TAPS team on screen.
One of my favourite episodes: The visits to the Stanley Hotel
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
This show has had mixed reviews with viewers, but I enjoy the approach they take. A team of six people pitch ideas to each other of strange occurrences, and they split up into teams to investigate two of the cases. The groups go and try to debunk or confirm these claims using varying methods of experiments from the simple to the completely elaborate set ups.
One of my favourite episodes: Taking a look at the “ghost car” where the claim was that ghost children were pushing cars uphill over train tracks to get them out of the way from an oncoming train.
For me, I’m probably 75% Mulder, 25% Scully. I want to believe, and the scientific evidence is what convinces me more than any “feelings”. There are countless other paranormal shows out there, but the focus of these ones are on the kind of factual evidence that can be captured with experiments and equipment, which is probably why I enjoy these particular shows the most.