Greatest Paranormal TV Shows

Searching paranormal hot-spots, haunted houses, prisons, and hospitals in the dark using night-vision cameras, EMF detectors, digital voice recorders and the like are the stock in trade of these shows. Some are evidence driven and try to capture ghostly phenomena on film, others aim for suspense. Some bravely face the unknown, others run from every sound they hear or imagine. Some attempt to debunk the claims while others embrace the myths. Which show makes you uneasy in the dark?
The Top Ten
1 Ghost Adventures

There are several reasons why Ghost Adventures is the best ghost hunting show on T.V.

1. They get a lot of history that happened at the location.
Listening to the history itself is a little freaky to know what happened at these locations. They get as much information as they can so there more stuff to investigate.

2. They FIRST try the debunk there evidence. When something odd happens, they don't jump to the conclusion that it was paranormal. They first try to see is it was anything natural that would have caused it. Sometimes they'll show a different angle, making it so you can see them, proving that it wasn't them that make any noise.

3. They will admit something. If one of them accidently hit something, they admit it. That shows they are being honest.

4. The different types of equipment. They many different types of equipment to use that will help them catch anything paranormal. It's very impressive.

5. This show is very convincing. This is the ...more

Dear Zak,

If you are reading this I just first want to say thank you for reading my letter I know you have a busy schedule, but I have some things to say to you. I was a skeptic even when I was 7. My friends would say "oh there's a ghost! "and I wouldn't believe them at all. It wasn't until I was 12 when I somewhat believed ghosts. I knew they were there but I was still skeptical. This year I started believing ghosts. I saw my mom watch a show called Ghost Brothers and I was interested. It was my favorite show, but my T.V. provider got rid of the channel they were on! I was so upset, because I wanted to watch a scary show but not Ghost Hunters, because they seemed so boring. Then I heard of your deadly possessions show and tried it. I'm 16 and it scared the carp out of me. I wished you had another show that wasn't as scary, and my wish came true. I got up one morning and I saw my mom watching you on T.V. with a younger looking guy and a bald man. I was confused and my mom said ...more

There's no question that Ghost Adventures is the best paranormal reality show on television. It has been for years, and just keeps getting better and better every season. The crew treat each other like family, not only co-workers. They are all very entertaining and each bring something different to the show. They use cutting-edge technology and are very informative as well as entertaining. They have turned a lot of sceptics into believers, and they are always able to get some great evidence, as well as debunk things that are not paranormal. Looking forward to watching season 14 and many more!

This is still the top show out there as far as investigation shows. I have watched it from the start, through the high and low points. I was actually put off it for a few seasons there b/c I was disappointed over exaggerated evidence- but I think they have cleaned it up since then- good thing, as the viewers being able to trust the honesty of the evidence is paramount. I do feel like a lot of things have changed since Nick is gone- there seems to be a lot more people now. So, they want to keep the flavor of it just being a small group, so they try not to show the huge entourage that actually does go with them now. Since Nick is gone the illusion that its just the three plus Billy, (or two sound guys) has been shattered. Doesn't mean its bad, just different. In fact, this 1st season w/o Nick has been great, every single episode, even though the dynamic has changed. Zac and Aaron still manages to hold on to the original flavor w/o Nick- but its become even more Zak's vision of the show ...more

2 Paranormal Lockdown

The absolute most real show. It's about paranormal investigation and that's exactly what they do. They don't showcase and over exaggerate or do any play acting. If their findings are questionable, they leave it at that for us to draw our own conclusion. I don't feel that any sensationalism is being rammed down my throat. They don't try to call demons out by threatening them. Their behavior is very respectful to whatever may be out there. A good show should be honest just as they are doing. I like the fact that they are using devices created by others in the field that I follow and give them the due credit not only verbally but by having them appear on their show as well. By working together it makes them better and hopefully leads us closer to learning more about the paranormal world for those of us that lack the talents of physic mediums. I hope they continue their work and continue working together with others as well. This show is not supposed to be adventurous, it's an ...more

Paranormal lockdown is better than any other paranormal show out there. First they don't run through the location as quick as possible and then investigate with out results, and inform the clients of little or no evidence. And leave every question unanswered. They don't also run through the location screaming and attempting to due bodily damage to themselves claiming to be oppressed or possessed either. Just good investigating with great evidence. And current and new information about the location and its paranormal activity. Nick and Kat are # 1.

This show is interesting to me because Nick & Katrina seem like very relatable people. It feels like I could be on an investigation with them. They seem very genuine & normal, not overly dramatic or too excited. Although Nick tends to be a little bit over articulated, at times. After all, it is his show, so he wants to sound & act very professional. I'd like to see him let his guard down & sound a little more natural when he speaks into the camera. Katrina, on the other hand... Seems to be extremely genuine. I feel like she'll sound & act the same whether the camera is there or not. They are both admirable & fearless investigators. Nothing but respect for all they do.

By far the best paranormal show in T.V.. The way they approach paranormal investigating is something to learn from. Constantly updating their equipment which gives the beginning investigator a lesson in tech. Not only do they stay at this location for a long period of time, they don't only do investigations at night. They fully understand that the paranormal world works on whatever schedule they want and could care less what time we are asking questions. This is a well shot, well edited, and well informed type of ghost hunting you don't find in some of these other shows. Good job paranormal lockdown!

3 Ghost Hunters

This T.V. series focuses on helping individuals or groups who have claims on being affected by unexplained phenomenon. Some of the episodes are quite credible but a handful of them are not so much. As a paranormal reality T.V. series addict, I would say this is a 50% genuine and 50% sham. It seemed like some of the places the investigators inspected were so highly and frequently active as compared to those notoriously haunted locations. Hence, this had made me wonder their credibility. To be real honest, some of the paranormal occurrences are just too hard believe.

They hardly ever find anything other than a few bangs and whispers which, in my opinion, gives much more credibility to them. If ghosts were easy to detect than there wouldn't be any debate about them being really so, in that case, paranormal shows that find slews of crazy things every episode seems fishy. They also try to debunk/disprove what they do find instead of trying to prove it. The former is a much more scientific way of doing things. They also don't run around screaming or getting all worked up or overall acting like rock star d-bags (::cough:: Zak Bagans ::cough:: Ghost Adventures::cough::). And they leave the BS psychics to the other shows (again...::cough::Ghost Adventures::cough:

Have watched it from the very first, through highs and low, and will watch it until they end it. I've seen people come and go, wish some would come back, and some would go.
There have been times that I really wished a ghost would slap a few of them--and yet I still watch it every time it's on.

This is the most authentic of the ghost hunting shows. They don't have to be locked in to investigate suspected haunted sites. They are quick to discard weak evidence and often disprove activity. If you get a chance to attend one of their live interviews, do it. It's well worth it.

4 Ghost Asylum

Ghost Asylum is the only paranormal investigation show we choose to watch anymore. This group of men provide entertainment, scientific information, historical facts, and bring the show to life with their sense of humor, camaraderie, and honest evaluations of the results they collect. All of this without being foul mouthed and offensive like many of the other shows currently on the air. Ghost Asylum is so much more realistic and entertaining that we watch the marathons over and over rather than watch any other paranormal show. We can't wait for the new season.

These are guys who truly love what they do and are respectful of the deceased. They don't really go around provoking they simply just want to catch some real evidence of the paranormal. I believe they love what they do, they are normal southern dudes with family values and they interact with their community! I wish them continued success and am impatiently waiting for the next season to come out.

I like paranormal shows, but this one is my absolute favorite. I love the Tennessee wraith chasers! They are respectful of the spirits and the location. They are passionate about what they do. I love how they bring in inventions and scientific methods. They have a great sense of humor. Faith is important to them. Can't get enough! More seasons please!

I love Ghost Asylum. The TWC always keep a positive spin on hunting. Ghost Adventures seems to try to convince us EVERYTHING is a demon. So tired of that. Their love of God also is a huge part of me choosing this as number 1. Even though I think the "trap" at the end is used just to keep their show different, I do enjoy seeing what they make. Very intelligent bunch of guys.

5 Ghost Hunters International

Barry, Kris, Susan, Joe and others travel the world investigating ghostly claims...

Absolutely loved this show. I really miss it a lot.

Greatly miss this show. seeing other countries with paranormal activities going on

6 Most Haunted

Same evidence is presented from show to show and they always seem to experience more activity then any other ghost hunting groups. So much of the evidence they present is questionable. Eg. If the table is moving, why don't they get a camera shot from under the table to prove none of them is moving it. They seem to be so preoccupied with the theatrics they miss very obvious signs of hauntings, eg. Orbs of light as they change direction several times and travel in and out of objects. The recording software they use is open source freeware. The only credible piece of recording equipment they have is the analouge reel to reel recorder and I am yet to hear anything that has been recorded on it.

I have watched Most Haunted since the beginning! Absolute massive fan of the programme.
I love the technology updates, locations investigated and the way information is shared regarding the history of every location.
The team though are a credit to themselves; I have always said I would jump at the opportunity to investigate with the team, and then I watch another episode and cram myself into the corner of the sofa!
Terrifying but 100% real people, locations, rationalisation and facts!
Love you guys!

Real people, real places, real stories. Most Haunted has got to be the best there is. The team are always striving to improve their technology and equipment, always seeking to push themselves that little bit further for the viewer, and always honest and open about their emotions. As the viewer you really do imagine you are there with them. And even better, now you really can be if you join in one of their open investigations. Awesome programme!

Absolutely the best paranormal program. Iv been a fan since day one. It's created a brilliant format which so many other shows seem to have copied. I feel it's important this subject is taken seriously. With most haunted this definitely is the impression I get. Plus they come across as a bunch of such lovely genuine people the Dynamics of the group are really good.

7 The Dead Files

Such an amazing show! One of my favorite paranormal shows out there. It's so interesting to watch how what Steve finds out about the home/land pretty much perfectly (but not too perfectly that you would think they had talked beforehand) with what Amy discovers on her walks through the houses. I also love that Amy describes what she sees to a sketch artist and has them draw it out. That way we actually get to see something she saw. It's so amazing when she draws an actual person and when Steve brings a picture and they look kind of similar! It's a really great show!

The Dead Files is, hands down, the absolute best paranormal T.V. show! NO electronic machinery required! The incredibly talented medium, Amy, so clearly receives information on the spiritual realm, while separately, the equally talented detective, Steve, digs into the history of the property. They both reveal their findings to the families and it is astounding how much things match up! Then Amy advises if she feels it is safe to stay or not, what they can do to bring peace back to their home. THIS is what is missing from other shows!

One of my all time favorite shows, the episodes cannot come quick enough. I can't get enough of this show as there is a lot of paranormal shows I can't watch because they're not real enough, they don't seem genuine like they're doing this just for the money and not because it's their passion. I wish you had unlimited energy Amy as I would love for a new episode everyday of the week, all year around. Thank you all Paranormal lovers for making these kinds of T.V. shows possible without all our love of the unknown this would have never been possible and we would be put to death many centuries ago an called a witch just for showing some interest in how, why, etc. I would love to have more knowledge on this topic b/c there is not enough info out there about this that is true and verified. God bless you all.👑

What makes this show stand out is the fact that they aren't ghost 'hunters' just there to document proof. They actually HELP people, both alive and dead with real options based not on guesses & feelings, but the actual situation. Amy can see, hear, as well as feel what's going on, and with Steve investigating the property, we get the true story. I've learned a lot from this wonderful show.

8 Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

I loved this show! They did some hardcore investigating and found out the truth!
Whatever happened to these guys?

Ben, Jael, Chi-Lan and other specialists attempt to debunk various paranormal claims...

Is it true that the show was canceled because of the Area 51 episode?

Love watching this! Hope they can come back for a new season.

9 Paranormal Witness

This is hands down the best paranormal show on T.V.. Not only are the stories incredible, but I find this show goes out of their way to find stories that are unique, and surprising. Most episodes offer something new that you have never heard before. I don't like investigative style ghost shows because they just have too much motive to fake things with ratings and all but shows like paranormal witness or a haunting are just regular folks telling amazing stories of what happened to them.

They investigate the real stories that they made movies out of. They dig into story of Annabell and actually interview the family. They also interview the real sisters and parents from a horrible haunting that the Conjuring is based off. About how Lorraine Warren made a huge mistake by inviting the spirits in and making their mother possessed. You get more details. Nothing is made up, they get the facts and have reinactments while they tell the story.

Great show with facts that make the paranormal out to be true with undeniable occurances that are non fiction. I'm the biggest skeptic you will ever meet and after watching the paranormal witness show, I am sure that there are paranormal witnesses that exist in our society. They are the eyes and the mouths that speak to us for the ones who no longer can. Crime solving with a spooky twist. Love the show!

Admit it. If you are watching an investigation show, then you got bored more than a few times with it. That is because there is a difference in spending a night at a haunted location and actually living there! I would much rather see the unbelievable stories of the people who lived there, rather than watch people try to record something a fraction as good.

10 Paranormal State

I love how the team seems to honestly care about helping the people involved in their cases. It was great to see a group of college kids trying to get involved in paranormal research. It's my understanding that PRS is still going at Penn State.

Busted for faking evidence and caring more about partying and underage drinking than helping clients. Ryan has gone on to defrauding fans by setting up events/appearance taking money then dissappearing.

Miss this show. They actually tried to help their clients, instead of just saying, "yep, your house is really haunted. We found several ghosts and a few demons. See ya."

Absolutely loved this show. By far the best Paranormal show. Way better investigators than some of the others.

The Contenders
11 Destination Truth

Destination Truth has proven and claimed its rightful title throughout its years on paranormal reality T.V.. Never have I been so thrilled and entertained by the investigations they have made. They never seize to amaze by capturing bizarre evidence on tapes. One thing that set this T.V. series aside from the others is the fact that they investigate more than the supernatural. They dare to venture out into the wilderness to document mythical creatures and traditional folklores. The fact that I never grew tired from watching this show is a proof that this documentary is mostly credible and entertaining.

Josh Gates is easily the ideal candidate for the title of most entertaining explorer/T.V. host in television history. Yet besides having a very fun personality he is also often very sincere. His narratives about the places, cultures, legends & etc. from his travels in Destination Truth (and his new show Expedition Unknown) are always both intellectual and passionate to the point where it's an incredibly moving experience. It's safe to say that I will always remember this show and how it was both serious about its subjects but never dull always showing to make the best of life wherever you go.

DT without a doubt is the best. They took the investigations seriously but never took themselves seriously. That's the main failure with most every paranormal reality series, they see themselves as experts who cannot be wrong and apparently are almost constantly possessed by a variety of evil spirits. Gates and crew bumbled along, had a good time on their travels, but did try to find "the truth". and more often than not, the show wrapped with a final opinion that was rational and thoughtful. Sketchy claims were called out, but when something truly odd happened, it wasn't dismissed.

This show. It was VERY fun and entertaining. I am so sad they took it off. It offered something a little difference that just standard investigation. WHY is it gone. Josh is amazing (I'd marry him tomorrow), one of the most likeable personalities out there, he was made for t.v. He was best with seasons including Ryder as they had a great dynamic -although I do love Jael too, in both Faked or Faked or the other one (name? ) that was created by Osborne-THAT was a REALLY good show too -why do they take off the good ones? Now, Josh has a new show-(and he certainly deserves it) but the paranormal aspect is gone, so it changes the whole viewership.

12 The X-Files The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox.

It was just a great show. They weren't trying to convince people they were ligit. Great actors

13 Paranormal Cops

Really miss this program. It was informative, full of suspense, and kept you expecting to hear the Tommy knockers at any moment. Bring it back to begin the search in the other cave.

Short-lived but intensely evidence-driven show with real-life detectives...

Enjoyed watching the show a lot. Hope they do another season.

Never seen this one. I don't usually miss any of them.

14 Twilight Zone

Most creative and a true pioneer of the genre
come on there is no one like Rod Serling!

15 Paranormal Challenge

Zak from Ghost Adventures hosts as two teams compete in recording evidence and are judged by a rotating panel of specialists...

Show was great! Wish it were back on the air. Please have Dave Schrader in the judge's seat..he makes the show!

I can't stand Zac, he talks just to here himself.

16 My Ghost Story

Always interesting, fascinating stories, and legitimate people on this show that share what they've experienced. Thank you to the network for airing the program, and to the people who come on the show and allow us to see and hear what they've been through (if negative). Also nice to see that some are positively affected by their experiences as well.

LOVE this show! It's great to see real evidence submitted by actual people who've experienced the paranormal. This is a show you can tell is genuine.

This is the best paranormal show ever! Scary stories with evidence to back it up. All others suffer in comparison.

Scary, down to earth (no pun intended), and provides real people with real accounts with real evidence. Love it.

17 Danny Phantom
18 American Horror Story American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end."

Was good up until the last 2 seasons. This was my favorite show until hotel come out. Was very dissapointed. This last one my Roanoke nightmare started good but ended terrible. Hopefully Ryan and Brad will come up with some more great stuff.

Don't get to watch it. Only seen one time and I liked it. I don't know when it comes on.

Awesome! Not scary, but creepy! Love this show! Need to buy all the seasons!

Best best best show! Will enjoy watching forever!

19 A Haunting

One of the best paranormal shows on T.V.. I find this type of show much more credible than ghost adventures or any investigation show because they have more motive to lie or fake something so their show doesn't get cancelled, but shows like this and paranormal witness are just regular people telling their incredible stories.

This show is amazing. Based on real stories with real victims who show their emotions as they tell their story with actors who reanact them. I like the way this program is set up. Paranomal witness does it the same way. Another awesome show. So excited when they continued a 5th and 6th season of a haunting. Changed the intro a bit but still great. You'll be hooked.

Definitely the cheesiest paranormal reenactment show out there, where the same formula occurs in every story: happy family moves into a new home, the wife starts experiencing things, one of the kids or the husband turns progressively evil, they try to ignore it/fight it on their own, end up calling a medium or a priest and it's an epic battle at the end where either the house or someone gets cleansed. Not only that, but all the episodes have the immense pleasure of being narrated by a grizzled 60 year-old who'd might as well be a pull-string doll, repeating hackneyed phrases like "what they thought was their perfect home, would soon become their perfect nightmare" and "[Somebody] was about to experience a night [somebody] would never forget." Also: The production value looks like it's stuck in the early 2000s.

Watch this every time it hits the air. I like the real thing and you can tell this is real. It does happen. There are a lot of haunted places. They should tell them before they let them buy the house. I could watch it every day. It's the real deal.

20 Supernatural This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious more.

I absolutely LOVE this show, it is more of a storyline of two brothers that progresses over time. Also features many different types of monsters and ghost. This is a story and not necessarily like a normal paranormal activity show. I recommend this completely if you enjoy sci-fy T.V. shows and a little bit of scare and a heartbreaking storyline.

Love this show. It is absolutely the best. Two main characters are strong enough to carry the entire show through 11 seasons.

This is the show that brought ghosts vampires werewolves etc to the T.V.. This is the show that started the phenomenon

This is the best T.V. series ever I can't believe it isn't even in top ten.

21 Ghost Mine

Love this show! Between the incredible stuff the paranormal team capture on camera, the drama of the search for gold and the cool history of the mine, plus seeing some of the mining process and what it's like inside them - just great show. So much to love here - wish there was more. It ends after season 2 but they really should keep following the team to the winter mine in Arizona they intended to work at - that place was super creepy and had great potential for the next season.

Besides digging for gold, the ghost hunters dig up the history surrounding the mine. I thought they would haved interviewed a local Mason. I'm interested if the energy readings still would lead the miners to the gold in Arizona. I hope they strike it rich.

Loved this show! Don't understand why they got cancelled. They got great evidence and story line was amazing. Rather bring this show back and lose Ghost Hunters.

This was one of my favorite shows. I was looking forward to them going to Arizona. Seems like the better the show, the faster they cancel it.

22 Haunted Collector

The Haunted Collector definitely stands out amongst the top para-shows out there. Most are carbon copies of each other which gets monotonous a majority of the time. The Haunted Collector not only provides the viewer with seen evidence, but goes beyond that. The people offer solace for the clients. When people are helped and their lives are eased of stress or oppression it goes way beyond the entertainment factor.

Haunted Collector is easily one of the more credible paranormal T.V. series I have seen so far. Although I cannot conclude it is 100% genuine, the very fact that it reminds me of "Annabelle the doll" makes me want to watch more. As a paranormal believer, I do believe that spirits do attach themselves onto objects. So, I do not see why this show is a hoax.

I been watching this show since its been on an have fell in love with it. John an his family has taught me how to look out for objects that collects the energy of the. Paranormal. I want more of this show.

Love the Haunted Collector. I find it believable and down the earth. A great team. Johns many years of experience bring a lot to the show. The best bit is they are trying to help clients and rid them of the hauntings.

23 Kindred Spirits

This show follows former "Ghost Hunters" investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry as they help real families who are tormented by paranormal activity in their homes. Amy and Adam investigate from a technical side, using video, EVPs, and EMF sensors. They conduct historical investigations of the area, and sometimes bring in guest investigators or psychics. The case is resolved with a diagnosis, and possible solutions. Think of this as a lighter, warmer version of Dead Files. Rapidly becoming my favorite show!

Has become one of our favorites! As a paranormal investigator, I feel it is one of the most accurate portrayals of what we actually do, and love the fact they do private residences, which is the backbone of our profession.

I love Amy and Adam's kindness and sensitivity when it comes to helping families with paranormal events in their homes. I can't wait for more episodes.

Love this show. Love the way Amy and Adam interact with compassion and professionalism.

24 Ghost Brothers

Come on Ghost Brothers are amazing. They're humorous. I love how they meet up in the barber shop and if course their famous "pop the trunk". Vote for them.

Great show. Doesn't seem scripted like others. They are genuine in their reactions to stuffs. I like these guys. I fart very episode.

I Love these guys. They really are an authentic breath of freshness to the paranormal repatoir of shows. Great Job Guys!

Breath of fresh air! Awesome show, can't wait for more!

25 The Haunting Of...

I love how Kim actually tells the bad spirits to leave, uses her crystals and gives them to people, will send good people to the light, doesn't act like a phony and doesn't always embelish what clients remark and build upon their statements.

I truly enjoy watching Kim in action. She can figure out what's going on at a location as soon as she steps foot on each property. I'd love to see this show stay on air.

This show was fascinating, professional, and uplifting. How the story is told, and how it unfolds, is well done. Strongly recommend bringing this show back.

One of the best shows I've seen. More people should watch this keep this show on T.V. love it Kim Russo is awesome.

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