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The Best Paranormal Reality Shows

Updated January 6, 2021 129.6k votes 26.0k voters 1.2m views45 items

List RulesWhether or not you believe in ghosts, vote up your favorite paranormal reality shows.

What is the greatest paranormal reality show of all time? That's up to your votes to decide! Paranormal reality TV shows are all the rage, and with so many different ghost hunting programs to choose from, how can viewers decide which one is truly the best? A great paranormal reality TV show draws everyone in with promises of frightful adventures and proof of activity in other realms or planes of existence, but not all of them can deliver. This list includes some of the most notable, greatest paranormal investigation shows ever - but it's not complete, so feel free to add your favorites if any are missing. And don't forget to vote!

Paranormal reality television shows often involve teams of investigators going "hunting" for ghosts. Viewers are taken to locations that are notoriously haunted and then shown footage of the teams spending spooky hours trying to capture images, or sounds of ghosts in the area. Some of the best examples of this kind of program include the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters on Syfy, and A&E's Paranormal State.

Many of today's biggest and greatest paranormal reality shows of all time owe their success to older, classic programs that paved the way. Shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings offered viewers a look at the unexplained, including paranormal activity, ghosts, orbs, UFOs, and even aliens. And really, when Robert Stack is telling you something is creepy in his *crazy creepy* voice, who doesn't get a little spooked?

Love reality shows, but hate the paranormal angle? Check out these lists of the best cooking competition TV shows, reality competition shows and reality dramas, and medical shows.

And finally, if you love to be scared, check out this list of the 12 most convincing real-life ghost stories and this list of the best paranormal shows.

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  • A Haunting1
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    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Anthology series, Paranormal television, Documentary

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  • Ghost Adventures2
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    Ghost Adventures

    Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Paranormal Witness3
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    Paranormal Witness

    Daniel Cannis, Frances Stecyk

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Mystery, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Paranormal Lockdown4
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    Paranormal Lockdown

    Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality

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  • The Dead Files5
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    The Dead Files

    Steve DiSchiavi, Matthew Anderson

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Television documentary, Paranormal television, Live action, Reality television

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  • Destination Truth6
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    Destination Truth

    Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Travel documentary, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Ghost Hunters7
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    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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  • My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera8
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    My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera

    Tim Brazeal, Terrie Scott

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • Kindred Spirits9
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    Kindred Spirits

    Amy Bruni, Adam Berry

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal, Reality, Documentary

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  • Haunted Collector10
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    Haunted Collector

    John Zaffis, Chris Zaffis

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Unsolved Mysteries11
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    Unsolved Mysteries

    Robert Stack, Dennis Farina

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Reality television

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  • The Haunted12
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    The Haunted

    Steven Ryans

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Anthology series, Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Paranormal State13
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    Paranormal State

    Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Drama, Paranormal television, Live action, Reality television

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  • Ghost Asylum14
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    Ghost Asylum

    Steven McDougal, Chasey Ray McKnight

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV

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  • Scariest Places on Earth15
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    Scariest Places on Earth

    Linda Blair, Zelda Rubinstein

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Ghost Hunters International16
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    Ghost Hunters International

    Barry Fitzgerald, Robb Demarest

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Documentary, Reality television

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  • The Haunting Of...17
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    999

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files18
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    Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

    Austin Porter, Jael De Pardo

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Mystery, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Ghost Mine19
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    Ghost Mine

    Stan Griffith, Edward Griffith

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Reality television

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  • My Haunted House20
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    My Haunted House

    Cordelia Zawarski, Mark Laursen

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Horror

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  • Celebrity Ghost Stories21
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    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Fantasy, Reality television

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  • Haunted Highway22
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    Haunted Highway

    Dana Workman, Jack Osbourne

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Live action, Mystery, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Haunted Towns23
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    Haunted Towns

    Chris Smith, Steven "Doogie" McDougal

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal, Reality Tv

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  • When Ghosts Attack24
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    When Ghosts Attack

    Diana Abrecht, Richard Adams

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Ghost Brothers25
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    Ghost Brothers

    Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal, Reality Tv

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