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The Best Paranormal Reality Shows

Updated October 15, 2020 151.9k votes 25.9k voters 1.2m views65 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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  • 1
    A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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    1,654

    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy

    Premiered2002

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

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    Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    9,538
    3,795

    Ghost Adventures

    Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin

    Premiered2008

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

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  • 3
    Paranormal Witness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    4,572
    1,656

    Paranormal Witness

    Daniel Cannis, Frances Stecyk

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 4
    Paranormal Lockdown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    3,855
    1,248

    Paranormal Lockdown

    Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality

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  • 5
    The Dead Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    5,415
    2,183

    The Dead Files

    Steve DiSchiavi, Matthew Anderson

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 6
    Destination Truth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    3,434
    1,363

    Destination Truth

    Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland

    Premiered2007

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

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  • 7
    Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    6,241
    3,177

    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves

    Premiered2004

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

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  • 8
    My Ghost Story: Caught on Came is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,068
    1,037

    My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera

    Tim Brazeal, Terrie Scott

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • 9
    Haunted Collector is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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    1,407

    Haunted Collector

    John Zaffis, Chris Zaffis

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 10
    Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,076
    1,056

    Unsolved Mysteries

    Robert Stack, Dennis Farina

    Premiered1987

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

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  • 11
    Paranormal State is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    3,130
    1,793

    Paranormal State

    Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey

    Premiered2007

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

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  • 12
    Ghost Asylum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,031
    1,143

    Ghost Asylum

    Steven McDougal, Chasey Ray McKnight

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV

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  • 13
    Scariest Places on Earth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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    1,063

    Scariest Places on Earth

    Linda Blair, Zelda Rubinstein

    Premiered2000

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

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  • 14
    The Haunted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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    734
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  • 15
    The Haunting Of... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    1,814
    992

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)documentary

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  • 16
    Ghost Hunters International is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,673
    1,868

    Ghost Hunters International

    Barry Fitzgerald, Robb Demarest

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Documentary, Reality television

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  • 17
    Kindred Spirits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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    210

    Kindred Spirits

    Amy Bruni, Adam Berry

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal, Reality, Documentary

    Families tormented by unusual activity in their homes -- with the added stress that the spirits may be their own late family members -- turn to two of America's leading paranormal investigators for help. Hesitant to leave their properties but seemingly out of all other options, the scared families meet with Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, and each episode of "Kindred Spirits" follows the fearless duo as they gather evidence, guide the spirits into the light, and restore peace to the home. Bruni and Berry got their start on Syfy's groundbreaking series "Ghost Hunters," which defined a new genre in supernatural storytelling on television.

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  • 18
    Fact or Faked: Paranormal File is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,210
    1,550

    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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  • 19
    Ghost Mine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,027
    1,505

    Ghost Mine

    Stan Griffith, Edward Griffith

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Paranormal television, Reality television

    In the remote woods of Sumpter, Oregon lies one of the richest gold mines in the United States that was abandoned 80 years ago when a series of tragedies gave it an infamous reputation for being haunted.  Now, a new owner has decided to take on the notorious legend and reopen the mine, assembling a colorful team of miners – both seasoned and new – to battle the elements along with a pair of experienced paranormal investigators, in hopes of finding a fortune. As the team digs for gold, mysteries - connected to a ancient, secret society - begin to unravel and threaten the future of the venture.
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  • 20
    Celebrity Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    2,328
    1,828

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Fantasy, Reality television

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  • 21
    Mysteries at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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  • 22
    My Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    1,184
    722

    My Haunted House

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    PremieredMay 4th, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Horror

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  • 23
    Haunted Highway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    1,559
    1,182

    Haunted Highway

    Dana Workman, Jack Osbourne

    Premiered2012

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

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  • 24
    Psychic Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    1,524
    1,274

    Psychic Kids

    Chip Coffey, Edy Nathan

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Reality television

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  • 25
    Most Haunted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
    1,424
    1,316

    Most Haunted

    Yvette Fielding, Ciarán O'Keeffe

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Entertainment, Paranormal television, Mystery, Documentary, Reality television

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