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The Best Paranormal Reality Shows 

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Updated May 7, 2020 181.4k votes 25.6k voters 1.1M views 65 items

List Rules Whether or not you believe in ghosts, vote up and add all of 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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Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

Premiered: 2008

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

Ghost Adventures is an American television series about the paranormal that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel. Produced by MY-Tupelo Entertainment, the program follows ghost ...more

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Paranormal Witness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Daniel Cannis, Frances Stecyk, Robert Nolan

Premiered: 2011

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

Paranormal Witness is an American paranormal documentary television series made by a British production company described as featuring "eyewitness accounts" from "everyday ...more
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Paranormal Lockdown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Rick Arndt added Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman, Rob Saffi

Genres (Tv): Reality

Paranormal Lockdown is a paranormal reality television series. The series follows Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves ...more

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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren

Premiered: 2002

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

A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness accounts of possession, exorcism, and ghostly encounters. The show originally aired from October 28, ...more

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The Dead Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Steve DiSchiavi, Matthew Anderson, Amy Allan

Premiered: 2011

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

The Dead Files is an American paranormal television series that premiered on September 23, 2011, on the Travel Channel. The program features psychic medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide ...more

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Ghost Hunters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Grant Wilson

Premiered: 2004

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

Ghost Hunters is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on October 6, 2004, on Syfy and was revived in 2019 on A&E. The program features paranormal investigators ...more

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'Ghost Hunters' Is More Fiction Than Fact, And Here's Why #117 of 143 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #208 of 299 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Destination Truth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Josh Gates, Gabriel Copeland, Mike Morrell

Premiered: 2007

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

Destination Truth was a weekly American paranormal reality television series that premiered on June 6, 2007, on Syfy. Produced by Mandt Bros. Productions and Ping Pong Productions, the program ...more

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Paranormal State is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey, Chad Calek

Premiered: 2007

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

Paranormal State is an American paranormal reality television series that premiered on the A&E Network on December 10, 2007. The program follows and stars the Pennsylvania State University ...more

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Haunted Collector is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
AndrewW.Curley added John Zaffis, Brian J. Cano, Aime'e Zaffis

Premiered: 2011

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

Haunted Collector is an American television reality series which airs on the Syfy cable television channel. The first season premiered on June 1, 2011, and ended on July 6, 2011. The series ...more

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My Ghost Story: Caught o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Everybody has a ghost story. But how many people have filmed theirs? Hear true and unbelievable stories of the paranormal as told by the people who lived through them--and actually captured ...more

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#7 of 95 The Best Paranormal TV Shows #14 of 43 The Best Ghost Hunting Paranormal Reality Shows

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Ghost Asylum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
MannyMolina added Steven McDougal, Chasey Ray McKnight, Scott Porter

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Ghost Hunters Internatio... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Barry Fitzgerald, Robb Demarest, Joe Chin

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Paranormal television, Documentary, Reality television

Ghost Hunters International is a spin-off series of Ghost Hunters that aired on Syfy. The series premiered on January 9, 2008. Like its parent series, GHI was a reality series that followed a ...more

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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

Premiered: 1987

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

Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, 1987) is an American mystery documentary television show created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews, and documentary ...more

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Scariest Places on Earth... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Linda Blair, Zelda Rubinstein, Alan Robson

Premiered: 2000

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

Scariest Places on Earth (Fox Family, 2000) is an American paranormal documentary reality television series. The show features reported cases of the paranormal by sending an ordinary family to ...more

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The Haunting of... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
TeresaJae added Kim Ruso

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): documentary

The Haunting Of... (Biography, 2012) is an American paranormal documentary television series and a spinoff of Celebrity Ghost Stories. Hosted by Kim Russo, The Haunting Of... tells the stories ...more
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Fact or Faked: Paranorma... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files Austin Porter, Jael De Pardo, Ben Hansen

Premiered: 2010

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

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files is a paranormal investigation series produced by Base Productions that began airing July 15, 2010, on SyFy. The show follows a team of investigators, led by ...more

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Ranker Video
Pboy81 added

Premiered: 2013

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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Celebrity Ghost Stories ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Fantasy, Reality television

Celebrity Ghost Stories is an American paranormal reality television series that aired on The Biography Channel for its first four seasons and Lifetime Movie Network beginning with its fifth. ...more

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Haunted Highway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Haunted Highway Dana Workman, Jack Osbourne, Jael De Pardo

Premiered: 2012

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

Haunted Highway is a paranormal investigation, reality television series, produced by BASE Productions, that began airing on the Syfy network 3 July 2012. The series features two teams of ...more
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The Haunted is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
zachhughes713 added

Premiered: 2009

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

The Haunted is an American paranormal television series that premiered on November 22, 2009 on Animal Planet. Produced by Picture Shack Entertainment, the program features ghost stories and ...more

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Mysteries at the Museum ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Mysteries at the Museum is an hour-long television program on the Travel Channel which features museum artifacts of unusual or mysterious origins.
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Most Haunted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Yvette Fielding, Ciarán O'Keeffe, Derek Acorah

Premiered: 2002

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

If you want to check this show out, our list of the best episodes of Most Haunted will help you know where to start.

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Psychic Kids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
Chip Coffey, Edy Nathan, Lisa Miller

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Reality television

Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal is a paranormal television series broadcast on the A&E television network. Hosted by Chip Coffey, an American psychic investigator, with Edy Nathan, ...more

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My Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
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Premiered: May 4th, 2013

Genres (Tv): Horror

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Ghost Lab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Paranormal Reality Shows
DavidSquishyFisher added Barry Klinge, Brad Klinge, Mike Rowe

Premiered: 2009

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

Ghost Lab is a weekly American paranormal television series that premiered on October 6, 2009, on the Discovery Channel. Produced by Paper Route Productions and Go Go Luckey Entertainment, the ...more

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