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The Best Ghost Hunting Paranormal Reality Shows

Updated January 6, 2021 2.6k votes 217 voters 4.9k views46 items

List RulesVote up the best paranormal reality about ghosts and hauntings.

Paranormal reality shows deliver frightful adventures in a reality TV style that makes them all the more terrifying. The best paranormal investigation shows are often about looking for ghosts, but what are the best ghost hunting shows? This list includes some of the creepiest, greatest ghost series ever to help you hunt down the next paranormal reality show on your watch list.

Ghostly paranormal reality series offer everything from famous folks recounting their own ghostly encounters on Celebrity Ghost Stories to professional ghost hunters tracking down spectral intruders. Hearing ghost stories on shows like Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks is better than any campfire tale, and the cast of shows such as Ghost Lab and Fear may hiding from rather than hunting the ghosts in their haunted houses, but the spectral spirit is there.

Which paranormal reality series offer the best ghost stories and haunting hunts? Vote up the best ghost hunting shows and add any ghost hunting series that are missing.

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  • 1

    The Dead Files

    Steve DiSchiavi, Matthew Anderson
    90
    22

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2011

    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
  • 2

    A Haunting

    Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy
    64
    21

    PremieredOctober 28, 2005

    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, 2005...  more

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    Paranormal Lockdown

    Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman
    60
    18

    PremieredMarch 4, 2016

    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 for...  more
  • 4

    Ghost Hunters

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves
    94
    50

    PremieredOctober 15, 1999

    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 Jason Hawes...  more

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    My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera

    Tim Brazeal, Terrie Scott
    59
    20

    PremieredJuly 17, 2010

    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 their...  more
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    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
  • 7

    Haunted Collector

    John Zaffis, Chris Zaffis
    67
    33

    PremieredJune 1, 2011

    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 features...  more
  • 8

    Ghost Adventures

    Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin
    111
    77

    PremieredOctober 17, 2008

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    Haunted History

    John Glover
    47
    17

    Premiered1998

    Haunted History is a 1998 UFA/Cafe Productions series exploring the supernatural. Executive Producer Ed Babbage for Cafe. The American version of the show also debuted in 1998 with the same premise...  more
  • 10

    The Haunting of...

    Breanna Lakatos, Kesha Rose Sebert
    52
    21

    PremieredOctober 27, 2012

    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 of...  more
  • 11

    Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests

    Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass
    46
    21

    Premiered2019

    Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests (Travel Channel, 2019) is an American paranormal reality television series and a spin-off of the show Ghost Brothers. Best friends and ghost hunters Dalen Spratt,...  more
  • 12

    Ghosthunters

    36
    17
    Ghosthunters is a British paranormal documentary television series that originally aired from 1996 to 1997 on the Discovery Channel. The four-series program was produced by Inca Productions of Covent...  more
  • 13

    Paranormal State

    Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey
    40
    21

    PremieredDecember 10, 2007

    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 Paranormal...  more

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    Ghost Hunters International

    Barry Fitzgerald, Robb Demarest
    39
    26

    PremieredJanuary 9, 2008

    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 team of...  more
  • 15

    Celebrity Ghost Stories

    A. Jones, Sara Gabrielle Paterno
    60
    50

    PremieredApril 8, 2020

    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. The...  more

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    Ghostly Encounters

    Lawrence Chau
    28
    13

    Premiered2005

    Start a conversation about things that go bump in the night, and pretty soon everybody in the room has a story to tell. Paranormal experiences aren't just the domain of psychics and tarot card...  more
  • 17

    Most Haunted

    Yvette Fielding, Ciarán O'Keeffe
    31
    17

    PremieredMay 25, 2002

    Most Haunted is a British paranormal reality television series. The series was first shown on Living TV between 25 May 2002 and 21 July 2010, a new online edition aired on 31 October 2013 with Really...  more

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  • 18

    Haunted Hotels

    Amy Tipton, Casey Cipriani
    25
    14

    Premiered2001

    Haunted Hotels is an American paranormal television series that premiered on October 24, 2001 on the Travel Channel. The series features haunted hotels in America and the ghost stories that are told...  more
  • 19

    Destination Fear

    Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden
    25
    15

    PremieredOctober 26, 2019

    Destination Fear (Travel Channel, 2019) is an American paranormal investigation television series. Former Ghost Adventures host Dakota Laden takes his sister and best friend on a cross-country road...  more
  • 20

    Extreme Ghost Stories

    26
    22
    Extreme Ghost Stories is a British supernatural documentary television series produced by ITV Granada, consisting of four one-hour episodes....  more
  • 21
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    MTV's Fear is an US-American paranormal reality television series that originally aired from 2000 to 2002 on MTV. The program follows a group of five or more contestants being left at an allegedly...  more
  • 22

    Ghost Lab

    Brad Klinge, Barry Klinge
    34
    38

    PremieredOctober 6, 2009

    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
  • 23

    Ghost Nation

    Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves
    4
    0

    PremieredOctober 11, 2019

    Ghost Nation (Travel Channel, 2019) is an American horror documentary television series. Paranormal investigators and ghost-hunting pioneers Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango respond to...  more

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  • 24

    Extreme Paranormal

    Shaun Burris, Jason Gowin
    19
    19

    Premiered2009

    Extreme Paranormal is an American paranormal documentary TV special that premiered on Monday, October 26, 2009 on A&E Network at 10pm EST. It aired as a two-part 1 hour special for Halloween and...  more
  • 25

    Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe

    20
    20
    Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe was a popular twenty-six part television series looking at unexplained phenomena across the universe. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom by...  more