Destination Truth

 
Monster hunts seem more fun to film than watch.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gates and his team may strike some as "typical Americans," as they brazenly stroll into remote, often poorly developed villages in remote corners of the world, and he sometimes seems pushy, demanding, or patronizing when interacting with local residents.

Violence

Some frenzied running from (or after) potential monsters, but nothing is actually caught, so there's no violence. That said, the idea of all of these monsters being out in the real world could scare some kids.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasionally a "damn" slips out, but for a team of monster-hunters spending time in very creepy locations, there are surprisingly few salty words.

Consumerism

Some airline names are visible when the team flies off to investigate rumors and legends.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some people smoke in the countries the team visits. The Truth seekers are asked to chew betel nut. Some drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is all about finding real monsters in the real world. So anyone who's ever told their kids that there's nothing out there in the dark might have some explaining to do, because the host and his team take all of these legendary bogeymen very seriously. But despite the fact that they look hard for evidence, they don't find much -- though they do sometimes manage to run roughshod over the local residents. The good news is that other than the whole focus on monsters, there's not much to worry about content-wise.

What's the story?

In DESTINATION TRUTH, host Josh Gates travels the globe investigating local paranormal and supernatural legends. Each episode starts with a quick summary of the featured legend, usually originating in a far-off locale, and then the team heads off to investigate. Gates likes to hit the ground running, so when he meets someone who might have seen evidence of, for example, a living dinosaur in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, his first response is to visit the site immediately and set up cameras. As a result, much of the show consists of clips of Gates and his comrades visiting unusual locations, which may or may not have been the site of some kind of odd sighting, sometime in the past.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Investigators of the paranormal and supernatural tend to fall into two camps: either true believers hoping to find evidence to support their hard-to-swallow claims, or hardened cynics looking for ways to definitively debunk a crackpot theory. But Gates seems to have a much more simple agenda -- he just wants to have some fun. As he darts around the globe, trekking through jungles and visiting remote villages to check out various monster sightings, it's clear that he and his team are having a great time -- what's less clear is whether he's actually doing much to either prove or disprove these mysteries. The team doesn't exactly follow scientific methods, and -- what a shock! -- they don't usually find much.

Gates also can seem somewhat abrasive, especially when he's interacting with local residents in these remote locations. When a villager confirms that, yes, he did see a mermaid swimming off the local reef that very morning, it's obvious that he's feeling intimidated by the sudden appearance of several loud Americans hauling high-tech electronics. Clearly, this eyewitness account should be taken with a grain of salt, but Gates demands that the villager take them out to the spot right away. (Care to guess how many mermaids the team spots?) In the end, Destination Truth is probably more fun to make than it is to watch, but that doesn't mean tweens who are into this kind of thing won't enjoy it -- and the good news is that there's not too much parents need to worry about in terms of sex, violence, or language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how different cultures view monsters. How are legends similar around the world? Is Bigfoot the same in Malaysia as in the Pacific Northwest? Is the mysterious Argentine sea monster Nahuelito related to the Loch Ness Monster? Why do so many people in so many places develop such similar legends? People can also talk about the best way to prove -- or disprove -- these legends. Is the absence of physical evidence "proof" that a story is fake? Is a TV show the best way to chronicle this kind of search? Does it make you take the topic more or less seriously? Why?

TV details

Cast:Josh Gates
Network:Syfy
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 15, 2012
age 10+
 

Good Show.

I like watching this show sometimes. I enjoy the beginning of the episodes more than the actual investigation part of it. The team is great and I love Josh Gates personality. He is a always cracking jokes.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byoarpm October 10, 2011
age 8+
 

A big joke, but good to sleep.

With no pun intended; most of the shows are a joke. Very little information is provided, just a compilation of semi-intense footage and audio that is edited in a way to create tension and arouse our primordial fears. I am surprised this show has more than a single season. Adding on to this is the fact the "team" spends just one night at each location. Where is the consistency in this data? ... after a whole night we flew back into LA... when did this ever become serious? The presenter's attitude towards foreign culture is oftentimes satirical, which in itself makes the show feel fictitious. Having traveled the world (assuming he actually has) you would expect a more serious attitude towards what in most cases are real concerns to populations completely un-aware of what they are being portrayed as. I had to see several episodes to be sure that the host is a completely un-reliable source of information (and an insult to american tourists travelling worldwide), and furthermore he has complete lack of sympathy and compassion for those not blessed for a higher education. It is a complete mockery of foreign culture and beliefs and of it's people thereof. What could of been an excellent program was unfortunately diluted into one more cheeky, teeny, bs documentary style based show which offers little to no (# 0 [zero]) information regarding the actual facts surrounding the investigations. Basically "all scary things are a thing of the past and have a reasonable scientific explanation" according to this show. Im hard pressed to believe that any of these people have actually felt fear for their lives at any given point during filming (except for the camera-man that fell down a hill). Overall a good show once, maybe twice. Expecting it to be better as the episodes pass is truly an unrewarding experience as it only goes to prove we are bigger sissys that we ever expected. Scared of things that dont exist (according to the progam). Truly truly unsatisfying.
Parent of a 14, 16, and 17 year old Written byKatrina39 May 2, 2011
age 17+
 
I love the show. there is one thing. We were watching the werewolf and the one when they were in chili. we saw something in the background.
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