Ghost Adventures

 
Haunted house investigations more creepy than scientific.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show isn't out to convey any particularly constructive take aways, but it does send a message to viewers that the supernatural may be real and spirits should be treated with respect -- but not necessarily feared.

Positive role models

Zak and his team spend their nights in dark, creepy places as they try to find scientific evidence for the supernatural. Their missions would likely be terrifying to many people, so their choice to linger in such environments can be seen as both brave and foolhardy, depending on your point of view.

Violence

Zak and the crew often discuss the murders, massacres, and torture that make up the storied histories of the possibly haunted sites they visit.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Plenty of bleeped swearing as the crew encounters mysterious and sometimes unexplainable things.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows a team of paranormal investigators as they visit allegedly haunted sites -- could be quite scary for younger viewers. The team's overnights in these locations are pretty creepy, as are their discussions of the murders, torture, and other gory events that took place there. Expect some bleeped swearing, usually when team members are reacting to something unexpected.

What's the story?

In GHOST ADVENTURES, Zak Bagans and his team of supernatural investigators travel around the country to find real-life haunted houses -- and hopefully capture evidence of the spirit world on film. During their investigations, the team is locked inside each location overnight, with their cameras, digital tape recorders, and other high-tech specter-sensing gear ... and possibly a few actual phantoms.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The team attempts to bring some scientific rigor to their investigations as they try to document the presence of the supernatural. There's also some history -- the investigators discuss the grisly incidents that may have created restless sprits -- and a good bit of ghoulishness, thanks to amped-up spooky music and frequent quick cuts to creepy (and usually unrelated) images.

The result is kind of muddled. The team does sometimes seem to have encounters with the unexplained, but they don’t do much with their evidence; they replay it a few times, say “wow!” and then move on. At times, locked in a haunted house in the dead of night, Zak and his colleagues seem truly unnerved -- even frightened. But watching them get scared isn’t very scary for viewers. This series isn’t nearly as thorough as the Ghost Hunters franchise, which pioneered this genre, nor does it offer the chills that people might want from seeing a haunted house.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the supernatural. Do you believe in ghosts? Do you think the team manages to capture real footage of spirits? How does this show compare to fictional movies and TV shows about haunted houses?

  • What do you think the show's main goal is? Is it  to entertain or to scare viewers? Or both? Does it succeed?

  • Do you think this kind of show is as entertaining as series about

  • things that are familiar to everyone -- like cooking or fashion?

TV details

Cast:Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff, Zak Bagans
Network:Travel Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written bylehi007 July 17, 2011
age 18+
 

Your child's teacher recommends, "Just Say NO!"

I am a teacher with twenty years experience working with children and I have to say that I am appalled at these reviews. THIS is what you have your kids watch in their spare time? SERIOUSLY? This is absolute over the top garbage. OMG go read a book, ride your bike, get a hobby. This is cotton candy for the brain. There has GOT to be something better for your children to watch on T.V. Let's parent up and help our kids make better choices. The fact that so many seem to like this silly show makes me a little sad.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byPlague December 4, 2009
age 13+
 

Ghost Adventures

Love this show. I watched the 7 hour live investagation (along with their past episodes), and i've always been impressed by how much energy they put into making this show acutally interesting to watch, unlike Ghost Hunters. I'm really looking forward to seeing new episodes and watch them investagate new areas. And yes I am a ghost believer, laugh if you want.
What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written byjohogatha November 13, 2009
age 12+
 

Zak is on steroids.

I am very disappointed in the Travel Channel. I do enjoy watching the shows they air and when i came across this particular series i thought i would give it a shot, instead i am appalled at the drama queens they have promoting this. Zak and his crew are horrible, I am embarrassed for them and the Travel Channel.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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