Ghost Hunters

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Reality fare for sci-fi addicts; can be creepy.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 23 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series supports the idea that ghosts and/or other paranormal phenomena is real.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hunters view their work as a way of helping people and bringing peace to both the living and the non-living.


Curses are bleeped out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that because each episode follows a group of investigators examining paranormal events, younger viewers might be frightened by the potential presence of ghosts and spirits in homes and businesses.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by24Ladybug January 25, 2021


Teen, 13 years old Written byNancy Drew 13 October 21, 2013

Best Ghost Show Ever

There is uncensored mild swears and censored strong swears. It can be scary for kids younger than 10 because it is not fake.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillionaire November 25, 2012

Iffy for 10+

Paranormal Show is too edgy for young kids.

What's the story?

In the SciFi channel's sometimes-spooky reality show GHOST HUNTERS, a team of investigators looks into hauntings and other paranormal happenings. By day, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are plumbers who work for Roto-Rooter in New England. But on their off-time, the pair -- founders of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) -- leads a group of investigators that specializes in getting to the bottom of strange incidences.

Is it any good?

Hawes and Wilson investigate everything from a ghost named George who terrorizes a young family, to an inn that's reportedly haunted by the ghost of a bride who died there on her wedding day. Viewers follow the team as they interview the client, gather evidence, and present their conclusions.

Ghost Hunters will appeal to sci-fi enthusiasts, but although the producers heighten the drama with expert editing, the show might disappoint non-believers. Young or particularly sensitive viewers might also be frightened by some of the subject material, but other than that (and a few bleeped swear words), there's little for parents to be concerned about. For the most part Ghost Hunters is an entertaining hour suitable for tweens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the paranormal. Do you believe in ghosts? How else can you explain the events investigated on the show? Does the show scare you? Another discussion topic could be the technology the investigators use to determine whether spirits are responsible for the strange noises and occurrences. How can you become this type of investigator? What's involved in the job?

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