A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
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?