A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show makes it clear that the ghost hunters need to learn to trust their instincts and judgment -- and their teammates. Viewers see that people who try to cover up their mistakes or mislead their colleagues make everybody's jobs more difficult. Hard work and functioning well as a team are valued, while kowtowing to the bosses and indulding in self-promotional antics are quickly dismissed as distracting from the overall goal.
Positive Role Models
Steve and Tango are demanding bosses who refuse to cut their new recruits any slack and go out of their way to trip up the would-be investigators. Their behavior could seem vindictive and hostile, but, as they later explain, they're simply trying to find the best people to join their team of paranormal experts. As in any other job interview, they need to know who's qualified and who's just putting up a good front.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent references to battles and other violent incidents that led to the deaths of the people who might be haunting the various locations that the team investigates.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Mild swearing, including "crap" and references to "ass kissing."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The show is part of the expanding Ghost Hunters empire, which is quickly becoming a major paranormal franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this entry in the popular Ghost Hunters franchise combines paranormal investigations with an elimination-style reality competition, giving it a little more edge than earlier series. The Atlantic Paranormal Society is looking for new recruits; of the thousands who applied for the job, the finalists must prove their mettle during on-site evaluations. Expect a generally creepy vibe, as well as mild swearing and frequent discussion of violent incidents in the past that could have led to ghostly presences.
Is It Any Good?
GHOST HUNTERS ACADEMY combines elements of the proven Ghost Hunters formula with a Survivor-style elimination series. Though there's no fixed formula that means someone gets thrown off the show at the end of each episode, the recruits know that they'll be sent packing if they can't pull their weight. Veteran TAPS investigators Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango lead the five finalists through a real investigation, but the focus is shifted away from the supernatural to land on the very mundane as each candidate tries to prove their worth.
The result is somewhat muddled. The recruits are jockeying to show their stuff -- or just avoid making a mistake -- while Gonsalves and Tango point out their errors and explain what they're doing wrong. It looks like a group job interview held in a haunted house, with each nervous applicant trying to sell themselves. The best reality shows succeed by finding participants who will create the kind of drama that makes for good television; Ghost Hunters Academy, however, sifted through resumes looking for people who might make good ghost hunters. These participants may be great at communing with spirits, but they aren't especially telegenic.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate