Ghost Hunters

Common Sense Media says

Reality fare for sci-fi addicts; can be creepy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

Curses are bleeped out.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves
Network:Syfy
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2010
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8
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good for older kids

i think this is ok for 8 and up because its just people trying to find(ghosts)
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byNancy Drew 13 October 21, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

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
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10
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Iffy for 10+

Paranormal Show is too edgy for young kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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