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Ghost Lab

Copycat ghost-hunting show mixes scares and tedium.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show isn't out to convey any overtly positive messages, though the participants work hard to  find hard scientific evidence documenting ghosts' existence.

Positive role models

The Klinge brothers have a fun, relaxed relationship and share a devotion to investigating the paranormal.

Violence

No actual violence shown, but the investigators sometimes discuss the violent deaths that took place at the allegedly haunted sites they visit.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The investigators say “crap” and “fricking,” but more extreme words are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the stars of this reality show hope to prove the existence of ghosts by visiting allegedly haunted houses with a variety of scientific gear. While there's nothing particularly age-inappropriate for older tweens (words stronger than "crap" and "fricking" are bleeped, and violence is more discussed than shown), it can be both tedious (lots of waiting around) and occasionally quite scary, when something unexpleainable really does happen. Overall, the tone is pretty creepy, so younger and/or particularly sensitive viewers may not enjoy watching.

What's the story?

Motivated by an alleged personal encounter with a ghostly squad of Civil War soldiers, brothers Brad and Barry Klinge decided to create the GHOST LAB, a rolling paranormal investigation vehicle. Along with other intrepid spirit hunters, the Klinges travel the country to examine supposedly haunted houses. The team spends the night at each site, using high-tech gear to try to find evidence of the supernatural. Some trips are a bust, but sometimes the team -- and the cameras -- document sights and sounds that are almost impossible to explain.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The reality show ghost-hunting genre is starting to get pretty crowded, from Ghost Hunters to Ghost Adventures. These shows all follow the same basic format, with the team getting briefed on the sometimes-macabre history of each site they visit and then descending on the location with plenty of equipment. The highlight of each episode is when the cameras actually catch something that may indeed be ghostly -- and sometimes they do.

But most of the GHOST LAB footage is of the brothers explaining what they're doing and why and then sitting around waiting for something to happen. That’s the weak point of all of these shows, and it’s especially weak here. The Klinge brothers seem like genial folks, but they're not especially telegenic; watching them sitting around isn't appealing, and the issue is exacerbated by their heavy abuse of dude-speak. “Dude, I think I heard something!” “No way, dude, that was just a rat.” Well, dudes, I think I’d rather watch something else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the supernatural. Do you think ghosts are real? Do you think the Ghost Lab team actually encounters spirits? Can their gear prove the existence of the paranormal?

  • Why are there so many shows like this? How does this one compare to others you've seen? Do you think there are enough haunted houses for all these investigators?

TV details

Premiere date:October 6, 2009
Cast:Barry Klinge, Brad Klinge
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byhomer123 November 4, 2009

ok watch for language

not as good as chost hunters
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byPlague May 3, 2010

Ghost Lab

Not my favorite ghost hunting show on TV, but its highly addicting and very fun to watch.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old September 2, 2011

Fail.

Really commonsensemedia? Really? I'm 10 and I LOVE this show! Not only that, I'm not scared of it at ALL. I only just get the creeps when the investigators talk about demons and ghost people.
What other families should know
Too much swearing