A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
No actual violence shown, but the investigators sometimes discuss the violent deaths that took place at the allegedly haunted sites they visit.
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The investigators say "crap" and "fricking," but more extreme words are bleeped.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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