My Ghost Story

 
Show's real-life ghostly encounters get pretty creepy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message suggests that spirits are everywhere, which could frighten younger kids. Not every ghost is friendly, either.

Positive role models

A few ghosts seem benevolent, but many of the stories involve ghosts who are said to actively torment the living from beyond the grave.

Violence

Although the show isn't visually graphic, many stories involve vividly told incidents of violence, including murders, suicides, and other deadly accidents. People talk about dead bodies, mutilated corpses, hangings, shootings, etc.

Sex

A few stories involve the ghosts of presumed prostitutes or "women of the night."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Some stories involve places of business (hotels, shops, etc.) that could profit from the exposure they get on the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that real people discuss their real-life experiences with hauntings and other paranormal activity in this hourlong documentary series, which amps up the fear factor with creepy lighting, angled camera shots, and photographic and video "evidence" of the experiences. Though not much violence is actually shown, many of the stories involve very vivid descriptions of violent acts, such as hangings, shootings, murders, and suicides -- which makes it too scary for younger viewers.

What's the story?

In MY GHOST STORY, ordinary people share extraordinarily creepy first-person accounts of hauntings and other strange phenomena, raising questions about the presence of paranormal activity in everyday life. But these "ghost stories" are different than the kind you tell around a flickering campfire in that each includes video or photographic evidence supporting the teller's claims. Tales range from a California ghost ship that's still staffed by its ghostly crew to an unquie Ohio farmhouse with supposed ties to the Underground Railroad.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At the beginning of each episode, My Ghost Story runs a disclaimer that screams, "Warning! What you are about to see are haunted events encountered by real people. Some may find it disturbing." But in reality, the alarmist advisory is more hype than helpful -- particularly when the story that follows concerns a comparatively lame haunting at a California office building involving a spinning chair, a falling cubicle wall, and a pair of plastic safety glasses that appear to move across a table by themselves.

It's not the scariest stuff on TV, to be sure. But several stories succeed in being sufficiently creepy all the same. The "evidence" presented -- mostly short, grainy video segments that are played over and over (and often in slow motion) to reveal that, yes, there's something strange going on -- certainly won't change a skeptic's mind. But if you already believe in ghosts, you'll probably like what you see.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they think these ghost stories are true. Do the people being interviewed seem trustworthy? What steps does the show take to investigate their claims?

  • How has technology changed the way we talk about ghosts and other unexplained phenomena? Do videos and photographs that capture so-called ghosts and spirits lend credibility to the witnesses' stories?

  • How does this show compare to others that focus on the paranormal? Is it scarier to hear about a ghostly experience from a celebrity or from an average Joe? (And is one source more believable than the other?)

TV details

Network:Biography Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 12 years old September 1, 2012
age 10+
 

Not for younger kids

I think it is cool and not that scary. I have a wild imagnation but I never had nightmares from this or had trouble sleeping.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2011
age 11+
 

Nice Show, But Scary Effects to Actually MAKE IT Scary.

Well, I LOVE this show, man! I mean, I understand why commonsensemedia decided to review it for 12+. It actually just depends on how mature the kid/teen watching it is. I really am a bit scared, because when I was watching it I felt something on my back, like two hands pushing me down. But I ignored it. So, I thought it was my imagination, because I was a little scared, so that's why I think it's for 11+. There are MANY sound effects and other effects that make the show scary, so I'm with the rating of the show; Parental Guidance Suggested. Hope this helped!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bySourGalaxy October 11, 2013
age 11+
 

Good for everyone who likes the paranormal

This Biography channel reality/documentary type show is fantastic! It focuses on everyday people that want to share their evidence of the paranormal and boy does this show deliver. I have never seen a ghost oriented show that gets this much evidence of the paranormal. The show usually has on 4-5 guests that narrate their ghost story and they also show the evidence they captured. I have seen everything from orbs to full bodied apparitions on this show. Now as for the content, this show may scare younger kids. Some of the stories on this show involve demons, frightening pictures and they often deal with gruesome deaths of the people that may be haunting these locations. The show also features mild obscenities like "what the hell" and "pissed off", stronger words are said less often but they are bleep out. This show can definitely scare younger kids, so parents should watch with their kids. Fans of paranormal-type shows will definitely want to look into this show.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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