A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few stories involve the ghosts of presumed prostitutes or "women of the night."
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Products & Purchases
Some stories involve places of business (hotels, shops, etc.) that could profit from the exposure they get on the show.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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