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Mystery Hunters



Entertaining newsmagazine to delight youngsters.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn a lot of facts about each featured puzzle/mystery.

Positive messages

The show encourages curiosity and discovery.

Positive role models

The featured kids are resourceful and determined. Girls and boys play equally important roles.

Violence & scariness

The show investigates paranormal mysteries, so there are mildly violent/tense scenes that, although they don't involve guns or weapons, might scare very young children.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that each episode of this paranormal newsmagazine series includes historical reenactments involving ghosts, witches, and the like, some of which might frighten very young or very sensitive kids.

What's the story?

In Discovery Kids' MYSTERY HUNTERS, viewers are taken on a half-hour trip behind the scenes of the world's most thrilling paranormal riddles. The documentary-like show is hosted by teens Araya Mengesha and Christina Broccolini, who travel around the world interviewing experts and reenacting scenes in an attempt to solve years-old mysteries and ghost stories. Their sidekick, Doubting Dave (David Acer), is based in the Mystery Lab, where he conducts experiments that tie into each episode. Past travels have taken the group to the Oregon forest in search of Bigfoot (Dave makes a footprint cast out of plaster), to Toronto to visit a 1,000-year-old mummy, and to a spoon-bending workshop in San Francisco.

Is it any good?


There's much to like about Mystery Hunters. Mengesha and Broccolini are easy to relate to and do a good job engaging the audience while reporting their stories. The show's vibrant graphics and visual recreations are sure to grab young audiences' attention.

What's perhaps best about the show, though, is that kids come away having leaned something about past and present-day puzzles. Parents should note that since many of the episodes deal with the paranormal -- including the existence of ghosts, witches, and monsters -- very young children might be frightened by the series' reenactments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the paranormal. Do ghosts exist?

  • Can you believe everything you hear? How do you decide if a story is true or not?

TV details

Premiere date:September 14, 2002
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Parent of a 7, 11, and 14 year old Written bybeckyhall July 18, 2010
love it!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great role models
Adult Written byrubysmysteries January 6, 2010

Ancient Mysteries

I watched my first episode with my 7 year old. At first I found it very educational, enjoying that they went to far and exotic places to explore. What troubles me is the need to scientifically dispute all the magic and wonders of the ancient world. Maybe we need to teach our children how to understand the mysteries that exists in other cultures. Even if we do not understand them.
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 8 years old May 18, 2010

Best for kids 7 and up!!!

I LOVE MYSTERY HUNTERS!!!!! Me and my friends even started a club about them, my friends Iris and Zea love them to!And if the gang of mystery hunters are reading this I just wanted for you to come visit my club?I live in Placitas,NM and I think you guys are AMAZING!You can email me at [email protected] I hope you can email me back.P.S.S I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR SHOW!!!!!! Oh, and my name is Paloma,and we will have a party for you coming Love,Paloma!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models