A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the show relies on firsthand testimony, there is little attempt to place the supernatural occurrences in any kind of context that might suggest these events are anything but the interference of otherworldly forces.
Positive Role Models
While it is hard to avoid skepticism when hearing these firsthand accounts of unexplained phenomena, those impacted frequently exhibit a high degree of bravery, understanding, and tolerance for their extreme circumstances.
Violence & Scariness
Little direct physical violence depicted graphically onscreen, but alleged paranormal attacks frequently involve extreme and unusual assaults. For example, one family attacked by a "demon" reports having random objects in their home thrown in their direction and an arson attempt by this "spirit." While there is not a high degree of explicit violence involved, these encounters are filmed with an intensity that creates heavy tension for the viewer, as though a more graphic depiction were presented.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual content related to the paranormal events depicted, but exposure is limited to typical basic cable standards, with no nudity or explicit language of any kind.
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Very occasional use of "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this "documentary" series uses very intense editing and filmmaking techniques to recreate unexplained events. These sequences are light on explicit violence, but would prove extremely disturbing to children and any particularly sensitive teens. The show relates stories of alleged paranormal activity as told by those who experienced it, including photography and video of the incidents as available. However, there is no attempt to provide any alternate explanations or skepticism toward the events, which creates a highly skewed viewing experience.
Is It Any Good?
Paranormal Witness is a "documentary" series created with a very specific, if very sizable, audience in mind. This is a show for people who either already believe in the supernatural, or who are inclined to believe given the flimsiest degree of evidence. If you tune into this series waiting for the typical scientist or psychologist to appear with their alternate explanation for events, you'll be waiting a long time.
It's definitely gripping television, and the techniques the series uses in its reenactments to create tension and suspense have an impact. It's also hard to confront the experiences that the interview subjects actually had without wondering if there wasn't something unexplained involved. But without any attempt to examine these experiences from anything but the most accepting and believing viewpoint, Paranormal Witness becomes just another way to tell spooky stories around the glowing LED of your television set, instead of a glowing bonfire in the woods.
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