A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights mysterious events that have occurred around the world, and offers multiple subjective and objective explanations for them.
Positive Role Models
Scientists often offer logical explanations for things that happen, sometimes dismissing the belief systems of others. Others reject scientific explanations and believe in more powerful forces at work.
There are experts from different countries, with different belief systems, featured. Archive footage shows people from different geographic areas, including West Africa, Japan, and Haiti.
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Violence & Scariness
Stories range from odd to scary. Themes include death, suicide, hauntings, and other disturbing events. There are photos of dead people, as well as images of blood spatters. Ancient paintings are visible that depict spirits and reenactments of people getting hurt, killed, or going through intense treatment rituals conducted by priests.
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Products & Purchases
Old amusement parks, haunted houses, and other locations are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are references to purposely overdosing on drugs. Priests and priestesses are shown smoking and drinking various things as part of their rituals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The UnXplained with William Shatner features stories that address things like paranormal activity, death, suicide, and other violent events, including September 11. These are often accompanied by disturbing photographs and videos (some of which show the deceased) and ancient renderings of the dead. While there's some historical and scientific contexts given for these happenings, younger and more sensitive viewers may still find some of these narratives upsetting or scary.
Is It Any Good?
The documentary series offers lots of intriguing narratives about peculiar practices, extraordinary moments, and fantastical events in history that may or may not be explained away by science. Its entertainment value comes from the dramatic way William Shatner plays up these stories, which is accompanied by CGI-enhanced visuals, added sounds, and reenactments of specific events. Adding to this are the conversations with paranormal experts, spiritualists, and others who believe in forces greater than science that are often much more captivating than the academic studies and objective evidence being offered. Skeptics will find much of what The UnXplained has to offer hard to take seriously. Nonetheless, others will find the experience both engrossing and enjoyable.
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