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UFO Hunters (History)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's not much room for debate in this show. The investigators are absolutely convinced that the alleged alien sightings they're studying are real and that they'll be able to find proof if they look hard enough. When their research is inconclusive (or completely fails to support their theories) they start to wonder about government conspiracies and hidden evidence but never consider the possibility that the incidents are anything but actual alien encounters. Viewers may certainly disagree, but those who do will find little reason to watch. All of that said, there's little obviously iffy content here -- a bit of bleeped swearing is about it.
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What's the story?
Bill Birnes, Pat Uskert, and Jeff Tomlinson are the UFO HUNTERS, a dedicated team of researchers who investigate some of the best-known sightings of flying saucers. Many of these incidents happened years or even decades ago; the show's goal is to find hard, scientific evidence to back up witnesses' claims. Computer graphics vividly re-create the alien encounters, and then the team examines the site, using metal detectors, ground-penetrating radar, and other high-tech tools (though often the search method is no more complicated than looking through an overgrown forest or scouring a beach for signs of a long-ago visit).
Is it any good?
Since most of the incidents happened long ago, the team is hunting in areas that have already been examined many times for evidence that, if it ever did exist, is certainly unlikely to be there now. Not surprisingly, their searches generally tend to be in vain -- and there's little excitement to be found in watching these men sift through sand on a beach that may have once been the site of a UFO encounter. The re-creations are more interesting, but the same images are sometimes shown over and over again, making the episodes seem repetitive.
Plus, the team is anything but unbiased. Birnes is the publisher of UFO Magazine, and Uskert claims to have personally seen a mysterious flying object. So even when their studies are inconclusive, they're unwilling to consider that an incident may not have been the real deal. These guys are true believers, certain that the truth is out there whether they're able to prove it or not. People who agree may enjoy their show, but others may find it less than convincing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about people's fascination with UFOs. Do you think UFOs are real? What would you think of someone who said they'd seen one? Why are so many people convinced that they've seen these mysterious objects, and why do UFOs and aliens appear so often in so many TV shows and movies?