UFO Hunters (SciFi)
By Will Wade,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Objective hunt for facts behind fantastic events.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The UFO researchers bring both curiosity and skepticism to their investigations. They show interest and respect but reserve judgment when interviewing witnesses and authority figures -- all of whom can sometimes be hard to believe.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but some witnesses describe some very unusual events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that viewers of this investigative reality show are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about alleged alien encounters. The UFO hunters act much like detectives; though it's clear they to believe, they want even more to be able to prove that aliens are real, and they're careful not to jump to conclusions that aren't supported by the facts. The show isn't particularly scary, though some of the interviewees do describe some very unusual events.
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What's the Story?
When something strange falls from the sky, who ya gonna call? The UFO HUNTERS, of course. When reports of strange events come in, the dedicated members of New York Strange Phenomena Investigators (NY-SPI) are on the case, examining the scene, talking to witnesses and authorities, and hoping to be able to prove that these encounters are the real deal.
Is It Any Good?
The show comes from the same team that created the popular Ghost Hunters franchise and follows a similar format, with the team getting the details on a case and then heading out to hopefully find actual evidence. However, while the stories they're studying are interesting, much of the show features interviews with regular people telling their tales. Some of the witnesses are eager to be on camera, some are clearly nervous and uncomfortable. And, with several people telling variants of the same story, UFO Hunters tends to get repetitive.
Oliver Kemenczky and Ted Davis, NY-SPI's founders and the main investigators on the show, are clearly hoping to document actual alien encounters -- but they're careful to remain objective and let the facts speak for themselves. That said, since their evidence typically comes down to uncorroborated stories, most of the cases end up inconclusive, and there's little drama or excitement in watching people who can't solve a mystery.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about aliens. Do you think we're alone in the universe or not? As the UFO researchers interview witnesses, they're careful not to jump to conclusions. What do you think? Do you believe these stories are actual UFO encounters? Why do you think so many TV shows and movies center on aliens? Do you think the producers are editing the show to make the stories seem more, or less, believable?
- Premiere date: January 30, 2008
- Cast: Denise Petty, Oliver Kemenczky, Ted Davis
- Network: Syfy
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
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