5 Best Paranormal Reality Shows That Shouldn't Have Been Canceled

Gone Too Soon: The Five Best Paranormal Reality Shows That Should Never Have Been Canceled

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Nearly twenty years ago paranormal reality television became a smash hit thanks to shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State, and since then, there’ve been countless additions to the genre. Hit shows are often a combination of compelling cast members, unique takes on interesting subjects, and spectacular timing, but sometimes, no matter how great a show is, they’re brought to an end far too quickly.

We’ve listed a few of the best paranormal television shows that deserved to stick around a little longer. These five short-lived series will scare you, take you on thrilling adventures, and on top of it all, maybe even teach you a thing or two about what’s waiting for us on the other side.

Ghost Stalkers (2014)

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There’s a lot to say about Destination America’s 2014 series Ghost Stalkers, and it’s all good. Hosted by Supernatural regular Chad Lindberg and veteran paranormal researcher John E. L. Tenney, the intriguing premise of the series had both men spending the night all alone inside some of the most haunted buildings in the country. Because of the duo’s varying levels of experience, Chad having been a brand new ghost hunter at the time, watching them both experience the same place alone differently was one of the most compelling elements of Ghost Stalkers. Tenney’s level-headed approach paired with Chad’s contagious enthusiasm struck a perfect balance, making the series’ six-episode run immensely watchable.

The show was executive produced by Ghost Adventures creator Nick Groff, who is currently starring in Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown. The success of Lockdown (which has included a guest appearance from John E.L. Tenney), has lead Ghost Stalkers fans to believe that there might be a second season in the works, but according to Tenney, the show was only planned as a six episode event, and even if it were to return, it probably wouldn’t be as effective.

Ghost Stalkers in it’s original form just wouldn’t work now,” Tenney told us. “One of the original ideas was to show two people with vastly different experience levels of research. Chad originally had no real involvement with paranormal investigation, so he was learning how to control himself. Now years later, he has more experience. We wanted people to watch someone grow into becoming an investigator. So that concept of the show is gone forever.”

There were other ideas which we tried to explore, like near death experiences, gateways to parallel realities, the nature of life after physical death, etc., but the “true” reality is that most viewers want to see a scary story and not have to think about the deeper questions about paranormal phenomena which remain unanswered.”

At least we’ll always have the re-runs.

Ghost Mine (2013)

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Aside from being one of the coolest takes on the ghost hunting genre in recent history, Syfy’s Ghost Mine is hands-down one of the most beautifully shot reality shows ever on television. Hosted by paranormal investigators Patrick H.T. Doyle and Kristen Luman, Ghost Mine sends the duo deep into the remote Oregon woods to investigate the insanely haunted – and possibly cursed – Crescent Mine. They join a fantastically entertaining team of superstitious miners hoping to reopen what was once one of America’s richest gold deposits.

Ghost Mine is undeniably immersive and takes great care to carefully unravel a rich and spooky story that unfolds thought its two seasons. Unfortunately, the series ended its run on a pretty massive cliffhanger, meaning we’ll probably never get the answers to the mysteries of the Crescent Mine.

Haunted Highway (2012 – 2013)

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I know what you’re thinking, but trust me, it seems that Jack Osbourne does know his paranormal stuff. Haunted Highway, which debuted on Syfy in 2012, takes hosts Dana Workman, Jael de Pardo, and Devin Marbles on a road trip to investigate not just ghost sightings, but eerie urban legends and cryptozoological creatures as well. Shot entirely by the cast via hand held cameras and GoPros, there’s a very fun adventurous feel to the series that’s easy to get into, and has, on more than one occasion, inspired me to start planning a paranormal road trip of my own.

Despite the found-footage spin and celebrity casting of Jack Osbourne, the heart of Haunted Highway centered around the adventures they chose to seek out. Instead of focusing on big legends, the series stuck to investigating smaller, lesser-known locations like Shades of Death Road or the Arizona Domes (three years before Ghost Adventures popularized the location). In an era of Bigfoot overload, we got adventures in search of the Bear Lake Beast or the Utah Skinwalker.

Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after just two seasons.

Stranded (2013)

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Syfy’s 2013 series Stranded was executive produced by Destination Truth and Expedition Unknown’s Josh Gates and horror power-producer Jason Blum, and if you’re a fan of MTV’s Fear or Scariest Places On Earth, you will absolutely love this unfortunately short-run series. Each episode of Stranded follows a group of friends as they visit a different haunted location, where they’re stranded for an entire week. Like Haunted Highway, the show is filmed via hand cams and GoPros, which goes a long way toward immersing us in the experience of being stuck on a haunted island in the middle of nowhere.

I’m a huge fan of shows that cut out the camera crew and let the hosts truly experience their surroundings, and Stranded has done the best job at recreating those early ghost hunting television vibes. After just six nerve-wracking episodes, Syfy pulled the plug on one of their best ghost hunting reality shows.

Psychic Kids (2008 – 2010)

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Psychic Kids managed to respectfully touch on a sensitive topic that, for many, remains taboo: children who believe they may have psychic abilities and the parents who didn’t know how to help them. Hosted by seasoned psychics Chip Coffey, Kim Russo, and Chris Fleming, Psychic Kids spent two seasons bringing a lot of comfort and guidance to families of children who were trying to understand their unique abilities.

Had it been given a few more seasons, it would have been fascinating to see the children featured in the earlier episodes of Psychic Kids a few years down the line for updates on their development. Fortunately, Chip Coffey regularly takes to his Facebook page to update his followers on where the Psychic Kids are now. It’s no third season, but it’s more resolution than most shows get.


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Ghost Mine was my all time favorite show!

IMO, like Destination Truth, it’s sad any of these shows were on SyFy to begin with because SyFy has turned into a contest and wrestling channel that seems to have little interest in actual SyFy shows anymore.
Glad Josh went over to the Travel Channel. They’ve done very well with his show there.
And I really really miss Ghost Mine. The two investigators were some of the best for sure.

Agreed. That show was great, not because of their “findings” but because Josh was fun and he made the trip interesting.

Ghost stalkers was entertaining if anything. Ghost mine i thought had the most promise. I thought it was good. When paranormal state clients started posting their statements of how much was staged and falsified, buell & coffey lost all credibility for me. I do think that scify channel has turned into somewhat of a contest of marketing ploys to attract viewers even if for one episode.

I liked “Psychic Kids” too.

The one I miss is “I survived . . . the Beyond.” People talked about their near-death experiences.

I LOVE MY GHOST SHOWS… IM FEELIN SOME KINDA WAY THAT THERE ALMOST ALL OVER.. BRING THEM BACK!! Esp since i dont have netflix or even internet.. Im broke man. Thank god my cable is free.. But its not like it matters.. What i wanna watch isnt on anymore anyway..

I disliked all the show mentioned in this article I have grown sick of the locked down, investigation type of shows. Many of these type of shows are a joke to me since most of the evidence supposedly caught was faked for ratings. The type of shows I miss and really enjoyed that were canceled are 1. Ghost Stories Caught on Camera 2. Paranormal Witness 3. Sightings 4. The Haunted and Unexplained Mysteries . The only other show left I like to watch is Paranormal Survivor (although 1st season was not that great 2nd season greatly improved)

I’m old. So, my first choice would be “In Search Of…” because it was the granddaddy of all these shows, and I remember it being far more frightening and wonderful than 99.9% of these new paranormal shows. (Plus…Leonard Nimoy.) My second choice would be “Scariest Places on Earth,” because the editing, though commonplace today, was a beautifully terrifying new style when it was first on that show. They mixed a discussion of the history with investigation, which I find most shows lack now. Since shows like this are often scarce on evidence, I find that I need a lot of… Read more »

I loved Ghost Mine and Ghost Stalkers! Would love to see a new season of both. Hopefully we will see their investigators on other shows in the future.

I too enjoyed Ghost Mine and Ghost Stalkers! I have been wondering what happened to them??

Loved Psychic Kids! Are old episodes of the other shows online or on Netflix/Hulu/Prime?

The best one was Ghost Hunters!

It’s not gone yet.

They are quiting SFY Channel after they finish this year.😇😇😇

You had to show the nipple

Stranded and Haunted Highway were really good

Hi from Australia,
Your mission should you choose to accept it is to track down and do an interview with the crew from Ghost Mine and find out what happened after the final episode because damn, I find myself thinking about that cliff hanger a lot. I also think that Stranded could have been a longer lived series if they had a better calibre of people being locked in. Most of those people were cringe worthy and let the show down big time.
Fact Or Fake and Destination Truth are the two shows I would’ve liked to see continue for sure.

That would be awesome! Definitely track them down and find out what happened.

I liked “Haunted Highway” the best. I really enjoyed that one. I had a hard time getting into the others.

I liked Haunted Highway. It was interesting

One show I really liked that was cancelled I think was called The Demon Files, on Destination America? It starred the cop that was the basis for the movie “Deliver Us From Evil”. It was a lot fun to watch this guy roam from room to room in supposed haunted houses shouting out at ghosts/demons in a New York accent, calling them “cow-ahds”. Not a believable show at all, but still, enjoyable enough as the guy had so much more “character” than the majority of these paranormal reality show hosts.

Notice they were all on the SyFi channel and I miss ever single one of them !!

I absolutely LOVED Stranded!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe that it was cancelled after such a great first season (IMO.) The first episode was the best as you could GENUINELY see the fear and curiosity in the contestants (???) eyes/countenance. I would definitely watch more should they return. And, Scariest Places On Earth was, and still is, one of my all time favorites. That would be another one I wouldn’t dare miss of they were to resurrect it.

Which was the programme narrated by Zelda May Rubinstein from Poltergeist? That was hilarious. It was more of a game show than paranormal investigation show. Was it ‘Scariest places on earth’? Good fun.

Yes, that was Scariest Places On Earth. I liked that one.

I to miss most of these shows. The only one I did not like was Psychic Kids hosted by Chip Coffey. A show that I also liked since they covered paranormal, cryptids, and everything else was Destination Truth. I know Josh went to Travel Channel from SyFy and has a new show Expedition Unknown, but I wish he covered more things. He covers legends so why not ghost, UFO’s, and cryptids?

Yeah, anything with Chip Coffey always seemed kinda silly to me. That whole Paranormal State show was annoying.

Ghost Stalkers was crippled by Chad and his overacting. Screaming at any little thing that happened. They had to cancel that series because David Rountree lied about his background and now has been thoroughly discredited in the paranormal field. And it was his equipment and direction that the investigators relied upon John T… was the only reason to watch the show, and the concept on how to investigate a location is sound.

I agree with Ghost Mine. It was entertaining at least.

My favorite was “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files”.

I could not get behind Psychic Kids. I felt like those children were exploited. Holy hell I was given crap in school for seeing my friends grandfather, I can’t imagine it then being broadcast all over television. The only people benefiting from it were Chip who is suspect in my book and their parents.

I really liked the Demon Files but have yet to see any new episodes just the same 3 original ones. I really liked this show.

Ghost Cops, I believe the name was, was very good. I’m sick of all the phonies, ‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Ghost Adventures’, and their ilk, I notice cast leaving like floods from the broken dam on GH, Jason Hawes must not like being told he’s phony. We need more LEGIT shows, like the ones above!!

I have been watching Ghost Adventures since the beginning! They ARE my favorite”)Maybe you should go on hunt with them, and experience darkness in a Haunted Place.

The best to me was Destination Truth but I liked Ghost Mine and Haunted Highways. I appreciate that Destination America is reviving the paranormal genre. There’s a lot of potential there.

You forgot Deep South Paranormal – that was a really good show!

are you kidding? I agree with Stranded, Ghost Mine, and Haunted Highway….but come on….Ghost Stalkers was a relentless hour of Chad screeching like a little child ..crap proof of evidence (sad because I love Nick Groff , but he missed producing this one) and even though I enjoyed Psychic Kids…I attended a “ghost hunt” and reading with Chip Coffey and it was a total joke….he thought the whistle of my digital camera turning on was a ghost sending a message to him(while the entire row I was in was hysterically laughing!) And a quick note, Chip claimed he was a… Read more »

I miss Ghost Mine”( & why is SFY Quitting? Crazy when so many people enjoy this Channel!

Here’s my question: why is it that whenever a paranormal show does a recreation, the actors — especially the ones playing psychics — walk around looking up at the ceiling, like spirits are Spider-man, scuttling around up there instead of being all around them in the ether. It’s bizarre

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