According to a survey by the PEW Research Center in 2009, 65% of
Americans believe in the supernatural. Ghosts. Aliens. The Loch Ness
Monster. Aberrations like these fascinate us due to the fact they can’t
be explained, or in some cases, proven to exist in the first place.
However, many don’t do a good job of it, confusing faith with fact and
exploiting the viewer with camera trickery or just flat out lies. Nobody
wants their time wasted, so evidence must be collected, no matter how
sketchy. Some hide this better than others, though if you open your eyes
just a tiny bit, cracks in the facades of many of these shows begin to
appear, making you question why you even believe in such things in the
And television has no problem taking advantage of those beliefs. Seeing a
way to earn quick cash on a small budget, stations around the world
have been saturated with programs featuring people hunting the
paranormal in an attempt to prove, or in some cases, disprove, the
existence of the things that should not be.
To paraphrase “The X-Files”... we want to believe. And while many of
these shows can be entertaining under the right circumstances, to find
actual proof of the paranormal? Your best bet is to look elsewhere.