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Scary Shows Based On True Events

Unsolved Mysteries

Cosgrove-Meurer Productions

Unsolved Mysteries covers anything, well, mysterious, from cold cases to ghost stories, and even UFO sightings. If you consider yourself a bit of an amateur sleuth, you're gonna love this. While the show was on air it had a toll-free hotline where people could call in with tips, suggestions, or their own theories to crack the case. There's still an active tips form, too. And get this: according to the show's official site, "over half the cases featuring wanted fugitives have been solved, most as a result of viewer tips." Isn't that wild?

Ghost Adventures

My Entertainment Holdings, Travel Channel

Ghost Adventures is the classic — if you've only watched one paranormal investigation show, it's probably this one. It follows Zak Bagans and his team as they investigate, research, and eventually spend the night locked in a supposedly haunted location.

The Dead Files

Painless Productions

The Dead Files brings together the unlikely duo of Steve, a retired NYPD homicide detective, and Amy, a psychic communicator, to tackle a variety of paranormal cases. They investigate separately at first, with Steve gathering the facts and Amy using her intuition and abilities to gather her own insights. At the end, they come together and compare notes, often with shocking results.

Paranormal Witness

Raw Television

Scaredy cats beware, this show gets real. This docuseries doesn't hold back, using interviews, home videos, family photos and reenactments to bring their stories to life. If you're in the mood for something spooky but don't feel like committing to an entire movie, try an episode of Paranormal Witness!

Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal


Kids say some freaky things, but what if yours told you they could see or even talk to dead people? Yeah, we're goin' full Sixth Sense here. Coached by medium Chip Coffey and clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller, these kids and their families figure out how to manage and better understand their ~abilities~. The latest episodes even bring us back to where it all began, with some previous kid psychics on the show returning as mentors for the next generation.

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