Tuesday, January 19, 2010


So what is the deal with all these paranormal shows on the TV? We all had a great laugh when Ackroyd, Murray, Ramis and Weaver came out with Ghostbusters, because it was so absurd.

But now we have several cable TV shows with the investigators that act sillier than the Ghostbusters. They hear a noise in a dark old building and jump about 10 feet in the air.

The most recent is Paranormal State on A&E. It’s a show about a group of fraidy cats that visit supposedly haunted sites, and then ask for dry pants.

By the way, A&E is the station that continually runs documentaries on Biblical topics in which experts of dubious credibility make stuff up.

There was another show on a few years back called The Psi Factor. Unexplained Mysteries wasted some viewers time. So did Psychic Witness and Scariest Places on Earth. Even National Geographic had a series called Paranormal.

The SyFy channel has Ghost Hunter. This is about a bunch of mishugginah mamzers running free in old buildings looking for spooks.

I'd rather watch Count Floyd on Monster, Chiller, Horror Theater. At least he had some "Spooky stuff kids."

The fact is, Ghost TV shows are experiencing a wave of popularity. I have some theories on this:

1. People want to believe in something, just not the Bible.
2. We like to see other people become scared.
3. Law and Order is becoming Trite and Hackneyed.
4. Even the lowest common denominator deserves to be entertained.
5. The folks that produce these shows spent too much of their childhood watching reruns of Scooby-Doo.

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