We’ve been asked which paranormal TV show about ghost hunting we like more: Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters. Well, the answer depends on what you want to get out of the show. Do you want to be entertained or do you want to learn something?
First, we’d like to start with both shows’ biggest fault…
Ed. Note: On June 4, 2017, we updated the post with more info about the improvements in the shows. Just look for the Updated flags after each section.
We don’t think either show really does a good job of researching the cases. Sure, they interview witnesses for 30 seconds and then it’s time to investigate. We think it’s because the producers know you have to retain the audience and flipping through books, newspapers and microfiche in a library isn’t very exciting. However, Ghost Adventures provides a longer look at the history of the location and they tend to interview more witnesses. Since Ghost Adventures tends to investigate more famous places, it makes sense. Ghost Hunters tends to investigate private residences more often, so there’s less documented history for a suspected haunt. It would be nice if they gave you more narration about how they qualified a case before they accept the investigation request.
Update: Ghost Adventures has really improved the quality of its research over the past 3 seasons, so we don’t fault them for it any more. They spend 15 minutes or more researching the haunt (in air time) and ask in-depth questions.
Ghost Adventures Review
We find Ghost Adventures to be more entertaining than Ghost Hunters. The GAC has a lot of camaraderie and it’s fun to see the guys interact with each other. It can be heavy on the ‘bro-isms,’ but they are a charming group.
Zak can be redundant in his narration, but we do like the instant replays for each ghostly activity they discover. However, we do think they make a big deal out of some activity that’s easily debunked like all the orbs and mists. They also lean on the Ovilus and Spirit Box quite a bit, but you get instant results for TV. We don’t blame them for it. They need to show proof. The GAC also seems to get possessed a lot. The jury’s still out on that evidence, although it does make good TV!
When they’re on, they’re on. For example, they caught shadow people phenomena at the Sugarland Central Prison. It doesn’t get better than that.
Update: My how times have changed. We originally wrote this when Nick had a starring role. He left to produce another paranormal reality TV series, Ghost Stalkers, and now stars on Paranormal Lockdown. Two other supporting investigators, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, have moved into leading roles. This change hasn’t lowered the quality of the show, but it has changed the show’s character. Ghost Adventures became more serious. We tune in every Saturday to watch it, but it has lost some of its fun vibe. Overall, we say the investigation quality has improved from previous seasons.
Ghost Hunters Review
Ghost Hunters is the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ of paranormal TV. It’s always well done and worth watching. They tend to be a bit more methodical and they’re not as hooked on questionable technology. We would say it’s the more credible show.
Ghost Hunters doesn’t always get visual evidence. However, when they do get it, it’s some of the most credible evidence of ghosts. For example, the apparition walking around the cemetery at Peoria State Hospital is amazing. They do get great EVP and I like how they show the team analyzing the data. Of course, the reveal at the end of each episode is the best part. It’s a really good show to learn about ghost hunting for a general audience.
Update: Over the 3 or 4 years this post has floated around the interwebs, two cast members left, Amy Bruni and Adam Berry. They now star on another reality TV series, Kindred Spirits. In all, it hasn’t changed the show’s dynamic and investigation quality. Jason Hawes replaced Amy and Adam with Dustin Pari and KJ McCormick, both quality investigators. As we write this, Ghost Hunters finished its final season on Syfy. We haven’t read anything to suggest the show will air on another cable channel or streaming service. Before we go, Ghost Hunters has captured more visual evidence, so we’ll take back the comment from the previous paragraph.
If you want entertainment, watch Ghost Adventures. If you want to learn something, watch Ghost Hunters. To Ghost Adventures credit, they do present more teaching in more recent episodes. Side Note: If you really wanna know, our favorite shows are the re-enactment shows like Paranormal Witness and A Haunting.
Update: Okay, this is where we change our opinion, if you even care. We’d say both shows have equal quality now and both are worth tuning in. Both are still in the Top 5 paranormal reality TV shows on air. You know what? We’re going to make expand our ghost review topic to include more TV shows. We’ll start with Paranormal Lockdown. Look for that review in June 2017.
‘Ghost Adventures’ and ‘Ghost Hunters’ images from their respective sites
Last Updated on March 12, 2018 by Jacob Rice