Ghost Adventures (2008– )

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Ghost Adventures (TV Series 2008– )

Are you ready for the lockdown? Ghost Adventures crew -- Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley -- is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world. The trio will interview eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they will later provoke and confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. (Note: They don't always come out unscathed!) Then they'll review and analyze their findings with some the most respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.
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Creators
Creator Zak Bagans
Creator Nick Groff
Information
Release Date2008-10-17
Runtime45min
GenreDocumentary, History, Reality-TV
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
Awards
CompanyMy Entertainment Holdings
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
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Ghost Adventures

Ghost Adventures is an American paranormal and reality television series that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel before moving to Discovery+ in 2021. An independent film of the same name originally aired on the Sci-Fi Channel on July 25, 2007. The program follows ghost hunters Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley as they investigate locations that are reported to be haunted.


Premise

Ghost Adventures began as an independent film, produced in a documentary style. It was filmed in 2004 and produced by 4Reel Productions in 2006. The SciFi Channel premiered 4Reel's Ghost Adventures on July 25, 2007. The film centered on the trio's investigation of alleged paranormal activity in and around Virginia City, Nevada, including the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada. The crew returned there during the series' fourth, fifth, and seventh seasons. The series is produced by MY-Tupelo Entertainment (a merger of MY Entertainment and Tupelo-Honey Productions).

Methodology

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Zak Bagans, Nick Groff (seasons 1–10), Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate reportedly haunted locations, hoping to collect visual or auditory evidence of paranormal activity. Each episode begins with the crew touring the investigation site with its owners or caretakers. These introductions typically include Bagans's voice-overs of the site's history as well as interviews with people who claim to have witnessed paranormal phenomena there. On the basis of these interviews, the crew place X's with black or gray tape at the sites of some serious alleged paranormal activity. They later return to these spots in order to set up static night-vision cameras to try and film it happening.

After completing the walk-through, they discuss their strategy, then are locked in the location overnight, which they believe will prevent "audio contamination" and extraneous shadows. They use a variety of equipment, including digital thermometers, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters, handheld digital video cameras, audio recorders, the Ovilus device, point of view cameras, and infrared night-vision cameras in an effort to capture evidence of ghosts. The members sometimes place objects and shout verbal taunts they believe ghosts might move or respond to.

The video and audio collected during each investigation is analyzed after the investigation, and the whole thing is cut down to fit one hour. The most prominent pieces of evidence found are then presented at the appropriate times they happened during the investigation and each one is explained.

During the series, the crew claims to have captured and experienced various Fortean phenomena, which they say include simultaneous equipment malfunctions such as battery drain, voltage spikes, fluctuations in electromagnetic fields, sudden changes in temperature (such as cold spots), unexplained noises, electronic voice phenomena (EVP), and apparitions.

The crew also claims to have recorded spirit possessions on video. Bagans believes that he was possessed at the Preston School of Industry and at Poveglia Island in Italy. Groff claims that he was overtaken by a "dark energy" at the Moon River Brewing Company. Goodwin claims he was "under the influence of a dark spirit" at Bobby Mackey's Music World and Winchester Mystery House. Goodwin is often left alone in the alleged "hotspots" during lockdowns to see how the spirits will react to Goodwin being alone.


Team members

  • Zak Bagans (2008–present)
  • Aaron Goodwin (2008–present)
  • Billy Tolley (2009–present)
  • Jay Wasley (2009–present)

Former

  • Nick Groff (2008–2014)

The following people have appeared as recurring guests in the show as part of the GAC:

  • Bill Chappell (2010–2020)
  • Mark and Debby Constantino (2008–2014; until their deaths)

Celebrity guests

Ghost Adventures has involved celebrities who have participated in the investigations or appeared as eyewitnesses:

  • The Real Hollywood Ghost Hunters (Kane Hodder, R. A. Mihailoff, and Rick McCallum): "Pico House" episode
  • Brendan Schaub – "Peabody-Whitehead Mansion" episode
  • Chad Lindberg – "Return to Linda Vista Hospital" episode
  • Vince Neil – "The Riviera Hotel" episode
  • Jamie Gold – "The Riviera Hotel" episode
  • Loretta Lynn – "Loretta Lynn's Plantation House" episode
  • Brit Morgan – "Glen Tavern Inn" episode
  • Mimi Page – "Glen Tavern Inn" episode
  • Post Malone – "The Slaughter House" episode
  • Ciaran O'Keeffe – "Hellfire Caves" episode
  • Dean Haglund - “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum” episode
  • Loren Gray - “Joshua Tree Inn” episode

Series overview

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18October 17, 2008December 5, 2008
28June 5, 2009July 24, 2009
310November 6, 2009January 8, 2010
427September 17, 2010June 10, 2011
510September 23, 2011December 16, 2011
69March 9, 2012July 20, 2012
718September 14, 2012April 19, 2013
811August 16, 2013November 15, 2013
913February 15, 2014July 12, 2014
1011October 4, 2014March 7, 2015
1111August 22, 2015November 7, 2015
1213January 30, 2016August 6, 2016
1313September 24, 2016January 14, 2017
1411March 25, 2017July 15, 2017
1511September 23, 2017January 13, 2018
169March 24, 2018July 14, 2018
176November 3, 2018December 8, 2018
1813February 23, 2019July 20, 2019
1915November 2, 2019May 14, 2020
2011November 5, 2020April 30, 2021
21TBAJuly 22, 2021TBA

Reception

Controversies

In the Halloween special titled Ghost Adventures Live, which was broadcast from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on October 30, 2009, controversy arose when Robert Bess, inventor of the Parabot Containment Chamber (said to attract and empower spirits using energy, giving them form), claims to have had an EMF meter knocked violently out of his hands. However, upon investigation of the video, it was found that he had actually thrown it. In the November 6, 2009, follow-up Ghost Adventures Live: Post Mortem, hosts Bagans and Groff reviewed the video and concluded that they couldn't claim any paranormal explanation for the incident.


Related productions

Spin-offs

Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks

Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks is a series that premiered on Saturday April 26, 2014, on the Travel Channel. There were 13 episodes announced for the first season and second season. Zak Bagans interviews former Ghost Adventures interviewees to find out how their lives have changed since those GAC "lockdowns"/investigations from the past. Any new audio and/or video evidence that wasn't shown before, in previous Ghost Adventures episodes, are also revealed.

Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits

Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room!

Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room! premiered on January 2, 2020, with Zak, Aaron, Jay and Billy opening up to viewers in their screening room (a.k.a. "screaming room") to watch their favorite episodes.

Ghost Adventures: Quarantine

Ghost Adventures: Quarantine premiered on June 11, 2020. The series aired as a four part miniseries featuring Zak and the crew locked inside his Haunted Museum for 10 days during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. The first episode of this miniseries started filming during the start of Nevada state lockdown on March 30. It was titled "Perimeter of Fear" where GAC investigated the Jack Kevorkian van room where women have fainted, the Natalie Wood room and a display of haunted dolls.

Other

Paranormal Challenge

Paranormal Challenge is a competitive paranormal reality show that premiered on June 17, 2011, on the Travel Channel, with one season aired to date. The show is hosted by Zak Bagans, who challenges ghost hunters from around the United States to go head-to-head in a weekly competition to gather paranormal evidence by spending a night in reportedly haunted locations in the United States.

Deadly Possessions

Deadly Possessions (also known as Ghost Adventures: Artifacts) is a series that premiered on April 2, 2016, on the Travel Channel. The series aired one season and features Zak Bagans as he gathers artifacts for his new museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show reveals the dark history of the items, as well as associated paranormal claims.


Distribution

International

Ghost Adventures is currently on air at the following countries and channels:

  • Australia on A&E Australia, Foxtel Go
  • Canada on DTour
  • United Kingdom on Really
  • Italy on AXN Sci Fi and DMAX
  • Poland on FOKUS TV
  • France on Planète+ A&E – CStar
  • Spain on Mega
  • Germany on A&E Germany
  • Netherlands on Spike
  • Belgium on Spike
  • Czech Republic on Prima ZOOM
  • United States on Discovery+ (2021–present)
  • India on Discovery+
  • Philippines on Travel Channel – Sky Cable and Cignal PH
  • South Africa on Travel Channel – DStv
  • Thailand on TrueVisions
  • New Zealand on The Learning Channel

Home media releases

The documentary which the series was based on was released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment on October 5, 2010. Seasons 1 and 2 were released on DVD on August 18, 2009.