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Series Length:1 Season, 4 Episodes
Network: A&E
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True Hauntings was a short miniseries which aired on A&E Network telling the stories of true hauntings, hence the name, through interviews, reenactments, and narration. The show traveled around the world to feature stories of the spookiest, creepiest, and scariest stories of the most haunted and supernatural places on earth. Those interviewed included not only eyewitnesses but scientists, psychics, and historians, all of whom were experts within their given fields.

Despite the title, True Hauntings featured more than simply ghost stories of haunted houses and other sorts of buildings. Also featured in the series were stories of demon possession, zombies, poltergeists, as well as vampires. These additional creatures and supernatural beings are among the most well known in legend and history. Each story featured on the television show is featured as a case profile, much like those seen on police reality shows. The case profile is presented first with the eyewitness testimony before then moving on to give the evidence from the scientists and historians.

Overall the show was met with both criticism and acclaim. Some reviewers enjoyed it for its displayed originality among the large amount of paranormal shows on cable these days while other critics found it monotonous for telling the same stories without much change. Regardless, True Hauntings was successful enough that other networks took the idea and created similar TV shows of their own to air.

True Hauntings was aired as episodes that lasted between 43 minutes up to 94 minutes long. Shorter episodes aired within a one hour block of time while longer ones aired on A&E Network over a period of two hours. It was aired originally in 2008 throughout the month of October as a special reality documentary miniseries for the weeks leading up to Halloween. The network did not release viewership numbers and so it has often been assumed that a second season was not produced due a lack of interest from among viewers, particularly those in key demographics.

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  • Delve into the dark side of famous American folk tales, exposing the horror at the root of these enduring mysteries. In this two-hour special, we visit five Haunted Houses, including the Donnelly Farm in Lucan, Ontario, once the blood soaked site of a massacre. Here an Irish immigrant family was burned alive when fear and ignorance led to revenge. Descendants of vigilantes who killed them are still haunted by what they did. Also, 170 years ago, illicit love flourished in the house on Rue Royale, New Orleans. Inside, a rich white man and a poor black woman fought odds to be together. Misunderstanding led to death, and today the young mistress is said to still haunt this place, trying to recapture her forbidden love.

  • A bewitching look at haunted houses and ghost stories. Includes a visit to Louisiana's Myrtle Plantation, known as America's most haunted house, and The Joshua Ward House in Massachusetts, where a sheriff's curse can be traced back to the Salem witch trials.

  • Are zombies real? An entire religion includes zombies as part of its belief system. Some authorities claim there is scientific evidence to substantiate their existence. Many others -- scientists, clergy and lay people -- simply dismiss zombies as legend. For most, zombies are a frightening phenomenon that remains unexplained.

  • Poltergeist. The very word conjures up images of satanic demons, vengeful ghosts and mischievous spirits. People have related tales of spirits moving objects and communicating messages for thousands of years. But what exactly is a poltergeist? Is it a ghost, the restless spirit of someone who dies an untimely death? Or is it the manifestation of the psychic energy of a living person? Those who have encountered poltergeists firsthand find the answers elusive and the questions haunting. This provocative episode of A&E's "The Unexplained" offers an intimate look at four poltergeist outbreaks in the United States and England, presenting a wide array of paranormal encounters experienced by people from all walks of life. From a quaint New England Inn to a Kentucky honky tonk, from a remote farm in Oregon to universities in the United Kingdom, "Poltergeist" takes the viewer on a journey around the world and into the minds of people who have seen poltergeists firsthand and those who are trying to uncover the truth behind these mysterious physical manifestations of unknown origin. Poltergeists are actual physical events, and their existence is indisputable. It is the origin and nature of this energy which is in question. Is it possible that we do not yet understand the capabilities of our own untapped energies? As psychics and scientists alike grapple with the mystery of poltergeists, the real answers may lie hidden in the recesses of the minds of those who have met them.

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