Supernatural TV Shows

At one time, TV programs with supernatural subject were a rarity, but the rise in popularity of a few different kinds of stories and characters over the past decade has resulted in a flood of supernaturally themed series, so that the unusual, the uncanny and the unexplained are almost as common on TV as reality series.

In the middle of the twentieth century, supernatural happenings were mostly relegated to anthology series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits." Toward the end of the century, weird events made a handful of series - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The X-Files" among them - successful, but the supernatural still mainly played to a cult audience.

After the turn of the century, though, TV was invaded by an army of vampires that rode the wave of popularity of the "Twilight" books and films, and werewolves, ghosts and zombies were well represented as well - to the point that "The Walking Dead" has become the most watched dramatic series on TV.

The reality TV revolution has had its supernatural side, too. "Ghost Hunters" led a pack of paranormal investigation series that put ghost stories into the new unscripted format, and the supernatural has worked its way into every crevice of the reality genre, from house-hunting shows to crime investigation series.