- 4 Seasons
Goosebumps is a television series based on the popular children's book series of the same name by R.L. Stine. Each episode of the series is a stand alone story about weird and strange occurrences of paranormal activity that happen to children. The horror in this scary TV series is surreal, strange and often supernatural in origin; it does not rely on violence or other more adult themed topics to scare the audience. The main characters in Goosebumps are children who have to use their imagination and wits to face the evil entity that is terrorizing them and stop it. In addition to the supernatural monsters, the kids often have to deal with bullies that are their own age, and mean neighbors that are making their lives difficult. While each episode is a stand alone story, there are reoccurring monsters that keep showing up such as Slappy the ventriloquist dummy, the Monster Blood goo that transforms animals and people into monsters when it is eaten, a haunted mask that changes its wearer's personality, and a magical camera that takes pictures of future calamities that are about to happen to its hapless victims. Time travel, witches, mutants, aliens and cursed objects are also common subjects of this spooky children's TV series. The Goosebumps television series ran for four seasons. It first aired in 1995 on Fox Kids and ran until 1998. While R.L. Stine considers his children's series to be safe scares where the characters always turn out to be OK in the end, Goosebumps may be too scary for young children under seven years of age to watch.