Paranormal Challenge

The reality competition show Paranormal Challenge, from History Channel, follows two groups of paranormal investigators as they compete against each other to find out which team is the best at discovering real proof that spirits exist. Paranormal Challenge is hosted by famed paranormal investigator Zak Bagans. Each week Paranormal Challenge showcases two very different groups of experienced paranormal investigators. The groups are competing to see who can put on the most professional and complete paranormal investigation. After the investigations are over the two crews and their evidence are judged by Zak and a group of rotating judges who are celebrities in the paranormal world. The judges rate each team based on a number of criteria like the teams ability to work together as a cohesive unit, their knowledge of the history of the specific sites they are investigating and also the actual evidence the teams are able to gather during their time at the investigation site.

Each team on Paranormal Challenge is given four hours to go through each of the various haunted sites. Some memorable sites that are featured on the show are Pennhurst State School, the Jerome Grand Hotel and Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The teams are split in to different parts of the location during the investigation to make sure that they do not end up running in to or interfering with the other teams research. Each team goes in to the investigation armed only with their own personal experience investigating cases, as well as with the various tools of their trade like Thermal Imagining Cameras and Infrared Camcorders. The teams are also given a camera and sound person to help them record whatever evidence they find at the sight. While the teams investigate, their every move is also watched and listed to by Zak and the judges.

At the end of the show each teams points are added up and one team is named the best group of paranormal investigators.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on Travel Channel
1 Season, 11 Episodes
June 17, 2011
Horror & Suspense, Supernatural
Cast: Zak Bagans, David Scott, Dave Schrader
Paranormal Challenge

Paranormal Challenge Full Episode Guide

  • Paranormal investigators compete to collect evidence at Jerome Grand Hotel.

  • On the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier, amateur ghost hunters try to communicate with fallen soldiers.

  • The men and women compete to gather evidence of skeletons past at Linda Vista Hospital.

  • The men and women compete to contact the emotionally wounded spirits of the Chumash tribe at La Purisima Mission.

  • The men and women compete to collect chilling audio and visual evidence in the hallways of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

  • The "Haunted Housewives" communicate gently with the spirits of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, while conversely the guys of Dark Alley bring an aggressive attitude to their investigation.

  • The two teams attempt to communicate with the violent spirits of West Virginia Penitentiary. Great evidence is collected, but there can only be one winner of Paranormal Challenge.

  • Two teams investigate the Ohio State Reformatory, a location that Zak Bagans claims to be one of the most haunted prisons ever.

  • Paranormal teams compete at Pennhurst to collect the most evidence.

  • Paranormal investigators compete at Eastern State Penitentiary to collect evidence.

  • The Rolling Hills Asylum has had many visitors, and some have never left. Two teams of ghost hunters test their skills as they investigate the paranormal activity.

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