Paranormal State

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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 6 Seasons
  • 5.4  (2,627)

Paranormal State was a supernatural-themed reality television series that premiered on A&E back in 2007. Created by Eric Scott, the show was hosted by Ryan Buell, a paranormal investigator who led a team of ghost hunters and psychics in exploring and documenting paranormal activity across the country.

The series was set at Penn State University, where Buell assembled a group of student investigators known as the "Paranormal Research Society," or PRS, to assist him in his investigations. The show's format was similar to many other paranormal reality shows, with each episode featuring a new case or location for the team to investigate.

Throughout the series, Paranormal State explored a wide range of paranormal phenomena, from demonic possessions and haunted houses to UFO sightings and cryptid encounters. Along the way, the PRS employed a variety of methods and technologies to document their findings, including EMF detectors, EVP recordings, and even psychic mediums.

While Paranormal State was certainly not the first paranormal-themed reality show, it stood out for its unique approach and focus on the academic side of paranormal investigation. Rather than simply jumping at every creak and bump in the night, Buell and his team sought to approach each case with a scientific mindset, gathering evidence and attempting to debunk potential explanations before jumping to supernatural conclusions.

One of the show's most memorable moments came in its second season, when the team investigated a home in Altoona, Pennsylvania that was allegedly haunted by a demon. Dubbed the "Hell House," the investigation became the subject of a two-part special that drew in massive ratings and cemented Paranormal State's place as one of the most popular paranormal shows on television.

Despite its popularity, however, the series was not without controversy. In particular, Buell faced criticism over his involvement in the show, with some accusing him of exploiting people's beliefs in the paranormal for profit. More troubling were allegations of financial impropriety, with some former members of the PRS accusing Buell of embezzling funds from the organization's events and merchandise sales.

Ultimately, Paranormal State ended its run on A&E after six seasons and 78 episodes, with Buell later going on to release a book about his experiences in the paranormal field. While it may not have been perfect, the show remains a beloved part of paranormal pop culture history and helped pave the way for the countless other ghost hunting shows that would follow in its wake.

Paranormal State is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (86 episodes). The series first aired on December 10, 2007.

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If I Should Die ...
8. If I Should Die ...
May 2, 2011
Ken Arrington helps a family cope with what appears to be a demonic spirit in their home. Upon arrival, it becomes apparent the team's presence is unwanted when Savahanna becomes a target of the lurking presence.
Get Out of This House
7. Get Out of This House
May 2, 2011
PRS investigates an aggressive spirit stalking a young family. Ryan races to identify and hopefully defeat the entity before things get out of control.
Southern Discomfort at Sweetwater Mansion
6. Southern Discomfort at Sweetwater Mansion
April 25, 2011
PRS investigates an Antebellum Mansion where the caretaker and volunteers claim paranormal activity.
5. Vendetta
April 25, 2011
When a client's new boyfriend moves in, a paranormal begins showing up. Die it move in with him or did her ex curse the house and the family? PRS investigates.
Permission To Do Harm
3. Permission To Do Harm
April 18, 2011
When a mirror levitates and shatters on its own, P.R.S. investigates a spirit that has been unleashed on an unsuspecting family.
Hostage to Fear
2. Hostage to Fear
April 11, 2011
P.R.S. helps a family who have become prisoners in their own home because of the spirits lurking in the house.
Haunted Connection
1. Haunted Connection
April 11, 2011
In the season premiere, P.R.S. responds to the haunting of a young mother tormented by an otherworldly connection to a teenage girl murdered in her neighborhood years ago.
Where to Watch Paranormal State
Paranormal State is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Paranormal State on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Sling, Apple TV, A&E and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 10, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (2,627)