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A look at the world of the paranormal, including visitors from outer space, ghosts and spirits, cryptozoology, and other phenomena outside the realm of conventional science. The show includes many interviews with people who have witnessed and, in some cases, been abducted by these unknown entities. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Best paranormal documentary show ever!
14 June 2006 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

"SIGHTINGS" was THE best documentary series about paranormal phenomena, in my opinion. (I really wish that Paramount would release it on DVD, preferably in season by season releases.) Here is the history of the show, for those who aren't familiar with it: "Sightings" started out as a few specials on the Fox network in 1991 and 1992 featuring investigations of UFOs and ghosts, respectively. Ratings were good and it became a weekly half-hour series in April 1992. It aired on Fox from 1992 to 1993 (2 seasons). The show returned as an all-new one-hour weekly series in syndication from 1994 to 1996 (seasons 3 & 4). It was aired on The Sci Fi Channel for its fifth and final season from 1996 to 1997. A few two-hour specials aired on Sci Fi in 1998. In 2002, a movie based on a segment of the series aired on Showtime called, "Sightings: Heartland Ghost". In 2003, the producers of the show edited together some old footage with some new interviews and produced a first-run syndicated series called, "Unexplained Mysteries" (which ran until 2005).

"Sightings" had both style and substance. The writing on the show really sucked you into each segment and made you interested in it. The show was packed with lots of information and managed to get it all in within each 5 to 10 minute segment, without seeming rushed. I liked the fact that it featured several different topics per hour (or 30 minutes in the first two seasons). Topics mainly included UFOs, aliens, ghosts, psychic detectives, near-death experiences, and creatures (such as Bigfoot and lake monsters). If you didn't like one segment, chances are you liked another or several others. (Other paranormal topics were also explored from time to time, as well as some science news.) In some ways, the show was the precursor to the popular fictional series "The X-Files". ("The X-Files" replaced "Sightings" on Fox's Friday night schedule in 1993, exploring the same topics, except in a fictional format.) Over the years, other paranormal documentary shows tried to copy the show's formula (never succeeding as well). In many ways, "Sightings" paved the way for paranormal programming, not only on Fox, but on other networks, cable channels, and in syndication.


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