Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Paranormal TV Shows

Alright, it’s been awhile since I did one of the 365 Blog Topic Idea prompts. This one is from the seasonal section for Halloween.

#346: Favourite scary movies.

And I admit… I don’t like scary movies. The repertoire of ones I’ve actually seen is even too small to comprise a favourites list. So I’m tweaking it to something I can speak on… That still has a bit of that scary/ creepy/ spooky Halloween vibe. Even though it’s the day after Halloween.

God knows I love a good medical drama or a crime show and I’m a sucker for some good ol’ fashioned family values/ drama. But my heart belongs to the paranormal.

So here’s my list of top ten Paranormal TV shows. Randomly, most of them were filmed (at least in part) in Vancouver. Fun fact.

1. Lost. It’s my favourite show of all time so of course it had to be at the top of this list. It’s also the first non-animated show that I watched every episode of, start to finish, mostly while it was live on TV (I rented the season 1 DVDs to catch up when I discovered the show, which was in season 2… the early 2000s struggle). It is a bit of a slow start but all the background information is helpful to understand future points. Hurley and Sawyer are my faves and I was NOT a fan of Michael. Once the mythology comes into it (and the paranormal/ supernatural aspects) it becomes mind-blowing. I have been meaning to rewatch it but I think that’s a project for the new year. The ending is a bit debatable… to be honest I wasn’t 100% sold on it but it is a good conclusion for the show. All in all, I definitely recommend watching Lost!

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2. Charmed. My love for this show in unquenchable. First of all, it is incredibly female centric from start to finish with the male characters being minor throughout… which is pretty much unheard of in TV shows. No show has ever made me want a sister as much as Charmed. The characters are all lovable and they mix in all the good family values along with just enough romance and heart wrenching moments. It is such a cultural moment of the early 2000’s, even if you’re just looking at the hairstyles and fashion. I actually read three of the novels before I watched the show and then discovered reruns playing daily on CosmoTV… random I know. After watching the whole series that way over almost a year, I asked for the complete series on DVD for Christmas. It comes in the form of the Book of Shadows which is just incredible. I haven’t seen enough to add it to this list (thanks a lot, Canadian Netflix) but Witches of East End is VERY reminiscent of Charmed so that has been filling the void a bit. Endings of series are pretty important to me, and Charmed has one of the best! It wraps up everything beautifully and I always tear up while watching it.

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3. Supernatural. I was SO late to the party on Supernatural. There were quite a few people that were OBSESSED with Supernatural while I was in high school but I never really got into it until a couple years ago when we were deciding what show to start marathoning next on Netflix and I thought, hey… what the heck. Sure enough, we were in deep. Eight seasons in three months deep. I found season nine online and since then we’ve been watching the rest on TV. It has the filmed-in-Vancouver effect on my family where they have to point out every recognizable landmark, although less so in the later seasons. I love all the characters and the usage of Carry On Wayward Son ruins my life every time. I do miss the creepy monster-of-the-week episodes that were more populous in the earlier seasons but the newer overarching plot lines haven’t bored me yet. After 11 years it’s still great content and very well written. Since the show hasn’t ended yet, I can’t speak to a conclusion but would it be so bad if the show just never ended? Just such a treasure.

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5. The 4400. This was the first ever show that I discovered through Netflix. And it was AMAZING. Essentially people (4400 of them) have disappeared throughout time and magically they all reappear in present day. I don’t want to go into spoilers but it’s a good mix of everything… there’s a family aspect, the amazing supernatural element, and a cop element. AND THE MALE/ FEMALE LEADS ARE NOT ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED!!! The novelty just astounds me. I love the characters and ugh… just so good. Anyway, there’s so much diversity and creativity within this show that I 1000% recommend it. It was another show filmed in Vancouver, but unfortunately it was impacted by the 2007-08 writers strike and was cancelled (sad face). It does end on a “cliffhanger” suitable to a season finale but it is moreso a new plotline, so most existing plot threads were tied up.

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6. Stranger Things. This was THE show of the summer, in my opinion. If you didn’t watch it… go do so NOW. It has taken the world by storm (so much that I have to use a cliche like that) and rightly so. It is set in the eighties (one of the genres is “period drama” believe it or not) and focuses around three groups, one of kids, another of teenagers, and a third of adults. They are all connected and have separate “mysteries” they have to solve. I don’t want to spoil anything just in case, but it is more on the scary side of the spectrum out of all the shows on this list. The special effects are incredible and the child actors are really talented. I am excited for season two!

7. Medium. I feel like this show was very underrated but it was always one of my favourites. The main character, Allison DuBois is a mom and wife who has visions (generally sent to her from the deceased) that end up helping solve murders. My mom had the same ringtone as her back in the day and I always made jokes about it, fondly. I really want to rewatch the series from start to finish, but it isn’t on Netflix so I’ve got my fingers crossed that it makes an appearance one day! The series did have a pretty good finale/ conclusion, so that’s a bonus too.

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8. Vampire Diaries. This is the definition of a guilty pleasure. It’s at the point where I feel like I’ve been watching for so long that I can’t stop now.  Pretty much every character in the show has been with every other character at some point or another and every supernatural being possible has come into play. Except zombies, I think. Also, everyone in this show is really abnormally attractive. Even though the show has a bad rep, coming off the tail of the Twilight phenom… having read the Twilight book and seeing the first two movies I can honestly say aside from the presence of Vampires, Werewolves, and a love triangle there is not much else to relate them.  My younger brother actually watches it with me and really enjoys it. Although he won’t admit it to anyone else. I haven’t started watching this season but apparently it’s the last one. We’ll see what happens.

9. Kyle XY. This is a show that died way before it’s time. It was cancelled on an awful cliffhanger so while I definitely recommend it, it will leave you heartbroken and unsatisfied. The coolest parts about this show are all pretty significant spoilers but basically Kyle is a teenager found wandering the woods, without any clothes or memories. Or a bellybutton. Bellybuttons now always make me think of Kyle XY for that reason, which is weird. He is taken in by the family of his psychologist (Caroline’s mom from Vampire Diaries) and is “stalked” by a guy in a truck (Krycek from X-Files). He basically learns how to be “normal” but discovers he is a savant in every way. I can’t say much else without ruining it, but it’s definitely worth watching if you can track it down (and don’t mind dealing with the crushing cliffhanger at the end of season 3).

10. Fringe. I debated putting this show on the list because I actually never finished it. I loved the premise and the first couple of seasons but stopped watching somewhere in season three when the whole Fauxlivia and Walternate thing became too much. I’ve always intended on going back and giving it another shot because I did adore the first couple seasons, but I found that it lost a lot of the stuff I loved about it when it focused more on a new plot line. Fringe ultimately made the list because I found it was very intriguing and definitely worth looking into!

Just a heads up that only the pictured shows are presently available on Canadian Netflix. They may be available in your location though, so I recommend checking them out if you can! Thanks so much for reading this post! Which of these shows are your favourites? Are there any other paranormal shows you think I should watch? Let me know! ­čÖé

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