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Current UFO Shows — Worthwhile?



henris42

Paranormal Maven
As Gene just enlightened me, there will be yet another new season of Ancient Aliens.

What is your take, is this worth watching at all? Or are any other new UFO shows any good? I tried watching the new one at Netflix, but I stopped in second episode and haven't found myself to continue as it was boring and suspect. I haven't tried the JJ Abrams one yet though, but I'm just sceptical.

Also as we have here a quite international lot - are there any good non-english shows?
 

Gene Steinberg

Forum Super Hero
Staff member
I might catch some of these shows, though I tend to ignore reality programming. But not if they require subscribing to yet another streaming service. Who would have thought that cutting the cable cord could end up costing more?
 

henris42

Paranormal Maven
One thing I'm missing is that I'd love to hear about on newer ufo cases on these shows. (I mean other than Nimitz)
I find this "why they are here" talk to be complete nonsense and unproductive.
So that makes me kinda "Hynekian" I guess.
 

jscot

Paranormal Novice
I've found Ancient Aliens entertaining till they start talking about aliens. The actual historical background of the topic can be interesting at times.

In my opinion most UFO shows on cable TV are "watch bait". Filled with highly dramatized content of already well known vetted cases to instill a sense of "wonder".

However, I did enjoy Small Town Monsters production of On the Trail of UFOS and UFO Witness with Ben Hanson. With location shoots and witness interviews. I found these pretty interesting.

Small Town Monsters has some good films in general. With some Big Foot films that find nothing which lays out the stark reality of investigation.
 

Red

Paranormal Adept
Alas, you have to be in Canada to watch (or watch using VPN), but Spaceman and UFO Town are two episodes of the CBC documentary series. Spaceman covers the mysterious disappearance of Granger Taylor, who disappeared over 40 years ago claiming that he was going to travel with aliens. UFO Town revisits the town where the Guardian landing was reputed to occur.
I watched the entire UFO series on showtime and the production values are the best I've ever seen in a UFO documentary and it managed to avoid most of the woo-woo, but it is clearly targeted towards people who are new to the topic.
 

Gene Steinberg

Forum Super Hero
Staff member
When it comes to Showtime and other services, I'm not inclined to want to subscribe to any more of them unless I can justify the expense. So much for the benefits of cable cord cutting.

But there are often one-week or one-month trials, and I have, from time to time, subscribed to a service for a month or two and then cancelled when the show ended.
 

Red

Paranormal Adept
So I see Showtime has a 7-day trial running now. Maybe.
Yeah, the fragmentation of streaming services is something I find very annoying, so I can understand your reticence to pull the trigger on a service for one freaking show. If you do decide to get the trial and watch, I'd been interested in your thoughts. There isn't a lot of new info in it, but again, I thought it's a good introduction for people new to this topic.
 

henris42

Paranormal Maven
So any guidance on these new shows? I still haven't even tried.

I have also been wondering always, if there are any good non-english ones?
 

Celeste

Skilled Investigator
I dunno what's going on with Ancient Aliens. There are three episodes so far on my Hulu Live and two of them are just top ten lists that just dredge up stuff from their previous 16 seasons. The show jumped the shark about 8-10 years ago.

However, I have watched a new four-part series on Amazon Prime called 'UFO' and I thought it was really well done. The shows are not part of the free programing on Prime. I had to purchase the episodes for $2.99 apiece. It was worth it.
 
A lot just repeating material and Dr. Randle latest podcast sets were great listening . Still enjoyed the Project Blue Book fictional - part real - TV series that did generate larger audiences to the field. There is a couple of episodes that touched on borderline how it happened and room for another series should be in the works on the overseas investigations.
 

Hyperscope

Paranormal Novice
Red

Alas, you have to be in Canada to watch (or watch using VPN), but Spaceman and UFO Town are two episodes of the CBC documentary series. Spaceman covers the mysterious disappearance of Granger Taylor, who disappeared over 40 years ago claiming that he was going to travel with aliens. UFO Town revisits the town where the Guardian landing was reputed to occur.
I watched the entire UFO series on showtime and the production values are the best I've ever seen in a UFO documentary and it managed to avoid most of the woo-woo, but it is clearly targeted towards people who are new to the topic.

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Red, CBC has a youtube channel with both of the documentaries. Their youtube titles for searching are:

"A mysterious VHS tape, a military bunker, and UFO sightings near Ottawa | UFO Town"
"He built a spaceship in his backyard. Then he vanished forever | CBC Docs POV"

So I think anyone can watch them
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As for Ancient Aliens... many years ago I went and downloaded the first few episodes. It was unwatchable in my opinion. Such breathless sensational rubbish that I quickly deleted them after 20 minutes. Whoa. Same with all the Ghost reality shows... youtube had pieces of many of them at one point... unwatchable nonsense... running around in the dark like kids trying to scare each other. Nutty.


A serious mid 1990's Britsh ghost TV show called "Ghosthunters" is available, almost complete over several seasons, on various youtube channels. This is a no nonsense show very much worth watching. It will take effort to track down all the episodes, if you so wish, as they are all put up by different people, use Wikipedia to get the list of episode titles. I was able to find them all and download from youtube. They are Unmatched by anything I have yet seen on the subject.

Search youtube to get Episode 1 and see what you think. It is by far.. the best Ghost TV show I have ever found.

Ghosthunters UK - Part 1 - Legends of Roman Legionaires +2

 
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