Ghost Hunters – A Mid Season Break Review

Grant is gone. Amy’s home with her beautiful baby girl. New folks are attempting to fill some big shoes. And that’s not all of the changes we’ve seen on Ghost Hunters this season.

We all knew things would never be the same when Grant rode off to start his own board game company. For a lot of us, they haven’t been the same since they shipped Kris Williams off to GHI, never to return. (And boy, has GHI gotten an unceremonious burial at sea. I’d love to know the back story on that show). For my money, the best season was when it was just Jay, Grant, Steve, Tango and Kris. It was the perfect team size and they just clicked.

Along with the personnel changes this season came a totally fresh design to the show. From ditching Mike Rowe as the narrator in favor of Jay – who does an admirable job, to creepier music, slicker editing and even some quick recreations of spirits walking the halls, Ghost Hunters has a completely new look and feel. The Monster Men went through all of the new moving parts in our latest podcast that you can watch below.

I will say that overall, I think the changes were long overdue and breathe some new life into the show. I would like to see them investigate more homes and actually try to help people. I don’t get a sense of urgency when they visit another abandoned asylum. If it’s haunted, who cares? Just steer clear and everyone’s happy. And let’s stop giving hotels and restaurants a boost in foot traffic because they were featured on the show.

Now, I know that a lot of you that come to this blog and chain watch the show. What are your thoughts on the changes so far? Who do you miss more, Grant or Amy? Who are your favorite teams? Is it Britt and KJ, Jason and Steve, Michelle and Tango? Or how about Maddie and Jay? Since my new book, Sinister Entity, is coming out in a few weeks, I’ll give away a free copy of my first book, Forest of Shadows (Sinister Entity is the sequel) to a random person who comments on this post.

I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’ve watched every episode since the start and I’ll be there until the end.


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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

17 responses to “Ghost Hunters – A Mid Season Break Review”

  1. mike roberts says :

    To me, ghost mine has been the best. I sure hope they decide to go back next season and open that newly discovered shaft back up, and eventually hook up with the other shaft.

  2. Justin Holley says :

    I agree, Ghost Mine rocks. So does Dead Files. I belong to a TAPS family group, and enjoy the structure they provide, however, the show, Ghost Hunters of course, lost a little something special when Grant left. My favorite team on GH is still Steve and Tango.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Steve and Tango are the most fun to watch. I think they really miss each other this season. And I feel sorry for Adam who is in desperate need of Amy to return.

  3. Joseph Pinto says :

    Hey Hunter. I love GH, but personally, I couldn’t take that constant cheesy background music anymore. I do appreciate the changes; and I’m with you: I’m still ‘mourning’ Kris 😉

  4. Jamie L Evans Fiction says :

    Hello again Hunter! I lived and breathed Ghost hunters, I have watched ever since the premeire episode… then Kris left and now Grants gone!? Not a fan of the new group…(kind of like the Ewan Mcgregor clone guy)I stopped watching the show…no longer to return….But think about it. It happens to all the great shows….x-files, Angel, Buffy, happy days, laverne & Shirley, ER, and many more shows go bad and some really bad the last couple of seasons. Oh well I have the past shows to watch. I really like the new show stranded!

  5. Craig Mewborn says :

    I totally agree, more home investigations of ordinary, everyday folks. I even enjoyed the early episodes when nothing paranormal was found, they just debunked everything. I’m also a little tired of all the crazy experimental tools, they should just concentrate on getting some solid footage and evp’s, but I understand that they need to entertain the masses. Monster Men Rules!

  6. gmm says :

    Hey what happened to GH season 10 primere! it was supposed to air on Wed Apr 17 2913, Instead we got another episode of Haunted Collector!! What is going on?

    • Hunter Shea says :

      They announced that the second half of this season will star in June instead. They say they needed to do some extra production work. Speculation is that this is the end of the line and they’re putting together proper farewell episodes. We’ll know for sure soon .

  7. jwalk6 says :

    Actually, I always found the home investigations boring. They hardly ever turned up anything and just seemed like filler when the main haunt didn’t fill the hour. Real or not I did like the original vibe better and the loss of Grant does change the feel of the show dramatically. He was a good counterbalance to Jason’s sometimes overbearing presence. Still, with all the paranormal shows that have followed nobody can deny GH created the format. Never cared for GHI as it always seemed too stiff and forced. “Stranded” is a fun watch as is “Ghost Mine.” “Haunted Collector” is starting to get into a rut and I never really cared for it. Destination Truth being gone is a good thing too.. That show bordered on insulting and seemed more like nothing more than an ego rub for Josh Gates. Hope he finds a game show to emcee somewhere, I think that’s where his talent lies. I used to plan my Wednesday’s around GH now I think it may be time for it to either get back to its roots in a big way or go off into the sunset.

  8. Deborah Cole says :

    Grant, I miss the most.
    But it looks like the show is not coming back!!!!! On … If you know pleas let me know ???

  9. Tony K. Wauchope says :

    I loved Ghost Hunters in the first few seasons. There was an intensity, a passion, and a curiosity about their investigations that in my opinion, has been sorely lacking for a long time, especially after Grant left. The cosmetic changes (Jason narrating, quicker-paced and slicker editing, etc.) seem to be a desperate attempt to copy the format and style of Ghost Adventures – except that with GA the narration and action doesn’t appear forced. This is most likely due to the fact that all three GA guys majored in filmmaking, and so they film, investigate, narrate, and edit each episode themselves. Look, I know a lot of GH fans don’t care for GA and their approach, but as a watcher of both, what clearly puts GA on top for me, bottom line, is their constant questioning and inquisitiveness – they verbalize their wonder and awe about the paranormal regularly, even after several years – it is not ‘old hat’ for them. They react to supernatural encounters with sheer excitement, and that enthusiasm is infectious. Still, I recognize that Ghost Hunters was the first of all these shows, and no one can take away what they accomplished those first few years – they opened the gates for everyone else. Just my two cents. Peace!

  10. Mike D says :

    At the risk of sounding overly judgemental, I don’t prefer the newer seasons at all. It used to have a “team” atmosphere with Jay and Grant heading it up. Now it’s more like “The Jay Show featuring…”, complete with family members with no experience, and Jay even narrarating. Mike Rowe’s narraration gave it a professional sound and outside perspective. Now it seems like a weekly internet show produced by the team that just happened to be picked up by SyFy. GHI was just the broke person’s “Ghost Hunters”, and Ghost Mine is terrible. Especially when you look at how the female is a known actress and the male is a known skeptic. Though GH is not 100% reportedly “real”, give me Jay, Grant, Steve, Amy, Kris, and the guy with the hat any day, with Rowe narrating. That’s the “lineup” that made it work the best.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I agree that the loss of Rowe and cast changes has altered the show, and not necessarily for the better. I also agree about the GH dream team. Miss those days.

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