TREASURE? IF YOU SAY SO…IF YOU SAY SO…LEGEND OF THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS

LEGEND OF THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS on History Channel Pros: The myths surrounding this mountain range are fascinating… Cons: …but watching a group of half-assed treasure hunters struggle through them is not. In the past couple of years, History Channel seems to have decided that America Unearthed could be used as much as the next show as the

UNINSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY! THE WHALE: REVENGE FROM THE DEEP

THE WHALE: REVENGE FROM THE DEEP on Animal Planet Pros: First half isn’t bad; nice sense of what whaling was like; interesting original story Cons: The film as a whole is woefully uninspired – particularly during a deadly second half A British-American co-production based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby

“AS MUCH A PROCESS OF RATIONALIZATION AS IMAGINATION:” BOOGEYMEN

Pros: Interesting approach; it’s hard to deny the allure of the unexplained… Cons: Very talky and rather dull – particularly when compared to other similar programs First appearing in 2013 on Canadian television, the Boogeymen series presents a monster-related show of a different variety than is typically seen on American cable. Whereas the majority of today’s cryptozoology

“…YOU DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE IN CRYPTID: THE SWAMP BEAST FOR IT TO GET YOU…”

CRYPTID: THE SWAMP BEAST on History Channel See it at or on the Pros: Enjoyable as a horror miniseries Cons: This just in: it ain’t real “Throughout the United States, there are legends of strange and unidentified creatures stretching back hundreds of years. This program is a legend brought to life. It is told through

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS JOSH GATES? EXPEDITION UNKNOWN

EXPEDITION UNKNOWN on Travel Channel Pros: Entertaining and enjoyable, with some educational value tossed in for good measure Cons: SURPRISE! The show doesn’t conclusively prove anything Premiering in 2007 and running for a full five seasons, Syfy Channel’s Destination Truth can now be regarded as one of the best paranormal (and more specifically monster hunt)

A PSEUDOSCIENTIFIC APOCALYPSE! THE DEVIL’S GRAVEYARDS: VILE VORTICES REVEALED

THE DEVIL’S GRAVEYARDS on History Channel Pros: Some thought-provoking moments Cons: Poor acting, bad script, predictable conclusion, and precisely no scientific credibility Produced by the same company responsible for such glorious bunk as Discovery Channel’s Megalodon specials, The Devil’s Graveyards: Vile Vortices Revealed is easily the worst of the recent slate of phony cable television

NOT A PLACE WHERE A HUMAN BEING SHOULD BE…” THE EATEN ALIVE DOCUMENTARY

EATEN ALIVE on Discovery Channel Pros: Pretty intense jungle hunt, good insight into snake anatomy and behavior, finale is kinda crazy Cons: The misleading ad campaign apparently pissed some people on the internet off.  SURPRISE!  It’s worth keeping in mind that this is a documentary, not a carnival sideshow. Proving that alongside all the reality

“THERE ARE LOTS OF LIGHTS…” BUT ARE THEY ALL UFO CONSPIRACIES?

UFO CONSPIRACIES on Science Channel Pros: This topic always fascinates Cons: Recycled stories; lazy formatting; lack of any evidence; over-reliance on narration The latest entry in a genre that’s become a staple of cable educational channels, Science Channel’s UFO Conspiracies is yet another program dedicated to exposing various incidents involving unidentified flying objects. Since there

REWRITING AMERICAN HISTORY, ONE EPISODE AT A TIME: AMERICA UNEARTHED

AMERICA UNEARTHED on the History Channel Pros: Interesting topics and much food for thought Cons: Arguments made don’t entirely hold up to standards of logic Premiering in late 2012 and playing in a similar manner to some of History Channel’s other speculative documentaries, America Unearthed chronicles the attempts by forensic geologist Scott Wolter to prove