One of the earliest memories I can muster is watching ghost shows with my cousin when I was about 6 years old. I remember being curled up in her bed, totally frazzled by the (likely fabricated) haunts that were being flashed before my eyes. I don’t recall the name of the show, but it was taking place in some castle over in Europe, and it terrified me. Truthfully, I think this is why I find night vision films to be endlessly unnerving.
My personal history with this niche of television has been spotty, to say the least. I dug Paranormal State when it was on, and recently my boyfriend and I have dug our grubby little fingers into the likes of Ghost Adventures (who hasn’t, am I right?). As aforementioned, overall it has been a very spotty and slight exposure, so I was pretty thrilled at the opportunity to review the premiere episode of KINDRED SPIRITS, another ghost-hunting series broadcasted on the Travel channel.
Now, I know y’all likely know what to expect here – You’ve got hosts hunting ghosts, duh! I don’t think I gotta get real specific about the actual content, because it is pretty standard. What set this particular show apart for me was how likeable the hosts were. I won’t name names, but hosts either make or break the program, and both Amy Bruni and Adam Berry sell the package well. Y’all know how I mentioned a particular liking for Paranormal State? My favorite piece of that puzzle returned – psychic/medium, Chip Coffey. I’m beyond peachy upon discovering this, folks.
What I really love about this kind of content is the historical nature of it. Y’all can argue all day about the authenticity of the spooky happenings, but ultimately I don’t care. I love being fed a creepy story, and getting little nuggets of history about places I’m otherwise unfamiliar with. I’m beyond infatuated by the human experience, and seeing all these abandoned buildings functioning as spooky relics of a forgotten past is endlessly entertaining to me.
In summation, I enjoyed KINDRED SPIRITS. Not sure I’d say it is anything new, there are boatloads of paranormal programs out there, but this one trims the fat and gets straight to the nitty-gritty. If you’re looking to satiate that paranormal hunger while simultaneously learning little tidbits of information, give this baby a whirl! KINDRED SPIRITS returns to the Travel Channel with 13 new episodes beginning Friday, January 3, 2020, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.