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Witness - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 10 minutes

Premier: None

Witness - Paranormal Witness - Netflix

Paranormal Witness is an American paranormal documentary television series made by a British production company which describes itself as “true tales of supernatural hauntings and explanation-defying paranormal experiences, which are brought to life through recreations”. The series premiered on September 7, 2011, on Syfy. It is also shown on Really, Watch and Pick in the United Kingdom. Ranked as one of the top 10 new original series, it was renewed for a 12-episode second season which premiered on August 8, 2012. Based on the high ratings of the first three episodes of season two, Paranormal Witness was renewed for a 20-episode third season which premiered on June 5, 2013. Although Syfy did not announce the series' renewal following its third-season finale, it was reported that a fourth season had begun filming. On October 29, 2014, the series was officially renewed for a 13-episode fourth season, which premiered on August 26, 2015, under the new title Paranormal Witness: True Terror. On November 18, 2015, Syfy renewed the series for a 13-episode fifth season, which premiered on August 3, 2016.

Witness - Reception - Netflix

While Deseret News writer Mark Rappleye characterized the show as “full of mind-numbing creepiness”, he said that the show “will likely appeal more to believers and less to the even mildly skeptical”. According to Rappleye, “Paranormal Witness” simply tells the story, insinuating that everyone should simply believe it as having actually occurred the way it is presented. This leaves little, if any, room for intellectual challenge or edification”. New York Times reviewer Neil Genzlinger criticized the show, saying, “It doesn’t bother hunting for hard evidence; it simply uses first-person testimony and re-enactment to sell the idea that someone has had a psychic encounter”. Reviewing the show's “Long Island Terror” episode, science writer Sharon A. Hill said, “Paranormal Witness, is not what I would consider a fair documentation. It is not wise to take TV shows at face value. People put forth their story as they perceive it but it may not be how others perceive it or how it actually occurred. Saying there is a demon and Satanic activity associated with the house is a steep claim. Evidence is suggested but without verification we can’t go anywhere with this story”.

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