I have really ripped apart most of the paranormal shows on TV and that's simply because of the killer of all shows--apathy. You have to keep it new, keep it interesting, keep it intelligent, and put people in the situations that we enjoy hearing their take on what's up. Here's my top 5 favorite paranormal shows ever--
"In Search Of" narrated by Leonard Nimoy in 1976-1982. This show was groundbreaking, bringing a neat documentary format to TV with great music and Nimoy's haunting narration.
"Monsterquest" 2007-2010. This was the sexed up version of In Search Of and I really loved this show. The storytelling was great, the seeking-it-with-science point of view, and the total bitchin' graphics when they recreated the monsters using CGI.
"UFO Hunters" 2008-2010. Everything was a conspiracy and a UFO to Bill, but he made a quirky leader of this team made up of a skeptic, a semi-skeptic and a believer. They got access to awesome info and it wasn't the light and fluffy Fact or Faked type of investigations--they really dug in. For someone who was never really into UFOs, I got hooked and now UFOs are another field of paranormal that has my interest.
"Finding Bigfoot" 2011-present on Animal Planet Channel. Hell, I love this show. I know there's a lot of haters out there, but you have to remember that any time you put investigations on TV, they are not longer scientific studies, they are entertainment. I really love the team of four very different people with different attitudes and they are lovable, well except maybe Matt, but every team needs a frowning curmudgeon. I love hearing the interviews with witnesses, the locations, going into the woods at night with a FLIR and waiting and listening. I really really really want the show to do a week of camping and staying in the woods so I can enjoy what it's like for them to have to sleep with one ear open and check their periphery for clues each morning.
"Destination Truth" 2007-present on Syfy Channel. Just plain fun. Who else but Josh-baby can land himself in Chernobyl and Antarctica. Soon, he's going to have to take a rocket to space and film UFOs from afar or something because he's running out of badass places on our planet.
Later today--I'm listing the worst paranormal shows ever.