Anthropology professor Jonathan [=MacKensie=] has a bright academical future ahead -- unfortunately he is blackmailed by his department head, professor Julianna Moorhouse, into investigating paranormal occurrences. Along the way, he meets tabloid newshound Edgar Benedek and they get involved into weird cases involving hauntings, possessions, curses, vampires, werewolves, a hospital "death angel", aliens and even time travelers. And a dragon.

Easily the least successful series ever thought up by major TV Creator [[Series/{{V1983}} Kenneth]] [[Series/AlienNation Johnson]], ''Shadow Chasers'' didn't even get a full broadcast of its thirteen-episode first (and only) season. Fairly understandable, since it was going against powerhouses of the moment like ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''Series/MagnumPI'' Still, it is interesting if only because its formula of a straight-laced academic skeptic paired with a fast-talking, worldly believer investigating paranormal activities predated ''Series/TheXFiles'' by a decade. The show also had a proper wrap-up last episode, something somewhat unusual for series at the time.

Do not confuse this with the fanfic ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersSeries'', which is a [=YuGiOH!=] fic series.

* AgentMulder: Should this series have been a success, this trope would have been called The Benedek.
* AgentScully: Ditto for this trope. How does The [=MacKensie=] sound?
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord
* BritishStuffiness: Straight-laced professor? British, of course!
* BuriedAlive
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* FairyTale
* FantasyKitchenSink: For such a short series, they surely touched a lot of fantasy and parapsychology staples.
* DealWithTheDevil
* GhostlyGoals
* IWantMyJetPack: By 2016 Parapsychology is a formal science and you can take training on {{Psychic Power}}s.
* InSeriesNickname: Benedek's nickname is Benny.
* IntrepidReporter
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The only commercial release is a VHS tape of the pilot.
* MadScientist
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* NakedFirstImpression
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* OutOfBodyExperience
* PsychicPower
* ScoobyDooHoax: The series followed this formula during the first episodes, and then [[RealAfterAll a little detail without rational explanation]]. It went weirder and weirder as the series progressed.
* ShortRunners
* ShoutOut: TimeTravel can only work on living organic matter, so [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} clothes don't survive the travel]]
* SkepticNoLonger: [=MacKensie=] eventually embraces Parapsychology. ExtyYearsFromNow, at least.
* TeacherStudentRomance
* TheEighties: The hair. Oh, the hair.
* TheyFightCrime: Often they end up as {{Occult Detective}}s.
* TimeTravel: To SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong