Ghost Hunters is a documentary show that airs on the SyFy channel. It follows the investigations of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) as they help people with paranormal problems, and learn the truth behind reports of hauntings. The show debuted in October, 2004 and is still ongoing. Currently on the show are Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Britt Griffith, and Adam Berry.The show has two spin-offs: Ghost Hunters International (2008-) with Robb Demarest, Brandy Green, Joe Chin, Barry Fitzgerald, Ashley Godwin, Kris Williams, and Paul Bradford; as well as Ghost Hunters Academy (2009-) with Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango. Joe and Barry have also appeared on Ghost Hunters to assist the team.Former members include Grant Wilsonnote TAPS' co-founder, along with Jason, Andy Andrews, Brian Harnois, Donna La Croix, and Dustin Pari.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: A key part of the investigations, in both the on-site evidence gathering and the evidence analysis, is "debunking" - finding logical explanations for what's being claimed as paranormal. In one case Jason and Grant used their experience as plumbers to determine that the "blood" running down the wall was actually a leaking cleaner from a bathroom. That being said, as the show's gone on, it's become very rare to see an investigation that comes up dry, whereas in the early seasons when investigations of homes were commonly featured, the ratio of hits to misses was about even.
Narrator: As part of the shift in the show's format in the 8th season, Jason has stepped into this role, giving a lot of the details of the case that were discussed during the journey to the location(s) in previous seasons.
No Fourth Wall: This has been in place since the very beginning, but in season 8 the investigators start talking directly to the camera(s) a lot more than in previous seasons.
Noodle Incident: Jason and Grant never give specifics about their personal paranormal encounters that occurred before the formation of TAPS.
Inverted somewhat in the "Manson Murders" episode where ghosts are asked to make the K-2 meter spike twice for "yes" and once for "no".
Played straight whenever they use the "loosely-capped flashlight" trick.
Our Ghosts Are Different: According to TAPS, hauntings are either residualnote essentially an energy imprint that constantly repeats itself or intelligent.note the typical ghost - it can interact with people and move around
Papa Wolf: The guys take cases that involve children being terrified very seriously, as evidenced by the fact that they came back early to the New England winter from Hawaii when they heard about a case involving a young girl being terrified in her own home.
At one point Grant self-censors his own Precision F-Strike by saying "what the fetch?", making one of the only cases of this trope also being Adorkable.
Product Placement: Indirectly. Jason and Grant work for Roto-Rooter as their day jobs; thus many shows open with them doing work when they get a call about a new case, and they often refer to themselves as "plumbers for Roto-Rooter". In addition, the opening credits for most of the seasons show them standing by a Roto Rooter van in their work clothes, which changes to them standing by a TAPS van in TAPS gear. For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, this is now a moving Roto-Rooter van that turns into a TAPS van.
Put on a Bus: Anyone the team doesn't like. The bus usually ends up at Ghost Hunters International.
Revolving Door Casting: Ties into the previous trope. A lot of team members have come and gone, either to move on to other paranormal groups (or even starting their own), move to Ghost Hunters International (which is what's happened to some people who were causing friction in the main team), or quit entirely.
Who Would Want to Watch Us?: After the success of Ghost Hunters, Jason and Grant got to host their first radio show TAPS Para-radio. In the first episode, they poke fun at themselves:
Jason: ...an episode appeared in Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters where the team did an investigation of Valentown. Yeah. Pretty cool, huh? Grant: Have you seen that show? Jason: Uh, yeah. I have. I heard some big bald jerk guy... Grant: I don't know. I haven't watched it. I've heard it's not very good.
Wham Episode: The 2/15/12 episode, where Grant announced he's leaving the team.