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 Kenneth 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 The Cosby Show
and Magnum, P.I.
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 The X-Files
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 franchise Shadowchasers