The BEST Episodes of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: Syfy

Heading up the Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files team is Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent who found that his love of the paranormal was greater than his love for the Agency. Now, he leads a young team of intrepid investigators who will convene to dissect the latest unusual images and decide whether they merit further investigation. Grainy videos will be brought to life using the latest in 3D modeling, and Ben will make the final choice which cases will require a trip into the field. Once an investigation is underway, the team will talk to witnesses, carry out experiments using the latest in high tech detection devices, collect physical samples, and determine whether a case should be debunked, or whether it's a baffling paranormal mystery that might even put the team in danger. It's all in a day's work for the dogged investigators of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.

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Stonehenge Secrets & Iceland Worm Monster

#1 - Stonehenge Secrets & Iceland Worm Monster

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Jul 3, 2012

Josh Gates joins the team in Iceland to examine footage of what may be an aquatic creature. Also: Pro wrestler Kofi Kingston helps with a Stonehenge investigation in the Season 2 finale.

star 8.64
81 votes
Into the Vortex & Tavern Shapeshifter

#2 - Into the Vortex & Tavern Shapeshifter

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 19, 2012

The Oregon Vortex is probed. Also: An English pub is visited after a security camera captures the image of what may be a ghost.

star 8.16
93 votes
Sasquatch Sprint & Alien Attacker

#3 - Sasquatch Sprint & Alien Attacker

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Case in Washington to track down Big Foot after reviewing video of a gorilla like creature running across the field. PART 2: The team investigate video of a purported encounter of the 3rd kind. The case of Jonathan Reed claiming to be out with his dog when an alien rips his dog apart. OTHER CASES: Purported footage of the so called Mothman in Ohio captured from the wind shield of a car. Also dubbed the Guardian UFO, a colourful pulsating glowing light in the night sky, Canada.

star 7.98
63 votes
Playground Poltergeist & Alien Intruder

#4 - Playground Poltergeist & Alien Intruder

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 13, 2011

To get the truth, sometimes you have to travel halfway around the world. That's why this week, Jael, Austin and Bill fly to the small town of Firmat, Argentina to uncover the explanation of a swing that, for four years, has appeared to be moving on its own. Ben, Chi-Lan and Devin, meanwhile, have been speaking with a Florida man, David Eckhart, and his wife, Jean, about their frequent experiences with unknowable forces. The couple say they've been visited by aliens for years, citing loss of time and mass migrations of worms in their driveway. They have two videos to back up their claims, and Ben and his team intend to discover their authenticity.

star 7.97
106 votes
Vanishing Victim & Sky Serpent

#5 - Vanishing Victim & Sky Serpent

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired May 1, 2012

The team visits England to examine footage of an alleged alien abduction and a flaming, serpentine object in the sky.

star 7.97
87 votes
The Grim Sleeper & The Real Mr. Freeze

#6 - The Grim Sleeper & The Real Mr. Freeze

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 17, 2012

Among the cases brought in by the team this week are two Fact or Faked firsts: A video of a paranormal force causing a woman to levitate from her bed, and a case of a human performing paranormal feats. To investigate the levitating woman, Bill, Devin, and Lanisha head to Atlanta, GA to the home of JoMarie, with whom the woman in the video, Diane, was staying at the time. The bedroom has since been converted to an office, but JoMarie arranges the space so that Bill, Devin, and Lanisha can build a model bed and run some experiments with the original camera used. The first experiment is a simple lever that will lift Lanisha up from underneath, making it look like a force is suspending her by her torso. The movement is wrong, however, and Lanisha has to strain and use her muscles in order to make it look smooth. Next, they try a cantilever arm, which is the mechanism magicians use to make it look like people are levitating. The movement still looks choppy, and the direction of the force is wrong. The only choice is to build a multiple anchor point pulley system. After hours of work, Lanisha lies down in the rig as Devin and Bill work the pulleys and lift her off the bed. It's an excellent match – the movement, the positioning - the only problem is the visibility of the wires, but with a little video manipulation, they're able to make the wires disappear. Additionally, voice analysis of Diane reveals high stress levels, indicating a hoax. The next case regards superhuman abilities. Wim Hof, a Dutch man known as The Ice Man, has been setting records for years for his ability to endure extreme cold, including submerging himself in a tub of ice on a crowded New York City street, and running a half marathon near the arctic circle. Ben, Jael, and Austin all find it difficult to believe, so they set up a tank filled halfway with a material called polysorb II, a powder which, when mixed with water, looks like ice but is nowhere near as cold. But when they fill the

star 7.96
84 votes
Raining Ufo's & Ectoplasmic Pic

#7 - Raining Ufo's & Ectoplasmic Pic

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 6, 2011

Ben, Jael and Austin head to Long Beach, CA, where the video of an unidentified object flying over the harbor, seeming to drop glowing seeds into the water, was recorded. Chi-Lan, Bill and Devin, meanwhile, have been digging into a decades-old mystery of a Winnipeg man who claimed to have captured ectoplasm - a ghostly substance said to be produced by a medium during a séance - on camera at the turn of the last century.

star 7.94
97 votes
Battleship Ghost & Scouting UFO

#8 - Battleship Ghost & Scouting UFO

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired May 15, 2012

Evidence of a ghost lurking on the USS North Carolina is examined, also A purported UFO sighting in Michigan is investigated.

star 7.93
86 votes
Bar Fright & Mexico City Cave Witch

#9 - Bar Fright & Mexico City Cave Witch

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 30, 2011

Purported poltergeist activity in a Texas bar is probed; footage of a flying witch is scrutinized in Mexico.

star 7.92
125 votes
Bay Area Hysteria & Jersey Shore Haunting

#10 - Bay Area Hysteria & Jersey Shore Haunting

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 24, 2012

A mystery over California's Bodega Bay is probed. Also: a purported ghost encounter captured on a thermal camera at New Jersey's Paramount Theatre is scrutinized.

star 7.91
89 votes
Thermal Theater Ghost & Fire In The Sky

#11 - Thermal Theater Ghost & Fire In The Sky

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 30, 2011

One of the hottest cases this week comes from Jacksonville, Florida, from the historic Florida Theatre. Bill, Austin and Chi-Lan head to this reported hotbed of paranormal activity to get to the bottom of an amazing video: A local expert, Steve Christian, was conducting a paranormal investigation in the theater when he caught, on camera, a figure seated in the balcony - waving. Ben, Devin and Jael, meanwhile, have also been down south, searching for the truth behind a reported UFO sighting. What's special about this one is that there's video of a flare descending toward Earth, splitting into three lights, and then hovering for a period.

star 7.88
154 votes
Sinister Spirals & Flying Saucers

#12 - Sinister Spirals & Flying Saucers

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 2, 2011

A flying saucer case from Santa Ana, Cal., is investigated; claims attributed to "flying rods" in Joplin, Mo., are probed.

star 7.80
123 votes
Florida Woodland UFO & Black Forest Entity

#13 - Florida Woodland UFO & Black Forest Entity

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 5, 2012

A purported UFO sighting in Florida is investigated. Also: Evidence of a haunting in Colorado is scrutinized.

star 7.74
140 votes
Dashcam Chupacabra & Nightly News Alien

#14 - Dashcam Chupacabra & Nightly News Alien

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 20, 2011

Ben, Chi-Lan and Devin head to Texas on a hunt for the blood-sucking cryptid known as the chupacabra. The local sherrif saw a strange, unidentifiable animal running down a country road, and murmurs of the chupacabra swelled up around the video she shot from her vehicle. Jael, Austin and Bill, meanwhile, are looking into what seems to be an alien walking plainly through a shot from a local news segment in Patagonia, Argentina, where UFO and alien sightings are frequent.

star 7.70
176 votes
Lunar Landing Hoax & Tropical Intruder

#15 - Lunar Landing Hoax & Tropical Intruder

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 2, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Attempts to shed light on a conspiracy theory. Determined from video evidence whether or not the Apollo moon landings were really a spectacular hoax. PART 2: Investigates alleged footage of a strange burger shaped UFO from Gulf Breeze, Florida. Apparently a hot spot for activity. OTHER CASES: Purported Mothman footage from a back yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Alleged Texas explosions, footage of flashing explosions in the sky.

star 7.67
103 votes
Old West Haunting & Freeway Flyer

#16 - Old West Haunting & Freeway Flyer

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 16, 2011

Footage from the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Ariz., is scrutinized; a UFO sighting over a Los Angeles freeway is probed.

star 7.66
124 votes
Graveyard Lightning & Truck Stop Terror

#17 - Graveyard Lightning & Truck Stop Terror

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Jun 12, 2012

Evidence of purported paranormal activity documented at a Mississippi graveyard and an abandoned Missouri truck stop is scrutinized.

star 7.62
87 votes
UFO Crash Landing & Graveyard Ghost

#18 - UFO Crash Landing & Graveyard Ghost

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 19, 2011

A purported UFO crash is investigated in New Mexico; a graveyard ghost sighting in Nevada is probed.

star 7.59
158 votes
Blazing Horizon & Rollover

#19 - Blazing Horizon & Rollover

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 12, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The mysterious "Paulding Light". Witnessed by thousands, reliably the light shines on certain days in the sky in Michigan. PART 2: San Antonio, Texas, where ghostly children are said to push cars over the railroad tracks where they themselves met their fatal end. OTHER CASES: Rancho Cucamonga Triangle, a UFO filmed above a house in California. A fake webcam ghost case. Jellyfish shaped UFO captured in California. Finally an intricate crop circle in Wiltshire.

star 7.59
108 votes
Asylum Apparition & Mystery Over Mexico

#20 - Asylum Apparition & Mystery Over Mexico

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 9, 2011

Visiting Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville to investigate a video of a purported ghost sighting; UFO sightings over Mexico are probed.

star 7.58
147 votes
Unwanted Visitors & Strange Sightings

#21 - Unwanted Visitors & Strange Sightings

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 22, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: Arizona UFO sightings, a detailed silver saucer captured in broad daylight near Lake Havasu. PART 2: Strange pair of tall skinny creatures caught on night-vision video get's looked into. OTHER CASES: Video from Israel showing what appears as 2 colliding UFO's. Also a woman walks away unscathed from a horrific car accident, a ghostly image is taken from the wreckage. Finally the dubbed Gettysburg Ghost.

star 7.58
191 votes
Reptile Rampage & Gasoline Ghoul

#22 - Reptile Rampage & Gasoline Ghoul

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired May 22, 2012

Evidence to support sightings of a reptilian creature in South Carolina is sought. Also: Footage of alleged paranormal activity captured at a gas station in Ohio is scrutinized.

star 7.56
114 votes
Haunted Mansion Mist & Starlight Intruder

#23 - Haunted Mansion Mist & Starlight Intruder

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 28, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: McPike Mansion, a well known haunted house in Illinois where some local ghost hunters caught what appears to be an apparition of mist on film. PART 2: An attempt to debunk an alleged delta shaped UFO with 5 lights moving fast through the skies of Fremont, California. OTHER CASES: Sand circle footage similar to a crop circle from near Texas, although it's revealed to be an art project. Also "Beast of Gum Hill", a big foot video from 2009 in Virginia.

star 7.54
140 votes
Mystery Mermaid & Ghostly Guardian

#24 - Mystery Mermaid & Ghostly Guardian

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 18, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The team undertake an underwater investigation of alleged mermaids at the Great Barrier Reef. PART 2: Hunting for a family ghost who seems to appear as mist in the family photos. OTHER CASES: "Lake Erie Lights", UFO's filmed for 8 straight days performing manoeuvres in Cleveland. Also what looks as video from a police car dash cam apparently captures a ghost crossing the road. Finally Hawaiian UFO video, 3 lights moving in formation across the sunset revealed to be hoax footage.

star 7.54
131 votes
Symphonic Spirits & Hovering Humanoids

#25 - Symphonic Spirits & Hovering Humanoids

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 2010

SYNOPSIS: PART 1: The team goes to Valentown Museum to investigate an alleged apparition & haunting. PART 2: Purported video of a humanoid like figure flying through the air leads the team to Texas. OTHER CASES: Strange forest lights, phenomena reported for the last 800 years the "Brown Mountain Lights" in Western North Carolina. Also a viral internet video from LA showing arms emerging from the ceiling is scrutinised.

star 7.48
132 votes