The Dead Files : TV Shows : Travel Channel
"On The Dead Files, physical [sic] medium Amy Allan and retired NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi combine their unique and often conflicting skills to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America."
I think someone meant to write "psychic medium," not "physical medium."
Psychic (physical?) detective Amy Allen and homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi travel around the US investigating claims of paranormal occurrences. DiSchiavi interviews key witnesses and then researches the backgrounds of haunted locations. Amy Allen does a "walk-through" of the location, making weird faces and gesturing clumsily while she detects various types of supernatural phenomena. No special equipment is used (unlike Ghost Adventures), only Amy's talent for being able to sniff out ghosts wherever they may lurk.
I question the idea that Amy and Steve have "conflicting skills" (see first paragraph above). They have complementary skills. Because in "The Reveal" portion of the show they bring their findings together to see how well they agree. And the vast majority of the time their findings do correspond. These findings include a ghost sketch that Amy has had drawn up by a local sketch artist compared with a picture that DiSchiavi has extracted from some old record or file, usually of a previous owner of the house.
After the 17 episodes I've viewed, there was only one occasion when the picture and sketch did not match. But on a few occasions, the sketch was not of anything that was ever human. For example, this creature, as described to and drawn by a sketch artist, appeared to Amy early on in the series:
One grumpy blogger, critical of the series, complained that Amy "just happens" to find something unique or special in each episode. But, as revealed by my viewings, this is not true. Out of 17 episodes, Amy has thus far found only one unique phenomenon, perhaps two if we count the "paper cut-out" KKK ghosts in Texas. But she stated that they too were only ghosts.
I've learned a few new things from watching this series. The term "poltergeist" no longer refers to a "noisy ghost." And there are "shadow people" of unknown origin who feed on the souls of living people. Many supernatural phenomena are simply detached emotional "vibrations" that have lingered on long after the people who made them have passed on. Others are subconscious manifestations of living people.
The Dead Files is a good, fun, spooky show, but as with many things I'm satisfied to simply watch the events unfold on tv rather than be forced to live through them.