Back in June
I hipped readers to the fact that one of the greatest TV shows
of all time, Get A Life
, is finally getting a proper DVD
release after previously only being afforded two four-episode volumes from Rhino Home Video
. Well, another great, mostly-forgotten, cult show has recently been announced, and that's In Search Of...
, which is scheduled to be released on 23 October
(Visual Entertainment Inc).
In Search of...
was a quasi-documentary TV series
that ran in syndication from September, 1976 through March, 1982. It focused on the paranormal
, and cryptozoological
subject matter -- but it also included episodes about real missing persons, historical events, cults, &c.
Each episode included the disclaimer,“This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer's purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine." Nonetheless, the "possible explanations" were often pretty absurd, which for me is part of the fun. In the 1990s, paranormal TV shows were often hosted like news shows, which is also fun.
Anyway, before In Search Of…
launched as a TV series, there were three hour-long, made-for-TV specials; In Search of Ancient Astronauts
(1973) and In Search of Ancient Mysteries
, and The Outer Space Connection
(both 1975). They were narrated by Rod Serling
who was a logical choice for a narrator, having famously created and hosted the macabre anthology series The Twilight Zone
and Night Gallery