In Search Of…

This is my commentary on legendarily weird 1970s TV documentary series In Search Of..., aka Great Mysteries of the World. Will Leonard Nimoy convince you of the existence of Nessie? Stay tuned!

Season 1

1. The Other Voices Can we talk to plants? Well obviously. But will they talk back?

2. Strange Visitors Who built Mystery Hill? No, really, I'm curious.

3. Ancient Aviators Is a picture of a monkey on a desert plain really a runway? Sure, why not.

4. The Bermuda Triangle Not just water, apparently.

5. Bigfoot Yeah. Friggin' Bigfoot, y'all.

6. Killer Bees Don't laugh, bees are probably pretty mysterious.

7. Earthquakes A strange mix of genuine information and disaster porn.

8. The Mummy's Curse Shocking news! A bunch of people from the 1920s are dead.

9. Martians Less weird than you'd expect.

10. Atlantis Way dooown below the oooocean.

11. Psychic Detectives Nimoy + Psychic Detectives = fizzle, surprisingly.

12. A Call From Space A fairly useful introduction to SETI.

13. Teaching ESP I foresaw nothing convincing, and I was right.

14. Nazi Plunder Less von Danken and more Len Deighton

15. Amelia Earhart A plane, crashing? Surely there's more to it than that.

16. Dracula Nice travelogue of Romania, I guess.

17. Easter Island Massacre Surprisingly non ridiculous.

18. Ghosts Makes the unusual case that 'ghosts are boring'.

19. Life After Death Step into the light

20. The Loch Ness Monster The. Loch. Ness. Monster.

21. UFOs Have you seen the saucers?

22. Voodoo Trying to think of a pun on the word Haiti. Failing.

23. Inca Treasure The real Inca treasure is Inca friendship.

24. The Magic of Stonehenge And just what is a 'henge' anyway?

Season 1: Conclusion

Season 2:

1. The Lost Dutchman Mine Meta-In Search Of...

2. The Man Who Would Not Die Magic Atlantean superbeing or dodgy European guy? You decide.

3. Firewalkers Does what it says on the tin.

4. Mayan Mysteries Previous communiques invalid. Maya replacing Atlanteans. Over.

5. Astrology This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Captain.

6. Michael Rockefeller I'd say 'the poor man's Amelia Earheart', but young Michael was quite rich.

7. Hurricanes Oh boy! Mayhem!

8. The Ogopogo Monster Canadian Nessie, eh?

9. Pyramid Mysteries When there are so many bullshit options, you can't eat just one!

10. The Dead Sea Scrolls Frankly, not their best episode, and in fairness, not my best review.

11. Reincarnation How will you recognise me in the next life? I'll be wearing a red rein-carnation! ... I'll see myself out.

12. The Shark Worshipers Hey, if you've got to worship something, you could do worse.

13. Anastasia Is this cranky old woman really the last of Nicholas II's children? If so, where's her wacky talking bat?

14. The Secrets of Life Relatively sensible episode about advances in biological research

15. Immortality I'm going to live forever. I also intend to learn how to fly. High.

16. Swamp Monster The legendary Honey Island Monster episode. A classic.

17. Hypnosis Sleeeeeeeeeep!

18. Troy Will this episode prove  to be In Search Of's Achilles Heel?

19. Witch Doctors Oo ee oo ah ah... Oh, wait, this is actually a serious episode.

20. Haunted Castles Hauntings to the max! Castles to the min.

21. Butch Cassidy Was he Redford or Newman? That'll keep me up all night.

22. Deadly Ants Them. Them! THEM!

23. The Coming Ice Age *checks thermometer* Could it come a little sooner?

24. The Garden of Eden If you change the meaning of a bunch of quotes, then the Bible becomes literally true.

Season 3

1. UFO Captives *Reggae beat* U-F-O-a cap-tives! Com-ing to Am-er-ica. I say-a U-F-O-a captives...

2. Tornadoes Everyone knows it's windy.

3. Cloning Cloning. Cloning. Clonng. Clonnc.

4. Water Seekers Dowsing makes great TV. The best.

5. Jack the Ripper *Sigh* Okay then. Let's do this.

6. Cryogenics A freeze is coming.

7. Siberian Fireball Used up all my Tunguska jokes writing the article. Sorry.

8. The Great Lakes Triangle Makes the Bermuda Triangle look plausible.

9. Monster Hunters Can they find Sasquatch (no).

10. Bermuda Triangle Pirates Fifteen men on a dead man's chest vanished without trace.

11. Indian Astronomers It's about Native American astronomy. Not great?

12. Sherlock Holmes Solving the mystery that is a fictitious character.

13. The Lost Vikings There is evidence of Norse activity in North America before Columbus, but you won't find it here.

14. Dreams and Nightmares This one's just odd. And cool. Odd and cool.

15. Animal ESP If you do not like this episode, I... well, I just don't know what to say.

16. The Money Pit Mystery Plausible? No. Awesome? F*** yeah!

17. Psychic Sea Hunt Underwater dowsing! Remote viewing! Cubes! This episode has it all.

18. The Angel of Death Joseph Mengele. I have no jokes. Probably for the best.

19. Noah's Ark Sigh.

20. The Diamond Curse Like reenactments? You'll love this retelling og the story of the Hope Diamond.

21. Ghostly Stakeout Who you gonna call? No really, call someone. A nice chat will be more fun than this episode.