I find myself disagreeing with a lot of what is said and here's why.
Ghost Hunters...I like them because they are authentic. very professional and have a code of ethics... When in doubt, throw it out. They always look to debunk everything and in many cases they debunk just about everything. They are not quick to call any place haunted. Fact is, I actually like the fact that they have shows where they don't find anything. I think that lends to their legitimacy.
As for the fact that they have such a large crew... I like it. When they do small places like a private home, there is usually only 4 people and I think that's fine. It lets them split in groups of 2 and when 1 team is in the house, the other is usually not. Helps to avoid contamination.
Some of the places they do are huge and way too much to investigate properly with only 3 or 4 people. It doesn't bother me at all they have a film crew. I think their film crew is just a couple of camera guys anyways.
Ghost Adventures - I find the show pretty entertaining to watch but I have doubts on how legitimate they really are. Every show i've ever seen, they find something and doesn't seem that they throw anything out. 90% of what they call evp's, I can't even begin to make out a voice much less what is being said. That and they constantly say they are in cold spots, being touched, hearing stuff..... did you hear that? yea... did you hear that? yea.... I swear to God something just touched me... something touched me too!... And every place they investigate "Is Haunted" Entertaining for sure but is it "all" real... don't think so. That and they come up with some crazy equipment that speaks the evp? Don't buy it.
Do I believe in ghosts? Absolutely! Do i believe that ghosts make themselves known every time i walk in a building with a microphone, evp machine or other equipment, absolutely not.
I like both shows and watch them all the time but I find Ghost Hunters more credible, more authentic. I can't speak to Paranormal State because i don't watch that show.
Just my opinion of course
I watch television to be entertained. When I want to be informed, I'll go to National Geographic, The BBC, CNN, some docs on the History Channel.
But if there's the argument over "who's more authentic hunting ghosts" - I don't really care. Because in the wash, they all come out about the same. When I watch a program, I want to be drawn in, be with the main characters, in the moment. Jump when they jump, "ooh and "aah" over inexplicable findings - and that's Ghost Adventures.
I'm a latecomer to all of these types of shows. I'd heard of Ghost Hunters, and recently saw a few episodes, then remembered, I'd seen quite a few episodes 3 years ago. The fact that it made no impression, speaks for itself. Frankly, I don't know how they're still on the air with competition such as the GAC.
In each episode of GH, whatever the investigators hear, we don't. There's nothing more frustrating to the watcher then "ssshhh! DID YOU HEAR THAT?" Um, no, I didn't. But perhaps I'll find out...at the end of the show, and by that time, I forgot.
Another irritating quality about the show, is, they seem to forget, we as the audience have been with them, while they are having the experience - because they stop, and recount it to the camera, minutes later.
Example: GH investigator on location to a possible ghost: "OK, if you're there knock on the count of 3..1, 2, 2 1/2...3!" (knock happens) lots of surprise, gasps.
Then, a minute later, to camera: "so we were investigating in the blah-blah room, and I said, 'if you're there, knock on the count of 3, 1...2... 2 1/2'... "....Are you kidding me? We SAW it already. Are you not aware there's a camera following you around? Not only that, but why do I want to be taken out of the moment for the investigator to be interviewed as they recount every little experience that happens, before we can move on?
I don't care whose better equipment "debunks" who, and who's "really serious". It's entertainment. And GAC entertains me immensely. It's engaging, it moves, it's in no way passive, like GH is. You get to know Zak, Nick and Aaron..their quirks, their history..I find myself jonesing for episodes to the point where I've watched them 4 and 5 times. With GH, it's like watching paint dry.
But for those who want to be "serious" about their ghosts, I guess that's where GH has its place. FYI, I wasn't even interested in this subject UNTIL Ghost Adventures came along. And I think the GAC are as serious about their ghost hunting as any television show can be.