The television show Paranormal State chronicled the paranormal investigations of the Paranormal Research Society of Penn State (PRS). These investigations typically covered hauntings or poltergeist activity.
Paranormal State Supernatural TV Show
Paranormal State (PS) ran for six seasons on the A&E channel with the last season airing in 2011. The show centered around the PRS five members as they explored and researched haunted locations. The PRS was founded by the TV show's main star, Ryan Buell, in 2001 when he was 19 years old. The group continues today as an active paranormal investigation organization.
Buell's approach in establishing the PRS was to create two arms of research that included the Field Investigation & Research (FIR) and Parapsychology & Laboratory Research (PLR). It was this PRS mission to "Scientifically and spiritually explore" the supernatural that set it apart from the competition, such as Ghost Hunters on the Syfy channel.
Memorable Paranormal State Investigations
Some of the PS investigations were unique to the growing ghost hunter TV genre. The PS show was already different with its mix of scientific and spiritual approach to each case. A few of the episodes showcased this difference.
The Devil in Syracuse
Season 1, episode 3, The Devil in Syracuse aired on December 10, 2007. The episode set itself apart from the typical ghost hunting shows by taking on a demonic force terrorizing a couple in their home. The end result was an exorcism that was supposed to cure and eradicate the devil problem.
Season 2, episode 5, aired on August 11, 2008. Hell's Gate was a dramatic story of the team declaring a paranormal emergency. A man living in York, Pennsylvania, claimed he was being terrorized by some type of evil entity. The being had made his life miserable, and it appeared that the man was falling apart. The team stated they were afraid for the man's sanity and overall health. The team requested clergy to come into the home to conduct an exorcism.
Dwelling of the Dead
Season 5, episode 11 aired on November 21, 2010. Dwelling of the Dead took the team to Kentucky to investigate a single mom's claims of being physically assaulted by an evil spirit. Her five-year-old son has seen many spirits in the home. His descriptions seem to match up with the research the team conducted on the history of the home. Michelle Belanger, psychic medium, was called in to assist with the investigation.
Paranormal State Cast, Where They Are Now?
The Paranormal Research Society of Penn State continues today with many active members engaged in paranormal investigations. The cast members of the show have moved on to other venues.
Ryan Buell was the director of PRS and the Paranormal State TV show producer. Buell suffered several personal setbacks, but he continues to conduct paranormal investigations aired on Facebook and other social media outlets. He's also a guest speaker at various paranormal conventions, such as The Warrens' conference and various paranormal events.
Katrina Weidman joined PRS in 2006 as an interviewer. She later went on to appear in the television show Paranormal Lockdown with Ghost Adventures' with Nick Groff. In 2019, Weidman along with Jack Osbourne premiered with Travel channel show, Portals to Hell, and in 2021 moved to Discovery+.
Heather Taddy used her experience with film and media to serve as the team documentarian of paranormal phenomenon. After Paranormal State, she continued working in the television and film industry. She was a cast member of Travel Channel's Alien Highway that ended after its first season in 2019.
Sergey Poberezhny, a native of Sevastopol, Ukraine, offered his technical skills to the PRS team as the team's tech specialist. Since Paranormal State, Poberezhny has been out of the public eye.
Eilfie Music's experience in various faiths and the occult made her a PRS team occult specialist. Since the series, she has also been mostly out of the public eye.
Where to Watch the Show
If you want to binge watch the Paranormal State six seasons, you can find them on the A&E website. You can also purchase individual seasons on Amazon.