Encounters (TV series)

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Also known as Encounters: The Hidden Truth
Genre Documentary
Directed by John Jopson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Fox
Original release 24 June 1994 – 23 January 1996
Related shows Sightings
Unsolved Mysteries

Encounters: The Hidden Truth was an hour-long TV series that featured real-life stories of paranormal phenomena. The format featured a host (John Marshall) and a team of reporters presenting 3 or 4 stories per episode dealing with UFOs, crop circles, exorcism, prophets, psychics, reincarnation, and other supernatural phenomena, in a news/documentary style. The stories unfolded through witness interviews and reenactments of the events. The host and reporters discussed their reactions to some of the stories.[1]

Encounters aired on the Fox network and was used mainly as a summer replacement series and fill-in show for other canceled series. The show first aired Fridays at 8:00 pm during the summer of 1994. The show then aired sporadically with different nights and times. In the final 3 editions of the show, Steven Williams (The X-Files) replaced John Marshall as the host. Two of those episodes aired in November 1995 and the final episode aired on January 23, 1996.[2][3]


  • John Marshall - Host
  • Russell Rhodes - Correspondent
  • Sandra Pinckney - Correspondent
  • Sandra Gin - Correspondent
  • Linda Deleray - Correspondent
  • Mark Thompson - Correspondent
  • Vincent Neill - Director
  • Steven Williams - Host, Season 3

Broadcast history[edit]

Season Time
1993–94 Friday at 8:00 pm
1994–95 Sunday at 7:00 pm


Special (1994)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date Viewers
S 1 "UFO Conspiracy" February 22, 1994 (1994-02-22) 7.3
UFO Conspiracy.

Season 1 (1994)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date Viewers
1 1 "Alien Contact" June 24, 1994 (1994-06-24) 5.5
Investigative reports on paranormal phenomena begin with alleged alien contacts. Included: mysterious crop circles; revelations by pilots and air-traffic controllers.
2 2 "Cattle Mutilations" July 1, 1994 (1994-07-01) 4.6
Investigations into cattle mutilations; and an allegedly psychic family.
3 3 "Exorcisms" July 8, 1994 (1994-07-08) 4.2
Pilot reports UFO, then disappears; events surrounding The Exorcist.
4 4 "The Earthquake Sensitive" July 15, 1994 (1994-07-15) 4.9
Talks with people who have seemingly foreseen earthquakes. Also: modern-day prophets with predictions for the future.
5 5 "UFO Home Videos" July 22, 1994 (1994-07-22) 5.5
Home videos of alleged UFOs; people who claim to have received implants from aliens; a UFO-investigation organization.

Season 2 (1994-1995)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date Viewers
6 1 "Mars Formations" October 9, 1994 (1994-10-09) 4.9
Near-death experiences; formations on Mars that appear to have been constructed; research indicates an asteroid contains simple forms of life.
7 2 "Bigfoot" October 16, 1994 (1994-10-16) 7.2
A search for Bigfoot; a mass UFO sighting by a group of schoolchildren; a haunted murder site.
8 3 "Mars Wants Marilyn" October 23, 1994 (1994-10-23) 5.2
Allegations that Marilyn Monroe was killed to cover up her knowledge of extraterrestrials. Also: segments on exorcisms; children who claim to recall past lives; and a pilot who vanished after reporting a UFO sighting.
9 4 "Astronaut UFO Encounters" December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04) 5.7
Alleged astronaut encounters with UFOs; a gravesite reported to contain the remains of an alien; a woman who claims to be Camelot's Guinevere reincarnated. Also: interest in the birth of a white buffalo.
10 5 "Ghost Attack" December 18, 1994 (1994-12-18) 5.2
Reports of a ghost attack; film of alleged UFOs; a couple who claim to have contacted their murdered son; the continuing quest for the Loch Ness Monster.
11 6 "Swarms of Birds and Bees" January 13, 1995 (1995-01-13) 5.6
People who experience constant low-pitched humming sounds; incidents involving swarming birds and bees. Also: a man who built a house shaped like a spaceship.
12 7 "New England Vampires" March 19, 1995 (1995-03-19) 4.5
Alleged remains of a vampire; a house reportedly haunted by Elvis Presley; stones said to bring bad luck when removed from a volcano site in Hawaii.
13 8 "Texas Schoolchildren Ghosts" June 2, 1995 (1995-06-02) 4.6
Stories about the alleged ghosts of schoolchildren who died in the 1930s; a segment on psychic hotlines; UFOs and aliens.
14 9 "Genetic Hybrids" June 9, 1995 (1995-06-09) 4.4
Segments on genetic engineering; a California tourist attraction that's said to be haunted; and alleged clues to the location of Noah's Ark.

Season 3 (1995-1996)[edit]

No. in
Title Original air date Viewers
15 1 "Psychics Among Us" November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11) 4.8
Psychics seek the Unabomber; forensic artist uses only skulls and bones to sculpt images; psychics' superhuman feats.
16 2 "Future Fear" November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18) 4
Prospects for the next millennium, including technological and military developments. Also: Timothy Leary on cryogenics.
17 3 "Mysteries of the Mind" January 23, 1996 (1996-01-23) 4.2
Rituals involving venomous snakes; instances of violent dreams; and the case of a handicapped woman struck by lightning.


Encounters: The Hidden Truth has yet to be released on DVD or Blu-ray through Fox.


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