Mountain Monsters

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Mountain Monsters
"Mountain Monsters, Season 3 logo".jpeg
Season 3 intertitle
GenreReality Television
Starring
  • John Tice
  • Jacob Lowe
  • Joseph Lott
  • Jeff Headlee
  • Willy McQuillian
  • William Neff
Narrated byMichael Berger[1]
Theme music composer"Last American Cowboys"
Opening theme"Mountain Man Town"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Colt Straub
  • Duke Straub
  • Russell Geyser
  • Jay Blumke
  • Ken Charles
  • Royal Malley
Producer(s)American Chainsaws
Running time42-60 minutes
Release
Original networkDestination America
Original releaseJune 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)
External links
Website
Production website

Mountain Monsters is a television series on Destination America. It premiered on June 22, 2013, and began its fifth season on April 8, 2017. The series follows the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) team, a band of six native West Virginian hunters and trappers, as they research and find evidence of unidentified creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.

The series was renewed for a 5th season on September 14, 2016.[2] It premiered on April 8, 2017.

Premise[edit]

The AIMS team are a self-styled cryptozoology research team founded by West Virginians John "Trapper" Tice, Jeff Headlee, and Willy McQuillian. Their goal is to prove the existence of mysterious creatures such as Bigfoot, Werewolf, Hellhound, Lizard Man, and Mothman. The episodes normally begin with Trapper, Jeff, Huckleberry, and Buck discussing the specific creature they are hunting on the way to the location where the creature was spotted. They then meet with eyewitnesses who have encountered the creature, giving the team an idea of where to conduct an initial night investigation to find evidence of the creature being in the area.

After concluding their initial night hunt, Willy and Wild Bill begin work on a trap to contain the creature while the rest of the team searches for more evidence, meeting with additional eyewitnesses who normally possess photographic, video or audio evidence of the creature. After testing the completed trap the team begins the final night hunt.

The creatures are, supposedly, occasionally caught on camera, such as the Cave Creature. They are also shown as a digital rendering that appears before and after commercial breaks. The team attempts to capture these creature (with Hogzilla and three Devil Dogs being their most recent trapped creatures). In some instances the team places trail cameras and/or infrared camcorders near the trap to capture photographic evidence of the creature in question. They have caught fleeting, blurry images of what they claim to be the Grassman, Shadow Creature, Cherokee Death Cat and the Black Wolf on camera, to name but a few. More recently the recurring Rogue Team has spied on and sabotaged the AIMS team and their investigations.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)
214April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25)
38March 7, 2015 (2015-03-07)April 25, 2015 (2015-04-25)
413January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23)April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)
59April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08)June 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11[3]"Wolfman of Wolfe County"June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)
Wolfe County, Kentucky has a fresh trail of evidence that a 500 pound Wolfman is terrorizing the region. Now a group of expert hunters and trappers are using their backwoods knowledge to catch the Wolfman and make Appalachia safe once again.
22"Grassman of Perry County"[3]June 29, 2013 (2013-06-29)
Residents of Perry County, Ohio have reported a 1,000 pound Grassman seen in the woods. Now a group of expert hunters and trappers are using their backwoods knowledge to catch the Grassman and make Appalachia safe once again.
33"Devil Dog of Logan County"[3]July 6, 2013 (2013-07-06)
A blood-sucking Devil Dog is terrorizing a region in West Virginia. Expert hunters set out to catch the monster and make Appalachia safe once again.
44"Wampus Beast of Pleasents County"[3]July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)
A 500 pound Wampus Beast is killing the cattle in Pleasants County, West Virginia. Now a group of expert hunters and trappers are using their backwoods knowledge to protect their livestock and catch the Wampus Beast.
55"Mothman of Mason County"[3]July 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)
For decades Mason County, West Virginia has been terrorized by a flying Mothman and it appears he is back again. Now a group of expert hunters and trappers are using their backwoods knowledge to catch the Mothman once and for all.
66"Lizard Demon of Wood County"[3]July 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
71"Kentucky Hellhound of Pike County"April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)
The AIMS team travel to Pike County, Kentucky, to investigate a huge canine predator who is menacing the local farming community. The team meets with eyewitnesses and races to construct a giant bamboo box trap before the creature migrates for the winter.
82"Grafton Monster of Taylor County"April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11)
The AIMS team travel to Taylor County, West Virginia, to investigate a huge bipedal predator nicknamed the "Headless Horror." The team meets with eyewitnesses, tracks the creature, and attempts to capture it inside of a massive wooden trap.
93"Yahoo of Nicholas County"April 18, 2014 (2014-04-18)
The AIMS team travel to Nicholas County, West Virginia, to investigate a large Bigfoot-like creature called "The Yahoo." The team meets with eyewitnesses, tracks the beast, and attempts to capture it inside of a giant log-fall trap.
104"Werewolf of Webster County"April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25)
The AIMS team travel to Webster County, West Virginia, to investigate the legendary Webster Werewolf, a massive wolf-like creature with ancient mythical ties. The team meets with eyewitnesses and works to complete a pit-trap before the full moon passes.
115"Fire Dragon of Pocahontas County"May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02)
The AIMS team travel to Pocahontas County, West Virginia, to investigate a gigantic, aquatic reptile called the "Fire Dragon." The team meets with eyewitnesses and constructs an elaborate water trap before pursuing the creature on land and boat.
126"Sheepsquatch of Boone County"May 9, 2014 (2014-05-09)
The AIMS team travel to Boone County, West Virginia, to investigate a bizarre and aggressive creature called "The Sheepsquatch." The team meets with eyewitnesses and builds a custom razor wire trap before embarking upon a perilous night hunt.
137"Shadow Creature of Braxton County"May 30, 2014 (2014-05-30)
The AIMS team travel to Braxton County, West Virginia, to investigate a clandestine killer known as "The Shadow Creature." The team rappels cliffs and navigates the big timber as they chase the monster toward a super-sized snare trap.
148"Wild Bill's Bear Beast"June 6, 2014 (2014-06-06)
The AIMS team travel to Raleigh County, West Virginia, to investigate a killer bear-canine hybrid called the "Red-Eyed Bear Beast." The team tracks the creature across treacherous terrain and rivers and attempts to capture it inside of a caldron trap.
159"Death Cat of Cherokee County"June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
The AIMS team travel to Cherokee County, North Carolina, to investigate a ferocious feline called "The Cherokee Death Cat." The team works to unravel the myth surrounding the creature and attempts to capture it inside of a complex wooden trap.
1610"Snallygaster of Preston County"June 27, 2014 (2014-06-27)
The AIMS team travel to Preston County, West Virginia, to investigate a huge flying predator called "The Snallygaster." The team encounters great danger when they invade the creature's territory and attempt to capture it inside of a large wooden box trap.
1711"Cave Creatures of Greenbrier County"July 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)
The AIMS team travel to Greenbrier County, West Virginia, to investigate a humanoid bipedal called "The Cave Creature." The team tracks the elusive creature through a twenty-mile cave system toward a series of snare traps.
1812"Hogzilla of Hocking Hills"July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)
The AIMS team travel to the treacherous terrain of Hocking Hills, Ohio, to investigate a huge hog-like creature called "Hogzilla." After meeting with eyewitnesses, the team races to capture the beast inside of a massive steel cage trap.
1913"Bloodless Howler of Harrison County"July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25)
The AIMS team travel to Harrison County, West Virginia, to investigate a vicious canine-feline hybrid known as "The Bloodless Howler." The team tracks the predator toward their Asian tiger-box trap in frigid temperatures.
2014"Grassman's Revengeance"July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)
In the two-hour season finale, the AIMS team travel back to Perry County, Ohio, to settle an unfinished score with a massive Bigfoot-like creature. The team works to unravel the mystery of the Ohio Grassman's identity and faces their greatest danger yet.

Season 3: Bigfoot Edition (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
211"Bigfoot of Central Kentucky"March 7, 2015 (2015-03-07)
The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings begin their epic quest to prove the existence of Bigfoot in the Appalachia as they head out to Central Kentucky after what they believe is the first Bigfoot to emerge from the Mammoth Cave System.
222"Bigfoot of Putnam County"March 14, 2015 (2015-03-14)
Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Putnam County, WV to investigate the Chupacabra, known as the West Virginia Vampire. The team must meet with eyewitnesses and build an elaborate maze trap in an attempt to capture the creature.
233"Bigfoot of Eastern kentucky"March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21)
Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Eastern Kentucky to investigate the Wildman, known as the most dangerous and aggressive Bigfoot in the region. The team searches for a missing eyewitness and builds the largest and strongest trap.
244"Bigfoot of Lincoln County"March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)
Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Lincoln County, WV to investigate the Hellhound who left a bad taste in their mouth after evading them last autumn.
255"Bigfoot of Clay County"April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04)
Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings travel to Clay County, WV to investigate the "Yahoo", who threw trees at them and destroyed their trap in Nicholas County WV, last autumn. The team must build an electrified trap to contain this Bigfoot.
266"Bigfoot of Washington County"April 11, 2015 (2015-04-11)
The AIMS team travels to Washington County, PA to investigate the "Dustman", thought to be the fastest and most agile Bigfoot in the region. They must build a quicksand pit trap, and repel down a cliff at night to its cave lair.
277"Bigfoot of Ashe County: AIMS Under Attack"April 18, 2015 (2015-04-18)
The AIMS team head to Ashe County, NC in search of "The Cherokee Devil". This Bigfoot is thought to possess mind control abilities. When Buck has an encounter with the creature the team fights back, only to have another team member fall under its spell.
288"Bigfoot of Ashe County: AIMS Erupts"April 25, 2015 (2015-04-25)
The AIMS team go back to Ashe County, NC to hunt the "Cherokee Devil" a savage Bigfoot that has already scarred members of the team. As the mission continues the biggest rift in AIMS history erupts and some members debate hanging up their gear for good.

Season 4: Bigfoot Edition (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
291"Bigfoot of Harrison County: Stonish Giant"January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23)0.511[4]
302"Bigfoot of Central Kentucky: Squalling Savage"January 30, 2016 (2016-01-30)0.525[5]
313"Bigfoot of Blair County: Lightning Man"February 6, 2016 (2016-02-06)0.535[6]
324"Bigfoot of Blair County: Thunder Brothers"February 13, 2016 (2016-02-13)0.463[7]
33Special"Scariest Moments"February 20, 2016 (2016-02-20)0.344[8]
345"Bigfoot of Pendleton County: Great Fire Ape"February 27, 2016 (2016-02-27)0.460[9]
356"Bigfoot of Wirt County: The Ash Man"March 5, 2016 (2016-03-05)0.464[10]
367"Bigfoot of Lee County: Raven Mocker"March 12, 2016 (2016-03-12)0.411[11]
37Special"Best of Bigfoot"March 19, 2016 (2016-03-19)0.410[12]
388"Raven Mocker: Back to Trapper"March 26, 2016 (2016-03-26)0.468[13]
399"Bigfoot of Wood County: The Phantom of the Forest"April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)0.442[14]
4010"Return of the Rogue Team"April 9, 2016 (2016-04-09)0.536[15]
4111"AIMS vs The Rogue Team"April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)0.659[16]

Season 5: Secrets of the Dark Forest (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
421"The Rogue Team Rises: Part 1"April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08)
After nine months of silence, the Rogue Team emerges from the shadows after team member Buck tries to take matters into his own hands; the AIMS team meets face to face with this other mysterious team to find out who they are and what they are after.
432"The Rogue Team Rises: Part 2"April 15, 2017 (2017-04-15)
After being abducted, the AIMS team faces a mysterious man who offers them a deal with an incredible payoff. The team suddenly realizes Trapper is missing and they set off to locate him in a race against time after finding a trail of his blood.
443"Enter The Dark Forest"April 22, 2017 (2017-04-22)
The AIMS team enters the Dark Forest to capture the Woman of the Woods but realize that the forest is the home to another mysterious creature: the Black Wolf.
454"The Black Wolf"April 29, 2017 (2017-04-29)
The AIMS team learns that a mysterious creature known as the Black Wolf roams the Dark Forest; a shaman reveals that the Black Wolf's presence may spell disaster for Jeff whose behavior continues to trouble the team.
46Special"Superfan Edition"May 6, 2017 (2017-05-06)
The AIMS team shares their thoughts, answers fans' biggest questions and tell some of their favorite stories from the road.
475"Huckleberry's Predator"May 13, 2017 (2017-05-13)
After the AIMS team is split in half, Jeff must come up with answers about the Dark Forest; while the team gets proof of the Black Wolf, Huckleberry reveals that a mysterious creature is stalking the team and finds himself in a fight for his life.
486"The Three Rings of the North"May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20)
After a shocking discovery, Buck heads into the Dark Forest and encounters someone from his past; Huckleberry realizes that the predator he faced off with wants revenge; The team follows a trail left by Jeff and discovers the mysterious Three Rings.
497The Secret of the Little GirlMay 27, 2017 (2017-05-27)
The team discovers what Jeff was doing at the Three Rings; the team learns what Buck found on his phone; Buck heads to the Three Rings to contact the Little Girl, who seems to be the key to the Dark Forest.
508The Blood Skull and Woman of the WoodsJune 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)
Buck searches for the Little Girl after he makes contact with her and she vanishes; the rest of the AIMS team sneaks into a cabin looking for answers about the other team's intentions; Buck winds up face to face with the Woman of the Woods. This episode was made available on May 27, 2017 via the Destination America app - the first time a Mountain Monsters episode was available prior to its regularly scheduled airing.[17]

Finding Bigfoot "feud"[edit]

On April 5, 2015, Matt Moneymaker of Finding Bigfoot tweeted that Mountain Monsters was scripted and the AIMS team were merely actors. This led to "Trapper" John Tice directly responding and referring to Moneymaker's show as "Losing Bigfoot".[18] The online feud has continued with Finding Bigfoot castmember Cliff Barackman chiming in that the show is "fiction"[19] and the official Finding Bigfoot Twitter account calling Mountain Monsters a "fake-hoax" show in regards to the series' April 2017 return.[20] On May 30, 2017, the official AIMS Brasil Twitter account responded by saying that Finding Bigfoot "do not find anything".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mountain Monsters - 2013". www.hollywood.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Destination America Orders Fifth Season Bigfoot Series Mountain Monsters". www.broadcastingcable.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Finding Bigfoot: Season 1". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 26, 2016). "ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.23.2016". showbuzzdaily.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
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  17. ^ Mountain Monsters [@TheAIMSDA] (28 May 2017). "Can't wait for next week's season finale? Watch it here now! #MountainMonsters" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Trapper John [@TrapperWV] (28 April 2015). "@MattMoneymaker1 I'm not an actor. Sometimes I feel your show should be called Losing Bigfoot. Keep up the good work bud" (Tweet) – via Twitter. ?lang=en
  19. ^ Cliff Barackman [@CliffBarackman] (9 January 2017). "Nope. Fiction" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Finding Bigfoot [@FBIGFOOTFANS] (27 March 2017). "If you're interested in a hoax- fake show, Mountain Monsters returns April 8th :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ aimsbrasiloficial [@aimsbroficial] (29 May 2017). "If you are interested in watching a show where do not find anything, watch Finding Bigfoot!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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