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BuzzFeed Unsolved
BuzzfeedUnsolvedLogo.png
Also known asUnsolved
GenreFactual television
Created byRyan Bergara
Written byRyan Bergara
StarringRyan Bergara
Brent Bennett
Shane Madej
Zack Evans
Theme music composerAudio Network
Warner Chappell Music
AudioBlocks
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasonsTotal: 14
True Crime: 7
Supernatural: 6
Sports Conspiracies: 1
No. of episodesTotal: 110
True Crime: 60
Supernatural: 49
Sports Conspiracies: 5
Production
Executive producersKatie LeBlanc
Ryan Bergara
ProducersRyan Bergara
Shane Madej
EditorsAnthony Frederick
Steven Castro
Mike Reilly
Grant Henderson
Devlin McClusky[1]
Production companiesBuzzFeed
BuzzFeed Multiplayer
Release
Original networkYouTube
BuzzFeed
Original releaseFebruary 4, 2016 (2016-02-04) –
present (present)

BuzzFeed Unsolved (also known as simply Unsolved) is an American documentary entertainment web series created and produced by Ryan Bergara for BuzzFeed. It first aired on YouTube on February 4, 2016, and has run for twelve seasons.[2][3] The show previously aired on the channel BuzzFeed Multiplayer, but now airs on the channel BuzzFeed Unsolved Network.

The show is split into two alternating themes, with each season seeing Bergara and co-host Shane Madej discussing either unsolved crimes in BuzzFeed Unsolved True Crime or investigating alleged haunted locations and demonic possessions in BuzzFeed Unsolved Supernatural. While the topics of discussion are often morbid, most episodes are presented in a comedic manner, cutting between Bergara's voiceover of the episode's topic and comedic discussion with Madej.[4] The show is filmed primarily in Los Angeles, with some episodes filmed in separate locations in the US and abroad; each episode is followed by a question and answer episode, entitled BuzzFeed Unsolved Postmortem, wherein Bergara and Madej answer questions sent in by viewers about the week's episode.

The show has become an immensely popular BuzzFeed production, regularly featuring as one of the network's most watched shows. Prior to the premiere of the eighth season, BuzzFeed renewed the show for a ninth season, which aired in late 2018. A tenth season premiered in March 2019, and the show's eleventh season premiered in September 2019.[5] In late 2019, Bergara and Madej started their own digital production company, Watcher Entertainment, with Worth It's Steven Lim. However, the two are still employed at BuzzFeed as freelance producers, and continued BuzzFeed Unsolved with a twelfth season in March 2020.[6][7]

Format[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

BuzzFeed Unsolved True Crime and Supernatural are currently co-hosted by Bergara and Madej, with Madej having taken over from original co-host of Bergara's, Brent Bennett, in late 2016[4][8] due to Bennett no longer having enough time to devote to the show's production.

The show is known for the dynamic of its co-hosts, with Madej acting as a skeptic against Bergara's theories and belief in ghosts.[9] The contrast between Bergara's belief in conspiracies and the paranormal versus Madej's skepticism provides the majority of the comedic dialogue;[10][8] however, despite Bergara's strong belief in otherworldly spirits, he shows reluctance towards belief in cryptids such as Bigfoot and aliens, in contrast to Madej, who conversely believes such creatures to be somewhat more realistic or grounded in reality. Those in support of Bergara have been nicknamed "Boogaras", and those supporting Madej's skepticism have been nicknamed "Shaniacs"; questions submitted to each week's Postmortem episode generally fall into both camps, either in support of Bergara's theories or in skepticism of them.

Production[edit]

The episodes are normally filmed as the two hosts at a desk, with Bergara presenting Madej and the audience with either a True Crime or Supernatural case depending on the season, aided with the use of stock photos and other visuals. In some episodes, the two hosts and other crew members travel to investigate a locations, although this method is primarily used for the Supernatural episodes; the show's True Crime seasons are typically filmed all within the Unsolved set.[11] Due to the show's growth in popularity, Bergara works with a number of individuals to propose cases if the show is capable of covering them, while Madej is kept out of the process to give a more fresh perspective.[12]

Other important members of the main Unsolved crew include TJ Marchbank, 1st AD, Devon Joralmon, line producer, and cameraman Mark Celestino.

BuzzFeed Unsolved True Crime[edit]

In the show's True Crime seasons, Bergara focuses on unsolved crimes, particularly well-known cold cases from many years ago. In these, Bergara typically reads out the story of the case, including evidence the police working on the case used, before presenting a handful of possible suspects and theories, from both the official police reports and the ideas of others, coupled with evidence that can both prove and disprove their involvement. During these cases, Madej will cut in to provide his input, responses, and theories to Bergara, ending the episode with both hosts discussing which theory appears most likely based on the suspects involved.

BuzzFeed Unsolved Supernatural[edit]

In the show's Supernatural seasons, Madej and Bergara face a multitude of alleged paranormal entities, hauntings and demons, often seeking to find evidence as to the existence of these identities. The shows' Supernatural seasons see hauntings formatted as the subject of investigation for the majority of episodes, with typically one alien and one demon themed episode per season, Bergara promising to do only one demon episode per season due to his fear of demons.

Throughout their investigations of hauntings, both Madej and Bergara use a variety of instruments and equipment to collect evidence, including video and audio devices. Other Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural episodes investigate supernatural entities and phenomena such as Mothman, Bigfoot and the existence of aliens. The two aim to create an "everyman approach" in discussing the cases, with the use of humor in an effort to balance the tone between dark and goofy.[12]

Guests[edit]

In BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural Season 4, Ancient Aliens contributor Giorgio Tsoukalos was featured in the discussion about a potential UFO sighting.[13] A recurring guest on the show, in person and by mentions, is the "Vatican approved exorcist" Father Gary Thomas, who discusses his belief in demons and the supernatural. During Postmortem episodes, guest co-hosts are occasionally brought in.

Hosts[edit]

True Crime Presenters
  • Ryan Bergara (2016–present)
  • Shane Madej (2016–present)
  • Brent Bennett (2016)
Supernatural Presenters
  • Ryan Bergara (2016–present)
  • Shane Madej (2016–present)
  • Brent Bennett (2016)
Sports Conspiracies Presenters
  • Ryan Bergara (2018)
  • Zack Evans (2018)
Buzzfeed Unsolved - Postmortem Presenters
  • Ryan Bergara (2017–present)
  • Shane Madej (2017–present)

Episodes[edit]

BuzzFeed Unsolved – True Crime[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Mysterious Death of the Somerton Man February 4, 2016 -
2 The Horrifying Unsolved Slaughter at Hinterkaifeck Farm February 20, 2016 -
3 The Bizarre Death of Elisa Lam March 18, 2016 -
4 The Chilling Mystery of the Black Dahlia April 1, 2016 -
5 The Strange Deaths of the 9 Hikers of Dyatlov Pass April 15, 2016 -
6 The Mysterious Death of Tupac Shakur - Part 1 May 20, 2016 -
7 The Mysterious Death of Biggie Smalls - Part 2 May 27, 2016 -
8 The Horrifying Murders of the Zodiac Killer June 24, 2016 -
9 The Mysterious Disappearance of the Sodder Children December 23, 2016 -
10 The Odd Death of Michelle Von Emster January 27, 2017 -
11 The Shocking Case of O. J. Simpson March 4, 2017 -
12 The Strange Disappearance of D. B. Cooper March 10, 2017 -

Season 2[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Terrifying Axeman of New Orleans July 28, 2017 August 2, 2017
2 The Mysterious Death of the Boy in the Box August 4, 2017 August 9, 2017
3 The Bizarre Road Trip of a Missing Family August 11, 2017 August 16, 2017
4 The Tragic Murder of JonBenét Ramsey August 18, 2017 August 23, 2017
5 The Odd Vanishing of Amelia Earhart August 25, 2017 August 30, 2017
6 The Creepy Murder in Room 1046 September 1, 2017 September 7, 2017
7 The Strange Drowning of Natalie Wood September 8, 2017 September 13, 2017
8 The Mysterious Poisoned Pill Murders September 15, 2017 September 21, 2017
9 The Disturbing Murders at Keddie Cabin September 22, 2017 September 28, 2017
10 The Suspicious Assassination of JFK September 29, 2017 October 4, 2017

Season 3[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Grisly Murders of Jack the Ripper January 26, 2018 January 31, 2018
2 The Thrilling Gardner Museum Heist February 2, 2018 February 7, 2018
3 The Ghastly Cleveland Torso Murders February 9, 2018 February 15, 2018
4 The Enigmatic Death of the Isdal Woman February 16, 2018 February 22, 2018
5 The Strange Killing of Ken Rex McElroy February 23, 2018 February 28, 2018
6 The Scandalous Murder of William Desmond Taylor March 2, 2018 March 7, 2018
7 The Historic Disappearance of Louis Le Prince March 9, 2018 March 14, 2018
8 The Disturbing Mystery of the Jamison Family March 16, 2018 March 21, 2018

Season 4[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Sinister Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa July 13, 2018 July 18, 2018
2 The Bizarre Collar Bomb Bank Robbery July 20, 2018 July 25, 2018
3 The Mysterious Death of the Eight Day Bride July 27, 2018 August 1, 2018
4 The Incredible Alcatraz Prison Break August 3, 2018 August 8, 2018
5 The Covert Poisoning of an Ex-Russian Spy August 10, 2018 August 15, 2018
6 The Odd Death of Charles C. Morgan August 17, 2018 August 22, 2018
7 The Bizarre Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar August 24, 2018 August 29, 2018
8 The Treacherous Treasure Hunt of Forrest Fenn September 7, 2018 September 12, 2018
9 The Chilling Black Dahlia Murder Revisited January 11, 2019 January 14, 2019

Season 5[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Eerie Case of the Watcher March 22, 2019 April 2, 2019
2 The Unusual Australian Shark Arm Murders March 29, 2019 April 3, 2019
3 The Suspicious Case of the Reykjavik Confessions April 5, 2019 April 10, 2019
4 The Unexplained Murder of Bugsy Siegel April 12, 2019 April 17, 2019
5 The Horrifying Texarkana Phantom Killer April 19, 2019 April 24, 2019
6 The Shocking Florida Machete Murder April 26, 2019 May 1, 2019
7 The Puzzling Disappearance of Walter Collins May 3, 2019 May 8, 2019
8 The Curious Death of Vincent Van Gogh May 10, 2019 May 15, 2019
9 The Impossible Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold September 26, 2019 -

Season 6[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Macabre Death of Edgar Allan Poe March 13, 2020 March 18, 2020
2 The Missing Identity of the Lady of the Dunes March 20, 2020 March 25, 2020
3 The Tinseltown Murder of Thelma Todd March 27, 2020 April 1, 2020
4 The Creepy Quandary of Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm April 3, 2020 April 8, 2020
5 The Puzzling Case of Marilyn and Sam Sheppard April 10, 2020 April 15, 2020
6 The Mysterious Death of The Somerton Man Revisited April 17, 2020 April 22, 2020

Season 7[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Eerie Vanishing Of The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers October 16, 2020 October 21, 2020
2 The Daring Heists of The Elusive Pink Panthers October 23, 2020 October 28, 2020
3 The Suspicious Death of Harry Houdini October 30, 2020 November 4, 2020
4 The Sudden Disappearance Of Cynthia Anderson November 6, 2020 November 11, 2020
5 The Maritime Mystery of The Mary Celeste November 13, 2020 November 18, 2020
6 The Haunting Murder Case of the Hammersmith Ghost November 20, 2020 November 25, 2020

BuzzFeed Unsolved – Supernatural[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Creepy Real-Life "Men In Black" April 29, 2016 -
2 The Secret Society of the Illuminati July 29, 2016 -
3 3 Horrifying Cases of Ghosts and Demons October 26, 2016 -
4 The Chilling Exorcism of Anneliese Michel November 12, 2016 -
5 The Bizarre Toxic Death of Gloria Ramirez December 3, 2016 -
6 The Spirits of the Whaley House January 13, 2017 -
7 The Haunted Decks of the Queen Mary February 17, 2017 -

Season 2[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Ghosts And Demons of Bobby Mackey's April 7, 2017 -
2 The Harrowing Hunt for Bigfoot April 14, 2017 -
3 3 Real-Life Creepy Cases of Ancient Aliens April 21, 2017 -
4 The Haunted Halls of Waverly Hills Hospital April 28, 2017 May 10, 2017
5 The Strangest Disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle May 5, 2017 May 10, 2017
6 The Murders That Haunt the Lizzie Borden House May 12, 2017 May 17, 2017
7 The Spontaneous Human Combustion of Mary Reeser May 19, 2017 May 24, 2017
8 The Haunting of the Salem Witch Trials May 26, 2017 May 31, 2017
9 The Haunted Quarters of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel June 2, 2017 June 7, 2017
10 The Bizarre Voodoo World of New Orleans June 9, 2017 June 14, 2017

Season 3[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Ghost Town at Vulture Mine October 13, 2017 October 18, 2017
2 Three Bizarre Cases of Alien Abductions October 20, 2017 October 25, 2017
3 The Captive Spirits of Eastern State Penitentiary October 27, 2017 November 1, 2017
4 The Demonic Goatman's Bridge November 3, 2017 November 8, 2017
5 The Horrors of Pennhurst Asylum November 10, 2017 November 15, 2017
6 Roswell's Bizarre UFO Crash November 17, 2017 November 22, 2017
7 The Mysterious Disappearance of the Roanoke Colony November 24, 2017 November 29, 2017
8 London's Haunted Viaduct Tavern December 1, 2017 December 6, 2017
9 The Chilling Chambers of Colchester Castle December 8, 2017 December 13, 2017
10 The Subterranean Terrors of the London Tombs December 15, 2017 December 20, 2017

Season 4[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Search for the Mysterious Mothman April 20, 2018 April 25, 2018
2 The Shadowy Spirits of Rolling Hills Asylum April 27, 2018 May 2, 2018
3 The Demonic Bellaire House May 4, 2018 May 9, 2018
4 The Phantom Prisoners of Ohio State Penitentiary May 11, 2018 May 16, 2018
5 The Unexplained Phoenix Lights Phenomenon May 18, 2018 May 23, 2018
6 The Spirits of Moon River Brewing May 25, 2018 May 30, 2018
7 The Horrifying Sorrel-Weed Haunted Mansion June 1, 2018 June 6, 2018
8 The Mystical Villa Montezuma Mansion June 8, 2018 June 13, 2018

Season 5[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 Return to the Horrifying Winchester Mansion October 19, 2018 October 24, 2018
2 The Demon Priest of Mission Solano October 26, 2018 October 31, 2018
3 The Terrors of Yuma Territorial Prison November 2, 2018 November 8, 2018
4 3 Videos from the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program November 9, 2018 November 14, 2018
5 The Haunted Town of Tombstone November 16, 2018 November 21, 2018
6 The Haunting of Hannah Williams November 23, 2018 November 29, 2018
7 The Hunt for La Llorona - The Weeping Woman April 4, 2019 -
8 The Demonic Curse of Annabelle the Doll June 28, 2019 -

Season 6[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Hidden Secrets of Area 51 September 20, 2019 September 25, 2019
2 The Haunting Shadows of the St. Augustine Lighthouse September 27, 2019 October 2, 2019
3 The Lost Souls of the USS Yorktown October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019
4 The Hollywood Ghosts of the Legendary Viper Room October 11, 2019 October 16, 2019
5 The Haunting of Loey Lane October 18, 2019 October 23, 2019
6 The Unbelievable Horrors of the Old City Jail October 25, 2019 October 30, 2019

Buzzfeed Unsolved - Sports Conspiracies[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Episode Published Postmortem Q+A Episode
1 The Mysterious Retirement of Michael Jordan December 14, 2017 -
2 Patrick Ewing and the Frozen Envelope December 21, 2017 -
3 The Strange Case of Deflategate December 28, 2017 -
4 Muhammad Ali and the Phantom Punch January 4, 2018 -
5 The Notorious Game 6 of Lakers vs. Kings January 11, 2018 -

Spin-offs and specials[edit]

Holiday specials[edit]

# Episode Published
1 The Legend of Krampus December 17, 2017
2 Hey There Demons, It's a Spooky Yule Log December 17, 2018

Retrospectives[edit]

# Episode Published
1 Unsolved Almost 70th Episode Retrospective July 15, 2018

Crossovers[edit]

# Episode Published
1 The Try Guys Sleep in a Fan's Haunted Bedroom • The Try Vlog (feat. BuzzFeed Unsolved) September 30, 2017
2 Ryan and Shane Eat Everything Boysenberry at Knott's Berry Farm April 13, 2018
3 Ryan and Shane Make Each Other in The Sims 4 June 9, 2018
4 Ryan & Shane Choose a Fan's Haunted House • The Sims 4 June 26, 2018
5 Shane Controls His Friend's Life in The Sims 4 • Ryan August 4, 2018
6 Ryan and Shane Try To Make Apple Taters August 5, 2018
7 We Styled Ryan & Shane • Ladylike August 8, 2018
8 Ryan Control's His Friend's Life in The Sims 4 • Shane August 11, 2018
9 Ryan & Shane Seduce a Ghost in The Sims 4 August 18, 2018
10 Shane and Ryan Try To Kill The Try Guys in The Sims 4 August 25, 2018
11 Ryan and Shane from BuzzFeed Unsolved visit Knott's Scary Farm 2018 October 17, 2018
12 Worth It Meets Unsolved in The Sims 4 November 17, 2018

The Hot Daga[edit]

The "Hot Daga" is an animated mini show series shown at the end of Postmortem episodes, created, written, and narrated by host Shane Madej. The first episode of the Hot Daga Saga began at the end of the Postmortem episode "The Boy in the Box - Q+A".[14] Although at the beginning of episodes, Madej jokes that the show is commissioned by his co-host Ryan Bergara, Bergara is infamously not a fan of the series despite voicing one of the characters and having his own musical number. However, Bergara listens to the show as it is narrated to the audience, though he does not fail to admonish it at any given opportunity. He once wore a T-shirt with a caption stating 'I hate the Hot Daga', although many have claimed this to be untrue.

Notable characters include Pam, the evil hotdog witch, Gene, who is absolutely french fries, Mike soup, a spaceship pilot and space wars veteran ,Maizie, a holographic lesbian corn icon, and the Plupples (fruits that are like peaches, but sexier and blue). Another character, Dr. Ernesto Gordon Goondis, is voiced by Bergara through Madej's splicing of many of his dialogues from Unsolved and connecting them to create the voice of the character.

The series originated when Madej jokingly wanted a skateboarding hot dog at the end of the Boy in the Box Q + A episode in August 2017, and it has grown to multiple mini-episodes and musical numbers which are sung by Madej himself. Since Season 5 of True Crime, the end of some Postmortem episodes have included a "Roast Mortem" section where the hosts go through commenters' roasts on the hosts in the episode in question. The segment later changed to "Toast Mortem" during the COVID-19 pandemic to spread positivity during quarantine. This segment has replaced the Hot Daga episodes.

The last installment of The Hot Daga took place in September 2018. In April 2020, the Soundcloud account for the Risky Fixins' published a new version of the musical number "Believe Me, Maizey" with morse code at the end of it. This morse code translates to "SPACE AND THYME AND SPACE AND THYME" repeated. Fans speculate as to whether or not this may indicate the Hot Doga's return in 2020.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Pellock, Megan (October 25, 2017). ""BuzzFeed Unsolved" Is A Great Show To Watch This Halloween Season". The Odyssey. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Anantharaman, Maitreyi (February 5, 2019). "'Buzzfeed: Unsolved' a spooky salve for a lonely generation". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
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  14. ^ BuzzFeed Multiplayer. "The Boy In The Box - Q+A" – via YouTube.

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