The Dead Files

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The Dead Files
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes231 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Jim Casey
  • Rob Rosen
  • David E. Gerber (co-executive)
  • Ross Kaiman
  • Joseph Bradley
  • Desma Simon
  • Angela Root
  • Brian Kniffel
  • Rob Mancini
  • Ashley Laub
  • Janelle Land
  • Tracy Weatherby
  • Cameron Dieterich
  • Carrie Paul (line producer)
  • Oliver Becker
  • Phil Abatecola
  • Tyler Jenkins
  • Brian Paterson
CinematographyRob Toth
  • Jason Kothmann
  • Stephen Carr
  • Vasan Insixiengmay
  • Patrick Reilly
  • Michele Gitomer
Camera setupMultiple
Running time45 minutes
Production companiesPainless Entertainment, Inc.
Original networkTravel Channel
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2011 (2011-09-23) –

The Dead Files is an American paranormal television series that premiered September 23, 2011, on the Travel Channel. The program features physical medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi, who investigate allegedly haunted locations at the request of their clients in an effort to provide proof of paranormal activity. Each partner is depicted exploring the case independently of the other, so as not to influence their portion of the investigation. They, along with their client(s), then come together during the program's final segment, the "reveal," when they compare their findings with one another.

The series' 14th season aired from October 23, 2021, to April 2, 2022.[1]

Show format[edit]

Opening introduction:

[Allan]: My name is Amy Allan. I see dead people. I speak to dead people. And they speak to me. But there's only one way to know if my findings are real. I rely on my partner.

[DiSchiavi]: I'm Steve DiSchiavi. I'm a retired New York City homicide detective. And I know every person, every house, has secrets. It's my job to reveal them.

[Allan]: But Steve and I never speak.

[DiSchiavi]: We never communicate during an investigation.

[Allan]: ...Until the very end.

[DiSchiavi]: When we uncover if it's safe for you to stay...

[Allan]: ...Or time to get out.

After items such as family pictures, trinkets, or personal effects have been removed from a location claimed to be haunted, Allan walks through attempting to communicate with ghosts and spirits. Meanwhile, Dischiavi questions residents, employees, and local experts in genealogy, local history and law enforcement regarding the site's history. Later, Allan collaborates with a sketch artist to create drawings of spirits she claims to have channeled during her walk-through. The episodes conclude with a "reveal", where the drawings will often appear to match Dischiavi's findings.


According to skeptical reviewer Karen Stollznow, Allan often claims to find the same activity, such as shadow people, in multiple locations. Some items - such as religious iconography - are not removed but often left in locations. Stollznow notes that Allan appears to offer no evidence to verify her suggestion she had no preexisting knowledge of a location, which could be problematic for well-known ones such as Alcatraz or the Lizzie Borden house. Stollznow characterizes DiSchiavi as more of a "biased believer" than a skeptic, and suggests that the show is edited in order to make his investigation appear accurate, removing parts of Allan's observations that don't align with DiSchiavi's findings.[2]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23)November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
214March 9, 2012 (2012-03-09)July 20, 2012 (2012-07-20)
336August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10)August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
415November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01)January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)
521June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12)January 3, 2015 (2015-01-03)
622April 25, 2015 (2015-04-25)January 2, 2016 (2016-01-02)
719April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)September 17, 2016 (2016-09-17)
820February 4, 2017 (2017-02-04)September 16, 2017 (2017-09-16)
913February 3, 2018 (2018-02-03)June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
1013June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07)
1113July 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)October 3, 2019 (2019-10-03)
1213December 3, 2019 (2019-12-03)April 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)
1313January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)March 15, 2021 (2021-03-15)
1412October 23, 2021 (2021-10-23)April 2, 2022 (2022-04-02)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel Ready Fourteen Halloween Series and Specials for a Cross-Brand, Cross-Platform "Ghostober" Viewing Extravaganza". The Futon Critic. September 10, 2021.
  2. ^ Stollznow, Karen (18 January 2013). "Dead Wrong: Travel Channel's The Dead Files". JREF Swift Blog. James Randi Educational Foundation. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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