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The Dead Files

The Dead Files

Photo Credit:  The Travel Channel
  • Premiered: 
    September 23, 2011
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Supernatural/Paranormal
  • Tags: travel

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Plot Synopsis

Physical medium Amy Allan and retired NYPD homicide detective Steve Di Schiavi separately investigate unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations across America so that they don't influence each other's investigation, and then come together to combine their findings and arrive at one undeniable -- and often terrifying -- conclusion. Amy uses her abilities to communicate with the dead, often assuming their role and reliving their death; while Steve uses his years of detective experience to search for physical evidence. Amy, who was mentored by world-renowned para-psychologist Dr William Roll, has always been on a journey to unravel the mysteries of the unexplained. and she has worked with private investigators, police agencies and has conducted more than 350 investigations in both private homes and businesses. Since he served more than 21 years in the New York City Police Department, Steve relies on his police training and experience to explore each property, questioning the owners about the building's past before gathering more facts from local historians, police investigators and by tracking down past owners of the property.

On Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel, THE DEAD FILES stirred up a new season, with a new episode featuring a couple and their five-year-old son are overwhelmed with the frightening experiences in their Egg Harbor, NJ, home. THE DEAD FILES returned for a new season on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, investigating a case with a military veteran's family being threatened by paranormal activity. Immediately after the season premiere, Travel Channel aired a one-hour special, THE DEAD FILES: Q&A, during which Steve and Amy responded to viewers' most frequently asked questions about the series, including Amy's abilities and Steve's skepticism.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel aired the Season 6 premiere of THE DEAD FILES, as Amy and Steve head back on the road to help beleaguered homeowners as they uncover paranormal histories and mysteries buried within all-new haunted locations. In the season premiere, Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Florida City, FL -- a town ravaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 -- to help a frightened family terrorized by disturbing paranormal activity. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate paranormal activity in: Abilene, TX; Chester Springs, PA; Flint, MI; Ft. Barnwell, NC; Hanover, PA; Leslie, MI; Roseburg, OR; Santa Paula, CA; St. Louis, MO; Sumpter, OR; Toledo, OH; and Warsaw, IN.

THE DEAD FILES returned for its seventh season on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the season opener, "Guardians of the Dead," Steve and Amy travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica in their first international investigation, as they investigate a deadly legend and frightening claims of paranormal activity at a tropical resort. Season 8 of THE DEAD FILES premiered on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the season opener, "Toys for the Dead: Butte, Montana," Steve and Amy investigate violent paranormal activity at an historic brothel in Butte, Montana. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate threatening paranormal activity at: a frightened family's home in Mayfield, Kentucky; a small-town hotel in Grass Valley, California; a distraught mother's home in Lake Jackson, Texas; and many more haunted locations across the United States. On Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the ninth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "The Sacrifice: East Flat Rock, North Carolina," Steve and Amy investigate distressing paranormal activity at a home in North Carolina. In subsequent episodes, the duo investigate: dangerously disturbing paranormal activity at a family home in Gates, NC; chilling paranormal activity at a family's home in Estill Springs, Tennessee; paranormal activity affecting the emotions of a mother and daughter in secluded St. Charles, Michigan; a terminally ill woman's claims that aggressive paranormal activity is ripping her family apart in Youngstown, Ohio; and more.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the eighth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Hell in the Heartland: Kearney, Missouri," Steve and Amy investigate violent paranormal activity at a family home in the small town of Kearney, Missouri. During their separate investigations, Steve tracks down the history of a ruthless Civil War-era gang leader, while Amy encounters several deceased individuals, including a trapped male spirit and a dead woman capable of physically assaulting the living.

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the ninth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Triggered: Flint, Michigan," Steve and Amy investigate paranormal activity harassing a young family in Flint, MI. While Steve's investigation of the property exposes a family man with a murderous past, Amy confronts a sinister entity that preys on the vulnerable.

Travel Channel premiered "Taken: Mahwah, New Jersey," the Season 10 opener of THE DEAD FILES on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT. Steve and Amy investigate claims that a family of six is being destroyed by paranormal activity. During her walk, Amy encounters a woman hellbent on attacking everyone in the house and a group of demonic entities capable of possessing the living.

Travel Channel premiered the eleventh season of THE DEAD FILES on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, with homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan. In every episode, DiSchiavi and Allan first investigate each case separately. Utilizing his detective skills, DiSchiavi interviews witnesses and experts, and researches the history and facts behind each location. Allan, a physical medium who sees and communicates with the dead, assesses the property to identify what underlying entities reside there. Keeping their findings hidden from each other, the team avoids all contact with one another -- coming together only at the very end to reveal their shocking discoveries to the property owners, and each other. In the season opener, "Darkness Rises," DiSchiavi and Allan investigate a frightened woman's claims that decades of paranormal activity in her Tonawanda, New York, home has now become dangerously violent. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the story of a twisted teenager who poisoned several children, while Allan's walk reveals a dark entity focused on tormenting the living.

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the twelfth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Driven to Kill," Steve and Amy travel to Toledo, Ohio, where a family faces a daily onslaught of aggressive paranormal activity. Steve uncovers a grisly string of murders committed near the property, while Amy encounters a twisted spirit intent on harming the living. After a three-month break, THE DEAD FILES returned with new episodes on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the season opener, "Puppet Master," Steve and Amy travel to Indianapolis, where a couple claims dark forces are wreaking havoc on their lives. They fear the house intends to kill them to prevent them from providing a safe and loving home to their two young granddaughters.

Season 13 of THE DEAD FILES premiered with three new episodes on Monday, January 4, 2021 on discovery+, the same day the streaming service launched. Two days earlier -- on Saturday, January 2, 2021) at 9pm ET/PT -- Travel Channel debuted "discovery+ 1st Look: The Hunted," a special sneak peek at the first episode of the new season. In the season opener, "The Hunted," Amy and Steve travel to Springfield, Ohio, where a man claims a malicious spirit is threatening to destroy his home, his health and his marriage. He fears he or his wife will end up dead if the escalating paranormal activity is not stopped.

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the fourteenth season of THE DEAD FILES. In the season opener, "Victimville," Steve and Amy visit a terrified woman in Victorville, California, who claims her home is under attack from the paranormal and believes that whatever is lurking inside killed her roommate. She fears the entity will strike again if she can't get help.
Tonight (Saturday, November 27, 2021) at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premieres "Darkness Calls," the Season 14 finale of THE DEAD FILES. Amy and Steve return to Wilmington, North Carolina, to help a distraught couple trapped in a vortex of sinister supernatural activity. The dark energy that's overtaken the home must be defeated before it steals their sanity and maybe even their lives.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Painless Entertainment