Mountain Monsters: Bring on the Hilarity

These are the guys to call when you have something strange in your part of the Appalachians!
These are the guys to call when you have something strange in your part of the Appalachians!

Mountain Monsters, without a doubt, has to be the best show Destination America has produced to date. When the show aired a few weeks ago, some of the “monsters” mentioned were too out there NOT to be intriguing:  Wolfman, Devil Dog, Wampus Beast, Grassman; how can you not want to check out the hunt for creatures like that? But, this week, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) really outdid themselves in the hills of West Virginia.

They went after the Moth Man.

Now, this show is obviously a spoof of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, with the cruising to the site in the SUV, discussing the creature at hand; scouring the woods for heat signatures; looking through everything through night vision eyes; and, at times, even having Buck do a stand-in for a creature sighting for size comparison. Are they “expert” trackers and hunters, and the show is always indicating? Well, you know, if they really believe that the perfectly symmetrical and obviously well-pressed tracks they are always finding are real, or that they can expect to hunt down ANY creature as they stomp, tromp and yell their way through the woods at night then, no, they are certainly not expert trackers and hunters.

But, they are a lot of fun.

The Moth Man episode was, hands down, the funniest television I have seen in months. I was literally in tears laughing during Buck’s red-eye hypnotism by the Moth Man, capped off by some kind of déjà vu return of symptoms when the Moth Man was in the vicinity later. You just can’t tell me that that’s not great TV!

I’ve read a lot of comments from people in various Internet locations, and there seem to be a lot of people who are taking the show a bit too seriously, angrily trying to “prove” to people enjoying the show that it’s not real. Come on, guys! Chill! We know it’s not “real,” but it’s fun!

Good TV is different for different people, I guess. For some, maybe it is serious documentaries with every “I” dotted and ever “T” crossed, something that can leave you in a somber mood and pondering the existence of the universe. And, that’s fine if that’s what you want. But, for me, especially on a relaxing Saturday night, I want some good, clean fun, and Destination America has provided it with the creation of Mountain Monsters.

Now, on to the Lizard Demon!

Mountain Monsters airs on Destination America on Saturday nights at 10/9c.

Image:  Destination America

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