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PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 

A science team that works for the Office of Scientific Investigation and Research (O.S.I.R.) investigates the reports of supernatural phenomena.
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2000   1999   1998   1997   1996  
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Nancy Anne Sakovich Nancy Anne Sakovich ...  Lindsay Donner 88 episodes, 1996-2000
Barclay Hope ...  Peter Axon 88 episodes, 1996-2000
Colin Fox ...  Professor Anton Hendricks 88 episodes, 1996-2000
Dan Aykroyd ...  Self - Host / ... 88 episodes, 1996-2000
Soo Garay ...  Dr. Claire Davison 54 episodes, 1996-2000
Matt Frewer ...  Matt Prager 49 episodes, 1997-1999
Peter MacNeill ...  Ray Donahue 40 episodes, 1996-1999
Nigel Bennett ...  Frank Elsinger 39 episodes, 1996-1999
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A team of scientific researchers belonging to a scientific group that investigates reports of paranormal phenomena. A procedural format that follows a hand-full of characters on their assigned cases, the investigations would either be determined to have rational/explainable causes or be determined to be paranormal in-nature. Loosely inspired by a real-life organization and true-events. Written by IMDB Researcher

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Veteran Producer/Writer, Philip DeGuere was originally considered by show creators as a possible Show Runner for the series and is one of the only executives in the entertainment industry to have ever visited the O.S.I.R. headquarters. See more »

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Matt Praeger: Between doing her hair in ponytails and swooning over the Backstreet Boys, it seems my daughter's been dabbling in witchcraft. But apparently it's okay, see, because it's the good kind.
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Referenced in Witchouse II: Blood Coven (2000) See more »

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Still alive in spirit!
25 March 2001 | by PegapusSee all my reviews

Psi Factor rode a rough road in its 4 years as a series. Conceived as a series based on the purportedly real organization of the OSIR, the stories were supposedly inspired by real life incidents investigated by the organization.

In its first year, the series used a docudrama format, with two 1/2 hour stories a week. They gave the major facts of a case, and the investigators were mostly there to present the story, and not to be active participants. In a lot of ways, while it was interesting, it was not necessary compelling. In two separate episodes, however, they used a single episode format, and the stories presented offered a great more promise than the rest of the episodes that season.

In order to keep the series alive, the producers changed the format for the second season, killing off a major character in the first season finale, and introduced two new character in the first episode of second season. The new characters were Matt Praeger (Matt Frewer) and Michael Kelly (Michael Moriarty)--one, a flippant criminologist with a background in mechanical engineering, and the other, a conspiracy theorist.

Matt Praeger took over the "A" team of the OSIR: the characters who survived the cast culling from first season: Peter Axon (Barclay Hope); Lindsay Donner (Nancy Ann Sakovich); Anton Hendricks (Colin Fox) and a myriad of secondary characters: Claire Davidson (Soo Garay); Lennox Q. Cooper (Peter Blais); Ray Donahue (Peter MacNeill) and Frank Elsinger (Nigel Bennett).

While the series survived through three additional seasons, more changes were instituted, including fourth season characters going missing, the introduction in fourth season of Mia Stone (Joanne Vannicola) and more intimate storylines [with less investigating team members].

The most disturbing change for many fans was the killing off on first season character, Connor Doyle. Many fans were extremely upset at the character's demise, making him very sorely missed for the rest of the show's run. Producers tried to make up for the loss several times, but logistics prevented them from bringing back Paul Miller until near the end of fourth season, where an episode entitled "Regeneration" brought him back to bring some closure to his character's demise.

Overall, the series had some promise, and while it didn't live up to its full potential, there were some promising episodes, and characters that were interesting and full of energy.


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Canada

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English

Release Date:

10 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal See more »

Filming Locations:

Stouffville, Ontario, Canada See more »

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(88 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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