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Destination Truth

Destination Truth is a weekly SciFi Original Series that premiered on June 6 2007. The series follows paranormal researcher Joshua Gates around the world to investigate claims of the supernatural, mainly in the field of cryptozoology. The show is produced by Mandt Bros. Productions. In the United Kingdom the series is known as The Monster Hunter and is shown on Virgin 1.

Episode format

Each episode is about 45 minutes long, (excluding commercials), and usually features two investigations into the reports of cryptids — bizarre, paranormal creatures that are said to exist only in myth and superstition. Gates leads a group of fellow investigators and cameramen in his treks to various locations around the world where he begins his investigation by interviewing witnesses, reviewing any evidence, and researching local history. Later, Gates and his team go into the field in an attempt to capture first-hand evidence of the existence of these legendary creatures. Any evidence gathered is then sent to experts, generally in the United States, for further analysis.

Cast and crew

  • Joshua Gates - lead investigator
  • Brad Kuhlman - producer, investigator
  • Eric Wing - camera operator, producer, casting director
  • Nick Scown - producer, editor
  • Ron Carlson - producer
  • Araceli Haldeman - assistant producer
  • Casey Brumels - camera operator, co-executive producer
  • Erica "Shush" Shusha - camera operator
  • Michael "Ponch" St. Hilaire - audio technician
  • Vlad Garcia - audio technician
  • Rich Velazquez - audio technician
  • Naomi Grossman - production assistant
  • Drew Adams - production assistant
  • Erin Ryder - producer, researcher
  • Star Seifert - producer, researcher
  • Ian Shorr - producer, researcher
  • Jed Udall - camera operator
  • Rey Delgado - medic
  • Jarrod Tomassi - medic
  • Neil Mandt - creator, camera operator, executive producer
  • Michael Mandt - creator, executive producer


After disappointing ratings for Psychic at Large and Sci Fi Investigates, critical reviews of Destination Truth have been positive, gaining a 7.9 out of 10 on Pat Dunn of has called the show "a refreshing change" and "the right show to follow [Sci Fi's] hit paranormal investigation program Ghost Hunters where he credits Josh Gates' witty, adventurous attitude. The Hollywood Reporter says "...don't watch this series...thinking you'll see the solution to a riddle of the universe. Watch it because Gates has a great sense of humor, never takes himself too seriously...


Season one

Ep# First Aired Location Creature Investigation Details
101 June 6,2007 Papua New Guinea Ri Josh hunts for a mermaid-like sea creature called Ri.
Iguanodon Josh searches for a dinosaur-like beast that lurks the jungles near the village of Tinganavudu.
102 June 13, 2007 Thailand Thailand Ghosts Josh and a team of paranormal investigators go to Khon Kaen province to hunt ghosts reported by villagers.
Phaya Naga Josh looks for a naga-like serpent lurking in the Mekong River near the Laos border.
103 June 20, 2007 Papua New Guinea Ropen Josh looks for a nocturnal, Pterodactyl-like creature called the Ropen that lurks the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
Chile Chupacabra Josh investigates the legendary Chupacabra, a blood-sucking creature with glowing red eyes.
104 June 27, 2007 Malaysia Bigfoot Josh goes to Malaysia's Endau Rompin National Park to look into Bigfoot reports.
Argentina Nahuelito Josh searches for a lake monster reminiscent of Nessy supposedly lurking in Nahuel Huapi Lake.
105 July 11, 2007 South Africa Mamlambo Josh and team investigate the banks of the Mzintlava River where a horse-headed fish creature reportedly lurks.
Lesotho Tokoloshe Josh and team go in search of the Tokoloshe, an ape-like being with enormous eyes said to appear and vanish like a ghost.
106 July 18, 2007 Argentina El Lobizon Josh searches for a werewolf, which is of such a concern that the Argentinian president supposedly baptizes the seventh son born in a family to purge the curse.
El Pombero Josh checks out reports of a dwarf-like creature called El Pombero which is said to impregnate women with a single touch on the belly.

Season two

Season two is currently airing and the information below is subject to change.

Ep# First Aired Location Creature Investigation Details
201 March 5, 2008 Nepal Yeti Josh and team head to Mount Everest in search of the Bigfoot-like creature known as the Yeti.
202 March 12, 2008 Tanzania Pemba Island Haunting Josh and team go to the African island of Pemba which is reportedly haunted by the tortured spirits of slaves.
Mongolia Death Worm Josh goes to the Gobi Desert to hunt the Mongolian Death Worm, a creature, long, that reportedly secretes acid and shoots electricity.
203 March 19, 2008 Cambodia Wild Man Josh goes to Cambodia in search of ape-like wild man that supposedly held a local village girl captive for several years.
Zambia Mokele-Mbembe Josh goes to Zambia to hunt down a sauropod dinosaur said to be living in the swamps around Lake Bangweulu.
204 March 26, 2008 Vietnam Tarasque Josh goes to Vietnam's Halong Bay in search of the Tarasque, a sea serpent described to be 30 meters long.
Tanzania Popobawa The team goes to the African island of Zanzibar in search of the Popobawa, a bat-like creature rumored to attack people at night.
205 April 2, 2008 Brazil Mapinguary Josh goes into the Amazon Rainforest in search of the Mapinguary, a giant ground sloth-like creature that is depicted as having a single eye, a mouth located on its stomach, and emitting a foul odor.
Zambia Kongomato Josh goes to Zambia in search of the Kongomato, a Pterodactyl-like creature that reportedly attacks people at night in their homes.
206 April 9, 2008 Brazil Giant Anaconda Josh and team spend two nights along the Amazon River in search of giant anacondas, reportedly or more in length, and powerful enough to kill an ox.
207 September 3, 2008 Australia Yowie Josh and team explore the Blue Mountains region near Sydney, Australia to find evidence of a Bigfoot-like creature called the Yowie.
Malaysia Haunted Mosque Josh and team camp out at an allegedly haunted mosque deep in Malaysia to find evidence of paranormal activity.
208 September 10, 2008 Indonesia Orang Pendek Josh and team search for an elusive three foot tall, broad-shouldered, bipedal, primate lurking somewhere on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Iceland Lagarfljót Worm Josh and team search for a monstrous worm supposedly lurking in Iceland's Lake Lagarfljót.
209 September 17, 2008 Indonesia Haunted Cave The team goes ghost hunting in a supposedly haunted cave that local Indonesian villagers are afraid to enter.
Australia Burrunjor Josh and team go in search of what local aborigines and cattle ranchers claim is a carnivorous bipedal lizard, 25 feet (7.62m) long that stalks the Australian outback.
210 September 24, 2008 Indonesia Ahool Josh and team explore the Indonesian island of Java in search of a giant bat reportedly with a 12-foot wingspan.
Phillipines Pintatubo Josh and team enter the rain forests of the Phillipines, risking capture by armed rebels and exposure to mercury-contaminated water to find a strange river creature.
211 October 1, 2008 Phillipines Aswang Josh and team go on the hunt for the mythical Aswangs – devilish ghouls that are said to haunt an old tree, take the form of various animals, and attack those who enter a nearby church.
Japan Haunted Forest Josh treks into the creepy Aokigahara forest of Japan, located at the base of Mt. Fuji, where countless people have gone to commit suicide.
212 October 8, 2008 Japan Issie Josh goes in search of Japan's version of the Loch Ness Monster which is called Issie and supposedly lurks in Kyūshū Island's Lake Ikeda.
Iceland Icelandic Elves Josh goes to Iceland in search of rock dwelling little people, first appearing in Viking legends and still believed to exist today where even roads are diverted around rocks and forests believed to be their homes.
213 October 15, 2008 The Gambia Nikki Nanka & Kikiyoun A simultaneous investigation in Africa where Josh and team go on the hunt for two mythical creatures at once – the Nikki Nanka - a giant pre-historic lizard said to leave behind half-eaten cattle, and the Kikiyoun - a mysterious owl-headed humanoid.

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