In Search Of, which ran from 1977-1982, was one of the first great TV series to cover the paranormal and related “weird” topics. Hosted by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, it was an iconic series that set the tone for the next twenty years of esoteric documentaries and pop-culture.
So what better time to bring it back than now? ‘Cause we all need a little more Bigfoot and psychic plants in our lives. And who better to host the new show than the “new” Spock…Zachary Quinto?
The History Channel is reviving In Search Of as a 10-episode docuseries, which will both star and be executive produced by Quinto. It is being described as the following:
From the mythical to the scientific, each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates a different subject within a dynamic theme – such as alien encounters, mysterious creatures, UFO sightings, time travel and artificial intelligence – and searches for the truth to some of the world’s greatest mysteries. In Search Of will explore enigmas told through the eyes of witnesses and scholars with a personal connection to the phenomenon and include immersive demonstrations and experiments that contextualize each episode’s theme.
The “take” this series will give on these topics will be interesting…we are in a weird time with this stuff in which a lot of it is being co-opted by various political interests and ideologies. Is it even possible to present a “bipartisan” show about possible “real life” aliens, bigfeet, and so on?
We will find out.