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Season one
This webseries is based on a podcast of the same name, which I've never listened to. Its first season consists of six episodes, released on Oct. 13, 2017, and I watched the first episode that day. And at least one more episode in October. But there were at least a few I didn't get around to watching until 2018; I watched the final episode in April (on Easter, as it happens). Anyway... the show, like the podcast, is narrated by Aaron Mahnke (whom I don't know from anything else). When I first watched the show, I didn't really like his narration, it just sounded very odd to me. But after awhile, I got used to it, and started thinking its oddness actually works fairly well with the oddness of the show's subject matter.

Each episode has a particular subject, and Mahnke talks about various examples of that subject from various points in history, as well as the present. But between different segments within each episode, there is always one particular historical story that gets told in pieces throughout the episode. (Those main stories involve reenactments of the events being talked about, often with familiar actors.) The stories and overall themes of the show are all very creepy, so it's appropriate that it was released in October... definitely some good Halloween viewing. And the creepiest part is that it's all based on real events... which isn't to say anything truly supernatural actually occurred, even if the stories sometimes make it seem that way. It's all left rather ambiguous. But some things definitely did occur, and even if they're not supernatural, they're still deeply disturbing. And... I don't know what else to tell you. I kind of wish now that I'd kept a record of my thoughts about each episode as I watched it. But I suppose it's not really important.

Season two
Once again, the season is six episodes long. And the subject matter is still creepy, and still based on real events. But it's no longer narrated by Aaron Mahnke, and surprisingly enough, I kind of miss his narration. Also it's not split into different segments or different historical periods. Each episode is basically a single short film, a single story. And they're all fairly interesting, I guess. I suppose when I was first starting to watch season 1, I would have liked this format more. But now... I think I preferred the original format.

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