“Finding Bigfoot” Ends its Run on Animal Planet’s Monster Week

The Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot has long been a guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, they never do actually “find” Bigfoot, but they do make a lot of noise, as well as a lot of jokes, while looking for him. My interest in the show was always less about the four main cast members from the BFRO, and more about the individual stories, usually recounted at the town halls, of people’s encounters with Bigfoot. And while the show overall has its flaws, I do appreciate that they do occasionally debunk soime of the more ludicrous claims on the show. And my son loves the show, too, for that same reason, but he also loves the nighttime investigations in the woods. A nice way for him to vicariously tromp through the woods at night in search of sasquatch without leaving the safety of our basement couch. Sadly though, the show is ending this May, with its 100th episode. We all knew it was coming, but we finally have a date and time, and an episode synopsis.

Finding Bigfoot team on South Park, Matt MOneymaker, Ranae Holland, Cliff Barackman and James Bobo Fay
Finding Bigfoot, you will be missed.

Animal Planet’s “Monster Week” 2018 will kick off with the 100th and final episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Not a bad way to get things going, or to finally bid adieu to a fan-favorite TV series.

The week-long celebration will be hosted by Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Dan Schreiber and Buttons of podcast “The Cryptid Factor,” and it also includes new episodes of “River Monsters,” “Expedition Unknown,” “Deadliest Place on Earth” and “World’s Scariest Animal Attacks,” along with a slew of specials, we’re told.

We’ve got the trailer for the annual event posted above and more details below — the news and footage is all ours, not that we’re trying to be monsters about it.

“Monster Week” premieres Sunday, May 27 — that’s Memorial Day Weekend, by the way — at 8/7c with the 100th and final episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” which returns to television after more than a year-long hiatus.

The two-hour special features Bigfoot Field Research Organization president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland as they travel to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Patterson Gimlin film, which is often referred to as the holy grail of Bigfoot footage and the most famous piece of evidence ever recorded.

Cutting-edge technology brings forth all-new details of the creature captured on this film and leaves our investigators more convinced than ever about its authenticity, per Animal Plant. A farewell retrospective on the series follows.

I’m not usually one to care one way or another about these kinds of paranormal “reality” shows, but I always had a soft spot for Finding Bigfoot. The cast is likable, the local accounts are always intriguing, and the show has a nice sense of humor and doesn’t take itself too seriously (*cough* Ghost Hunters *cough*). Fitting that the last episode will revolve around the Patterson-Gimlin footage as well.

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2 comments on ““Finding Bigfoot” Ends its Run on Animal Planet’s Monster Week

  1. Aww, I agree! I honestly don’t even know what made this show so enjoyable, but…yeah. Finding Bigfoot was special.

    1. For me, the cast was likable, and they featured a lot of local stories told by regular folks. I always like hearing those stories 🙂

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