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Finding Bigfoot is returning, but you’ll have to pay to watch

The Animal Planet reality series Finding Bigfoot hasn’t aired a full season since 2017, and was officially cancelled after airing a special as its 100th episode in 2018.

The original production company, Ping Pong Productions, is returning, as are all four cast members:

  • Matt Moneymaker, president of Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO)
  • James “Bobo” Fay
  • Cliff Barackman
  • Ranae Holland

They’re returning in Finding Bigfoot: The Search Continues, which is a “two-hour special” that will premiere on Feb. 8—but not on Animal Planet.

Instead, it’ll be only on Discovery+, the new subscription streaming service. Discovery has moved some of its popular reality shows to the platform from across its cable networks, and now it’s bringing back a beloved show but only behind the paywall. Clearly, they are investing trying very hard to get people to start paying them directly, either in addition to or instead of paying for cable.

What happens during the Finding Bigfoot special

Finding Bigfoot team, season one, Animal Planet
Finding Bigfoot cast members Ranae Holland, Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, and James “Bobo” Fay. (Photo by Paul Souders/Animal Planet)

Discovery+ says that in Finding Bigfoot: The Search Continues:

“…incredible reports from areas in Ohio and West Virginia prove to be too compelling for our investigators to ignore. Among other stories in this two-hour special, the reunited Finding Bigfoot team travels to a property in southeast Ohio that has been under surveillance for five years by BFRO investigator Bea Mills. The evidence has been building after the homeowner and his family has had several mysterious encounters over the years. Advancements in technology gives the team evidence that includes clean audio of Bigfoot vocalizations; detailed footprint casts with skin ridge details; and quality pictures by advanced cameras. As the team closes in on this active hotspot, they enlist the help of some highly specialized thermal vision drone pilots to get their own Bigfoot footage. 

As legend meets advanced technology to analyze compelling Bigfoot evidence, and with new gadgetry at their disposal, will Matt, Bobo, Cliff and Ranae finally prove to the world, once and for all, that these incredible creatures really do exist?

While this Finding Bigfoot return is just a special right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the show return if this does well. It’s inexpensive to produce, and offers near-endless possibility of wandering around in the darl.

Discovery also says the team will “once and for all prove the elusive Bigfoot exists” (they won’t), and asks:

As legend meets advanced technology to analyze compelling Bigfoot evidence, and with new gadgetry at their disposal, will Matt, Bobo, Cliff and Ranae finally prove to the world, once and for all, that these incredible creatures really do exist?

No. If they had, we’d already know.

I think the Finding Bigfoot team will find and move into a Jersey Shore rental house with Bigfoot before The Curse of Oak Island brothers find anything in all those holes they’re digging—which is to say, never—but I do think the show has value and isn’t useless.

While Finding Bigfoot’s actual editing always made it seem like a tiny noise was Bigfoot tearing the flesh off a camera operator, it did give attention to the one scientist on the team, biologist Ranae Holland, and Ranae’s skepticism.

Ranae was not just skeptical, but held the team to higher standards of proof than they might have otherwise gone with—at least judging by all the ghost shows where paranormal investigators are convinced they’ve encountered a spirit because they heard some static on their nonsense machines.

And a few years ago, Ranae offered an excellent answer for why the show is valuable.

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