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Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
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Also known as Beyond Belief
Genre Science fiction
Paranormal
Format Anthology
Created by Lynn Lehmann
Written by Marc Cushman
Thomas C. Chapman
Melody Fox
Naomi Janzen
Lynn Lehmann
Mike Scott
Robert Tralins
Robert Wolterstorff
Presented by James Brolin
Jonathan Frakes
Narrated by Don LaFontaine
Campbell Lane
Theme music composer Al Kasha
Composer(s) Al Kasha
Mark Northam
David E. Russo
Tim Simonec
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 45 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Barry Adelman
Dick Clark
Al Schwartz
Running time 43 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run May 25, 1997 (1997-05-25) – September 5, 2002 (2002-09-05)

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction is an American anthology series created by Lynn Lehmann, presented by Dick Clark Productions, and produced and aired by the Fox network from 1997 to 2002.[1] Each episode featured five stories, all of which appeared to defy logic, and some of which were allegedly based on actual events. The viewer was offered the challenge of determining which are true and which are false. At the end of the show, it was revealed to the viewer whether the tales were true or works of fiction. The majority of stories on all shows were adapted from published, and previously unpublished, original material that had been written and researched by author Robert Tralins.

The series was hosted by James Brolin in season one and later by Jonathan Frakes for the remainder of the series. The show was narrated by Don LaFontaine for the first three seasons and by Campbell Lane for the fourth and final season.

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Format

The stories told in the program all had some connection with the supernatural, ghosts, psychic phenomena, coincidences, destiny, and/or with other such unusual occurrences. Each episode, and every story within, were introduced and ended by the host with a pun, or some witticism, pertaining to the theme of the episode or story, and they always had the underlying moral that not everything that we perceive as truth and falsehood are as such, and that often it proves difficult to truly separate fact from fiction, hence the title.

The stories that proved to be fact were usually based on the first-hand research of author Robert Tralins, whereas some of those that proved to be fiction were modern-dress retellings of urban legends.

Popularity and cancellation

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction has gained a cult following; the show had often aired sporadically, sometimes going for weeks or even months between airings. There is a one-year lag between Don LaFontaine's and Campbell Lane's stint as narrator for the show; during this time, it was believed that the show had been canceled only to be brought back for another season in 2002. It was eventually cancelled after its 2002 season.

Episodes

See List of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction episodes

Syndication and DVD release

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction aired in syndication on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. It currently airs on the Chiller Network in the United States and on Zone Reality in the UK.[2] The first season was released on DVD in Region 1 areas on August 28, 2007.[3]

International airings

The show is very popular in Germany and Austria, where it is known as X-Factor: Das Unfassbare and re-broadcasts in nonstop syndication.[4] German TV channel RTL II even produced a spin-off, X-Factor: Wahre Lügen ('True Lies'), which rather addressed more logical and bizarre, but plausible cases, like a hotel for dogs or a huge treehouse. It was cancelled after three seasons.

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