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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bigfoot in Pop Culture

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you at least know about it, and probably see it on TV all the time. In recent years, TV shows like Finding Bigfoot and Mountain Monsters have made Bigfoot somewhat cool and not just something crazy people talk about! But, as we shall see, Bigfoot goes back a long way in his television and movie appearances.

Bigfoot's TV appearances go all the way back to the 1970s, when it appeared in films like Bigfoot (1970), The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), The Mysterious Monsters and Creature From Black Lake (both 1976), and Snowbeast and Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot (both 1977), among other films, and was also on The Six Million Dollar Man. 
Bigfoot on The Six Million Dollar Man

The 1980s kicked off with Night of the Demon that year. But, out of all the Bigfoot movies of that decade, the most famous is definitely Harry and the Hendersons (1987.) That movie also inspired a TV series about Harry the Bigfoot that aired from 1991 to 1993.

In the 1990s, Bigfoot appeared in several films, including Little Bigfoot (and Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home), as well as in Disney's A Goofy Movie in 1995.

The 2000s have seen a huge number of Bigfoot films, although most of them aren't good at all. Some that actually are good, however, include Willow Creek (2013), Exists (2014), and Something in the Woods (2015.)

Since the turn of the century, Bigfoot has also been the subject of a large number of TV shows. Bigfootville (one of my personal favorites) aired in 2002. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science followed in 2003. MonsterQuest aired from 2007 to 2010, and featured many different cryptids in its run, but Bigfoot, of course, was the focus of a lot of episodes.

Bigfoot really became popular on TV with Finding Bigfoot, which first aired in 2011. Monsters and Mysteries in America also has Bigfoot creatures featured in lots of episodes. 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty aired in 2014. Mountain Monsters and Alaska Monsters (even though they are scripted) have drawn in many viewers. Specials on the History Channel and others have also featured Bigfoot, including Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide, and Bigfoot: The New Evidence.

Sadly, in the past two years, there have also been shows that have been said to be real, but which are totally fake and aren't good for a cryptozoologist's reputation at all. I'm talking about Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives and Bigfoot Captured. And that's all I've got to say about that.


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It's obvious that the public loves Bigfoot in movies and on TV, even if you don't believe in it. Movies about it are made all the time. Who knows how many more TV shows there will be about the big hairy giant.

Bigfoot most likely won't be disappearing from your TV screen anytime soon.


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