Ghost Whisperer is an American television drama-fantasy-thriller created by John Gray about the main character, Melinda Gordon, who lives in the fictional town of Grandview with her husband Jim and has the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
The series originally aired in the USA on CBS from 23 September, 2005 to 21 May, 2010. There are 107 hour-long episodes in five seasons. It was cancelled by CBS on 18 May, 2010.
Ghost Whisperer originally premiered in South Africa on DStv's GO channel on Wednesday 21 June 2006, at 20h00. It was moved to DStv's M-Net Action channel from Season 4, after GO was restructured to become Vuzu. It later aired on SABC2.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 3 originally aired on GO from 28 April to 1 September, 2008, on Mondays at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 3 premiered on SABC2 on Saturday 13 October 2012, at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 18 episodes in the third season, which was shortened from a full 22 episodes due to the 2007/8 WGA strike.
Melinda Gordon communicates with earthbound spirits, ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar plane of existence that we call life.
Inspired in part by the work of medium James Van Praagh and of Mary Ann Winkowski, an alleged real-life communicator with spirits, Ghost Whisperer explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the dead and the living in her sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt.
Jim, her husband, worries about the emotional toll this work is taking on his wife as they embark on a new life together.
Andrea, her friend and business partner in their antique store, is fascinated by Melinda's talent.
Melinda is somewhat reluctant to reveal her "gift" to new friend Delia Banks, a single mom who lives in Grandview, fearing the consequences of drawing her into this "unconventional" world.
For her part, Melinda accepts her unique abilities as a blessing and sometime a curse, but always helps her clients - alive or dead - find emotional closure.
Melinda's opening narration is the best way to summarise the show:
"I just got married. I just moved to a small town. I just opened an antique shop. I might be just like you. Except from the time I was a little girl I knew I could talk to the dead. Earthbound spirits my grandmother called them.
"The ones who have not crossed over because they have unfinished business with the living and they come to me for help. To tell you my story, I have to tell you theirs."
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 21 Jun 2006 | Finale: 15 Nov 2006 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 3 Apr 2010 | Finale: 28 Aug 2010 | Saturdays, 18h30
Season 2 (22 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 18 Jun 2007 | Finale: 12 Nov 2007 | Mondays, 18h30
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 3 Dec 2011 | Finale: 28 Apr 2012 | Saturdays, 18h30
Season 3 (18 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 28 Apr 2008 | Finale: 1 Sep 2008 | Mondays, 18h30
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 13 Oct 2012 | Finale: 9 Feb 2013 | Saturdays, 18h30
Season 4 (23 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 11 Aug 2009 | Finale: 12 Jan 2010 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 18 May 2013 | Finale: 30 Nov 2013 | Saturdays, 18h30
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 22 Jun 2010 | Finale: 16 Nov 2010 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 8 Mar 2014 | Finale: 2 Aug 2014 | Saturdays, 18h30