|Date(s):||2016 - Present|
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BuzzFeed Unsolved is a YouTube documentary series about Ryan Bergara and co-host Shane Madej investigating allegedly paranormal locations and events. The pair's banter is much of the appeal of the series. Brent Bennett used to co-host. TJ Marchbank (former 1st AD), Devon Joralman (line producer) and Mark Celestino (cameraman) all appear frequently.
The series's popularity led to the launch of the BuzzFeed Unsolved Network youtube channel in July 2018. As of August 2019 the channel has over 2.8 million subscribers.
As of August 2019, there are over 2934 works in the Buzzfeed Unsolved fandom on Archive of Our Own. The most popular relationship is Ryan Bergara/Shane Madej with over 2300 works. The second most popular additional tag is "Demon Shane Madej" with over 300 tagged works – these are works that usually follow the premise that Shane is secretly a demon, and that this is why he is generally less afraid of paranormal activity.
Crossovers with Buzzfeed: Worth It, another youtube series created by Buzzfeed which has its own fandom, are somewhat common, as those involved in the shows are coworkers who interact in other Buzzfeed videos.
Buzzfeed Unsolved as a Trope
On AO3, some fan writers in the Unsolved fandom seem to use the tag "buzzfeed unsolved au" (almost never capitalized) to label alternate universe fics. In other fandoms, buzzfeed unsolved au is a growing trope wherein two or more characters hunt ghosts and have a youtube channel; a fusion crossover, in effect. Alternatively, fusion fics focus on Shane and Ryan investigating fictional mysteries.
- low lays the devil by agonizer
- Foolish Mortal by ghostwheeze
- Believer by cellard00rs
- Sallie House by ryanmadej. This is the oldest fic in the BuzzFeed Unsolved fandom tag on AO3.