If you’re a junkie for true crime shows, you probably have heard of the show “Evil Lives Here.” If not, it may become your new favorite show.  With well over 1M views, the show features the true stories of people affected by murders, usually committed by their own family members. 

Currently, the show is comprised of 12 seasons for a total of 104 episodes, with a total run time of 42 minutes per episode, not including commercials. For previously aired episodes, you can watch now on the Investigation Discovery channel, on the Discovery+ mobile app and streaming channel, or on Amazon’s Prime Video. If you enjoy podcasts, the creators of “Evil Lives Here” have created a podcast called “Proof,” which details some of the cases on “Evil Lives Here.”

For new episodes of season 12, you can view them on Sundays on the Investigation Discovery channel at 8 p.m. CST. You can check with your current cable provider to find the availability of Investigation Discovery in your area. 

About “Evil Lives Here” on Investigation Discovery

“Evil Lives Here” is a true-crime series that recounts the dark side of true crime stories from the viewpoint of the loved ones who lived with the perpetrators. The opening cutscene features grim music with the phrase, “What if the person closest to you were a devil in disguise. Would you see the signs?” The show then moves to an introduction of the crime that occurred and then continues to develop the criminal’s backstory based on an interview with someone close to the killer. 

The subjects of the interviews range from ex-partners to neighbors to family members. While many episodes feature only one interviewee, some episodes have two interviewees who have equally horrifying accounts of their time living with a murderer. While some stories are not as well-known, the show also features big names like Peter Tobin.

For those interested in the forensics and crime specifics, the show also details the murder through re-enactments done by graphic design or through real people acting out the crime. It also features old family photographs, police interrogation, and crime scene footage, as well as crime scene photos and trial footage. 

About “Evil Lives Here: Shadows Of Death”

If you’ve found yourself rewatching old episodes of “Evil Lives Here,” you’ll be happy to know that there is now a spinoff of the original show called “Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death.” 

The show begins similarly to the original series, with grim music and the caption, “Evil casts a shadow. That shadow spreads outward for years, even decades, after a crime. It consumes everyone in its path, pulling them into darkness.” Instead of taking a look at the lives of murderers, this show takes an entirely different path. In “Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death,” this show focuses on the lives of the victims of these heinous crimes after their family has experienced their worst nightmare. 

While “Evil Lives Here” usually focuses on one interviewee throughout the whole episode, “Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death” focuses on multiple members of the family, as well as a feature interview from the law enforcement officer that investigated the murder and worked with the victim’s family. 

Currently, the show has three seasons. The first season premiered on October 29, 2020, and featured six episodes. The second season aired on June 16, 2021, and featured eight episodes. The third and most current season premiered on April 10, 2022, and featured six episodes. Currently, there have been no announcements from the producers on a possible season four. You can stream all previous episodes of “Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death” on Discovery+

How Much Do You Get Paid to Be on “Evil Lives Here”?

After watching “Evil Lives Here,” many viewers had questions regarding some of the background specifics of the show. One question viewers asked was if the interviewees featured made any money off of their stories. While many of the interviewees wanted to bring to light the way that serious criminals can slip under the radar, there is some discussion of incentives being provided to those who choose to share their story. 

While producers have scouted some interviewees based on popular true crime stories, others have applied to be featured on the show. One popular casting site recently put out an advertisement for actors to participate in the show as leads, supports, and background roles. According to the posting, pay ranged between $120 to $210 per day of filming.

While it is unclear if the main interviewees make any money from telling their stories, the show is hiring for background roles to assist in the show’s dramatic reenactments. 

Popular Episodes of “Evil Lives Here”

While the most popular episodes vary by viewer, there are certain episodes that are shocking and have the highest viewer ratings out of the series. If you’re looking for a first episode to capture your attention, here are some of the most popular episodes of the series.

  • “I Invited Him In” (season four, episode one): This episode features Jill Garrison, who finds out that her boyfriend Nathaniel White was a serial killer and was involved in the brutal murders of six women, including one of her family members. 
  • “My Twisted Sister” (season six, episode eight): This episode features Elizabeth Flores, who talks about how her protective sister, Louise, went from loving to murdering after meeting David Turpin.
  • “I Killed Dirty John” (season eight, episode one): The first 90-minute episode of the series features Debra and Terra Newell and their near-death experience with Dirty John Meehan, who they killed in self-defense. 
  • “I Didn’t Know It Was Blood” (season eight, episode two): This episode features Christina Hildreth, who cleaned up murderer Shawn Grate’s crime scene and became an accomplice without even realizing it.
  • “One of His Women” (season nine, episode one): This episode features Stacy Kuykendall, who fought against public theories that murderer Cameron Willingham was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. 

Other episodes of notable mention that include gruesome stories include, “Locked in the Closet,” “In Love With the Devil,” “Fear Thy Neighbor,” “Keeping My Brother’s Secret,” “He Was a False Prophet,” “Home Sweet Nightmare,” and “They Found Them in Storage.”

How Many Seasons and Episodes of “Evil Lives Here” Are There?

The first season originally aired on January 17, 2016, and is now on its 12th season. The pilot episode, “Something is Different About Robbie,” features the boy’s parents, Candace and Ron, discussing his deadly shooting at Westroads Mall. 

If you’re wanting to make sure you’ve seen every episode of “Evil Lives Here,” these are the current episode counts and premiere dates for each season: 

  • Season one: This season originally aired on January 17, 2016, and features six episodes. 
  • Season two: This season originally aired on January 1, 2017, and features ten episodes. 
  • Season three: This season originally aired on January 1, 2018, and features twelve episodes. 
  • Season four: This season originally aired on August 13, 2018, and features eight episodes.
  • Season five: This season originally aired on January 1, 2019, and features twelve episodes. 
  • Season six: This season originally aired on June 4, 2019, and features eight episodes.
  • Season seven: This season originally aired on January 5, 2020, and features twelve episodes. 
  • Season eight: This season originally aired on August 23, 2020, and features seven episodes. This was the first season to have special episodes, which brings this season’s total to nine full episodes.
  • Season nine: This season originally aired on February 14, 2021, and features eight episodes. 
  • Season ten: This season originally aired on July 11, 2021, and features thirteen episodes. 
  • Season eleven: This season originally aired on February 20, 2022, and features eight episodes. 
  • Season twelve: This is the newest season of the show which premiered on July 3, 2022, and has new episodes airing every Sunday. 

When Is Season 13 of “Evil Lives Here” Coming Out?

Many viewers are already looking ahead to the next season of “Evil Lives Here.” With season 12 airing on July 3, 2022, it is unclear if there will be another season after. Currently, there have been no announcements made on the Investigation Discovery website or on their social media channels. 

However, if there is a season 13 in the works, based on release dates of the previous seasons it is likely that season 13 could air in January or February of 2023 and likely feature between eight and twelve episodes. 

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