We haven't mentioned totheark yet. I hope you're not skipping those...they were at their best in season 1 as well, by season 3 they had run out of ways for those to be threatening. My favorites are Program, Operator, and Warning from season 1 and the one with the dog heart in season 2.
Best entries, I think the show peaked around #17 thru #23 in season 1.
Yes, they pretty much did just enter those abandoned places in Alabama...gotta be a lot of those down there. I always liked the rotting tower and the boiler room from the end of season 1, and they got a lot of mileage out of Alex's apartments too. The college at the end got old though and they probably went back to that park too many times too. Oh and where Brian found Tim.
Jay makes $$ off of his hotel documentaries, duhhh.