The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters

The 1984 film Ghostbusters was an instant hit with audiences (and still beloved to this day) so it was only natural that a cartoon version of the ghost-fighting team appeared on the small screen soon thereafter. Debuting the same year as the film, The Real Ghostbusters was a frightfully fun Saturday morning offering that aired for five years.

The lovable guys from the movie–Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore–returned as animated characters to kick some supernatural booty. Also present was the team’s ditzy receptionist Janine Melnitz and Slimer, the gooey phantom who had become the Ghostbusters’ unofficial mascot. Everything was recreated in the cartoon version, including the team’s headquarters and Ecto-1, their groovy emergency vehicle.

Peter, Egon, Ray and Winston hefted their proton packs every day, gathered up their ghost traps and went out into the haunted streets of New York to clean house. As in the movie, the outfit was plagued by perpetual financial problems and familiar villains like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Other baddies included Samhain, goblins, vengeful ghosts and, in one memorable episode, both vampires and werewolves.

The series was hugely popular and critically acclaimed, airing for five years on ABC and then in syndicated reruns. The Real Ghostbusters spawned a couple of spin-off series as well, Slimer! and Extreme Ghostbusters.

If you have fond memories of watching The Real Ghostbusters on the Saturday mornings of your youth, we welcome any and all of your recollections of this popular show in our comments section below.

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  1. Gina says:

    I watched this after high school days–I’d miss the first couple of minutes. I liked it better than the movies because the characters were cleaner. Often I’d snack during it, and want to spit out my snack because there was something gross. But it wasn’t gratuitous grossness, like in a lot of cartoon series to follow–it always made sense in the context of the story. I shipped on Janine and Egon and their little flirtatious moments (I was so mad when Ghostbusters II forgot their romance). I stopped watching awhile when some of the voices changed, but then steeled my ears and started watching again, finding there were still gems of episodes.

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