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The Real Ghostbusters
Realghostbusters title.jpg
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Format Animated Series, Mystery, Comedy
Created by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Developed by Sony Pictures Television
DiC
Starring Lorenzo Music
Maurice LaMarche
Frank Welker
Arsenio Hall
Dave Coulier
Buster Jones
Laura Summer
Kath Soucie
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 147 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Syndicated
Original run September 13, 1986 – October 22, 1991
Chronology
Followed by Extreme Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC Entertainment and Coca-Cola. "The Real" was added to the title over a dispute with Filmation and its Ghost Busters properties.[1] The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Dr. Ray Stantz, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer.

There also were two ongoing Real Ghostbusters comics, one published monthly by Now Comics in USA and the other published weekly (originally biweekly) by Marvel Comics in the United Kingdom, and a popular toy line manufactured by Kenner.

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Plot

Production

A short pilot episode was produced, but never aired in full. The full four minute promo was released on Time Life's DVD set in 2008. Scenes of the pilot can be seen in TV promos that aired prior to the beginning of the series. Among differences seen in the promo pilot, the Ghostbusters wore the beige jumpsuits they had worn in the film instead of the color coded jumpsuits they would wear in the finished series, and the character design for Peter Venkman bore more of a resemblance to actor Bill Murray than the character design seen in the finished series. When he auditioned for the voice of Egon Spengler, Maurice LaMarche, noted that while he was asked not to impersonate Harold Ramis, he did so anyway and eventually got the part.[2] LaMarche also noted that Bill Murray complained that Lorenzo Music's voice of Peter Venkman sounded more like Garfield (who was also voiced by Lorenzo Music at the time). Ernie Hudson was the only actor from the films who auditioned to play his character in the series; however, the role was given to Arsenio Hall.

At the same time The Real Ghostbusters was being created, Filmation was making a cartoon known simply as "Filmation's Ghostbusters", which was a revamp of Filmation's 1970s series The Ghost Busters. The character designs by Jim McDermott were dramatically redesigned from the way the same characters looked in the movie.

Although the "Ghostbusters" concept was tinkered with, the finalized show does feature many tie-ins from the films. The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man made numerous appearances. During the third season, Walter Peck, the Environmental Protection Agency antagonist from the original film, reappeared. The uniforms and containment unit were redesigned, and Slimer was changed from a bad ghost to a resident, events which are explained in the episode "Citizen Ghost" that flashbacks to what happened to the Ghostbusters right after the movie's events. Gozer is also mentioned repeatedly throughout the series, usually in comparison to a ghost they are currently battling.

In the second season, some of the character designs were modified. Ray's character design was slimmed down to give the character a less overweight appearance and Slimer was given a tail instead of the formerly rounded bottom. The biggest change was to the character of Janine, whose hair was completely changed from being short and spiky to long and straight. Her overall design was softened, as was her personality. Her voice was also softened with Kath Soucie taking over the voice role from Laura Summer.

At the start of the series' third season in 1988, the series was retitled to Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters. The opening was completely redone to center around Slimer. Eventually the episodes were expanded from their original half-hour format to last an hour, and the overall feel of the show was changed to be more youthful, with episodes having a lighter tone to be less frightening.[3] When Ghostbusters II was released, the character of Louis Tully was introduced to the show, with his voice provided by Rodger Bumpass, and later episodes referenced events from the film.

With the departure of writer J. Michael Straczynski, more changes were also made. Dave Coulier took over the role of voicing Peter from Lorenzo Music and Buster Jones replaced Arsenio Hall as the voice of Winston. The show was canceled in 1991, with Straczynski returned to the series to write a few of the episodes in the final season in 1990. The only voice actors to remain for the entire series were Frank Welker and Maurice LaMarche.

Cast

Broadcast

The show originally aired on ABC for its full run, except for the third season which ran on syndication at the same time as the second season ran on ABC. Later, reruns of the show appeared on the USA Network's USA Cartoon Express from September 16, 1991[4] to September 11, 1994.[5] Fox Family Channel also reran the series from August 17, 1998[6] to October 1, 1999.[7]

Reception

In January 2009, IGN named The Real Ghostbusters as the 22nd best show in the Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows.[8]

Media

In 2004 and again in 2006 Sony released bare bones episode compilations in the United Kingdom and United States respectively. The DVD release of Ghostbusters II also included two episodes of the series as bonus features, "Citizen Ghost", a story focusing on events set immediately after the first movie, and "Partners in Slime", which featured the psycho-active slime from Ghostbusters II and a brief mention of its villain Vigo the Carpathian.

On May 27, 2008, Time-Life announced they would be responsible for the complete series' release on DVD in the Fall of 2008.[9] That July they allowed fans the chance to vote between two variations of an outer box for the set[10]—one designed to look like the main characters firehouse headquarters and the other all black with different images on each side. Both featured lenticular printing, the firehouse version to show the Ecto-1 and the black version to have oozing "slime".[11] Released on November 15, 2008, the set spans 25 discs containing all 147 episodes of the series.[12]—later changed to the November 25[13]—with the Firehouse case winning the fan voting[14] which holds five steelbook volumes. The company then began releasing the individual volumes, with the first released March 31, 2009.

On June 3, 2009, The Complete First season was released in Australia on DVD. [15] and on June 15, 2009 in the U.K. [16]

Spin-offs

Slimer!

At the start of the third season in 1988, with the series renaming, it was given an hour long time slot. In addition to the regular thirty-minute Real Ghostbusters episode, a half-hour Slimer sub-series was added that included 2-3 short animated segments focusing on the character Slimer. At the end of its six season run, 147 episodes had aired, including the syndicated episodes and 13 episodes of Slimer, with multiple episodes airing out of production order.[17] The segments added several characters as friends of Slimer, including the character Professor Norman Dweeb—mad scientist accompanied by a poodle named Elizabeth who wanted to capture Slimer to experiment on him. The Professor Dweeb also made infrequent appearances in the main series. One of the ghosts from the Slimer cartoons, the Sleaze, also reappeared in The Real Ghostbusters to be captured a second time.

Extreme Ghostbusters

In 1997, a sequel cartoon entitled Extreme Ghostbusters, was created by Columbia TriStar Television and Adelaide Productions. It premiered on September 1, 1997 and ran for forty episodes until its conclusion on December 8, 1997. Set several years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, the series opened by saying the team has disbanded due to a lack of supernatural activity. Only Egon remains in the firehouse, along with Slimer, to care for the containment system and teaching classes at a local university. When supernatural events begin occurring in New York, Egon recruits four of his university students as a new team of Ghostbusters, and Janine, also one of Egon's students, returns to manage the office. The original Ghostbusters return for the season two-episode finale to celebrate Egon's 40th birthday, leading to them reluctantly working together with the younger generation to solve one last case.

Notes

  1. ^ Winston's last name was alternately spelled "Zeddemore", as in the movies, and Zeddmore.

References

  1. ^ "Interview: Lou Scheimer: A Candid Conversation with Filmation's Founder". The Trades. http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=5561. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ Ken Plume (2007-01-01). "Quick Stop Interview: Maurice LaMarche". Quick Stop Interview. http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2006/08/14/quick-stop-interview-maurice-lamarche/2/. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  3. ^ Plume, Kenneth (September 6, 2000). "Interview with J. Michael Straczynski (Part 2 of 4)". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/035/035905p1.html. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ TV Guide - September 14-20, 1991
  5. ^ Tyrone Daily Herald's TV Week - September 9-16, 1994
  6. ^ TV Guide - August 15-21, 1998
  7. ^ TV Guide - September 25-October 1, 1999
  8. ^ "IGN - 22. The Real Ghostbusters". Tv.ign.com. http://tv.ign.com/top-100-animated-tv-series/22.html. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  9. ^ Gord Lacey (2008-05-27). "Time-Life to Release Complete Series This Fall!". The Real Ghostbusters. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real-Ghostbusters-Time-Life-Complete-Series/9711. 
  10. ^ "Vote for the Complete Series Artwork". The Real Ghostbusters. TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-07-21. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real-Ghostbusters-Artwork-Voting/10110. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Help Select the Box Art". The Real Ghostbusters. TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-07-21. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/rgb/index.cfm. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  12. ^ "Formal press release for The Real Ghostbusters — The Complete Series". The Real Ghostbusters. TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-07-25. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real-Ghostbusters-The-Complete-Series/10151. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  13. ^ Lambert, David (2008-11-10). "Small Date Change for Time Life's Complete Series Set is Made Up by FedEx Shipping". The Real Ghostbusters news. TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real-Ghostbusters-Complete-Series-Date-Change/10845. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  14. ^ Ghostbusters-Package-Details/10296 "Winner of the Cover Art Voting". The Real Ghostbusters. TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2008-08-11. http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real- Ghostbusters-Package-Details/10296. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  15. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/801584
  16. ^ http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&sku=991540
  17. ^ The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection, notes from: Booklet. Direct Holdings Americas, CPT Holdings, Fairfax, Virginia:80083-Z, (2008).

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The Real Ghostbusters is a cartoon series based on the hit 1984 movie Ghostbusters which ran from 1986 until 1991 and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television and DiC Entertainment.

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Quotes

Take Two

Man: I'd like to welcome you to the studio.
Ray: Wow! This is really fantastic! It looks just like the real thing!
Man: That's why we wanted you here to advise us, make sure we're doing it right. After all, this is your life story.
Peter: No problem. As long as you got the right people to play us. Admit it, Redford was dying to play me, right?
Man: Not exactly. Here's the cast list.
Winston: Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis? What's that - a law firm?


Janine: (said in 5 seconds) Ghostbusters. No, they're not here. That's right. They all went to California to make a movie and I can't come with them so I can answer your crummy call.


Peter: (about Bill Murray) He doesn't look a thing like me.

Knock Knock

Peter Venkman: (backing away from a pink-haired, skull-faced ghost) Say, now when was the last time you saw your dentist, hm?


Peter Venkman: (After narrowly saving the world) That was great. Can we do it again?
Doomsday Door: Do Not Open Until Doomsday!
Peter Venkman: It was just an idea.


[Referring to the writing on a stone tablet]
Egon: It's Sumerian.
Winston: Can you read Sumerian?
Egon: In my sleep. Underwater with the lights off. Of course I can read Sumerian.

Look Homeward Ray

Egon Spengler: I have a plan.
Peter Venkman: No electric shock, Egon.
Egon Spengler: ...I have another plan.

The Hole In The Wall Gang

Charles Von Limberger: (after the accidental destruction of his home to stop a large ghost) That does it! I'm tired of hiring cheap labor! Next time, let's call the real Ghostbusters.
Madam Von Limberger: But...I thought those were the real Ghostbusters!


Ray: [Falsetto voice] I think I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
Peter: Ray's fine now.

The Boogieman Cometh

Egon: We've gotta go after it.
Winston: No, we don't. Show me where it says that.


Ray Stantz: I want a glass of water.
Peter Venkman: (gives him glass) Here. Now get to sleep. (Ray drinks it) (nearly closing the door)
Ray Stantz: Oh, Peter.
Peter Venkman: What?
Ray Stantz: Tell me a story.
[Peter growls] Winston Zeddemore: He's just getting into the role.
Peter Venkman: He's gonna be in a body cast if he keeps this up. (to Ray) (opens door) Once upon a time, there were four Ghostbusters who had a job to do but they couldn't do it because one of em couldn't go to sleep! The end! [Slams door]


(The Boogieman is advancing on the unarmed Ghostbusters)
Egon Spengler: I'll hold him off!
Peter Venkman: Yeah? You and what Starfleet?

Citizen Ghost

Egon Spengler: Transtator?
Peter Venkman: Check.
Egon Spengler: Field Generator?
Peter Venkman: Check.
Egon Spengler: Ionization Decaymeter?
Peter Venkman: Check.
Egon Spengler: Plasmatic Refractor? Anti Ecto Plasm Destruct Mechanism? Bypolar Adjuster?
Peter Venkman: Check, check and (yawns) check.
Egon Spengler: Transwarp Drive?
Peter Venkman: Check.
Egon Spengler: Ah-ha! Caught you. We don't have a Transwarp Drive.
Peter Venkman: If we don't have one, then it can't malfunction. If it's not malfunctioning, then nothing's wrong. And if nothing's wrong, then it checks, right?
Egon Spengler: I'm not going to talk to you again for at least a week. It's not good for me.
Peter Venkman: Hey, don't make fun. This is how I got through college.


Winston Zeddemore: Man, this job was a lot easier when these things didn't shoot back!

Partners In Slime

Peter: Rub-a-dub-dub you big, slimey tub! I got an offer you can't refuse!

Adventures In Slime And Space

Peter Venkman: This is not fun! I've had fun, this isn't it!! [screams after slipping on some slime]

Ragnarok and Roll

[A PKE meter explodes after scanning a letter]
Ray: Do you know what kind of power he must have been in contact with for a single sheet of exposed paper to do that?
Winston: Uhhh...do I want to?
Ray: Only if you want nightmares for the rest of your life!
Winston: I'll pass.

Ray Stantz: That thing hurt Ecto-1!
Peter Venkman: The world's being destroyed and he worries about Ecto-1. We should really speak to him later about his priorities.
Winston Zeddemore: If there is a later.
Peter Venkman: Y'know, you're really no fun anymore.

Peter Venkman: You've got an idea don't you, you kidder you. A way we can take this guy out. C'mon, fill us in.
Egon Spengler: There's only one way. We'll have to set our proton packs on simultaneous overload.
Ray Stantz: Oh great, Egon. We do that and it'll take Jeremy out all right. And the building. There'll be a blast crater half a mile wide!
Winston Zeddmore: And since we'll have to keep hold of 'em until they blow, to make sure they aren't turned off...oh man.
Egon Spengler: We take out everything within a quarter mile, ourselves with it, and hope it's enough to destroy him too before he can destroy the rest of the world.
Peter Venkman: It's a great plan! Count me in.

Bustman's Holiday

Scotsman: Excuse me, but would ye be Mister Raymond Stantz?
Egon Spengler: No. Not by choice.

Janine's Genie

Winston Zeddemore: Relax, folks, we're just browsing.
Ray Stantz: Yeah, anybody seen a ghost?
Passengers: GHOST???
Peter Venkman: Silver tongue strikes again.

Don't Forget The Motor City

(The Ghostbusters watch as the gremlins try to damage the car built as a lure, their efforts frustrated when it changes before they can even scratch it.)

Winston Zeddemore: I don't believe it, the thing just keeps getting uglier!
Egon Spengler: Nobody said that science was pretty, Winston.

Revenge of Murray the Mantis

Peter Venkman: (trying to demonstrate how big a threat Murray the Mantis is) It means that, if Darth Vader were willing to loan us the Death Star, we might have a chance. Might.
Winston Zeddemore: Then that means...the "big guy."

Winston: Is it over?
Peter: No, I think I'm still alive.

Troll Bridge

(Egon and Peter have spotted the missing troll on a fruit delivery van in the Holland Tunnel, and as they are running after it, Peter is lagging behind)

Peter Venkman: Come back here, nice troll!
Egon Spengler: I gotta say this, Peter, you really should get into better shape!
Peter Venkman: And I gotta say this, Egon, I never liked you, or your family, or your dog!


(Peter and Egon take the Ecto-1 to the Holland Tunnel to find the missing troll, while Ray and Winston set off on foot to Times Square)

Ray: Remember there could always be giant ants, like in Santa Clara in 1950!
[Egon backs the car up and Peter rolls down the window]
Peter: Not funny.

The Devil To Pay

(After a deal with Dib Devlin)
Winston Zeddemore: I have sold my soul to the devil. I have sold my soul to the devil. I have sold my soul to the devil.
Ray Stantz: Actually, Winston, Dib is a minor demon, not the devil per se.
Winston Zeddemore: Thank you, Ray. I have sold my soul to a minor demon. I have sold my soul to a minor demon.

Transylvanian Homesick Blues

Peter: It's times like this that I wish I'd listened to what my dad used to tell me.
Winston: Yeah? What was that?
Peter: I don't know. I never listened.

The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic

Peter: (Having a conversation with himself) 'So, Peter, did you have a nice day?' Oh, yeah. I argued with a hat and coat rack. 'Oh, really?' Yeah.


Peter: Seven years of college and I can never remember if it's positive to negative or positive to positive.


Egon: Maybe the noise was physical in origin. Squirrels on the roof, perhaps.
[A huge pounding sound starts to shake the whole house]
Peter: Squirrels, Egon?
Egon: Okay, fat squirrels, playing basketball. Satisfied?


Peter: How come whenever we go into these situations, we never find anything cute? It's always big and mean with lots of teeth.
Ray: I agree. We're definitely falling into a rut.

Scaring of the Green

Egon: You know, we're all descendants from fish. It would be no trouble at all to flip back in time, find the fish you descended from, and stuff it into a Cuisinart.

Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster

Peter: This is almost as much fun as catching bowling balls with my teeth.
Janine: Hey, what're you guys doing in that mirror? Is Lewis Carroll in there with you?

Who You Calling Two Dimensional?

Egon: Peter, do you know how to set your proton pack on explosive overload?
Peter: No.
Egon: I do.

Victor the Happy Ghost

[The Ghostbusters respond to a false alarm] Peter: We should have charged her for the call.
Winston: Come on, Peter. She was someone's grandmother.
Peter: As long as she wasn't mine.

Egon's Dragon

Egon: Do you talk about the loons and the scoundrels in your family tree?
Peter: If I didn't, I wouldn't have anybody to talk about.

The Cabinet of Calimari

Egon: Notice the vacant stare, the completely mindless look. That could only mean one thing.
Winston: She's from California?
Egon: No. She's been hypnotized.

The Collect Call of Cthulhu

[Referring to the Necronomicon] Ray: I bet the copyright page alone has a PKE valence of 9.9!


Winston: Cthulhu... I've heard of him. He's bad news, right?
Egon: He makes Gozer look like Little Mary Sunshine.


[About Cthulhu]
Peter: Anything that looks like Godzilla wearing an octopus hat shouldn't be hard to find.

A Fright at the Opera

[Egon takes Peter to the opera]
Peter: The Met? I thought you said the Mets.

Ghostbuster of the Year

Ray: Anybody having any luck?
Peter: That depends. You mean, like, good luck?

Last Train to Oblivion

Peter: I've always loved trains, ever since I was a little boy. I used to dream about driving a big locomotive. I studied engineering in college for two years before I found out it didn't have anything to do with trains.

Mister Sandman, Dream me a Dream

[Egon wakes up from his dream]
Egon: It's E=MC2. Listen to me. It's E=MC...
The street crowd watches Egon for a few moments before going on with their own business
Egon: Never mind, just never mind... it would take far too long to explain anyway.


Peter: No way! I'm not going anywhere until I've had my breakfast.


[Translating Peter's grunts after he has just woken up]
Egon: Sounded like "coffee". Possibly "cookie".
[Peter grunts again]
Ray: Translation, Egon?
Egon: Get out of my face or eat flaming terror.

Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood

Ray: Mrs. Roger's dress is WHAT?
Egon: No, Ray. Mrs. Rogers is WHAT.

When Halloween was Forever

Ray: Only one chance. I just hope we've bought Egon enough time. SLIMER! PIZZA!

Ghosts 'R' Us

Peter: Don't fear... Dr. Venkman and his STAFF are here!

Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral


Peter: What happens if we cross the streams?
Egon: All of out molecules go on separate vacations.

All the ghosts: Aces and Eights. Dead man's hand.
Virgil Earp Ghost: What have you got, stranger?
Peter: Uh, four aces?
Ghost 1: That's a lot of aces.
Ghost 2: You know what this means?
Peter: We're using a canasta deck?
Ghost 2: Someone at this table is a cheat.
[Peter dives out the doors]
Peter: Good thing I didn't show them that fifth ace.

Ghost 2: Dance.
Peter: Only if I can lead.

Station Identification

[The Ghostbusters are following a large power cord down a hallway]
Peter: Just what do you expect to find at the end of the cord, Egon?
Egon: My first guess would be a terminus of such unimaginable densely packed evil energy that it could fry a psychic researcher without blinking.
Peter: What's your second guess?

Night Game

[The Ghostbusters are watching a baseball game between good and evil spirits where the Evil team has blatantly cheated]
Peter: But I just want to point out, seeing as you're new to this game and all, that Evil just cheated.
Ray: Full tilt, flat out, no doubt about it!
Egon: Doesn't that call for a forfeiture of the game?
Umpire: You mean declare Evil the losers for cheating?
Peter: That about sums it up, yeah.
Umpire: But Evil cheats. That's its nature. It does whatever unscrupulous or immoral thing it has to in order to win. That's why we call them Evil. Only Good is not allowed to cheat. If Good adopts the ways of Evil, then it becomes Evil. So if Good cheats, Evil automatically wins. Got it? PLAY BALL!
Ray: I wonder if Good is allowed to steal bases.
Peter: Maybe Good just borrows 'em, Ray.

The Haunting of Heck House

Peter: I've come here to chew bubblegum and kick ecto-plasm, and I'm all out of bubblegum!

Taglines

  • They're here to save the world again!
  • We're Back!

Simple English

The Real Ghostbusters
Format Animated Series, Mystery, Comedy
Created by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Developed by Sony Pictures Television
DiC
Starring Lorenzo Music
Maurice LaMarche
Frank Welker
Arsenio Hall
Dave Coulier
Buster Jones
Laura Summer
Kath Soucie
Country of origin
No. of episodes 147 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Syndicated
Original run September 13, 1986 – October 22, 1991
Chronology
Followed by Extreme Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television (now Sony Pictures Television), DiC Entertainment and Coca-Cola. "The Real" was added to the title over a dispute with Filmation and its Ghost Busters properties. The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Dr. Ray Stantz, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer.

Contents

Cast

  • Peter Venkman - Lorenzo Music (seasons 1-2), Dave Coulier (seasons 3-7)
  • Egon Spengler - Maurice LaMarche
  • Ray Stantz, Slimer - Frank Welker
  • Winston Zeddemore - Arsenio Hall (seasons 1-3), Buster Jones (seasons 4-7) Winston's last name was alternately spelled "Zeddemore", as in the movies, and Zeddmore.
  • Janine Melnitz - Laura Summer (seasons 1-2), Kath Soucie (seasons 3-7)
  • Louis Tully - Rodger Bumpass (seasons 5-6)

Broadcast

The show originally aired on ABC for its full run, except for the third season which ran on syndication at the same time as the second season ran on ABC. Later, reruns of the show appeared on USA Network, Fox Family before moving to Nickelodeon from 1996 to 1999 and on Cartoon Network in 2002. Teletoon aired episodes of the series in the month of October beginning in 1998, but has not done so in recent years.

Spin-offs

Slimer!

At the start of the third season in 1988, with the series renaming, it was given an hour long time slot. In addition to the regular thirty-minute Real Ghostbusters episode, a half-hour Slimer sub-series was added that included 2-3 short animated segments focusing on the character Slimer. At the end of its six season run, 147 episodes had aired, including the syndicated episodes and 13 episodes of Slimer, with multiple episodes airing out of production order.[1] The segments added several characters as friends of Slimer, including the character Professor Norman Dweeb—mad scientist accompanied by a poodle named Elizabeth who wanted to capture Slimer to experiment on him. The Professor Dweeb also made infrequent appearances in the main series. One of the ghosts from the Slimer cartoons, the Sleaze, also reappeared in The Real Ghostbusters to be captured a second time.

Extreme Ghostbusters

In 1997, a sequel cartoon entitled Extreme Ghostbusters, was created by Columbia TriStar Television and Adelaide Productions. It premiered on September 1, 1997 and ran for forty episodes until its conclusion on December 8, 1997. Set several years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, the series opened by saying the team has disbanded due to a lack of supernatural activity. Only Egon remains in the firehouse, along with Slimer, to care for the containment system and teaching classes at a local university. When supernatural events begin occurring in New York, Egon recruits four of his university students as a new team of Ghostbusters, and Janine, also one of Egon's students, returns to manage the office. The original Ghostbusters return for the series two-episode finale to celebrate Egon's 40th birthday, leading to them reluctantly working together with the younger generation to solve one last case.

References

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