The Real Ghostbusters

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  • TV-Y7
  • 1986
  • 10 Seasons
  • 7.6  (10,842)

The Real Ghostbusters is a classic animated television series that aired on ABC from 1986 to 1991. The show followed the adventures of a team of paranormal investigators as they traversed the city of New York and battled ghostly apparitions, poltergeists, and other supernatural entities.

At the heart of the show were the four titular characters who made up the team of ghostbusters: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore. Voiced by Dave Coulier, Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, and Arsenio Hall respectively, each of the characters had distinct personalities and quirks that made them stand out.

Peter Venkman was the wise-cracking, fast-talking leader of the group. Ray Stantz was the more laid-back, easy-going member who was always excited to discover a new ghost. Egon Spengler was the nerdy, science-minded member who was always coming up with new gadgets and inventions to help them in their ghostbusting efforts. Winston Zeddemore was the down-to-earth, no-nonsense member who provided a more grounded perspective to the group.

Together, the Ghostbusters tackled a wide variety of supernatural foes. Some of the most memorable included the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, a giant monster made entirely out of marshmallows; Slimer, a mischievous ghost with a voracious appetite; and the Boogeyman, a terrifying creature that haunted children's dreams.

One of the things that set The Real Ghostbusters apart from other animated shows of its time was its attention to detail and commitment to scientific accuracy. The show often incorporated real-world scientific principles and theories into its stories and featured gadgets and inventions that were based on actual science.

Another standout aspect of the show was its humor. The Real Ghostbusters was full of witty one-liners, puns, and comedic moments that made it entertaining for both kids and adults. The voice actors, in particular, brought a lot of comedic talent to the show. Maurice LaMarche, in particular, was known for his spot-on impression of actor Vincent Price, which he often used to great effect in the show.

Despite its comedic elements, The Real Ghostbusters had its fair share of scary moments as well. Some of the ghosts and supernatural beings that the team faced were genuinely creepy and unsettling. This gave the show a nice balance of humor and horror that helped make it a classic of the genre.

The animation in The Real Ghostbusters was also top-notch. The show was produced by DIC Entertainment, a company known for its high-quality animation. The character designs were distinctive and memorable, and the action sequences were fast-paced and exciting.

In addition to the four main characters, The Real Ghostbusters also featured a number of recurring characters and villains. Some of these included Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters' secretary; Louis Tully, a hapless accountant who becomes possessed by a demon; and Gozer, a powerful deity from another dimension who serves as the main villain in the show's first season.

Overall, The Real Ghostbusters was a beloved animated series that captivated audiences both young and old. With its engaging characters, clever writing, and high-quality animation, it continues to be remembered as one of the best cartoon shows of the 1980s and 1990s.

The Real Ghostbusters is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (116 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1986.

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The Magnificent Five
10. The Magnificent Five
December 22, 1990
The Ghostbusters have a ghostly showdown with Black Bart in a Texan town.
Stay Tooned
9. Stay Tooned
December 1, 1990
Ray and Slimer try to fix the tv so they can continue watching The Sammy K. Ferret Show, but a freak accident occurs and brings the title character into the real world. The Ghostbusters have to deal with them as Sammy's cartoon antics become all too real and dangerous.
Busters in Toyland
8. Busters in Toyland
December 15, 1990
The firehouse is the scene for a birthday party for Louis' nephew, Lawrence. Louis wants to get him a good gift, but he inadvertently buys three toys possessed by ghosts. They take Lawrence to Toyland and the Ghostbusters have to rescue him.
The Slob
7. The Slob
November 3, 1990
After once again failing to capture Slimer, Professor Dweeb reaches an agreement with a ghost known as the Glob. The Glob will catch Slimer for Professor Dweeb and Dweeb will set the captured Sleaze free.
Afterlife in Fast Lane
6. Afterlife in Fast Lane
November 17, 1990
The Ghostbusters and Slimer compete with each other in a race to win money for a charity. Unfortunately, a ghost gamesmaster tricks them into entering the Netherworld during the race and getting out won't be easy.
The Halloween Door
5. The Halloween Door
January 1, 1987
The Ghostbusters are confronted by Crowley and his group, who want their help in ending Halloween. The guys turn him down, but one of their PKE meters is stolen and used by Crowley to accomplish his goal. Unfortunately, all he does is break a seal, opening our world to numerous ghosts - including the huge, rampaging Boogaloo - and giving the Ghostbusters a lot to handle on Halloween night.
Mean Green Teen Machine
4. Mean Green Teen Machine
October 6, 1990
The Ghostbusters take a turn for the worse when they're invaded by a trio of ghosts who like to surf and eat pizza. The situation is worse because the ghosts invade their dreams in order to trap them forever.
Janine, You've Changed
3. Janine, You've Changed
September 8, 1990
Looking through a photo album causes the Ghostbusters and Slimer to realize Janine has gone through numerous changes over the years. Some investigating shows that a supernatural force disguised as a fairy godmother is the cause of it.
Live: From Al Capone's Tomb
2. Live: From Al Capone's Tomb
October 28, 1989
The Ghostbusters are on live tv at the tomb of Al Capone where his ghost is supposed to appear at midnight. Something does happen and the guys get transported to the other side, getting involved with Al Capone and supernatural criminals.
You can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks
1. You can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks
September 15, 1990
A cabinet sends the Ghostbusters to another dimension and encounter a demon interested in learning magic tricks. After years of meeting only magicians assistants and white doves, the demon chooses Ray as his new teacher.
Where to Watch The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Real Ghostbusters on demand at Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (10,842)