The Real Ghost Busters (1986–1991)

TV Series  -   -  Animation | Action | Comedy
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 4,000 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 21 critic

The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 25 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 21 Mar 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 16 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Real Ghost Busters (1986–1991)

The Real Ghost Busters (1986–1991) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Real Ghost Busters.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986  
3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ghostbusters (1986–1987)
Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A squad of supernatural investigators are Earth's only defense against an evil ghost wizard and his minions.

Stars: Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen, Lou Scheimer
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters' franchise hasn't seen a lot of business lately. That is until they receive a call from a local college about some strange sightings.

Director: Scott Silver
Stars: Scott Silver, Weston Roberts, Jonathan Rudy
Short | Comedy | Family

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters get a call to a small town when it's historical landmark, a century old church known widely as "Legion's Cathedral", experiences a paranormal disturbance. As they... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Rudy
Stars: Sue Rowe, Jonathan Rudy, Chanise McClure
BraveStarr (1987–1989)
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American cowboy and his superpowered sidekick are assigned to protect the planet of New Texas from invading robots.

Stars: Pat Fraley, Erika Scheimer, Susan Blu
Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker
Muppet Babies (1984–1991)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Muppets, as babies, have adventures with their imaginations inside their nursery.

Stars: Greg Berg, Katie Leigh, Laurie O'Brien
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary
Fantasy | Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of reclusive humanoid bears and a few trusted humans explore their lost heritage and prevent their enemies from exploiting it.

Stars: June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music
Darkwing Duck (1991–1995)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A bumbling superhero battles crime with the help of his daughter and pilot sidekick.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh
Extreme Ghostbusters (TV Series 1997)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follow-up series that expands on the Ghostbuster empire by recruiting new characters.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Pat Musick
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Episodes feature the Ghostbusters as well as their secretary Janine. But the main star of this show is their pet ghost Slimer, who's joined by some new friends and some new enemies.

Stars: Frank Welker, Jeff Altman, Dave Coulier
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two guys and their pet gorilla hunt spooks.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Bob Burns
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Dr. Raymond Stantz / ... (140 episodes, 1986-1991)
...
 Dr. Egon Spengler / ... (140 episodes, 1986-1991)
...
 Winston Zeddemore / ... (91 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lorenzo Music ...
 Dr. Peter Venkman / ... (78 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Janine Melnitz / ... (78 episodes, 1986-1987)
...
 Dr. Peter Venkman / ... (62 episodes, 1987-1991)
...
 Janine Melnitz / ... (62 episodes, 1987-1991)
Buster Jones ...
 Winston Zeddemore / ... (49 episodes, 1988-1991)
Edit

Storyline

Animated cartoon series that followed the hit movie. Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore, Egon Spengler, and Ray Stantz are still hunting ghosts, but now with the friendly assistance of Slimer, who is no longer out to slime the good guys. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

We're Back! See more »


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Real Ghostbusters  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(140 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The popularity of the "Green Ghost" character from the first Ghostbusters film (and the memorable scene in which he slimes Bill Murray) was such that the producers of the cartoon series decided to include him in the cast and gave him the name, "Slimer". In turn, the popularity of Slimer was such that he was included in the film sequel "Ghostbusters II (1989)". See more »

Goofs

Though the series takes place in 1980s New York City, the traffic lights in some episodes only have red and green light - no amber See more »

Quotes

Egon Spengler: Notice the vacant stare, the completely mindless look. That could only mean one thing.
Winston Zeddemore (I): She's from California?
Egon Spengler: No. She's been hypnotized.
See more »


Soundtracks

The Boogieman
Performed by Tahiti - Tyren Perry & Tonya Townsend
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Good but best approached with an open mind (No spoilers)
14 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Despite its troubled development history, this show does have a lot of redeeming features. Lower your expectations and this series is good. Living up to the impression created by the Ghostbuster movie may have been a tall order for a cartoon and could not really be plausible on technical grounds even if some would like to entertain a flawed perspective that this series was better than the movie simply due to quantity of content thrown at you. The series was however, explicitly treated as a continuation of the movie rather than a spin-off. The second movie however, pretty much ignored every single event or progression that happened in this series.

But you cannot help but compare this series to the movie which started it all. RGB almost completely lacks the primary strengths of the movie ie Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Admittedly, trying to make animated equivalents of the mentioned would have been an impossible task. What you get are a downgraded and very different bunch of characters for the show, more tuned towards catering to younger audiences instead of adult audiences that the movie was intended for. Their personalities considerably changed towards the more negative towards the end of the show.

Somehow or the other, they've managed to close most of the gaps between the animated Egon and Harold Ramis as well as the animated Janine and Annie Potts, and they are one of the primary reasons to watch this show. However, the other three characters are nothing like what you saw in the movies and have been severely dumbed down for the kiddies. Sadly, the character of Stantz suffers most from this change. Winston is no longer God fearing and curious, Stantz is one dimensional, performing the occasional technical tasks and Venkman is a wise crack spewing flirt with not a fraction of Bill Murray's charm or lechery. Getting to the positive, they have included Slimer in the mainstream, who is a great addition as a character. The annoying Lois Tully is gone for the most part.

Even so, these are a fairly good bunch of characters when you compare them with characters from other cartoons of the time. Heck, this animated series was actually better than most shows of the 80s, including the ones which were and are far more popular than it, including Thundercats, Transformers, TMNT, GI Joe, MASK and a bunch of others. Who can complain when you get to see your favourite team, or something resembling your favourite team, go up against all sorts of generic ghosts and Lovecraftian creatures from a vast beastiary? Don't expect scares though as the ghosts are really on the wackier side, which is actually a plus.

The story lines of each episode are fairly simple and straightforward and the most interesting ones were the ones which had hilarious circumstances rather than those that tried to squeeze in a serious plot. They are imaginative enough but not really gripping. J Michael Stracenzki of Babylon 5 fame has even written 21 episodes for this series, but his episodes are by far the worst and most boring episodes in the series, even though those particular episodes would be the most well known, for reasons both good and bad. It is very sad that after the first two seasons, this show became further dumbed down and both writing and production values plummeted. This resulted in two questionable spinoffs, namely the "Junior Ghostbusters" and a show focused on Slimer, neither of which were well received leading to the ultimate flop of this show. Even so, this series had some great and memorable episodes and out of 140 episodes, 20 to 30 were really good.

The animation is passable, ranging from decent to mediocre to sometimes poor, depending on the setting, scenes and complexity of character and object motion. As the seasons progressed, its Japanese flavour began to intensify and it ultimately yielded a anime look. Overall, by 80s standards, it was good and perhaps barely passable by today's animation standards. Dialog was however, always well written, even though the voice acting and syncing was not so good.

Sound and Music was very well done. The Music is also one of this show's strengths, it even included some cheesy but charming battle sequences set to pop music tracks by a dedicated music group called Tahiti. Not many of their tracks had a paranormal flavour though, and some of them were completely unrelated to what was actually going on during screenplay.

Overall, the RGB series is an extremely entertaining one, despite many flaws and shortcomings. While the Real Ghostbusters series may be the weakest albeit longest running part of the franchise which includes two Live Action movies and another brilliant cartoon called Extreme Ghostbusters, approaching the RGB series with a open mind should give it the credit it deserves. It may not be on par with the movies and as a cartoon, it is far inferior and not even comparable to the Extreme Ghostbusters (XGB, which incidentally had a lot of the original RGB team working on it as well) series but its still very good, all things considered. If you've seen XGB and not RGB, please lower your expectations even further and keep a really open mind before viewing RGB for the first time.


18 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Please tell me I'm not the only one who hates Slimer Takeshi666
Favorite Vankman wise crack c-ryan
Season sets vs. Complete collection set -- which wins? jrpelt
Isn't now the time to bring this back? Mjenner23
maurice- harold ramis galvatron44
The Real Ghostbusters in 'Ghostbusters' Maybe? exchronos
Discuss The Real Ghost Busters (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page