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The Real Ghostbusters 

The Real Ghost Busters (original title)
The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.
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 Janine Melnitz / ... 70 episodes, 1986-1987
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 Janine Melnitz / ... 59 episodes, 1987-1991
Buster Jones ...
 Winston Zeddemore / ... 49 episodes, 1988-1991
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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

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13 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Despite the series being a huge and acclaimed hit, the network hired consulting firm called Q5 to assist in the production after the initial run of episodes to help "fix" the show. Q5 and the network notoriously forced the writing staff and art department to make some controversial changes to the series, including notably making Janine a much "softer" character, forcing the writing staff to remove "scary" scenes and occult references and add in "kid-friendly" elements such as the "Junior Ghostbusters", and suggesting that Winston simply be relegated to just being the "driver" for the Ghostbusters. The changes were so severe that story editor and frequent series writer J. Michael Straczynski actually left the series for a time out of protest. Ironically, the changes made to the series to help "fix" it lead to a noted drop in quality for the series and lowered ratings during broadcasts. 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 »

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[after a magic book zooms down a pit, as part of Vladimir's ceremony to summon an "Old One"]
Vladimir: Flee, before I destroy you all!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Excuse me, but did it occur to you that your best weapon against us was that book, and that now it's down there, and you, you're pretty much up here?
Vladimir: ...Good point.
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Referenced in The Sooty Show: The Unreal Ghostbusters (1988) See more »

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Remember Home
Performed by Tahiti - Tyren Perry & Tonya Townsend
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Not just for kids...
13 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

With completely imaginative stories, and top notch writing, The Real Ghostbusters was far superior to Ghostbusters 2. This show benefitted from an excellent cast (Lorenzo Music, Arseno Hall, and cartoon workhorse Frank Welker,) as well as an incredible cadre of writers, including Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Strazynski, and Star Trek Tribble-meister David Gerrold.

Unlike the lackluster movie sequel, The Real Ghostbusters assumes that the increase in supernatural activity in New York doesn't subside after the banishment of Gozur the Gozerian. Instead, the series assumes that the guys stayed in business. Now, with most kids shows, this would have rapidly devolved into a series of stupid plots and repetitiveness. However, the production team for the first two seasons managed to avoid this. Instead, they dug into the deepest wells and pits of human folklore to find storylines (Indeed, this is the only 'kids' series that I have ever seen which borrowed from the works of HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton, and August Derlith!) Gerrold, Strazinski, and the other writers (many of whom are extremely well known within Science Fiction circles) managed to construct plots which were always funny, exciting, and genuinely engaging, ranging from a spoof of Gerrold's own 'The Trouble with Tribbles (Attack of the 50 foot Slimer) to a top notch tribute to one of the greats of early 20th Century Literary Horror (Collect Call of Cuthulu) Also, the characterizations were top notch (even though Peter Venkman's lecherousness had to be toned down, obviously)

Unfortunately, after the second (?) season, the show underwent a major upheval, and most of the original creative staff left, along with some of the cast (Lorenzo Music was replaced by Dave Coulier, who, while he did a dead on Bill Murray impression, didn't have the ability to give the character as much personality.) And with the staff, so went the soul of the show. The writing went downhill, and, while the show was still above average, it just didn't catch the viewer's interest like it used to. By the time of it's final season (on the heels of Ghostbusters 2) it just wasn't worth watching...


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