A group of teenagers solves local crimes, capers, and mysteries in their neighborhood, with the help of a ghost who can only communicate through writing and words.
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Complete series cast summary:
Blaze Berdahl ...  Lenni Frazier 74 episodes, 1992-1995
David López David López ...  Alex Fernandez / ... 74 episodes, 1992-1995
Marcella Lowery ...  Grandma Cece Jenkins 74 episodes, 1992-1995
Tram-Anh Tran Tram-Anh Tran ...  Tina Nguyen / ... 74 episodes, 1992-1995
Sheldon Turnipseed Sheldon Turnipseed ...  Jamal Jenkins / ... 74 episodes, 1992-1995
Mayteana Morales Mayteana Morales ...  Gaby Fernandez 66 episodes, 1992-1994
Todd Alexander Todd Alexander ...  Rob Baker / ... 41 episodes, 1992-1993
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The show is about a group of kids who goes around solving neighborhood crimes and mysteries in New York City as young detectives with the help of a very secretive friend: Ghostwriter. Ghostwriter cannot hear, talk, smell, or feel. He can only read and write. He only sees words. No one else can see him but the Ghostwriter Team. In additions, the Ghostwriter Team have to solve their own mystery: who was Ghostwriter? Written by <stiener@usa.net>

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4 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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According to Blaze Berdahl's (Lenni Frazier), Facebook page, co-star David Lopez (Alex Fernandez) was her first boyfriend. See more »

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Lenni Frazier: [rapping] People always talkin' 'bout how the world needs to change, but not when it's their life. They got to rearrange. So knock wood for the kids in the hood who'll pick up the slack, leadin' the pack on the right track.
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A Classic Young Adults Show- WAY Ahead of It's Time
23 July 2008 | by D_BurkeSee all my reviews

"Ghostwriter" was a show that was very original, very cool to watch, and began and ended well ahead of its time. It's a great piece of '90's nostalgia, not to mention a terrifically entertaining show. It was admittedly not well acted at times, and at other times had very unrealistic scenarios (excluding the appearance of a ghost that takes words and writes with them), but the show had so many strengths to make up for those weaknesses.

First of all, the cast of kids they had was amazing. Casting Sheldon Turnipseed as Jamal Jenkins was perhaps the best thing the producers of the series had ever done. Judging from this early piece of acting, it is absolutely surprising that Turnipseed has ended up on the "Where Are They Now?" list and has since appeared to drop off the face of the planet. He was a great leading character, not to mention an outstanding positive black role model. If Turnipseed ever decided to crawl out from the rock he has been hiding under for the last thirteen years or so and try acting again, he could reach the same A-list status as Denzel Washington or Jamie Foxx.

Blaze Berdahl was also very good as Lenni Frazier, even though her hip hop songs probably can't stand the test of time. She was just a very fun and outgoing character, and someone I would have loved to have been friends with in grade school or junior high and beyond.

Also, Berdahl's character was the token white character (save Rob, the short-lived but equally appealing character played by Todd Alexander) in a show that dared to be more diverse than many shows before or even since. In any other show made for the tween audience even today, there's usually one white girl, her white friend with different color hair, and her other black friend who has the same hair style and acts exactly the same. If the show were predominantly black, the scenario would be exactly the same.

But having a show with this diverse a cast, other shows would be accused of being too preachy. At no point in my watching this show as a youth, or even catching snippets as an adult, did I feel that a message about the human race was constantly being shoved in my face. Rather, I thought the show reflected some great insight as to the many faces of middle class NYC youth. Furthermore, the characters were developed so well that they felt less like bland stereotypes and more like actual human beings that you could possibly visit in New York. It actually made me want to live in New York as a youth, too.

Although it was a PBS show designed for kids, I'm not exactly sure even today what the show was trying to teach. This fact could be a testament to the show's ability to make entertaining stories without being known strictly as an educational show. If I were to make a guess, I would say that the show's intent was probably to teach about the importance of reading and writing. Looking back, the show actually made me want to write a lot more, and I remember wishing my penmanship was as neat as the show's characters' was. The show was also perhaps the first to frequent the use of computers, and to even talk about the World Wide Web. Of course, this was in the days where modems were bought separately from computers, and dial-up was the only way to connect. Still, there weren't even a lot of mainstream shows at the time who made major plot points about the new Information Superhighway, and that eventually became very powerful stuff.

I remember "Ghostwriter" ended abruptly, still with a legion of followers. It's a shame that the show's demise was based solely on lack of funding (as far as I know), because it remains one of the most original television shows ever aired. This show has been off the air for over a decade, and has seldom been aired in syndication. It hopefully will get the DVD release it properly deserves, and maybe we'll even find out whatever happened to Sheldon Turnipseed.


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