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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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Complete series cast summary:
Frank Welker ...  Dr. Raymond Stantz / ... 140 episodes, 1986-1991
Maurice LaMarche ...  Dr. Egon Spengler / ... 140 episodes, 1986-1991
Arsenio Hall ...  Winston Zeddemore / ... 91 episodes, 1986-1987
Lorenzo Music Lorenzo Music ...  Dr. Peter Venkman / ... 78 episodes, 1986-1987
Laura Summer ...  Janine Melnitz / ... 70 episodes, 1986-1987
Dave Coulier ...  Dr. Peter Venkman / ... 62 episodes, 1987-1991
Kath Soucie ...  Janine Melnitz / ... 59 episodes, 1987-1991
Buster Jones Buster Jones ...  Winston Zeddemore / ... 49 episodes, 1988-1991


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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Official Sites:

Real Ghostbusters DVD | Time Life





Release Date:

13 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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(140 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The footage during the end credits of the Ghostbusters dancing down the middle of the street, was based on the video for Ray Parker Jr.'s song where he and the actors from the movie were pretty much doing the same thing. See more »


In "Slimer Streak" (#5.21), Peter says he know nothing about trains, contrary to "Last Train to Oblivion" (#2.52) which centered on Peter's obsession with trains. See more »


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

When aired on the USA Network, the show's title card is removed, along with the first couple minutes. When aired on Fox Family (now Freeform), there were numerous commercial breaks and a large section of the title sequence was removed. See more »


Referenced in The Witches (1990) See more »


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Performed by Tahiti - Tyren Perry & Tonya Townsend
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About as good and as "Real" as an animated spin-off of a big-time movie franchise can get!
17 December 2011 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

I'm 26.

"The Real Ghostbusters" is as good and as real as an animated TV series based off a popular movie franchise can possibly get. When I was growing up during the early 1990s, "The Real Ghostbusters" was one of four popular cartoon TV shows that helped shape my formative childhood years; the other three cartoons from that time were "Transformers," "G.I. Joe" and my personal favorite, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Toward the mid-'90s, "The Real Ghostbusters" was ultimately removed from an early-morning TV line-up on USA (that's now channel 35, if you have Comcast cable like I do) that included the other three aforementioned animated shows, which soon left me without a source of entertainment that would spark my wild kiddie imagination. But thankfully, the advent of TV-on-DVD in the last decade has brought this utterly fantastic TV series back from the land of classic TV show entertainment oblivion.

Of course, "The Real Ghostbusters" was spun off the wildly popular 1984 cult supernatural comedy "Ghostbusters," about three unemployed university parapsychologists who become New York City's leading investigators and eliminators of pesky poltergeists. Drs. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) were eventually supplemented by a fourth member, Everyman Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), as they battled an ancient, malevolent, other-worldly entity that had designs on dropping in on Central Park West and laying waste to human civilization.

"The Real Ghostbusters" is a continuation of that exact same storyline with the same classic characters and a new legion of evil ghosts needing investigation and extermination from our four popular heroes.

"The Real Ghostbusters," like its original 1984 film-spawn, is a work of unquestionable uniqueness, brilliance, and originality. "Ghostbusters" was one of the most unique and original comedies to come out of the early '80s (and it's also one of my all-time favorite movies), so it's no wonder why it was the highest-grossing film of 1984 - after a cash-grabbing theatrical re-release one year later in 1985 to beat out "Beverly Hills Cop"; it's also no wonder why it also had a best-selling musical soundtrack, too, which featured the pop culture classic "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr., and the song is featured prominently on the TV show as well. Also like in the movie, "The Real Ghostbusters" crackles with humor, strong voice-acting performances, action sequences, special effects, and imagination.

"The Real Ghostbusters" is real creativity and imagination from a time when TV shows were still willing enough to be daring and original.


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