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The success of the Scooby-Doofranchise led to many attempts to repeat that success with the same
formula, both from Hanna-Barbera
and other studios. Some of these attempts to clone the series were more overt
than others. At the behest of ABC for another Scooby, Hanna-Barbera gave them Goober and the Ghost Chasers.
Goober with Ted, Tina and Gillie.
The series followed the titular dog,
Goober (Paul Winchell), and his teenaged humans, Ted (Jerry Dexter), Tina (Jo
Ann Harris) and Gillie (Ronnie Schell), as they traveled around the world
seeking out the supernatural for their Ghost
Chasers magazine. Key differences in the shows were that the Ghost Chasers
would actively go looking for the entities they encountered, and sometimes
those entities were actually real rather than just someone in an elaborate
costume (something the Scooby
franchise wouldn’t encounter until a decade later in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo). They
often employed ghost-tracking devices, such as the Specter Detector, to
determine if an entity was real or not. Goober, while as cowardly as Scooby,
had the ability to turn himself invisible whenever he was frightened, save for
his cap and collar. He also spoke clear English unlike Scooby, although he
seemed to be talking more to the audience than any of his co-stars.
The series debuted on September 8,
1973 on ABC. Despite the formula and guest-stars, Goober failed to catch on with audiences and only lasted a single
season; although its reruns aired for an additional year. Hoyt Curtin composed the music
for the show. The series did serve to create a renewed interest in the
Partridges, resulting in Hanna-Barbera producing Patridge Family 2200 A.D.the following year for CBS. In 1977, Goober
rerunsbecame one of the features
of the weekly syndicated series Fred
Flintstone and Friends. Later reruns on Cartoon Network and Boomerang removed
the studio laugh track present in the original airings.