October 25, 2014


(NBC, September 8-December 22, 1973)

Hanna-Barbera Productions

Lennie Weinrib – Gomez Addams
Janet Waldo – Morticia Addams, Grandmama, various
Jackie Coogan – Uncle Fester
Cindy Henderson – Wednesday Addams
Jodie Foster – Pugsley Addams
Ted Cassidy – Lurch
John Stephenson – Cousin Itt, various

For the history of The Addams Family, check out the post here.

The Addams Family bonding: Fester, Pugsley, Wednesday, Lurch, Grandmama, Morticia and Gomez.

With the original sitcom version of The Addams Family doing well in syndicated reruns, the time was ripe for an animated revival. Much as they had with other newly-popular 1960s sitcom properties, Hanna-Barbera acquired the rights to the characters. Modeling the designs after the original Charles Addams cartoons, they debuted the Addamses on an episode of Hanna-Barbera’s flagship program, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, in 1972. Reprising their roles from the sitcom were John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Jackie Coogan as Fester and Ted Cassidy as Lurch.

Model sheet for the Addams' creepy camper.

Their appearance proved a hit, and demand was made for more adventures of the Addamses. Hanna-Barbera obliged, and the following year they presented the new The Addams Family developed by David Levy, who was responsible for developing the original show. While retaining the sitcom-established personalities of the characters, the show took a departure from the previous series and Hanna-Barbera’s own original presentation as the Addamses left their mansion and embarked on a road trip in a creepy camper loaded with all the uncomforts of home; especially since considering it was basically their mansion on wheels, complete with belfry and bats. Other features included a hovering storm cloud overhead, a vulture hood ornament, and a menagerie of unusual pets including Ochy the Octopus (who doubled as the camper’s windshield wipers). A primary source of the comedy came from the ordinary people’s reactions to the weirdness of the Addamses, as well as the weirdness itself. 

Lurch and Cousin Itt get down with their bad selves.

While Coogan and Cassidy reprised their roles once again, the rest of the family received all-new actors. Lennie Weinrib came in as Gomez (doing a Reginald Van Gleason impression), Janet Waldo pulled double-duty as Morticia and Grandmama, Cindy Henderson reprised the role of Wednesday from the Scooby-Doo episode, and an 11-year-old Jodie Foster voiced Pugsley. Foster’s professionalism at such a young age was often remarked upon by her fellow castmates and reportedly helped to salvage sessions that were interrupted by Coogan’s unfamiliarity with voice work and coughing fits from his smoking habit. Also missing from the show was the classic theme composed by Vic Mizzy that debuted on the sitcom; although several chords from it played during the show’s theme by Hoyt Curtin. The animation was significantly different from most other Hanna-Barbera productions as the art duties were farmed out to studios Halas and Batchelor and Rankin-Bass. The characters were designed by Takashi Masunaga.

The Addams Family #1 by Gold Key.

The Addams Family debuted on NBC on September 8, 1973. It was written by Levy, Bud Atkinson, Dick Conway, Jack Mendelsohn, William Raynor, Gene Thompson and Myles Wilder. The series only ran a single season, but continued on in reruns until 1975. As a result, the show received a minimum of tie-in marketing. In 1974, Gold Key released a three issue comic series adapting the episodes “Boola Boola”, “The Addams Family in New York” and “Left in the Lurch”. Milton Bradley also produced a board game and Thermos two different lunchboxes. In 2010, the complete series was released to DVD by Warner Archive as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. It was also made available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

The same year the cartoon premiered, ABC attempted another revival of the franchise with a pilot for a live-action musical variety show called The Addams Family Fun-House with all the roles recast. However, the pilot never made it off the ground and the project scrapped. In 1977, NBC created a reunion television movie called Halloween with the New Addams Family which brought back the entire original sitcom cast (save Blossom Rock as Grandmama, who was ill at the time) and introduced two new Addams children: Wednesday, Jr. (Jennifer Surprenant) and Pugsley, Jr (Ken Marquis). After, it wouldn’t be until the 1990s that the Addamses returned to any kind of media, and Saturday morning.


“The Addams Family in New York” (9/8/73) – A couple of con artists attempt to bilk the Addamses by “selling” them various New York landmarks.

“Left in the Lurch” (9/15/73) – Searching for dinosaur bones in Nashville leads to Lurch becoming the lead singer and guitarist in a band.

“Boola Boola” (9/22/73) – Ocho is kidnapped when the Addams family searches for the Boola-Boola in the Black Lake.

“The Fastest Creepy Camper in the West” (9/29/73) – Fester’s new invention could end fuel shortages, but the Addamses find themselves against Count Evil and The Race Ace.

“The Mardi Gras Story” (10/6/73) – A pair of crooks masquerade as Fester and Gomez while the family enjoys Mardi Gras in costumes of their own.

“Follow That Loaf of Bread” (10/13/73) – Thing ends up baked into a prize-winning bread, setting the family searching to rescue him.

“Aloha, Hoolamagolla” (10/20/73) – The Addamses are mistaken for a Stone Age tribe when they visit Hawaii.

“The Reluctant Astronauts’ Trip to the Moon” (10/27/73) – The Addamses head to the moon to inspect the piece of land they won on it, but have trouble finding a landing spot.

“The Great Balloon Race” (11/3/73) – The Addamses help Prof. Orville Byrd when his balloon is sabotaged by the Nasty Brothers.

“Ghost Town” (11/10/73) – The Addamses have a good time trying to out-spook the spooks haunting The Old Prospector’s Land.

“The Circus Story” (11/17/73) – A rival circus is stealing workers from Honest John’s circus, prompting the Addamses to help him.

“The Addams Family at Sea” (11/24/73) – Ali the alligator and Ocho scare everyone on the Addams’ cruise overboard, allowing two thieves to steal all the valuables onboard.

“The Voodoo Story” (12/1/73) – Madame Hoodoo’s spells all fail miserably against the Addams Family.

“The Roller Derby Story” (12/8/73) – Visiting a roller derby for Wednesday’s birthday leads to the Addamses entering the competition themselves.

“The Addams Family Goes West” (12/15/73) – Heading West in the steps of the pioneers, the Addamses end up confronting a series of outlaws.

“The Addams Family at the Kentucky Derby” (12/22/73) – Pugsley gets an emaciated horse for his birthday that is revived by Granny’s cooking and wins the Kentucky Derby.

Originally posted in 2014. Updated in 2020.


General Mills

          By the late 1960s, General Mills had developed new chocolate and strawberry-flavored formulas that would not only could be infused into cereal and marshmallow pieces, but would turn the milk into those flavors. They tasked their ad agency, Dancer, Fitzgerald and Sample, with developing new mascots that could adorn the cereals they hoped to launch with these new flavorings. In 1969, Laura Levine would run through a gamut of famous fictional characters and pop culture pairings before settling the classic Universal Monsters of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. The concept and cereal-themed names were handed off to the art department consisting of George Karn and Bill Tollis to come to life (so to speak).

In March of 1971 they finally debuted their first Monster Cereal: Count Chocula. He was a brown, single-fanged vampire who preferred the taste of chocolate to blood. It was touted as the first chocolate cereal to have chocolate-flavored marshmallows, and also turned the milk into chocolate milk. Joining the Count that October was Franken-Berry; a pink version of Frankenstein’s Monster that loved strawberries.; a pink version of Frankenstein’s Monster who loved strawberries (which was fitting since that was his cereal’s flavor).  

The first animated commercial for the cereal, animated by Bill Melendez Productions, saw the two monsters arguing with each other over whose cereal was better. However, they were both frightened by a passing kid before they got very far into it. This was Levin’s contribution, a twist to make both of them scaredy-cat monsters so as to diminish their potential to frighten children. Jim Dukas supplied the voice of Chocula by doing an impersonation of Bela Lugosi; who was best known for his role as Dracula. Larry Kenney would replace him in 1978 upon his retirement. Bob McFadden was Frank, impersonating Boris Karloff who had played the Monster on film. In 2009, 9 years after McFadden’s death, Rob Pruitt was brought on by DFS’s successor, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, to assume the role.

The Count likely got an advantage in their eternal argument when the red dye originally used in Franken-Berry’s cereal proved unable to be digested, resulting in eaters’ excrement turning pink, causing a bit of a health scare until doctors deduced the cause. This was known as (what else?) “Franken-Berry Stool.” However, Chocula would take his own bite out of controversy in 1987. As part of a promotion with Universal, they featured an image of Lugosi as Dracula sporting his customary medallion, which Jewish people saw as the Star of David and an insult to their faith as it seemed to imply validity to “Jewish Blood Libel”: the anti-Semitic belief that Jews would steal the blood of non-Jews to use in rituals. The medallion was edited off of the boxes in later shipments.

Controversies aside, both cereals proved immensely popular and General Mills tinkered with adding another cereal to the line-up. In 1972 they tested out a blueberry-flavored cereal before making it national the following year. The name and mascot for this one was Boo Berry, a blue ghost who wore a straw hat and bowtie and was adorned with chains tethered to a bowl and his cereal. In the commercials, he could often be found putting a fright in Chocula and Frank. Paul Frees provided his voice, impersonating Peter Lorre who starred in a number of horror films. Peter Waldren would take over from Frees and Chris Phillips would inherit the role in 2009. Like Franken-Berry, Boo Berry’s original dye was undigestible and turned stool green.

The following year, Fruit Brute was introduced; a werewolf who adorned an unspecific fruity cereal with lime-flavored marshmallows. Fruit Brute would become the first casualty of the monstrous quartet as his cereal underperformed in comparison to the others. The cereal was discontinued in 1982, although it did attain a cult status and fans often clamored for it to return. Fruit Brute cereal would go on to make an appearance in the Quentin Tarantino movies Reservoir Dogs and Pulp FictionIn 1983, the remaining cereals gained larger marshmallows with distinct shapes, that of their corresponding monster’s head (they would change shapes in years following), and in 1985 the cereal pieces became ghost-shaped.

In 1987, General Mills attempted to give the fruity cereal a new (after)life with a new mascot and name: Yummy Mummy, a colorfully-wrapped mummy that blended Jamaican music with a traditional Egyptian sound in his commercials. While the fruity pieces were retained, the marshmallows were changed to vanilla-flavored. Unfortunately, it seemed like the public was against the fruity cereal and it was discontinued once again in 1992. However, Frank and Boo soon joined him as they were quietly phased out with all the focus placed on Chocula’s cereal. 

Over the years, the remaining monsters had their designs updated to coincide with the animation style of the times, featured a variety of premiums, and engaged in pop culture tie-ins by introducing Casper and Wendy marshmallows in 1998 for the film Casper Meets Wendy and Goosebumps and Scooby-Doo marshmallows in 1999. However, sales for the cereals began to steadily decline. General Mills contemplated introducing a new mixed berry cereal, with Saatchi & Saatchi art director Peter Bregman designing several possible characters including Phantom-Berry, BerryPatchra, Dr. JekyllBerry and Bride of Franken-Berry. They ultimately decided not to do the cereal, stopped production of the commercials in the early 2000s, and changed the cereal pieces from oat to corn. Eventually, the cereals began to only be featured in select markets rather than being widely distributed; especially the less-popular Franken-Berry and Boo Berry. In 2010, the same year Betty Crocker released Franken-Berry and Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and General Mills released Count Chocula cereal bars, the monster cereals were made available only on a seasonal basis in the fall months where they experienced a massive sales spike. 

The five monster cereals, together again for the first time. Retro (above) and modern versions.

In 2013, for the first time since their ending, Fruit Brute (renamed Frute Brute so as to avoid legal complications about declaring the cereal contained any real fruit) and Yummy Mummy were bought back with the other cereals; making it also the first time all five cereals were available at the same time. Target  exclusively carried the cereals with retro packaging, reminiscent of their debuts. Even the aforementioned Fruit Roll-Ups and cereal bars received the retro touch despite not existing when the cereals began. Since having two non-descript “fruit” cereals in the same line made no sense, Yummy Mummy was now an orange creamsicle flavor while Frute Brute became cherry.

The 2014 DC Comics editions of the boxes.

In 2014, General Mills partnered with DC Comics to feature a re-imagining of their boxes using DC artists. Terry and Rachel Dodson rendered Count Chocula, Dave Johnson did Franken-Berry, and Jim Lee tackled Boo Berry. The boxes also featured a comic strip by Brent Schoonover. Target once again carried the retro versions of the box, each with a cut-out mask of the mascots. 

The 2022 KAWS boxes.

In 2020, they teamed-up with special effects artist Karlee Morse to create busts of Chocula, Boo and Franken for a sweepstakes giveaway. For the line’s 50th anniversary in 2021 a special Monster Mash cereal was released, which combined elements (though not flavors) from all five cereals into one. For 2022, Frute Brute returned and General Mills partnered with street artist KAWS to have him provide the art for the boxes in his distinctive style as part of a promotional giveaway for a set of miniature figurines designed by him. 

Monster Cereal bobble head statues.

The cereals remain popular, with countless fan websites dedicated to them. Not popular enough for year-round production for General Mills, but enough to keep them coming back every year. Many of the boxes have become sought-after collector's items, on top of the merchandise featuring their respective characters. New merchandise continues to be made with them, including bobble-head statues, vinyl figures and action figures.

Originally posted in 2014. Updated in 2022.


(ABC, Syndication, September 13, 1986-September 28, 1991)

DiC Enterprises, Coca-Cola Telecommunications, Columbia Pictures Television

Lorenzo Music – Dr. Peter Venkman, Jim Venkman, various (season 1)
Dave Coulier – Dr. Peter Venkman, Jim Venkman (season 2-6)
Frank Welker – Dr. Ray Stantz, Slimer, ghost, Elizabeth, Fred, various
Maurice LaMarche – Dr. Egon Spengler, various
Arsenio Hall – Winston Zeddemore, ghost (season 1-2)
Buster Jones – Winston Zeddemore (season 3-6)
Laura Summer – Janine Melnitz (season 1)
Kath Soucie – Janine Melnitz (season 2-6)
Roger Bumpass – Louis Tully (season 4-6)
Cree Summer – Chilly Cooper (season 3)
Jeff Marder – Rudy (season 3)
Jeff Altman – Professor Norman Dweeb (season 3)
Danny Mann – Bud (season 3)

Actor, comedian and singer Dan Aykroyd had one passion he had yet to bring to the screen: the paranormal. Inspired by an article on quantum physics and parapsychology, Aykroyd was determined to correct that. Wild with imagination, Aykroyd conceived of an epic that followed a group of ghost exterminators with SWAT-like gear across time, space and other dimensions to battle giant ghosts and demons. It was meant to serve as another starring vehicle for him and his friend, fellow Saturday Night Live alum and bandmate John Belushi, to complement their 1980 hit, The Blues Brothers.

Movie storyboards depicting the original uniform concepts.

Presenting the script to director Ivan Reitman, Reitman realized that Aykroyd’s vision, in 1980s money, would cost several hundred million dollars to create (remember, kids, this was before CGI). At Reitman’s suggestion, Aykroyd paired up with Harold Ramis, with whom Reitman had worked with before, to help ground the script in reality and tone down the more elaborate sequences in order to secure a more realistic budget.

The result was a movie about three washed-up scientists who discovered how they could capture and hold a supernatural entity indefinitely. Losing their jobs at a prominent university led them to turn this knowledge into a business and become the Ghostbusters. Aykroyd and Ramis would play scientists Dr. Ray Stantz and Dr. Egon Spengler, respectively. Following Belushi’s death in 1982, the role intended for him was reconceived and fellow SNL alum and Reitman collaborator Bill Murray was cast as Dr. Peter Venkman. Ernie Hudson was brought in as the everyman Winston Zeddemore, to whom the more technical elements could be explained for the audience’s benefit. Rounding out the crew was Annie Potts as Janine Melnitz, the no-nonsense secretary with a crush on Egon. Serving as the innocent victims the Ghostbusters must rescue from the threat of model Slavitza Jovan’s Gozer the Gozerian were Sigourney Weaver as cellist Dana Barrett and Rick Moranis as accountant and Dana’s stalker-ish neighbor, Louis Tully. Released by Columbia Pictures, the film opened on June 8th, 1984 to critical and commercial success, becoming the second highest grossing film of the year behind Beverly Hills Cop

Ghostbusters vs. GhostBusters. Which do you like best?

During production of the movie, the existence of Filmation’s live-action television show, The Ghost Busters, was discovered. Alternate names were considered up until the filming of the climax on Central Park West with crowds chanting “Ghostbusters,” causing a frenzied push by the producers to acquire the rights to the name. Along with the movie’s success, Columbia was surprised at the number of younger fans the film had gained and contemplated continuing the franchise with an animated spin-off. Filmation president Lou Scheimer proposed a series to Columbia, going so far as to have initial designs for it produced. They passed. Undaunted, Filmation went ahead with their own GhostBusters cartoon in order to cash in on the popularity of the Ghostbusters name. The cartoon was based on their earlier show and featured the sons of the main characters. Deciding not to be outdone, Columbia eventually partnered with DiC to create their animated series. As they only had the rights for the name for the movie--and as a little jab at Filmation--the title became The Real Ghostbusters.


A short pilot was commissioned to give a general idea of the look and concept of the series. The characters were designed by Jim McDermott, but instead of trying to acquire expensive likeness rights, they went for the embodiment of the characters themselves. To help differentiate between the three white, brunette characters in distance and group shots, their hair colors were changed along with their bodies. Peter was given brown hair and an average build, Ray was made a pudgy redhead, and Egon a tall, slender blonde with a large hairstyle. To make them easier to animate, the proton packs and Ecto-1 were streamlined. Set to a re-recorded version of Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” performed by John Smith, the pilot followed the Ghostbusters from their firehouse all across the city as they battled random supernatural threats, including the green ghost they first busted (dubbed Onionhead during the film’s production due to the awful smell of the puppet used, but later named Slimer for the series) and the final big bad from the film, Mr. Stay Puft (the only surviving giant entity from Aykroyd’s original concept). The end of the pilot, using the finalized designs, was reused as the end of the show’s original intro.

Promotional art featuring the refined designs.

The series was greenlit, and the final revisions were made. To further distinguish the Ghostbusters, as well as make them more appealing as toys, they were given new colored uniforms: Egon in blue with pink trim, Winston in gray with red trim and Peter in brown with green trim. Ray’s was largely kept the same from the movies and pilot. The equipment was further streamlined and changed from black to blue. The pack designs from the pilot, though, continued to live on as they were used as the basis for the action figure line produced by Kenner. Slimer was also softened to look friendlier and became the Ghostbusters’ live-in ghost mascot as a further draw for the kids. The containment unit, where a captured ghost was stored, went from a small wall panel to a massive room-sized device in the basement of the firehouse where the Ghostbusters were headquartered.

While changes in a movie-to-television adaptation are not unusual, what was unusual was the fact that most of these changes were explained WITHIN the show. Specifically, the episode “Citizen Ghost,” which took place in a flashback that immediately followed the events of the first movie. It stated that the uniforms, covered in marshmallow goop after the original defeat of Mr. Stay Puft, had become so infused with spectral energy that they had to be destroyed. Luckily their new customized uniforms arrived during all the chaos. Slimer was found while they were fixing up the firehouse and Egon decided to keep him around as a guinea pig, much to Peter’s chagrin (since Slimer slimed him when they first met, and would continue to slime him throughout the series as a running gag). The episode “Take Two” also established that the film actually existed in-universe, inspired by the lives of the cartoon characters.

Ivan Reitman, Michael C. Gross and Joe Medjuck, the latter two producers on the film, served as producers for the series. Ernie Hudson was the only actor from the movie to audition for the role of his character, but somehow lost out to then up-and-coming comedian Arsenio Hall. Hall also provided the voice for the commercial bumpers, spoken through the ghost in the no-ghost logo. Maurice LaMarche, a known impressionist, was asked not to impersonate Ramis when auditioning for Egon. He did and got the part anyway, although he began the series with a much deeper tone for the first few episodes than he would use for the remainder. Lorenzo Music was cast as Peter, Frank Welker as Ray and Slimer, and Laura Summer as Janine. Another unusual aspect of the show was that the cast recorded their lines together to retain the ensemble feel of the film, whereas many shows had their actors recording individually. Often, when someone was unable to make a session, the other actors would have fun imitating them for the duration of the recording.

The Real Ghostbusters soundtrack album cover.

The producers wanted to feature music in the series much like was featured throughout the movie. Ollie Brown, a friend of Ray Parker, Jr., organized a duo called Tahiti comprised of Tyren Perry and Tonya Townsend. They were brought on board and provided songs in 10 early episodes, which were later released as a soundtrack album for the show by Polygram Records. However, as the series began to pick up steam on its own, they decided the added expense and effort was no longer needed and kept to just using the standard series score by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy.

One of the big bads: Samhain, the spirit of Halloween.

The series was simultaneously produced for broadcast on ABC Saturday mornings with 13 episodes and syndication with 65 episodes, leading to a whopping 78 episodes made during the first season’s production—an unprecedented feat at the time. Writers Chuck Menville and Len Janson were originally recruited to be the story editors for the series, but became intimidated at the prospect of overseeing both the network AND syndicated version simultaneously. Jean Chalopin, head of DiC, then recruited a fairly inexperienced J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 fame) for the position. Straczynski loved the movie and was hoping to just write some episodes for it. He met with the producers and the network and was brought on as story editor and a writer for a number of episodes. Because the film was such a success, and given that the network would benefit from having the show more than the producers would, Gross and Mejduck were able to sidestep ABC’s notoriously stringent Standards and Practices department and dictate the way their show was going to be done. Given absolute freedom, Straczynski recruited the best stable of writers he could which included Menville, Janson, Richard Mueller (who also penned one of the movie adaptation novels and served as an uncredited story editor at times), Michael Reeves, Pamela Hickey, Dennys McCoy (both of whom would also write some of the tie-in comics), Mark Edward Edens and his associate from his Filmation days, Larry DiTillo, amongst others. They delved deep into mythology, science fiction, obscure occult references and many other places while embracing its movie roots; creating a very mature yet still kid-friendly experience. And it worked, as The Real Ghostbusters met with critical acclaim when it debuted on September 13, 1986 and became the number one animated series on any network.

The many faces of Janine, from The Real to Slimer! to Extreme.

Unfortunately, with success came extra attention and the old Hollywood adage: “if it ain’t broke, fix it anyway.” Parent groups found the show a bit too scary for children and expressed their displeasure to the network. As a result, ABC, in a stronger position than when they first bought the show, brought in consulting firm Q5 to retool and “improve” it and the rest of their Saturday line-up. Their suggestions included giving the Ghostbusters specific roles: Egon became the brain, Ray the builder, Peter the comedic con-man, and Winston the driver. Janine, perceived as too “harsh and slutty”, had her feisty personality toned down so that she could become the den mother. Her design was altered to make her short hair softened and lengthened along with her skirt, and her pointy glasses were rounded as “sharp objects frighten children.”  Summer was replaced by Kath Soucie, who had a softer vocal performance. The story content and subject matter was to be less scary and even more kid-friendly with a greater focus put on Slimer. Slimer gained more intelligible speech patterns and slowly worked his way to the center of stories since he was a “child surrogate” that represented the audience. Peter also became less hostile towards him, giving him the nickname “spud.” New recurring children characters called the Junior Ghostbusters were introduced to give the intended audience characters they could relate to. The animation and character designs were also altered slightly, with Ray becoming thinner and Slimer gaining a tail. Under protest about these changes and many others that were successfully shot down (such as eliminating Ray from the cast as superfluous), Straczynski quit the show. Janson and Menville were promoted to story editors in his place.

Ray has gone on a diet.

Further changes came as the series progressed. Music was replaced by comedian Dave Coulier (who would become famous as Uncle Joey on Full House) for the second season. Two reasons for this persist: either Murray approached Reitman with the complaint that Peter sounded like Garfield (who was also voiced by Music, and whom Murray himself would go on to voice in two live-action movies) while the others sounded like the film actors, or Medjuck himself wanted someone who could sound more like Murray. This created some confusion for viewers as the syndicated episodes aired alongside season 2 with Music and Summer still in their roles, however several earlier episodes were re-recorded with Coulier and Soucie replacing their characters’ dialogue. At the end of the season, Hall began development on the highly-successful first incarnation of The Arsenio Hall Show and left the series. He was replaced by Buster Jones, with Welker rerecording the commercial bumpers in a Slimer-like voice. Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker would come to replace Saban and Levy as the series’ composers beginning with the 6th season, and animation duties were moved from Japan to South Korea.

For the third season, the show was extended to an hour and retitled Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters, complete with a new Slimer-centric opening sequence that was later given a new recording of the theme song. A regular Ghostbusters adventure would precede two short Slimer adventures, done in a completely different animation style that was more rounded and cartoony. Slimer’s segments had an all-new supporting cast, such as ice cream truck driver Chilly Cooper (Cree Summer), con-man Rudy (Jeff Marder) and Scottish Terrier Fred (Welker), who resided at the hotel where Slimer was first encountered. Slimer’s nemeses were a trouble-making alley cat named Manx (Welker), and deranged scientist Professor Norman Dweeb (Jeff Altman) and his dog, Elizabeth (Welker), who sought to capture Slimer and experiment on him. Dweeb and Elizabeth would be the only Slimer segment characters to cross over into the main show (although the other characters would be rendered in the main style for the intro). Following the release of Ghostbusters II, Louis Tully (Roger Bumpass) was added to the cast in season 4 and Janine’s hairstyle was changed to resemble her movie counterpart’s. The mood slime from the second movie also made an appearance, however colored yellow instead of pink.

The Ghostbusters examine the mysterious changes in Janine in "Janine, You've Changed."

The changes made to the show proved unpopular and viewership steadily declined. ABC had, at one point, asked Straczynski to return as story editor and salvage the show, but he was busy with other projects. He did, however, contribute several scripts to the show with the proviso that he be allowed to do them the way they started out doing the show. His contributions included “Janine, You’ve Changed” which gave an in-story explanation to Janine’s constant redesigns. He also wrote the show’s only prime-time special episode, “The Halloween Door.” The show managed to last for six seasons on ABC before being cancelled in 1991.

All through the show’s production, Kenner produced action figures, vehicles, a firehouse playset and child-sized versions of the equipment for North America, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Internationally, the toys were produced by Estrela in Brazil, Jocsa in Argentina, and Auriken in Mexio. Each wave of the line featured a series of Ghostbusters with different paint jobs, accessories or actions. Janine was featured in four of the waves before being replaced by a Louis figure for the remainder of the line. Beginning in 2020, Hasbro, current owner of Kenner’s library, began releasing a Kenner Classics line that reproduced the first wave of action figures and ghosts, some ghosts, Ecto-1 and the Ghost Popper toy. Aside from the figures, the show’s name was slapped on almost everything imaginable: TV tray tablesminiature gumball machinesradiosyoyosbath productsshaving kitsbeddingpuzzlesboard gameswatches and more. 

Real Ghostbusters handheld game by Renco.

In 1987, Data East produced a Real Ghostbusters arcade game that was a 360-degree top-down shooting game. It was later ported to various home consoles. In 1988, Remco released a handheld game that featured Peter having to repel a horde of ghosts as they descended down on him. Remco also produced two electronic table-top games. In 1993, a Game Boy game was developed by Kemco and released by Kotobuki Systems in Europe and Activision in America. The game had very little to do with the show or concept as it was originally developed as a Mickey Mouse game in Kemco’s Crazy Castle series of games called Mickey Mouse IV: the Magical Labyrinth. In Europe, it featured Garfield while the American version featured only Peter as he tries to navigate through an enemy-filled maze.

The Real Ghostbusters omnibus from IDW, collecting the first half of NOW's run.

In 1988, licenses for a comic based on the show were granted to Marvel’s United Kingdom division for international publication while NOW Comics obtained the domestic rights. The Marvel books were magazine-sized and ran weekly until its last few issues went monthly, featuring several short comic strips and a prose story. Many prominent creators worked on the series, including Richard StarkingsPhil HesterDan AbnettAndy Lanning and Al Williamson. Marvel also made a point of including many of the vehicles, equipment and suits that only existed as toys in their stories. NOW’s series featured a more mature tone than the Marvel books and typically had only one story per issue. It was primarily written by James Van Hise with art by future Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias. Because of NOW’s monetary troubles, the original comic series ended after 28 issues but was relaunched with a new series shortly after, lasting four issues and two specials before ending once again. Occasionally during their runs, Marvel and NOW would share stories and cover art, and both books featured the only time the character of Dana would be rendered in The Real style as she never appeared on the show. Both companies also produced a short-lived Slimer! spin-off book, however the Marvel version was typically a reprint of the NOW series. Both series outlived the show, ending in 1993. In 2006, Titan Books reprinted some of the Marvel UK strips in three digest-sized collections. In 2012 & 2013, current license holder IDW Publishing released two omnibus collections of the first volume of NOW comics.

The last vestige of the series came from the most unlikely place. In a promotional tie-in to the show, Hi-C began production of a flavor called “Ecto-Cooler”: a green-colored orange and tangerine drink that featured Slimer on the packaging. The drink lasted well beyond the show, remaining unchanged until 1997 when Slimer was finally removed. The flavor continued on and was eventually renamed “Shoutin’ Orange Tangergreen” in 2003—then “Crazy Citrus Cooler” in 2006--before eventually being discontinued altogether. Along with trying to petition Coca-Cola, the makers of Hi-C, to bring the flavor back, fans of the drink have taken to figuring out the recipe for it and making their own. Ecto-Cooler did return for a limited time (still without Slimer) in 2016 as part of a promotion for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Other food items included a line of marshmallow cereals by Ralstoncanned pasta and sauce by Heinz, and fruit snacks by Kids Classics.

Extreme team: Slimer, Garrett, Kylie, Eduardo, Roland and Egon.

In 1997, Sony, now owner of Columbia and its properties, sought to revitalize the Ghostbusters brand with a new animated series entitled Extreme Ghostbusters (originally Super Ghostbusters, both popular adjectives to add to the titles of things throughout the 80s and 90s). The Ghostbusters had disbanded and Egon (LaMarche) remained behind to monitor the containment unit with Janine (Pat Musick) and Slimer (Billy West, whose casting was okayed by Welker due to other commitments) while he taught at the university. Circumstances led to Egon’s only students—cynical slacker Eduardo Rivera (Rino Romano), intelligent and gifted Roland Jackson (Alfonso Ribeiro), brilliant goth Kylie Griffin (Tara Strong) and wheelchair-bound jock Garrett Miller (Jason Marsden)--to reform the Ghostbusters. While many things were similar to The Real, the designs for the show were owned by DiC, necessitating some redesigns (some explained in-story) as the show was now produced by Sony's own Adelaide Productions. The series, despite having some of the same writers and producers from the previous show, failed to achieve the same success and was cancelled after only one season. But, not before the original Ghostbusters (portrayed by their Real actors) made an appearance in the two-part series finale.

The Real Ghostbusters complete series DVDs by Time Life.

At the conclusion of Extreme, all was quiet on the animated Ghostbusters front until two movie-centric episodes, “Citizen Ghost” and “Patners in Slime”, were included as special features on the 2005 re-release of Ghostbusters II. The following year, three bare-bones collected DVDs were released with four episodes on each. This was the first time The Real had been available on home video since the original VHS releases during the show’s run. Sales were sufficient enough that Time Life produced a full-series collection in 2008, which included steelbook cases (replaced with similar plastic cases in later releases) with design sketches inside, an episode guide and a bonus disk of additional content. Fans got the chance to vote for the set’s packaging: a slimed black box with some images on it, or a reproduction of the firehouse (pitched using an image of the real New York firehouse). The firehouse packaging won out, resembling the cartoon firehouse with two lenticular holograms. The steelbooks within were later individually released as season sets. The set was further broken down in 2016 by Sony Home Entertainment into 10 volumes, each containing a dozen or so episodes and reusing some of the Time Life artwork. The first five volumes were put together in a box set at the time of their release, and in 2017 all 10 volumes were gathered together into a single box. The pilot was restored and included as a special feature on the limited edition 35th anniversary re-release of both films.

The RetroAction figures on display with the included Firehouse backdrop.

In 2011, five sets of Minimates figures based on the series were made, while Mattel produced a line of Reto-Action action figures; 7” dolls with cloth uniforms. Beginning in 2018, Diamond Select Toys released new action figures based on the cartoon as part of their Ghostbusters toyline; both with and without a piece of the Firehouse diorama. Although the show has yet to return to its own comic series, several references have been made to it in 88MPH’s Ghostbusters: Legion and throughout IDW’s ongoing Ghostbusters series, as well as a couple of back-up features set in the animated world.



EPISODE GUIDE (* indicates also rerecorded with Coulier & Soucie):
Season 1:
“Ghosts R Us*” (9/13/86) – Slimer accidently frees a ghost family, who seek to get revenge on the Ghostbusters by being better Ghostbusters.

“Killerwatt” (9/20/86) – The Ghostbusters must remove an electrical ghost from the city’s power plant.

“Mrs. Roger’s Neighborhood*” (9/27/86) – The Ghostbusters investigate a haunted house which turns out to be a decoy for a larger plot to open the containment unit.

“Slimer, Come Home*” (10/4/86) – Slimer runs away from home and gets involved with mean Poltergeists, whose leader wants to absorb him and other ghosts to become invincible.

“Troll Bridge*” (10/11/86) – A troll comes to New York and his family come looking for him, taking over a bridge and threatening the city unless he’s returned.

“The Boogieman Cometh*” (10/18/86) – Meghan and Kenny Carter come to the guys to get the Boogieman out of their closet, leading to the revelation that Egon has encountered him before.

“Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream*” (10/25/86) – To bring peace to the world the Sandman seeks to put everyone to sleep…for 500 years.

“When Halloween Was Forever” (11/1/86) – Samhain, the spirit of Halloween, is freed and seeks to stop time and make Halloween last forever.

“Look Homeward, Ray” (11/8/86) – Ray is invited to participate in a parade in his hometown, but a jealous rival casts some spells releasing a creature on the town.

“Take Two” (11/15/86) – While overseeing the production of their movie, the guys have to face a ghost terrorizing the studio demanding absolute quiet.

“Citizen Ghost” (11/22/86) – Reporter Cynthia Crawford gets the story of what happened following the Gozer battle and how Slimer came to live with them.

“Janine’s Genie” (12/6/86) – Janine comes to possess a genie, which seems to grant her wishes but is really allowing more ghosts to enter the world.

“Xmas Marks the Spot*” (12/13/86) – The guys unknowingly rescue Ebenezer Scrooge from the three spirits in the past, resulting in the end of Christmas in the present.

“Knock, Knock” (11/6/87) – Construction workers accidentally find and open a door that unleashes a horde of supernatural entities that seek to transform the entire world.

“Station Identification” (12/9/87) – Ghosts attempt to take over the world via their own television station, which they can use to transport themselves through any TV.

“Play Them Ragtime Boos” (11/26/87) – Ghostly trumpet player Malachi seeks to turn back time by playing “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

“The Spirit of Aunt Lois” (11/9/87) – Ray’s Aunt Lois hires a phony psychic to remove ghosts from her house, but ends up enraging them instead.

“Sea Fright” (11/10/87) – A ghostly pirate ship comes to New York to reclaim their treasure.

“Cry Uncle” (11/12/87) – Egon’s Uncle Cyrus, not believing in ghosts, forces Egon to quit the team and the guys’ trying to convince Cyrus otherwise results in Mr. Stay Puft being freed.

“Adventures in Slime and Space” (9/15/87) – Egon’s new invention causes Slimer to split into millions of little copies, roaming around and sliming the entire city.

“Night Game” (9/22/87) – Winston ends up caught in an ancient battle between good and evil whose fight takes the form of their surroundings: a baseball game.

“Venkman’s Ghost Repllers” (10/20/87) – Peter’s father sells phony ghost repelling ponchos that causes a science expedition to become trapped in the New Jersey Parallelogram.

“The Old College Spirit” (11/27/87) – Peter’s old fraternity calls the guys to remove the ghosts of former students who were expelled and swore revenge on the university.

“Ain’t NASA-Sarily So” (11/17/87) – The guys trek to space to rescue the new space platform from a power sucking ghost.

“Who’re You Calling Two-Dimensional?” (9/24/87) – The guys investigate the haunting of Walt Fleishman’s old studio where they enter a cartoon world and meet his creation Dopey Dog.

“A Fright at the Opera” (10/26/87) – Valkyries are terrorizing the opera at the behest of the Phantom of the Opera.

“Doctor, Doctor” (10/13/87) – A chemical plant bust leaves the guys covered in slime they can’t remove, which seems to have a powerful hunger to feed off other ectoplasm.

“Ghost Busted” (10/22/87) – Slow business force the guys to take other jobs before they find their new niche: crime busting!

“Beneath These Streets” (11/25/87) – Ray discovers ghosts have disrupted the grease flow to the rotating pillar holding up Manhattan, resulting in earthquakes and heat waves.

“Boo-Dunit” (10/30/87) – Winston must solve a late mystery author’s final story in order to remove the ghosts acting it out in her house.

“Chicken, He Clucked” (10/19/87) – A deranged man uses magic books to remove all the chickens from the world, but the demon who helped him wants out of the deal.

“Ragnarok and Roll” (9/16/87) – Heartbroken Jeremy uses a magic flute to bring about the end of the world.

“Don’t Forget the Motor City” (12/3/87) – WWII gremlins interfere with the operations of a Detroit Generous Motors plant.

“Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?” (10/28/87) – Peter’s favorite rock-star singer Shanna O’Callahan turns out to be a banshee who wants to use her concert to spread chaos across the country.

“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost” (10/9/87) – The guys are summoned to a mansion to bust the ghost of Uncle Horace, who turns out to be the one who actually called them.

“Hanging by a Thread” (12/10/87) – The guys are put in the position to retrieve the Shears of Fate of the Three Fates from the underworld before a demon gets them.

“You Can’t Take it With You” (10/14/87) – A billionaire opens a doorway to the afterlife to take his money with him, unleashing a horde of ghosts on the world.

“No One Comes to Lupusville” (10/5/87) – The guys end up enlisted in a war between vampires and the original residents of Lupusville.

“Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin” (10/29/87) – The guys believe a real goblin in a fake sideshow is causing havoc in all the surrounding towns.

“The Man Who Never Reached Home” (10/12/87) – Simon Queg has been cursed for 100 years to never reach home, and when Ray tries to help him he inherits the curse himself.

“The Collect Call of Cathulhu” (10/27/87) – The spawn and cult of Cathulhu steal the Necronomicon from the library in order to bring Cathulhu back to Earth.

“Bustman’s Holiday” (11/13/87) – Ray must eliminate the ghost in his inherited Scottish castle, which causes two warring clans to rise up and resume their centuries-old fight.

“The Headless Motorcyclist” (11/3/87) – The guys have to save the descendant of Ichabod Crane from the Headless Horseman and Peter from being framed for the Horseman’s latest victim.

“The Thing in Mrs. Faversham’s Attic” (11/4/87) – Peter, reminded of his mother, takes Mrs. Faversham’s case for free to remove the ghost in her attic.

“Egon on the Rampage” (12/8/87) – Reporters mucking with the guys’ equipment causes Egon’s soul to be exchanged with that of a demon’s.

“Lights! Camera! Haunting!” (12/7/87) – A movie director enlists real ghosts to appear in his picture in exchange for help in eliminating the guys.

“The Bird of Kildarby” (10/6/87) – The mayor hires the guys to remove the ghosts from an Irish castle erected in Central Park.

“Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster” (9/29/87) – It’s up to Janine to save the guys from a powerful elder god.

“Apocalypse—What, Now?” (11/18/87) – Janine accidentally unleashes the Four Horsemen by reading a book, bringing the Apocalypse to New York.

“Lost and Foundry” (10/16/87) – A ghost becomes fused with molten steel, and everything made from it comes to life seeking to bring itself back together.

“Hard Knight’s Day” (11/30/87) – Peter’s date drags him to a tapestry display where they come to life seeking to drag his date back in with them.

“Cold Cash and Hot Water” (10/8/87) – Peter’s father uncovers a demon trapped in black ice in Alaska, which in a cash grab he frees in New York.

“The Scaring of the Green” (11/16/87) – In exchange for getting the guys out of legal trouble, police chief O’Malley asks them to help rid his family of a leprechaun’s curse.

“They Call me MISTER Slimer” (9/18/87) – To earn money Slimer becomes the bodyguard for a bullied kids, but then the bullies hire their own monsters to deal with Slimer.

“Last Train to Oblivion” (11/24/87) – Peter is trapped on a train racing to oblivion whose conductor, Casey Jones, seeks redemption for a terrible train crash a century ago.

“Masquerade” (12/1/87) – Peter makes bullied Kenny Fenderman a Junior Ghostbuster and gives him an untested device, prompting his antagonists to challenge Kenny to stay in a haunted house.

“Janine’s Day Off” (9/14/87) – While Egon visits Janine’s relatives with her, the others deal with an imp infestation at the firehouse.

“The Ghostbusters in Paris” (10/23/87) – Workers accidentally break a device in Gustave Eiffel’s secret lab, releasing the ghosts held within the Eiffel Tower.

“The Devil in the Deep” (12/4/87) – Necksa, ruler of the sea elementals, declares war on the surface world for their constant pollution of the oceans.

“Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral” (11/11/87) – The guys face the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday at Tombstone, Arizona.

“Ghostbuster of the Year” (10/1/87) – A woman hires the guys to remove the ghost from Hearst Castle for the title of Ghostbuster of the Year.

“Deadcon I” (12/2/87) – Ghosts hold a convention at a hotel and the owners want them out.

“The Cabinet of Calamari” (9/30/87) – A magician sends Peter through his cabinet into another dimension.

“A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn” (11/20/87) – A ghost possesses the geranium Janine takes back to her place, causing it to grow large enough to conquer the city.

“The Revenge of Murray the Mantis” (11/2/87) – Ghosts possess the Murray the Mantis parade balloon, and the guys’ only chance to beating it rests with Mr. Stay Puft.

“Rollerghoster” (9/23/87) – A carnival cashes in on the guys by having a roller coaster called Ecto-1, which ends up taken over by ghosts.

“I Am the City” (11/23/87) – Babylonian god Marduk and the dragon Tiamat wage their ancient battle in New York City.

“Moaning Stones” (11/5/87) – Winston is the only person who can banish the demon released by three ancient stones.

“The Long, Long, Long, Etc. Goodbye” (10/7/87) – A private detective’s ghost helps the guys free a thief who was possessed by an Egyptian curse 40 years ago.

“Buster the Ghost” (9/21/87) – A disgraced tooth fairy, Buster, tries to befriend the guys by bringing ghosts right to them.

“The Devil to Pay” (11/19/87) – Peter, Winston and Ray go on a game show run by a minor demon who seeks to claim their souls and become the next Devil.

“Slimer, is that You?*” (9/26/87) – A ghost challenges Egon in a battle of the mind for New York—just as Egon ends up with his mind switched with Slimer’s.

“Egon’s Ghost” (9/28/87) – Egon’s invention causes him to phase slightly out of reality, rendering him essentially a ghost.

“Captain Steel Saves the Day” (9/17/87) – The hero and villain from a comic about to be cancelled escape from the pages and bring their adventures to the real New York.

“Victor the Happy Ghost” (10/15/87) – The guys take in a ghost too cute to bust, not know it’s really a hideous malevolent spirit.

“Egon’s Dragon” (10/2/87) – The guys accidentally awaken a large dragon that Egon’s ancestor had summoned centuries earlier.

“Dairy Farm” (9/25/87) – The guys go on vacation at Ray’s cousin’s farm, but discover the former owners’ ghosts remain to ensure their farm is taken care of.

“The Hole in the Wall Gang” (10/21/87) – A haunted house is full of holes where ghosts emerge, and the bigger the hole the bigger the ghost.

Season 2:
“Baby Spookums” (9/12/87) – Slimer decides to take care of a small, friendly ghosts that has wandered into New York, not knowing his parents have come looking for him.

“It’s A Jungle Out There” (9/19/87) – A demon makes animals human-like, using them to help take over the world.

“The Boogeyman is Back” (10/3/87) – A near-fatal fall allows Egon’s fears to get the better of him, giving the Boogeyman a way to escape his realm.

“Once Upon A Slime” (10/10/87) – Slimer places his book on one of Egon’s devices, accidentally bringing its contents to life.

“The Two Faces of Slimer” (10/17/87) – Something escapes the containment unit and possesses Slimer, making him a monster when he sleeps.

“Sticky Business” (10/24/87) – The guys release Mr. Stay Puft for a charity event but end up also freeing a more malevolent entity in the process.

“Halloween II ½” (10/31/87) – Samhain is freed from the containment unit and turns the firehouse into his own personal fortress.

“Loathe Thy Neighbor” (11/7/87) – The guys are hired by a family to find out why weird things happen in their house.

“Big Trouble With Little Slimer” (11/21/87) – Walter Peck returns and after failing to get the guys arrested manages to legally confiscate Slimer and plan his destruction.

“The Copycat” (12/5/87) – A shapeshifter is loose in the firehouse.

“Camping it Up” (12/12/87) – The guys head out on a camping trip that is anything but relaxing.

“The Grundel” (11/14/87) – Lee asks the guys to find out why his brother Alec is doing bad things, and they discover he’s being influenced by a Grundel and in danger of becoming one.

“Transylvania Homesick Blues” (12/11/87) – The guys are hired by a vampire to help prove the giant bat-men attacking a village aren’t of his people.

Season 3:
“The Joke’s On Ray” (9/10/88) – Ray inherits a joke store and releases two imps that feed off practical jokes.

“Flip Side” (9/17/88) – Peter, Egon and Ray are transported to another dimension where ghosts live in the city and mortals are dealt with by the Peoplebusters.

“Poultrygeist” (9/24/88) – A werechicken hatches from the egg the guys recover from a job and bites Egon, turning him into one.

“Standing Room Only” (10/8/88) – Too sick to work, Peter invents a ghost attractor to bring ghosts to the firehouse, but they come to escape an entity that will destroy New York.

“Robo-Buster” (10/15/88) – Janine’s new boyfriend steals the guys’ technology to make a robotic Ghostbuster that seemingly destroys ghosts instead of trapping them.

“Short Stuff” (10/22/88) – The Ghostmaster sends bounty hunters after the guys, resulting in their being shrunk.

“Follow That Hearse” (11/12/88) – A ghost escapes the guys and possesses Ecto-1.

“The Brooklyn Triangle” (11/19/88) – Winston’s father’s construction company unearths a portal to a realm where all lost items go, including Winston and his father.

Season 4:
“Something’s Going Around” (9/9/89) – A ghost supplies the guys with potato crisps that make people allergic to ghosts.

“Three Men and an Egon” (9/16/89) – A clock monster causes Egon to age backward to nothingness.

“Elementary My Dear Winston” (9/23/89) – The ghost of Sherlock Holmes recruits Winston to help him find Moriarty in New York when Watson ends up captured.

“If I Were a Witch Man” (9/30/89) – The guys are called to deal with a witch who wants revenge on the descendants of those who imprisoned her, which includes Egon.

“Partners in Slime” (10/7/89) – Peter has to go to Ghost Town to rescue Louis and Janine from Poso, a ghost who wants to take over the business.

“Future Tense” (10/14/89) – The guys are paid for a job with a new TV which Ray discovers predicts their future, including their deaths.

“Jailbusters” (10/21/89) – The guys are captured by ghosts and put on trial, leaving Janine, Louis and Slimer to save them.

“The Ghostbusters Live! From Al Capone’s Tomb!” (10/28/89) – The guys await the arrive of Al Capone’s ghost but end up transported to the other side instead.

“Trading Faces / Transcendental Tourists” (11/18/89) – A Slimer lookalike sends Slimer and Louis into Ghost World. / A vacationing ghost family seeks to remove anything that interrupts their peace and quiet.

“Surely You Joust / Kitty-Cornered” (11/25/89) – The guys must rescue Janine from a medieval fate. / Slimer finds a wish-granting cat.

“Slimer’s Curse / Til Death Do Us Part” (12/2/89) – Slimer’s lottery winnings are paid in cursed money. / The guys’ temporary replacement for Janine is a ghost who wants to marry Egon.

“It’s About Time / The Ransom of Greenspud” (12/9/89) – An accident with a trap sends the guys and Slimer back to 1959. / Ghosts abduct Slimer to exchange him for Spiderlegs’ freedom.

“Revenge of the Ghostmaster / Loose Screws” (12/16/89) – The Ghostmaster returns and casts a spell on the guys disabling all electronics around them. / Slime breaks a trap and poorly repairs it, resulting in the essence from the next ghost trapped to ooze out and bring objects to life.

“Venk-Man! / Slimer Streak” (12/23/89) – Peter is turned into a powered superhero. / The guys have to play games in order to stop the train they’re stuck on.

“The Halloween Door” (10/29/89) – A group wants to eliminate Halloween, breaking a seal in the process and loosening Boogaloo on the world.

Season 5:
“Russian About” (10/27/90) – The guys must stop a Russian cult from awakening one of the Old Ones.

“The Haunting of Heck House” (9/29/90) – Peter regales local kids with the story of when the guys had to spend the night in a haunted house without their packs.

“You Can’t Teach an Old Demon New Tricks” (9/15/90) – The guys end up in another dimension where they meet a demon who insists on Ray teaching him magic tricks.

“Janine, You’ve Changed” (9/8/90) – The guys realize Janine has gone through many unexplained changes over the years, learning there’s a supernatural reason behind it.

“Mean Green Teen Machine” (10/6/90) – A trio of pizza-loving ghosts invade the guys’ dreams in order to trap them forever.

“Spacebusters” (10/13/90) – Winston gets to go up to a space station where a ghost is absorbing the life force of anyone there.

“Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” (11/24/90) – The guys return from a vacation only to discover a family of ghosts had moved into the firehouse.

“Very Beast Friends” (12/8/90) – Two Sumerian gods possess Peter and Ray in order to have a definitive ending to their millennial-long fight.
“Ghostworld” (9/22/90) – A ghost uses an amusement park to capture the guys, leaving only a sick Egon and his mother to save them.

“Afterlife in the Flast Lane” (11/17/90) – A ghost gamesmaster takes a charity race and brings it to the Netherworld.

“The Slob” (11/3/90) – Dweeb makes an arrangement with the Glob to capture Slimer in exchange for freeing the Sleaze.

“Busters in Toyland” (12/15/90) – The guys have to rescue Louis’ nephew from Toyland after Louis gives him toys possessed by ghosts.

“My Left Fang” (10/20/90) – A German town requests that the guys save their local ghosts from a creature that feeds on them.

“Stay Tooned” (12/1/90) – An accident brings cartoon character Sammy K. Ferret to life, causing the real world to blend with the animated one.

“The Magnificent Five” (12/22/90) – The guys have a showdown with Black Bart in Texas.

“Deja Boo” (11/10/90) – Dweeb captures Slimer and uses a device to read his mind and learn the vulnerability of ghosts.

Season 6:
“The Treasure of Sierra Tamale” (9/7/91) – Ray and Slimer join Peter’s father to find a treasure in Mexico.

“Not Now, Slimer!” (9/14/91) – While the guys take on a squid ghost, Slimer tries to evade Professor Dweeb.

“Attack of the B-Movie Monsters” (9/21/91) – The guys face off against Japanese movie monster ghosts in Japan.

“20,000 Leagues Under the Street” (9/28/91) – Peter is abducted by giant insects whose leader plans to sacrifice him.

“Slimer for Hire / Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ / Nothing to Sneeze At” (9/10/88) – Slimer helps Rudy walk dogs but Dweeb is after him. / Slimer tries to get Fred past Bruiser to attend a BBQ. / Slimer is in charge when the guys are sick and has to deal with Manx.

“A Mouse in the House / Cash or Slime / Doctor Dweeb, I Presume” (9/17/88) – Manx chases a mouse around the firehouse, causing a mess Slimer is blamed for. / Bruiser keeps Slimer from buying Chilly’s birthday present. / Dweeb tries to nab Slimer at the doctor’s with Janine.

“Pigeon-Cooped / Go-pher It” (9/24/88) – Slimer tries to teach a pigeon how to fly while protecting it from Manx. / Slimer deals with a gopher in his garden.

“Sticky Fingers / Don’t Tease the Sleaze” (10/8/88) – Dweeb interrupts Slimer’s wallpapering of the kitchen. / Slimer attempts to recapture the Sleaze after accidentally releasing him.

“Room at the Top / Tea but not Sympathy / Special Delivery” (10/15/88) – Slimer tries to find a quiet place to enjoy his new comic book. / Manx fakes being sick so Slimer has to take care of him. / Manx tries to get at the food Luigi asks Slimer to deliver for him.

“Out With Grout / Dr. Strangedog” (10/22/88) – Bud and Slimer get Grout a job at a new hotel but must get him back when Dweeb takes over the old one. / Slimer must stop Dr. Strangedog from turning humans into dogs’ servants.

“Slimer’s Silly Symphony / Little Green Sliming Hood / Monkey See, Monkey Don’t” (11/5/88) – Egon gives Slimer a conductor’s baton, inspiring him to start his own symphony. / To stop his watching TV, Peter tells Slimer the story of Little Red Riding Hood. / Rudy is inspired to go into business after seeing an organ grinder.

“Beach Blanket Bruiser / Class Clown / Dog Days” (11/12/88) – Slimer has to prevent Bruiser from spoiling Fred’s fun at the beach. / Slimer has difficulty getting Donald scripts he lost. / Slimer helps Fred pass obedience school.

“The Dirty Half-Dozen / Movie Madness” (10/29/88) – Ghoullem and Zugg put the guys to sleep to get uninterrupted revenge on Slimer. / Slimer helps Bud clean the theater to see his favorite movie for free, but Dweeb has other plans.

“Show Dog Showdown / The Not-So-Great Outdoors / Unidentified Sliming Object” (12/3/88) – Slimer and Fred compete against Dweeb and Elizabeth at a dog show. / Slimer and Chilly encounter mischievous rabbits on a camping trip. / Aliens abduct Slimer.

“Up Close and Too Personal / Sweet Revenge” (12/10/88) – Slimer uses his video camera to catch Manx in embarrassing moments and film Luigi’s commercial. / Dweeb dresses as Slimer on Halloween and ends up doing his chores and being targeted by evil ghosts.

“Rainy Day Slimer / Slimer & the Beanstalk / Space Case” (11/26/88) – On a rainy day Slimer enters his drawing of the amusement park to have fun. / Peter reads Slimer Jack and the Beanstalk. / Slimer gives an alien a tour of the city.

“Scareface “ (10/1/88) – Slimer disguises himself as Scareface to evade Ghoullem and Zugg.

Originally posted in 2014. Updated in 2019.