Real Ghostbusters: Episode Guide

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The Real Ghostbusters was on the air from 1986 until 1991 when it was finally cancelled. In total 140 episodes were produced across 7 seasons, in addition to a spin off show Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters. The show aired on ABC's Saturday Morning block of animated programming, and also had a concurrent run of syndicated cartoons that aired on weekdays, which were separate from the ABC episodes. Due to the regular and syndication episodes, Season 2 and Season 3 aired at the same time.

Seasons

  • Season 1 of the Real Ghostbusters first aired on ABC Saturday Mornings on September 13th 1986. It featured Lorenzo Music as Peter Venkman, Maurice LaMarche as Egon Spengler, Frank Welker as Ray Stantz & Slimer, Arsenio Hall as Winston Zeddmore, and Laura Summer as Janine Melnitz. A total of 13 episodes were produced with huge sucess.
  • Season 2 of the Real Ghostbusters ran syndicated on weekdays in 1987. Stations showing the syndicated episodes ran the from this season for years, and eventually included the rest of the episodes from the first and following seasons into the syndication schedule.
  • Season 3 of the show saw serious changes in direction of the series. During Early 1988 the show was changed to an hour format and the Season 1 shows where shown along with Season 3. However the episodes from Season 1 had the voices of Lorenzo Music (Peter Venkman) and Laura Summer (Janine Melnitz) removed and instead voiced by Dave Coulier and Kath Soucie.
  • Season 4 was when the hour block was renamed "Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters". It was reformatted to a more kid-friendly show. Including two 15 minute long Slimer! episodes and one 30 minute The Real Ghostbusters episode put in the middle of them.
  • Season 5 had serious changes to the show with Ghostbusters II in theaters that summer the cartoon was re-tuned to fit with the movie. The most noticeable change was with Louis Tully added. The "Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters Format was changed to one 15 minute Real Ghostbusters episode, a 30 minute Real Ghostbusters episode and a 15 minute Slimer! episode.
  • Season 6 the show now was of two 30 minute The Real Ghostbuster episodes but the intro and show title remained "Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters" In fact they even updated the music of the intro to the new sort of hard rock style version of Ray Parker, Jr. music. Sometimes this season is said to have the least likable music and animation effects, and many blame it for the end of the Animated Series.
  • Season 7 was the final season and only had four episodes. It was changed to a half hour block with one The Real Ghostbusters episode. However, like season 6 the title of the show and intro was still "Slimer! and The Real Ghostbusters". Interestingly towards midway in the season ABC canceled other shows and the real Ghostbusters moved back to the 9/10 slot with a hour show to end the run.

Episode Listing

Season Episode Title Airdate Writer
1
1
Ghosts R Us September 13, 1986 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
1
2
Killerwatt September 20, 1986 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
1
3
Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood September 27, 1986 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
1
4
Slimer, Come Home October 4, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
1
5
Troll Bridge October 11, 1986 Bruce Reid Schaefer
1
6
The Boogieman Cometh October 18, 1986 Michael Reaves
1
7
Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream October 25, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
1
8
When Halloween Was Forever November 1, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
1
9
Look Homeward, Ray November 8, 1986 Marc Scott Zicree
1
10
Take Two November 15, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
1
11
Citizen Ghost November 22, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
1
12
Janine's Genie December 6, 1986 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
1
13
Xmas Marks the Spot December 13, 1986 J. Michael Straczynski
2
1
Janine's Day Off September 14, 1987 Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
2
2
Adventures in Slime and Space September 15, 1987 David Gerrold
2
3
Ragnarok and Roll September 16, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
4
Captain Steel Saves the Day September 17, 1987 Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
2
5
They Call Me MISTER Slimer September 18, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
6
Buster the Ghost September 21, 1987 Robert Loren Fleming & Keith Griffen
2
7
Night Game September 22, 1987 Kathryn M. Drennan
2
8
Rollerghoster September 23, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
9
Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional? September 24, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
10
Dairy Farm September 25, 1987 Larry DiTillio
2
11
Egon's Ghost September 28, 1987 Michael Reaves
2
12
Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster September 29, 1987 Michael Reaves
2
13
The Cabinet of Calamari September 30, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
14
Ghostbuster of the Year October 1, 1987 Mark Edens
2
15
Egon's Dragon October 2, 1987 Kathryn M. Drennan
2
16
No One Comes to Lupusville October 5, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
17
The Bird of Kildarby October 6, 1987 Craig Miller & Mark Nelson
2
18
The Long, Long, Long, etc. Goodbye October 7, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
2
19
Cold Cash and Hot Water October 8, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
20
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost? October 9, 1987 Arthur Byron Cover & Lydia Marano
2
21
The Man Who Never Reached Home October 12, 1987 Kathryn M. Drennan
2
22
Doctor, Doctor October 13, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
23
You Can't Take It With You October 14, 1987 Richard Mueller & Durnie King
2
24
Victor, the Happy Ghost October 15, 1987 Michael Reaves
2
25
Lost and Foundry October 16, 1987 Mark Edens
2
26
Chicken, He Clucked October 19, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
27
Venkman's Ghost Repellers October 20, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
28
The Hole in the Wall Gang October 21, 1987 David Gerrold
2
29
Ghost Busted October 22, 1987 Michael Reaves
2
30
The Ghostbusters in Paris October 23, 1987 Randy Lofficier
2
31
A Fright at the Opera October 26, 1987 Mark Edens
2
32
The Collect Call of Cathulhu October 27, 1987 Michael Reaves
2
33
Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie? October 28, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
2
34
Drool, the Dogfaced Goblin October 29, 1987 Linda Woolverton
2
35
Boo-dunit October 30, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
2
36
The Revenge of Murray the Mantis November 2, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
37
The Headless Motorcyclist November 3, 1987 Randy Lofficier
2
38
The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic November 4, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
39
Moaning Stones November 5, 1987 Steven Barnes
2
40
Knock, Knock November 6, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
2
41
The Spirit of Aunt Lois November 9, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
42
Sea Fright November 10, 1987 Arthur Byron Cover & Lydia Marano
2
43
Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral November 11, 1987 Mark Edens
2
44
Cry Uncle November 12, 1987 Bruce Reid Schaefer
2
45
Bustman's Holiday November 13, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
46
The Scaring of the Green November 16, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
47
Ain't NASA-sarily So November 17, 1987 Craig Miller & Mark Nelson
2
48
Apocalypse -- What, NOW? November 18, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
49
The Devil to Pay November 19, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
2
50
A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn November 20, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
51
I Am the City November 23, 1987 Richard Mueller
2
52
Last Train to Oblivion November 24, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
53
Beneath These Streets November 25, 1987 Richard Mueller & Daniel Pitlik
2
54
Play Them Ragtime Boos November 26, 1987 Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
2
55
The Old College Spirit November 27, 1987 John Shirley
2
56
Hard Knight's Day November 30, 1987 Bruce Reid Schaefer & Steve Perrin
2
57
Masquerade December 1, 1987 Craig Miller & Mark Nelson
2
58
Deadcon 1 December 2, 1987 Mark Edens & Michael Edens
2
59
Don't Forget the Motor City December 3, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
2
60
The Devil in the Deep December 4, 1987 J.M. DeMatteis
2
61
Lights! Camera! Haunting! December 7, 1987 Marc Scott Zicree
2
62
Egon on the Rampage December 8, 1987 Marc Scott Zicree
2
63
Station Identification December 9, 1987 Marc Scott Zicree
2
64
Hanging by a Thread December 10, 1987 William Rotsler & Richard Mueller
2
65
Transylvanian Homesick Blues December 11, 1987 Michael Reaves
3
1
Baby Spookums September 12, 1987 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
3
2
It's a Jungle Out There September 19, 1987 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
3
3
Slimer, Is That You? September 26, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
3
4
The Bogeyman Is Back October 3, 1987 Michael Reaves
3
5
Once Upon a Slime October 10, 1987 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
3
6
The Two Faces of Slimer October 17, 1987 Michael Reaves
3
7
Sticky Business October 24, 1987 Richard Mueller
3
8
Halloween II 1/2 October 31, 1987 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
3
9
Loathe Thy Neighbor November 7, 1987 Michael Reaves
3
10
The Grundel November 14, 1987 J. Michael Straczynski
3
11
Big Trouble with Little Slimer November 21, 1987 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
3
12
The Copycat December 5, 1987 Michael Reaves
3
13
Camping It Up December 12, 1987 Michael Reaves
4
1
The Joke's on Ray September 10, 1988 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
4
2
Flip Side September 17, 1988 Tony Marino
4
3
Poultrygeist September 24, 1988 Duane Capizzi & Steven Roberts
4
4
Standing Room Only October 8, 1988 Richard Mueller
4
5
Robo-Buster October 15, 1988 Francis Moss
4
6
Short Stuff October 22, 1988 Richard Mueller
4
7
Follow That Hearse November 12, 1988 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
4
8
The Brooklyn Triangle November 12, 1988 Richard Mueller
5
1
Something's Going Around September 09, 1989 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
5
2
Three Men and an Egon September 16, 1989 Joe Landon
5
3
Elementary My Dear Winston September 23, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
4
If I Were a Witch Man September 30, 1989 Charles Kaufman
5
5
Partners in Slime October 07, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
6
Future Tense October 14, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
7
Jailbusters October 21, 1989 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
5
8
The Ghostbusters Live! from Al Capone's Tomb! October 28, 1989 J. Michael Straczynski
5
9
The Halloween Door October 29, 1989 J. Michael Straczynski
5
10A
Trading Faces November 18, 1989 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
5
10B
Transcendental Tourists November 18, 1989 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
5
11A
Surely You Joust November 25, 1989 Tony Marino
5
11B
Kitty-Cornered November 25, 1989 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
5
12A
Slimer's Curse December 02, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
12B
Til Death Do Us Part December 02, 1989 Pat Allee & Ben Herst
5
13A
It's About Time December 09, 1989 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
5
13B
The Ransom of Greenspud December 09, 1989 Stan Phillips
5
14A
Revenge of the Ghostmaster December 16, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
14B
Loose Screws December 16, 1989 Pat Allee & Ben Herst
5
15A
Venk-Man! December 23, 1989 Richard Mueller
5
15B
Slimer Streak December 23, 1989 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
6
1
Janine, You've Changed September 8, 1990 J. Michael Straczynski
6
2
You Can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks September 15, 1990 Larry DiTillio
6
3
Ghostworld September 22, 1990 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
6
4
The Haunting of Heck House September 29, 1990 J. Michael Straczynski
6
5
Mean Green Teen Machine October 6, 1990 Jules Dennis
6
6
Spacebusters October 13, 1990 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
6
7
My Left Fang October 20, 1990 Sean Roche
6
8
Russian About October 27, 1990 J. Michael Straczynski
6
9
The Slob November 3, 1990 Pamela Hickey & Dennys McCoy
6
10
Deja Boo November 10, 1990 Chuck Menville, Richard Mueller, Pamela Hickey, Dennys McCoy, & Michael Reaves
6
11
Afterlife in the Fast Lane November 17, 1990 Tony Marino
6
12
Guess What's Coming to Dinner November 24, 1990 Jules Dennis
6
13
Stay Tooned December 1, 1990 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
6
14
Very Beast Friends December 8, 1990 Gordon Bressack
6
15
Busters in Toyland December 15, 1990 Mark McCorkle & Bob Schooley
6
16
The Magnificent Five December 22, 1990 Sean Roche
7
1
The Treasure of Sierra Tamale September 11, 1991 Jules Dennis & Richard Mueller
7
2
Not Now, Slimer! September 21, 1991 Len Janson & Chuck Menville
7
3
Attack of the B-Movie Monsters September 28, 1991 Jules Dennis & Richard Mueller
7
4
20,000 Leagues Under the Street October 5, 1991 Jules Dennis & Richard Mueller