This is a pleasant and unexpected surprise. While I’ve been working on 28 year old Ghostbusters II food campaigns (Ecto-Containment Tag) Netflix (US) has added 5 seasons of The Real Ghostbusters to stream for at least US, CA, UK, and AUS subscribers.
The Real Ghostbusters ran for 7 seasons on both Saturday mornings and usually weekly syndication between 1986-1991. I’m not sure why for example Netflix has 78 episodes under season 1. Also for example there season 3 begins with Flip Side, which should be the beginning of season 4.
If you live in a country where The Real Ghostbusters can also be streamed through Netflix, please let me know.
*Update: April 21, 2017*
Thanks to ghosthead Rolando at Ghostbusters Mexico, The Real Ghostbusters is steaming through Netflix in Mexico and Latin America. (Ghostbusters Mexico)
Before their could ever be a The Real Ghostbusters version of ECTO-1 from Kenner, their had to be a prototype and approval from guys in casual apparel.
An internal photo print of said prototype was posted by the Facebook group, Ghostbusters Incorporated Worldwide. This proto Ecto-1 is based off the The Real Ghostbusters promo. It still looks cool, feels delicate and doesn’t appear it would fit a single figure, let alone three. Remember a Real Ghostbuster of your choosing usually sat in the gunner chair up on the roof of Ecto-1.
I wonder if internal photos of proto first series hero figures are out there.
Personal events during recent Septembers had me feeling like it would have been too personal to review The Real Ghostbusters first season episode, Slimer, Come Home. After re-watching episode 4 yesterday and being reminded its a children’s cartoon, it might have been okay.
I didn’t plan it this way last week, by reviewing Troll Bridge, then coming back to Slimer, Come Home I reviewed an episode 30 years later from its original air date. It might be a really long time before this ever happens again. Or sometime in November.
This week The Real Ghostbusters are having a busy week dealing with poltergeists and making big party plans for Winston’s birthday. If The Real Ghostbusters didn’t have enough to do, Slimer takes off, (not for his spin off show…yet) and needs some help from the team.
Will Slimer, Come Home?
Source: Volume 1, Disc 1
Six years ago next week became one of the hardest and saddest times in my life. Last year in this week a different hard and sad time in my life began.
This year with The Real Ghostbusters 30th anniversary at times would like to watch and review episodes in order. That episode this time around would have been Slimer, Come Home. In my head it felt like it’d be sad for me, maybe a little much. I want to go back to episode 4 from season 1 soon as I’m up to it.
Today I preferred to watch the next memorable episode, dealing with trolls in NYC. How will The Real Ghostbusters handle them if they can’t exactly use their proton throwers?
30 years ago today The Real Ghostbusters aired to the delight of ghostheads. Episode 1, the infamous Ghosts ‘ R Us is somewhat of a origin story and in 21 minutes explains why they’re The Real Ghostbusters!
For 7 seasons our animated Ghostbustin’ heroes went on adventures (along with originally that green guy) 6 days a week. The guys couldn’t do it alone. Janine not only ran the office, (equipment not standard at other offices) when the need arose was a Ghostbuster in her own right. With animated business mostly good on and off screen Louis would join the team to handle the fictional records. And continue practicing his Ghostbusters skills.
This week officially marked the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The iconic science fiction show was entering adulthood when The Real Ghostbusters was still in its infancy. Thirty years later, The Real Ghostbusters is pretty much as beloved as Star Trek.
On November 17, 1987 episode 24, Ain’t NASA-sarily So aired. Written by Craig Miller and Mark Nelson, it directly referenced Star Trek in fun ways.
Unless you were already a Trekkie/Trekker or knew someone in your family, most the references went out into space. That was the certainly the case of me, as I was 9 years old. I was probably aware of Star Trek, I knew very little about it. It would be about a year or so before I would have watched a Star Trek movie. It wouldn’t be until 1993 where I was able to watch my first complete Star Trek series on a weekly basis. I was well into adulthood when I watched the original series in order.
Before their could ever be episodes of The Real Ghostbusters something had to be created to show how an animated Ghostbusters series would work. What would the characters look like, what about their personalities? How about the environment around them? What would the equipment look like? What would the ghosts look like?
Prior to September 1986 when an animated spin off was a logical progression (or so it would seem) to the blockbuster Ghostbusters a short pilot was made. This promo, (also later used to advertise The Real Ghostbusters for Saturday mornings) began to give us the universe of The Real Ghostbusters with a short story. All in less then 5 minutes.
As this was before a single episode had been made, their isn’t any dialogue. ‘Ghostbusters’ plays throughout.