Space Ghost Coast to Coast TV Poster Image

Space Ghost Coast to Coast



Off-beat animated talk show isn't for little kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters are nasty to each other. Violence is used to solve conflict.


Frequent cartoon violence. For example, one episode shows a bird violently attacking a grasshopper.


Some references to sex and sexual issues, like virginity.


Occasional "ass" and some derogatory terms like "sissy" and "cream puff."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to alcohol use. Some characters deal with drinking problems.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon -- which was inspired by a much-more-innocent 1970s Hanna-Barbera show -- is meant for a mature audience. It includes edgy jokes about the overweight, people with mental illness, sex, criminal activity, radiation and cancer, drinking and drugs, and a host of other titillating subjects. Episodes often involve violence, such as when a monster attacks the compound and kills most of the crew. Most of the violence is off screen, but descriptions of blood and gore are vivid.

What's the story?

SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST is a mock talk show starring Space Ghost, an animated 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon character. Space Ghost (voiced by George Lowe), sits behind a desk in an animated studio and interviews real, non-animated celebrities who appear on a TVscreen beside him. Joining Space Ghost on the show is his evil praying-mantis bandleader Zorak (C. Martin Croker), and the show's producer, Moltar (also Croker), a man made of lava. Both of them disdain Space Ghost; they regularly complain about him and often insult him directly. As for Space Ghost himself, he's not terribly bright, often arrogant, and rather oblivious to those around him -- he regularly ignores his guests, who don't usually seem to even notice.

Is it any good?


Though animated, Space Ghost Coast to Coast isn't intended for kids (it airs as part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line up for a reason). Jokes about being depressed because of a failing marriage, constantly throwing around insults (which include jokes about being a "sissy" or "cream puff"), and references to being drunk or wanted for murder make this edgy show a better fit for teens and adults. The disjointed relationship between the animated and the real only adds to the show's bizarre, surreal humor.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why children's cartoons are sometimes made for adults. Can you think of songs, other TV shows, or anything else that's been transformed from kid fare to grown-up material? How do you feel about these types of transformations?

TV details

Premiere date:April 15, 1994
Cast:Andy Merrill, C. Martin Croker, George Lowe
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of Space Ghost Coast to Coast was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written byKoboChat November 21, 2012

Being specific always helps.

(I know that most people won't trust this due to the fact that many kids like to write reviews for horribly inappropriate things saying "THIs iS GUD 4 AGES 4 ND UP!!!!!!!!!!!", but please hear me out with this review.) One thing that the people at Common Sense Media have failed to mention is that for the first 6 seasons, this show was on the regular Cartoon Network lineup rather than [adult swim], and it was rated TV-PG (Look on the show's wikipedia page if you thing I'm lying.) The entire review on the main page relates to the last two seasons, which is pretty unfair because only 25% of the show was actually on [adult swim]. If you want a parental review of the first 6 seasons, head over to the IMDB page for the show. It has a much more detailed content advisory page that contains different data for each season as the show goes on. I'd say the first 6 seasons would be fine for ages 10 and up, and the rating the Common Sense Media page has at the moment is accurate for seasons 7 and 8.
Adult Written byUltimateMom April 9, 2008

This show is great. Read This Please.

My son and I watch this show on Comcast On Demand Together and we both think it is halarious. This show is great for all ages but is a little complacated. I think it should be rated G. This show rocks. Language- not a problem at all. And the violence is cartoon violence. No sexual content at all. It is just a great show for all ages. I think it should be on cartoon network instead of Adult Swim, because it is a show this is appropreate for all ages, sort of like Tom and Jerry...
Teen, 15 years old Written bychildsplay176 April 9, 2008

Not a bad show, but not the best Adult Swim show.

This show is funny, and, unlike a lot of other Adult Swim shows, it is not inappropriate. I recommend it to people who have an odd sense of humor.