A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ridding the world of malicious ghosts is a positive thing, sure, but it's also clear the crew is doing this job mainly for money (there are frequent references to being paid).
Positive Role Models
The Ghostbusters work well as a team, and regularly head into dangerous situations to try and help others. Ray acts as a protective caretaker toward the goopy green ghost Slimer, who works for the good guys in this series (unlike in the original film).
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence, often involving laser-type weapons meant to contain ghosts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The guys' secretary Janine pines over Egon, just like in the original Ghostbusters movie, but there's really nothing naughty or suggestive about it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Real Ghostbusters is an animated series spun off the mega-popular 1984 movie Ghostbusters (the "Real" was added to avoid confusion with an unrelated cartoon of the same name). The core characters remain the same, though the cartoon is skewed toward younger kids and as such, drops the swearing, the smoking, and the sexual innuendo. While the Ghostbusters do spend their days vanquishing evil, the monsters and phantoms they encounter are often quite silly (some of them even make wisecracks) and not too scary.
Is It Any Good?
If you're judging this show strictly on its own merits -- and not as a guilty pleasure for fans of the original movie who are feeling nostalgic -- it's merely OK, and definitely dated. But for true Ghostbuster devotees, it can be fun to see how the show expands on (and in some ways, rewrites) the mythology of the original movies. The cartoon ran for a somewhat astonishing seven seasons, which gave The Real Ghostbusters plenty of time to explore the day-to-day operations of the Ghostbusters' business and the characters' backstories. Some familiar adversaries from the past appear, like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and meddling EPA agent Walter Peck, along with countless new creepy-crawlies. The troublemaking ghost Slimer (who was a bad guy in the film) gets a personality makeover and serves as a pet and mascot, helping the guys hunt and contain his spooky brethren. He has, however, retained his never-ending hunger for junk food.
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