Parents' Guide to

The Real Ghostbusters

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animated series expands on the beloved '80s comedy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

I like how the ghostbusters are back in this series. I think kids would love this series.
age 3+

Harmless cartoons for kids

My kid just loved hHalloween when he was 2, I later showed him some scenes of the Ecto 1 as he also loves cars and was hooked with it. As Netflix had the series, I showed it to him. He has seen the whole series onces, has a lot of toys and knows the Ghosbusters song (English not being his native language). Sometimes he says he sees a ghost, but we show him that ghosts aint real and I made him a proton pack with a light he can turn on so he isn´t afraid. The cartoon is cute and after a while they retcon to fantasy as the plot for each episode is thin and predictable. The must dangerous thing about it, is that you´ll have the theme song stuck in your head as it plays at least 3 times per episode.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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