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The Real Ghostbusters
EPISODE GUIDE

In this animated update of the hit motion picture, the Ghostbusters are up to their same old tricks, keeping the city safe from demons, curses, spooks and every other off-the-wall weirdness known (and unknown) to mortal man. This time they have help from their old nemesis Slimer ("Onionhead"), a new arsenal of weapons, and an occasional assist from their faithful secretary Janine Melnitz.

In 1988, the series was part of a one-hour block of Ghostbusters cartoons (it was joined with the newly created "Slimer!" series) known as "Slimer! And The Real Ghostbusters."

There are officially six seasons, with Season 1 being divided into "Season 1 - Network (ABC)" and "Season 1 - Syndicated". These are noted by "1n" and "1s", respectively, in the list below. The "Season" column, which is the default sorting method, lists the episodes based upon the official season designations and the production numbers. You can find the exact production numbers on each episode page.

The "DVD #" column lists the episodes in the order from The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection DVD box set. This is almost the same as the Season order, except primarily for seasons 1-Network, 2, and 6, where some episodes were rearranged to better fit the series continuity. If you'd like to know which episodes are on which volumes and discs, please consult the DVD Complete Set Breakdown.

Although I'm referring to them as "episodes", as most people do, what is listed below are all 140 The Real Ghostbusters STORIES. These stories were put together into 134 episodes, with six episodes from Season 4 containing two stories each. The two-story episodes are listed as .1 and .2 in the "DVD #" column.

The episode numbers listed on the individual pages are based on the production numbers.

OTHER EPISODES: Alternate Episodes page. Information about a historically significant unproduced Real Ghostbusters script

MISSING HEADER IMAGES: There are several episodes that do not have header images because I have not had a chance to do the multimedia for them. Also, I'd like to eventually redo the header images I currently have with larger higher-quality versions pulled from the TimeLife DVD set. The episodes missing header images are: Chicken, He Clucked; Elementary My Dear Winston; Future Tense; Ghostworld; Hanging By A Thread; If I Were A Witch Man; It's About Time; Jailbusters; Kitty-Cornered; Loose Screws; Partners In Slime; Revenge Of The Ghostmaster; Slimer Streak; Slimer's Curse; Something's Going Around; Surely You Joust; The Collect Call Of Cathulhu; The Devil To Pay; The Ghostbusters Live From Al Capone's Tomb; The Haunting Of Heck House; The Ransom Of Greenspud; Three Men And An Egon; Til Death Do Us Part; Trading Faces; Transcendental Tourists; Venk-Man!; and When Halloween Was Forever.

REGARDING AIRDATES: The airdates come from TV.com and are probably completely INCORRECT! The only one that I know to be correct is "The Halloween Door", and that's due to its special Sunday primetime airing. I'm guessing that the editors at TV.com just simply assumed one new episode aired each week, regardless of whether it was a 15-minute or 30-minute episode, or was in a one-hour block or not, and just ran through each Saturday on the calendar until they ran out of episodes. I WOULD NOT TAKE ANY OF THESE AIRDATES AS FACT! In fact, the reason Time-Life's DVD box set doesn't list airdates in the liner book is because there is no concrete record of when each episode first aired. A project has been started in an attempt to come up with a more accurate list of airdates. You can read about it on the Ghostbusters Wiki.

GUIDE CREDITS: Compiled by Paul Rudoff. Episode Synopses written by Caroline Craig (copyright © 1997 by Caroline Craig, used with permission). Series Synopsis (seen above) written by Paul Rudoff, with the first sentence based on text from Jeff Lenburg's "The Encyclopedia Of Animated Cartoons". Additional information provided by Paul Rudoff (myself), Sheila Paulson, Alex Newborn, Paul Tower, Andrew Ellis, James Eatock, Anne Langsdorf, Michael Reaves, Juan Ruvalcaba, MrMichaelT, and "Elctrowolf".

Click on the column headers in the table below to sort the list by that column's data.

Season DVD # Air Date Episode Title
1n-01 2 9/20/1986 Killerwatt
1n-02 1 9/13/1986 Ghosts 'R Us
1n-03 9 11/8/1986 Look Homeward, Ray
1n-04 3 9/27/1986 Mrs. Roger's Neighborhood
1n-05 12 12/6/1986 Janine's Genie
1n-06 4 10/4/1986 Slimer, Come Home
1n-07 5 10/11/1986 Troll Bridge
1n-08 6 10/18/1986 The Boogieman Cometh
1n-09 7 10/25/1986 Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream
1n-10 8 11/1/1986 When Halloween Was Forever
1n-11 10 11/15/1986 Take Two
1n-12 11 11/22/1986 Citizen Ghost
1n-13 13 12/13/1986 X-Mas Marks the Spot
1s-01 14 11/6/1987 Knock, Knock
1s-02 15 12/9/1987 Station Identification
1s-03 16 11/26/1987 Play Them Ragtime Boos
1s-04 17 11/10/1987 Sea Fright
1s-05 18 11/9/1987 The Spirit of Aunt Lois
1s-06 19 11/12/1987 Cry Uncle
1s-07 20 9/15/1987 Adventures in Slime and Space
1s-08 21 9/22/1987 Night Game
1s-09 22 10/20/1987 Venkman's Ghost Repellers
1s-10 23 11/27/1987 The Old College Spirit
1s-11 24 11/17/1987 Ain't NASA-Sarily So
1s-12 25 9/24/1987 Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?
1s-13 26 10/26/1987 A Fright at the Opera
1s-14 27 10/13/1987 Doctor Doctor
1s-15 28 10/22/1987 Ghost Busted
1s-16 29 11/25/1987 Beneath These Streets
1s-17 30 10/30/1987 Boo-Dunit
1s-18 31 10/19/1987 Chicken, He Clucked
1s-19 32 9/16/1987 Ragnarok and Roll
1s-20 33 12/3/1987 Don't Forget the Motor City
1s-21 34 10/28/1987 Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?
1s-22 35 10/9/1987 Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?
1s-23 36 12/10/1987 Hanging By a Thread
1s-24 37 10/14/1987 You Can't Take it With You
1s-25 38 10/5/1987 No One Comes to Lupusville
1s-26 39 10/29/1987 Drool, the Dog Faced Goblin
1s-27 40 10/12/1987 The Man Who Never Reached Home
1s-28 41 10/27/1987 The Collect Call of Cathulhu
1s-29 42 11/13/1987 Bustman's Holiday
1s-30 43 11/3/1987 The Headless Motorcyclist
1s-31 44 11/4/1987 The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic
1s-32 45 12/8/1987 Egon on the Rampage
1s-33 46 12/7/1987 Lights! Camera! Haunting!
1s-34 47 10/6/1987 The Bird of Kildarby
1s-35 48 9/29/1987 Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster
1s-36 49 11/18/1987 Apocalypse -- What, NOW?
1s-37 50 10/16/1987 Lost and Foundry
1s-38 51 11/30/1987 Hard Knight's Day
1s-39 52 10/8/1987 Cold Cash and Hot Water
1s-40 53 11/16/1987 The Scaring of the Green
1s-41 54 9/18/1987 They Call Me MISTER Slimer
1s-42 55 11/24/1987 Last Train to Oblivion
1s-43 56 12/1/1987 Masquerade
1s-44 57 9/14/1987 Janine's Day Off
1s-45 58 10/23/1987 The Ghostbusters in Paris
1s-46 59 12/4/1987 The Devil in the Deep
1s-47 60 11/11/1987 Ghostfight at the O.K. Corral
1s-48 61 10/1/1987 Ghostbuster of the Year
1s-49 62 12/2/1987 Deadcon I
1s-50 63 9/30/1987 The Cabinet of Calamari
1s-51 64 11/20/1987 A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn
1s-52 65 11/2/1987 The Revenge of Murray the Mantis
1s-53 66 9/23/1987 Rollerghoster
1s-54 67 11/23/1987 I Am the City
1s-55 68 11/5/1987 Moaning Stones
1s-56 69 10/7/1987 The Long, Long, Long, Etc. Goodbye
1s-57 70 9/21/1987 Buster the Ghost
1s-58 71 11/19/1987 The Devil to Pay
1s-59 72 9/26/1987 Slimer, Is That You?
1s-60 73 9/28/1987 Egon's Ghost
1s-61 74 9/17/1987 Captain Steel Saves the Day
1s-62 75 10/15/1987 Victor the Happy Ghost
1s-63 76 10/2/1987 Egon's Dragon
1s-64 77 9/25/1987 Dairy Farm
1s-65 78 10/21/1987 The Hole in the Wall Gang
2-01 80 9/12/1987 Baby Spookums
2-02 84 10/17/1987 The Two Faces of Slimer
2-03 81 9/19/1987 It's a Jungle Out There
2-04 86 10/31/1987 Halloween II 1/2
2-05 88 11/21/1987 Big Trouble With Little Slimer
2-06 85 10/24/1987 Sticky Business
2-07 82 10/3/1987 The Bogeyman Is Back
2-08 83 10/10/1987 Once Upon a Slime
2-09 89 12/5/1987 The Copycat
2-10 90 12/12/1987 Camping it Up
2-11 91 11/14/1987 The Grundel
2-12 79 12/11/1987 Transylvanian Homesick Blues
2-13 87 11/7/1987 Loathe Thy Neighbor
3-01 92 9/17/1988 Flip Side
3-02 93 9/24/1988 Poultrygeist
3-03 94 9/10/1988 The Joke's on Ray
3-04 95 10/8/1988 Standing Room Only
3-05 96 10/15/1988 Robo-Buster
3-06 97 10/22/1988 Short Stuff
3-07 98 11/19/1988 The Brooklyn Triangle
3-08 99 11/12/1988 Follow That Hearse
4-01 100 9/9/1989 Something's Going Around
4-02 101 9/16/1989 Three Men and an Egon
4-03 102 9/23/1989 Elementary My Dear Winston
4-04 103 9/30/1989 If I Were a Witch Man
4-05 104 10/7/1989 Partners in Slime
4-06 105 10/14/1989 Future Tense
4-07 106 10/21/1989 Jailbusters
4-08 107 10/28/1989 Live! From Al Capone's Tomb
4-09 109.1 11/18/1989 Trading Faces
4-10 109.2 11/18/1989 Transcendental Tourists
4-11 110.1 11/25/1989 Surely You Joust
4-12 110.2 11/25/1989 Kitty-Cornered
4-13 111.1 12/2/1989 Slimer's Curse
4-14 111.2 12/2/1989 Til Death Do Us Part
4-15 112.1 12/9/1989 It's About Time
4-16 112.2 12/9/1989 The Ransom of Greenspud
4-17 113.1 12/16/1989 Revenge of the Ghostmaster
4-18 113.2 12/16/1989 Loose Screws
4-19 114.1 11/11/1989 Venk-Man!
4-20 114.2 12/23/1989 Slimer Streak
4-21 108 10/29/1989 The Halloween Door
5-01 116 10/27/1990 Russian About
5-02 117 9/29/1990 The Haunting of Heck House
5-03 118 9/15/1990 You Can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks
5-04 115 9/8/1990 Janine, You've Changed
5-05 119 10/6/1990 Mean Green Teen Machine
5-06 120 10/13/1990 Spacebusters
5-07 121 11/24/1990 Guess What's Coming to Dinner
5-08 122 12/8/1990 Very Beast Friends
5-09 123 9/22/1990 Ghostworld
5-10 124 11/17/1990 Afterlife in the Fast Lane
5-11 125 11/3/1990 The Slob
5-12 126 12/15/1990 Busters in Toyland
5-13 127 10/20/1990 My Left Fang
5-14 128 12/1/1990 Stay Tooned
5-15 129 12/22/1990 The Magnificent Five
5-16 130 11/10/1990 Deja Boo
6-01 134 10/5/1991 20,000 Leagues Under the Street
6-02 132 9/21/1991 Not Now, Slimer!
6-03 131 9/14/1991 The Treasure of Sierra Tamale
6-04 133 9/28/1991 Attack of the B-Movie Monsters