Extreme Ghostbusters

Extreme Ghostbusters
Based on Ghostbusters
by Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Developed by
Voices of
Theme music composer Jim Latham
Opening theme "Ghostbusters" by Jim Cummings
Composer(s) Jim Latham
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Distributor Bohbot Kids Network
Original network Syndication
Original release September 1 (1997-09-01) – December 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
Preceded by The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1992)

Extreme Ghostbusters is an animated television series and a follow-up to the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. It is a part of the Ghostbusters franchise. The series originally aired in late 1997, and features a team of younger college-level Ghostbusters who are led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. In some TV listings, the show was called Ghostbusters Dark.[1]


Set years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters, lack of supernatural activity has put the Ghostbusters out of business. Each member has gone their separate way, except for Dr. Egon Spengler, who still lives in the firehouse to monitor the containment unit, take care of Slimer, further his studies and teach a class on the paranormal at a local college. When ghosts start to reappear, Egon is forced to recruit his lone four students as the new Ghostbusters. These are Kylie Griffin, a goth girl genius and expert on the occult; Eduardo Rivera, a cynical Latino slacker; Garrett Miller, a young white paraplegic athlete who uses a wheelchair; and Roland Jackson, a studious African-American machinery whiz. Filling the cast are Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters' previous secretary who returns to the job, and Slimer, a hungry ghost.

The series follows the adventures of this "Next Generation" of Ghostbusters tracking down and capturing ghosts all over New York and occasionally beyond the city. The series is styled as a supernatural comedy, following the trend set by its predecessor, but given an updated and darker feel. This is reflected by the use of a gritty, rock/punk-inspired variation of Ray Parker, Jr.'s song "Ghostbusters" as the opening theme written by Jim Latham and performed by voice actor Jim Cummings. Recurring themes throughout the series are the new team learning to work together despite their differences, Janine's largely unrequited affection for Egon, the love-hate relationship between Kylie and Eduardo that is never resolved, and the Ghostbusters' frequent clashes with authority figures who disbelieve their work.


Showrunner Bob Higgins told Ability Magazine that the decision to create a new Ghostbusters was taken by the studio, which hoped to reinvigorate a lucrative franchise.[2] Originally announced as Super Ghostbusters in 1996, the initial press release had Janine, teaching history at a local college, bringing together a new team with "a hip new attitude" to face a new plague of ghosts; "short on time and more than a little desperate, Janine turns to four of her teenaged students". (Egon would be "huddled in front of a computer screen, battling program bugs instead of spooks")[3]

The show's creators decided "what we wanted to do was really put together a team of misfits in a way, people that you would not necessarily associate with being superheroes on television": hence Eduardo as a slacker, Roland as a "square", and Kylie as moody and sarcastic, with Garrett as the balance, "an adrenaline junkie... who could kind of kick start the team".[4] Fil Barlow, the designer, was given rough outlines and originally designed all the characters bar Eduardo as girls (Garrett as Lucy and Roland as Julia), with Egon originally designed as bearded and robed. This aspect would be dropped.[5][6] (Barlow pitched "Egon as an ambassador to the ghost realm trying to stop an impending war on the other side")[7]

During production, Lucy/Garrett was found to be quite bland and annoying until producer Jeff Kline suggested putting the character in a wheelchair; Higgins stated this made Garrett more interesting to write, as he was now "one of these guys that takes what he is given and makes the best of it and really lives up to any potential that he has". When designed as Lucy, she was given proton-blasting callipers and crutches but producer Richard Raynis requested the wheelchair instead. (Barlow attempted to show a female character could "be fearless and gung ho" but Raynis requested the gender change) The show ended up winning an award from the Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities for its work on Garrett.[8][9][10]

Various elements would be changed before airing: Egon would replace Janine as the teacher, Slimer lost a goblin sidekick called Gnat, and Garrett was originally "Lucas". Roland was originally a clumsy "gentle giant", Eduardo had a dream of running in the Olympics, and Lucas had a hair-trigger temper.[11] (Some of these still made it to the character profiles on the EGB website)

The team that helmed Extreme Ghostbusters consisted of many producers and writers that had done work on The Real Ghostbusters, including Richard Raynis. As a result, the show was made as an explicit sequel to Real. This made the show one of the few direct sequels to a 1980s cartoon series — other franchises, such as Masters of the Universe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, opted for series relaunches — and as such opted for a more realistic passage of time. Maurice LaMarche was brought back to play Egon Spengler — though Frank Welker and Laura Summer did not return to play Slimer and Janine, respectively. The series would start to have more explicit tie-ins to Real as it went on — "Slimer's Sacrifice" referenced Egon entering the Containment Unit in an episode of Real Ghostbusters: Xmas Marks the Spot; "Grundelesque," was a direct sequel to Real Ghostbusters episode "The Grundel", bringing back the eponymous villain and revealing Kylie lost a friend during its first attack. Finally and notably was the two-part finale "Back in the Saddle", which featured the remaining original Ghostbusters returning and teaming up with their successors — with Dave Coulier (the second voice of Peter Venkman), Buster Jones (the second voice of Winston Zeddemore), and Frank Welker (the voice of Ray Stantz) all reprising their roles.


From left to right in front: Garrett Miller, Kylie Griffin, Eduardo Rivera, and Roland Jackson.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 40 September 1, 1997 December 4, 1997


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Darkness at Noon, Part 1"Rafael RosadoBilly Brown, Dan Angel & Dean StefanSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
When Achira, a disease-spreading entity, is released by a group of subway workers, former Ghostbuster Egon Spengler, now a professor teaching paranormal studies at a New York college, attempts to handle the situation alone. When he fails, his only option is to round up the (only four) students in his class to be the next team of Ghostbusters - but one of them has already fallen to Achira.
2"Darkness at Noon, Part 2"Rafael RosadoBilly Brown, Dan Angel & Dean StefanSeptember 2, 1997 (1997-09-02)
With Achira spreading her disease through a possessed Kylie, Egon, himself infected, helps to train and equip the new recruits for battle.
3"The True Face of a Monster"Rafael RosadoBob Skir & Marty IsenbergSeptember 3, 1997 (1997-09-03)
A rabbi's son creates a golem to ward off vandals who have been spray painting anti-Semitic symbols and destroying the temple late at night, but the golem proves to be too powerful for the boy to control. Meanwhile Garrett reunites with some old friends, unaware that they're the gang responsible for the attacks. (Roland reveals he's familiar with racist abuse, saying he recognises the gang giving him "the 'we don't want your kind' look")
4"Fear Itself"Audu PadenDuane CapizziSeptember 4, 1997 (1997-09-04)
The XGBs investigate strange occurrences in a recently renovated hotel and face a creature that brings to life any intruder's innermost fears. (The fears shown are claustrophobia (Garrett), maggots (Kylie), death (Eduardo), his equipment going dangerously wrong (Roland), and broccoli (Slimer))
5"Deadliners"Scott WoodDuane CapizziSeptember 5, 1997 (1997-09-05)
The XGBs investigate a string of disappearances, and discover the culprits to be Vathek - spirits who enter the mortal realm through writing. They have now taken the form of villains from the stories of famous horror novelist J. N. Kline. (The scenes have many similarities to the Hellraiser films, while Kline is a homage to R. L. Stine; Vathek, the name of the creatures, may come from William Beckford's Gothic novel.)
6"Casting the Runes"Vic Dal CheleJohn SemperSeptember 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
A petty thief steals a pouch of runes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it soon becomes clear that anyone who touches one of the cursed stones will become a slave to a self-proclaimed god. The XGBs must find a way to save the victims when Eduardo becomes one of the demon's chosen slaves. (The title is a reference to a short story by M. R. James.)
7"The Infernal Machine"Bob Fuentes IIISteve RobertsSeptember 9, 1997 (1997-09-09)
The XGBs battle Luko, a demon that jumps to various electronic devices and controls them. Also they become worried when Roland exhibits obsessive behavior in constructing his "infernal machine".
8"Home is Where the Horror Is"Frank SquillaceNeil RuttenbergSeptember 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
The XGBs investigate a house when two boys go missing. They come to find out the house is not just haunted, it is a ghost.
9"Killjoys"Tim EldredAlexx Van DyneSeptember 11, 1997 (1997-09-11)
The XGBs go after vampiric clowns that devour victims that laugh in their presence. When Eduardo captures one of the clowns, he soon begins to turn into one himself. (Egon later wears a special proton pack with floodlights and a modified blaster - this was written in late as it was part of the Egon toy.[19])
10"The Unseen"Tim EldredSiobhan ByrneSeptember 12, 1997 (1997-09-12)
The XGBs have been split up by an accident on a bust. While Kylie and Eduardo track down her missing proton blaster, the others have to deal with a spate of attacks that have cost the victims their eyes.
11"The Crawler"Scott Wood & Gloria JenkinsSteve SlavkinSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
Fed up with Egon not showing her any attention, Janine resorts to making him jealous by dating a handsome Hispanic man, who turns out to be a bug-like monster in search of a queen.
12"The Pied Piper of Manhattan"Rafael RosadoSteve CudenSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
The XGBs are rendered useless when a man appears to be able to lead ghosts away with his piper music. However, things take a turn for the worse when the mayor won't pay the piper.
13"Be Careful What You Wish For"Bob Fuentes IIILara Runnels & Patricia CarrSeptember 24, 1997 (1997-09-24)
A sinister salesman arrives in New York City who can apparently grant people's deepest desires. However, it soon becomes apparent that each of the granted wishes cause more harm than good — particularly for Eduardo, who becomes trapped in Kylie's pampered cat Pagan after wishing she would respect him more. (The heart's desires the Ghostbusters are tempted with are playing in the NBA for Garrett, getting into the Ivy League for Roland, and being with her grandmother again for Kylie.)
14"Grease"Gloria JenkinsSteve RobertsSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
The XGBs must combat a mischievous gremlin on a plane, all the while under the watchful eye of two government agents who see the Ghostbusters as criminals.
15"The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It"Tim EldredErnie Altbacker & James KriegSeptember 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)
The XGBs must protect a town from the Jersey Devil, despite not having any of their equipment.
16"Dry Spell"Vic Dal CheleNeil AlsipSeptember 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
The XGBs must combat a creature that can drain moisture from the human body, and an obsessed oceanographer who wants to capture it.
17"Sonic Youth"Bob Fuentes IIIGreg PincusSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
The hunt to track down a Banshee takes on an extra level of difficulty when the Banshee's peace-loving sister, the Siren, enchants Roland with her beautiful voice.
18"Ghost Apocalyptic Future"Tim EldredSteve PerryOctober 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
A disturbance in the space-time continuum results in Kylie switching places with a rebel fighter from the future, where New York is ruled by a paranormal tyrant called Tempus. In the process, Tempus is split into two versions of himself in both time zones. (The future characters know Kylie, Roland, and Eduardo as legendary heroes of the "Great Ghost War" but don't know who Garrett is. This is played for humor but the underlying implication is Garrett died early on)
19"Bird of Prey"Chris BerkeleyMark HoffmeierOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)
A huge, bird-like dragon known as the Hraesvelg causes the weather in New York to change drastically, and the XGBs must stop it before the weather threatens the city.
20"Seeds of Destruction"Sam LiuRichard MuellerOctober 3, 1997 (1997-10-03)
A seed inhabited by a vengeful paranormal entity causes havoc when it starts transforming plants into overgrown monstrosities that can cause whole buildings to collapse.
21"The Luck of the Irish"Frank SquillaceBrooks WachtelNovember 3, 1997 (1997-11-03)
A recently-released leprechaun has set out on a vendetta to persecute those it believes stole his pot of gold, with matters becoming even more complicated when he curses Garrett with bad luck.
22"The Ghostmakers"Vic Dal CheleMark AmatoNovember 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Reports are coming in of people acting strangely. Eduardo is possessed by a mirror-inhabiting demon which mimics his behaviour - but not perfectly. Eduardo's spirit is consigned to a spirit realm where even other ghosts cannot see or hear him.
23"Slimer's Sacrifice"Gloria JenkinsAdam GiladNovember 5, 1997 (1997-11-05)
Slimer accidentally becomes trapped in the Containment Unit and the Ghostbusters are being picked off one by one by an aggressive dog-like monster called Fenris. Eduardo decides he must save the green spud by travelling into the Containment Unit, leaving the others to stop the demon god Surtr's plot to bring about Ragnarök. (Several older monsters appear, most crucially the Siren and Banshee - the former implied to be at risk of assault if she doesn't follow Surtr's commands) *Note: Egon mentions to Roland that he has gone into the containment unit before, referring to the episode "X-Mas Marks the Spot" from the "The Real Ghostbusters" series, where Egon entered the containment unit to find the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
24"Grundelesque"Vic Dal CheleMartin OlsonNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)
The Grundel appears to be hunting after children again, but when Egon reveals that the original Ghostbusters captured the Grundel years ago, Kylie realises that this new Grundel is actually connected to Jack, her long-lost childhood friend. (A direct sequel to "The Grundel", a Real Ghostbusters episode that aired ten years before)
25"In Your Dreams"Chris DozoisSteven MelchingNovember 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)
Morpheus, the dream ghost, uses an obnoxious talk-radio DJ to turn people's dreams into living nightmares.
26"Moby Ghost"Alan CaldwellRichard StanleyNovember 10, 1997 (1997-11-10)
When an entity that resembles a whale causes electronic chaos across the city, the XGBs must join forces with a spectral hunter in order to stop the creature.
27"Fallout"Chris BerkeleyBruce Reid SchaeferNovember 12, 1997 (1997-11-12)
The XGBs have to devise a new plan when an entity that feeds on nuclear isotopes is unaffected by their Proton Packs. Janine leaves town to see her relatives. She has a sister named Doris.
28"Eyes of a Dragon"Sam LiuJoseph KuhrNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
After a Chinatown merchant disappears, the XGBs find that people across Chinatown are having their bones stolen.
29"Till Death Do We Start"Tim EldredLane RaichertNovember 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
A city yuppie asks the XGBs for protection when he is plagued by an undead bride.
30"Glutton for Punishment"Gloria JenkinsSteven MelchingNovember 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)
Citizens across New York are going into inexplicable feeding frenzies, and the problem comes too close to home for comfort when it seems the disorder has also affected Slimer. Can the Ghostbusters stop him from eating the entire firehouse?
31"Ghost in the Machine"Bob Fuentes III & Tim EldredSteve CudenNovember 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
When a formerly abandoned oil well is reopened, an old spirit escapes and starts possessing vehicles.
32"Dog Days"Chris DozoisBarry HawkinsNovember 26, 1997 (1997-11-26)
The XGBs must combat problems of a canine nature when a demonic dog enslaves all dogs in the city.
33"Mole People"Vic Dal CheleReed MoranNovember 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)
A string of power outages is blamed on a group of people living underground, but the XGBs discover that a quartet of energy-based ghosts are the true culprits.
34"A Temporary Insanity"Tim EldredRichard MuellerNovember 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)
When Janine goes on vacation, the XGB hire a temp to handle her workload, but it becomes obvious that the temp isn't all that she seems.
35"Rage"Frank SquillaceThomas Pugsley & Greg KleinDecember 1, 1997 (1997-12-01)
With the Firehouse being sprayed for bugs, Egon is forced to move in with Eduardo. The arrangement is complicated with a troll on the loose in the city and Eduardo's brother (who despises him for being a Ghostbuster) responding as part of the NYPD.
36"Heart of Darkness"Gloria JenkinsNeil RuttenbergDecember 2, 1997 (1997-12-02)
A recent spate of thefts of electrical equipment and a set of priceless crystal skulls bring Egon into contact with an old associate. (Of note, Dr. Edward Kirilian is voiced by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor John de Lancie.)
37"The Sphinx"Bob Fuentes III & Tim EldredSteve RobertsDecember 5, 1997 (1997-12-05)
A sphinx is turning Manhattan's intellectuals into blathering idiots as punishment for not solving his riddle. Meanwhile, Egon is depressed over getting old and starts to impose himself in the Ghostbusters' field work. (Note: Originally aired as the third last episode of the series, so it was set before "Back in the Saddle". As he mentions, Egon's only 39. Near the end, Egon calls Garrett "Ray" by mistake.)
38"Witchy Woman"Alan CaldwellRobin BernheimDecember 8, 1997 (1997-12-08)
Three teenaged witches try to recruit Kylie into their coven to bring about a spirit that will grant them more power, but when Kylie refuses, they recruit the oblivious (and infatuated) Eduardo.
39"Back in the Saddle, Part 1"Tim EldredGary Stuart Kaplan & Larry SwerdloveDecember 3, 1997 (1997-12-03)
Janine arranges a unique birthday present for Egon's 40th birthday: a reunion with Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore (The Real Ghostbusters). However, the surprise is spoiled by a growing friction between the old and new Ghostbusters. (Note: Part 1 of the series finale. Venkman says he tried to pitch another Ghostbusters film to Hollywood; a Ghostbusters film was the focus on an early Real episode.)
40"Back in the Saddle, Part 2"Chris BerkeleyBrooks WachtelDecember 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
The Extreme Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters must put aside their differences when a mysterious entity begins devouring people, boats, and even whole towns down the length of the Eastern American Seaboard. The problem only grows worse when the Ghostbusters discover it is heading for Manhattan and that it has come from the Bermuda Triangle. (Note: The conclusion to the two part series finale.)


The cartoon series generated a line of action figures released by Trendmasters. The line included Roland, Eduardo, Kylie, and several ghosts, as well as an updated version of Egon Spengler, and the Ecto-1; Garrett did not have a figure released, although collectors have found a prototype figure. Also released was a role playing Proton Pack and Ghost Trap.

Home video

In 1999, three VHS volumes of the show were released by Columbia TriStar Home Video, all of which are now out of print. These videotapes were available to purchase separately or as a packaged boxed set containing all three volumes. The episodes included on the VHS volumes were:

A two disc DVD set of the series was released in Australia on June 2, 2009[20] and in the UK on June 15 the same year[21] containing the first thirteen episodes of the series.

Video games

Three video games based on the series were also created, Extreme Ghostbusters for the Game Boy Color, Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1 for Game Boy Advance and Extreme Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Invasion for the PlayStation. There are also two PC games: Extreme Ghostbusters: Zap The Ghosts! and Extreme Ghostbusters Creativity Centre.


The original website (still available online) contained a Flash tour of the Firehouse, character profiles, descriptions of the ghosts fought, and a Flash game. Some of the character details in the profiles had never made it into an episode.

The "Spengler's Spirit Guide" section contained journal entries by "Egon" himself, about haunted areas and the how-to of ghostbusting. Two of the entries, The Bermuda Triangle and The Jersey Devil, were topics that showed up in episodes.[22]

Reception and legacy

In a retrospective of the show, SFX referred to the "consensus that any extension of the Ghostbusters brand requires a whole new team of newbies to take on the mantle" and that Extreme Ghostbusters was the first time it was put into practice. The failure of the show, blamed by the showrunners on poor US scheduling and the decline of non-educational children's syndication in favor of carriage on networks such as Fox Kids and Kids' WB and cable channels ("broadcast mid-morning in a slot only suitable for pre-schools," though some American stations still did carry the show between 3:00pm and 5:00pm in the afterschool period), was seen by SFX as showing "the appeal of Ghostbusters was only partially the concept... that it's the characters we love above all must be a sobering thought for anyone charged with rebooting Ghostbusters again." The show was also noted for being aimed at "a slightly more adolescent audience with a tougher edge", "clearly intended to test the boundaries of child-friendly horror" and the Eduardo/Kylie relationship pushed the edges of the ratings.[23]

The character of Kylie Griffin appeared in the IDW comics in the 2010s.

See also


  1. The Complete SFX Guide to Ghostbusters (2014), "Extreme Makeover" (pg 190)
  2. "ABILITY Magazine "Extreme Ghostbusters"". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  3. "Spook Central: "Extreme Ghostbusters - The Original Version"". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  4. "ABILITY Magazine "Extreme Ghostbusters"". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  5. The Complete SFX Guide to Ghostbusters (2014), "Extreme Makeover" (pg 119)
  6. Barlow's DeviantArt section: XGB: Early Concept ~ Female Characters, XGB: Early Concept ~ Julia
  7. "Egon: Conceptual Design XGB". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. "DeviantArt: "XGB: Early Concept ~ Lucy ~ Part 1 by filbarlow"". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  9. "Lucy - Part 2". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  10. "ABILITY Magazine "Extreme Ghostbusters"". Abilitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  11. "Spook Central: "Extreme Ghostbusters - The Original Version"". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  12. "ExtremeGhostbusters.com - Egon". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  13. "Extreme Ghostbusters - Janine". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  14. "Extreme Ghostbusters.com - Eduardo". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  15. "ABILITY Magazine". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  16. "'Ghostbusters' Gets New Recruits This February In IDW's Ongoing Series - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  17. Extreme Ghostbusters episode 19 Bird of Prey"
  18. Extreme Ghostbusters episode 23 Slimer's Sacrifice
  19. AJ Quick (2010-01-11). "GB Fans "Killjoys"". Gbfans.com. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  20. "Extreme Ghostbusters - Volume 1 (2 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  21. "Extreme Ghostbusters [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Maurice LaMarche, Jason Marsden, Pat Musick, Alfonso Ribeiro, Rino Romano, Tara Strong, Susan Tyrrell, Billy West, David Prince, Gary Anthony Sturgis, Alan Caldwell, Chris Berkeley, CategoryCultFilms, CategoryKidsandFamily, CategoryMiniSeries, CategoryUSA, Extreme Ghostbusters - Season 1 (Vol. 1) - 2-DVD Set ( Extreme Ghostbusters - Season One - Volume On, Extreme Ghostbusters - Season 1 (Vol. 1) - 2-DVD Set, Extreme Ghostbusters - Season One - Volume One, Extreme Ghost busters - 13 Episodes: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  22. "Extreme Ghostbusters.com: Spengler's Spirit Guide". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  23. The Complete SFX Guide to Ghostbusters (2014), "Extreme Makeover" (pg 118-22)
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