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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 Animated Timeline Canon. The series originally aired in the fall of 1997, and features a team of younger university-level Ghostbusters who are led by veteran Ghostbuster Egon Spengler. The series only ran 40 episodes, but brought many new fans to the Ghostbusters Franchise.

PlotEdit

Years after the events of The Real Ghostbusters, life in New York has quieted down, and the Ghostbusters retired. Egon Spengler was the only Ghostbuster who still lived at the Firehouse. Egon got a new job teaching at a university, but his course was plagued with low enrollment. After seeing the paranormal events spike after years of no activity, Egon was forced to recruit a new team of Ghostbusters. The new Extreme Ghostbusters team were: Eduardo Rivera, Garrett Miller, Kylie Griffin, and Roland Jackson, all agreed to work for their teacher. Egon trained them on how the equipment worked and how to use it to battle the new ghosts that plagued New York. This new crew battled seemingly more powerful ghosts. However, Egon had aged since his Ghostbuster days, and only occasionally went on missions with the Extreme Ghostbusters following their initial training; Egon's role was more akin the "chief" of the new Ghostbusters. Other characters from the original series included Janine Melnitz, who had come out of retirement to once again handle administrative details for the Extreme Ghostbusters, as well as Slimer. However, Slimer performed less field work and now seemed to be more of Egon's pet.

Season Guide & Episode GuideEdit

Main CharactersEdit

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The four core Extreme Ghostbusters members

  • Kylie Griffin (voiced by Tara Charendoff) had a great knowledge of the paranormal and is an expert on the occult. Unlike the other Ghostbusters, she uses a custom proton pistol and carries the ghost trap on her back.
  • Garrett Miller (voiced by Jason Marsden) was sports nut of the group and possessed great athletic abilities. He was born disabled and was in a wheelchair.
  • Slimer (voiced by Billy West) was the "pet-like" inherited from the original team and often speaks in unintelligible gibberish.

For the full list of characters go Here .

EquipmentEdit

VehiclesEdit

LocationsEdit

Recurring ThemesEdit

One notable recurring theme is that whenever a ghost has done something, when they are trapped or destroyed, everything they did is undone. Here are some examples:

  • The demon Gu Mo steals people's bones, but after he is trapped, his victims have their bones back.
  • Lotan destroys all technology in his presence. After he is destroyed, all technology he damaged works again.
  • The Vampire Clowns ate a lot of people and transformed Eduardo into one of them. After all of them were captured, Eduardo returned to normal and all of their devoured victims reappeared.

Another recurring theme is the romantic interest that a number of the main characters have for each other.

Such as Eduardo and fellow ghostbuster Kylie's ongoing love-hate relationship, where throughout the series they constantly have bickering sometimes heated arguments with each other but have also been shown to be the most concerned for each other. For example Eduardo is often the most distressed when something happens to Kylie, often being the one who saves her from life threatening situations and their occasional subconscious flirtations with each other.

Another example is Janine's near obsessive affection for Egon, with Janine often making advances on him in vain as Egon is often completely oblivious to Janine's feelings for him and even to his own feelings for her.

DevelopmentEdit

In early drafts for the show, Garrett's name was Lucas and Eduardo had a dream of entering the Olympics. In addition to Slimer serving as the comic relief, there was originally going to be a new pet ghost of the Ghostbusters named Gnat, possibly a new friend or rival of Slimer. Gnat was probably removed from the final version of the show because it was decided that one ghost serving as comic relief was enough. Though not much else is known about what the Extreme Ghostbusters show was originally planned to be, it is possible that there were many other characters and elements that didn't make the final cut.[1]

Home Video ReleasesEdit

VHSEdit

In 1998, three VHS volumes of the show were released by Columbia TriStar Home Video, all of which are now out of print. The episodes included on the VHS volumes were:

DVDEdit

Comcast On-DemandEdit

Comcast customers were able to view the show from July 2009 to July 2012 in the kid's section of the Kabillions video on demand "channel". Oddly, it was listed under the name "Ghostbusters Dark". [2]

HuluEdit

The series was added to Hulu starting March 1, 2016. [3] [4] All 40 episodes are available to paid subscribers in both English and Spanish (listed separately as Extreme Ghostbusters en Español). [5] [6]

MerchandiseEdit

Video GamesEdit

TriviaEdit

References in IDW ComicsEdit


  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #1:
    • On Page 21, a photo of the Firehouse utilizes the design from Extreme Ghostbusters.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #3:
    • On Page 8, the Megatrap is based on Trendmasters Deluxe Extreme Ghostbusters line's Kylie Griffin's deluxe Ghost Trap.
    • On Page 9, below Ray's elbow is the Ghost Beacon from "Darkness at Noon, Part 1".
    • On Page 19, Winston has an Extreme Ghostbusters-era Proton Pack strapped on, with a signature Proton Cannister in view.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #5:
    • On Page 9, Celine and Bess from "Witchy Woman" are in the crowd.
    • On Page 12, "Pagan Rituals and Ceremonies" from "Casting the Runes" is also outside Ray's Occult. A version of Kylie Griffin and Pagan makes their debut in the comic. The Orb of Moldova from "The Unseen" is on the book shelf to left of Ray. The magic talisman from "The Crawler" on the book shelf to left of Ray. "Bestiary" from "The Sphinx" can be seen by Kylie.
    • On Page 16, another book in the stack is "Magic of the Runes" from "Casting the Runes".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #6:
    • On Page 1, the book Kylie looks at is Powers of Darkness is from "Witchy Woman".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #8:
    • On Page 10, Roger Baugh is visually based on the Extreme Ghostbusters design of Egon Spengler.
    • On Page 12, one can references "Grease" which featured a Gremlin.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #9:
    • On Cover B, on Ecto's hood is the Gremlin from "Grease".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #11:
    • On Page 2, Winston uses an Extreme Ghostbusters version of the P.K.E. Meter.
    • On Page 10, Kylie is wearing the outfit her animated counterpart wore in the majority of the "Darkness at Noon" two parter.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #12:
    • Cover B features Kylie Griffin. An Ecto-Clone from "Back in the Saddle, Part 1" is in the first "E", Crainiac, of the Vathek, from "Deadliners" is in the "A", Piper from "The Pied Piper of Manhattan" is in the first "T", Luko from The Infernal Machine" is in the "L", and below "SEATTLE" in the post card is S.I.D.N.E.E. from "Back in the Saddle, Part 2".
    • On Page 14, one of the storefronts references Persefineathious from "Mole People".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #13:
    • Cover B is an homage to a scene from the title sequence of Extreme Ghostbusters.
    • On Page 7, Roger teaches at City College of New York - the basis of the fictional college Egon taught at in Extreme Ghostbusters.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #14:
    • On Page 10, Egon points out Roger Baugh's similarities, who indeed shares similarities with Egon - he is based on the Extreme Ghostbusters version of Egon.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #15:
    • On Page 13, the trigger Peter uses is visually based on the one used by Egon for the Ecto-Garbage Truck in "Back in the Saddle, Part 2".
  • In Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters:
    • On Page 9, Ray asks about the Jersey Devil. The Extreme Ghostbusters encountered it in "The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #1:
    • On Page 19, to the right of Wise is a copy of Spengler's Spirit Guide but with the font of Pagan Rituals & Ceremonies from "Casting the Runes".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #2:
    • On Page 18, on Cleese's shelf is The Dragon's Eyes statue from "Eyes of a Dragon". On Janine's computer is a message for Kylie to call her Great Grandma Rose.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #3:
    • On Page 2, on top of the side cabinet is the Ectoplasmic Frequency Monitor from "Grundelesque". In front of the side cabinet is the Ghost Vacuum from "Sonic Youth".
    • On Page 3, the box behind Janine and the ghost contains Pagan Rituals & Ceremonies from "Casting the Runes".
    • On Page 5, Kylie uses the Extreme Ghostbusters-era P.K.E. Meter.
    • On Page 9, the Molta ad above Caste is from "Darkness at Noon, Part 1". Behind the Father Duffy statue is an ad for the Sceptre of Donar from "Bird of Prey".
    • On Page 11, near Janine is Bright Wave High Tech Industries and The LB-7 from "Heart of Darkness".
    • On Page 14, on the vacuum ad is the Donkey ghost from "Sonic Youth".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #5:
    • On Page 1, sitting behind Ray is Chip Hanson from the "Witchy Woman". In that episode, he also first appeared in a coffee shop.
    • On Page 7, Kylie once again uses a P.K.E. Meter based on the one from Extreme Ghostbusters. One of the advertisements references Bright Wave High Tech Industries from "Heart of Darkness".
    • On Page 15, on top of a book shelf is the Leprechaun's Pot from "The Luck of the Irish". On a shelf is a copy of J.N. Kline's Gore Series from "Deadliners". On the shelf is one of the Vocal Pattern Emulators from "Sonic Youth". On the shelf behind Roger is the fragment of the Blarney Stone from "The Luck of the Irish".
    • On Page 16, the ornate rod leaning against the shelf is the staff from Fil Barlow's Extreme Ghostbusters Egon concept art.
    • On Page 17, the P.K. Frequency Scanner from "Dog Days" is on the shelf by the Slime Scooper.
    • On Page 19, Mrs. Hardenbauer from "The Ghostmakers" changes her mind about getting on the elevator. By Egon is a directory that references Piper's Music, a nod to Piper from "The Pied Piper of Manhattan".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #6:
    • On Cover A, there are several easter eggs connected to Janine: to the left of the whale is the Li'l Earth postcard from "A Temporary Insanity" and below the roses is a paper with the Scorpio, Janine's astrological sign, revealed in "The Crawler".
    • On Page 12, Fenris has a cameo. A version of him appeared in "Slimer's Sacrifice".
    • On Page 19, in the lower right corner of the last panel, on the board, is a photo of Surt taken from art done by Tristan Jones.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #10:
    • On Page 1, Carl Rivera from "Rage" appears in panel 2 on the right.
    • On Page 7, the IDW version of Eduardo Rivera is to the right of Ray.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #11:
    • On Page 6, a page shows Luko from "The Infernal Machine" as he is depicted as an angel in "Principia Mathematica", another page shows Sphinx as seen in a page of the Bestiary in "The Sphinx", and another page shows Kahlil as seen in a page of Pagan Rituals & Ceremonies in "Casting the Runes".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #12:
    • On Page 1, one of the wanted posters features the talisman thieves from "The Crawler". In the fourth panel, the side of the binder is marked "G1027" like the file Agents Jack Stone and Harry Gannan filed at the end of "Grease".
    • On Page 9, amid the Times Square ads and displays, on the left side are Bruno's Pawn Shop from "Casting the Runes" and the Molta ad is from "Darkness at Noon, Part 1". In the center (Times Tower) is the Maum ad from "Darkness at Noon" Part 1".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #13:
    • On Page 15, in the refrigerator is Ravana Pickles, a nod to Ravana from "Glutton for Punishment".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #14:
    • On Page 3, Roland Jackson is a guest.
    • On Page 4, on the table by Egon is Kylie's Journal from "Ghost Apocalyptic Future".
    • On Page 5, crossing the street is Mr. O'Toole from "The Luck of the Irish". In the background, there is an advertisement for a new mocha drink. It has the image of the Leprechaun from "The Luck of the Irish". The drink is named after the Leprechaun's weapon of choice, the Shillelagh.
    • On Page 14, floating around is Roland Jackson's Mustang.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #15:
    • On Page 8, on the book shelf are: On the top shelf, Magic of the Runes from "Casting the Runes" and on the middle shelf, Galileo and his Studies of Medieval Poltergeist from "Casting the Runes", Pagan Rituals & Ceremonies from "Casting the Runes", Bestiary from "The Sphinx". Kylie refers to Eduardo by his nickname "Eddie".
    • On Page 15, the Ecto-5 is visually inspired by the Ghost Blastin Buster Bike toy from the Figures and Vehicles set of the Trendmaster Extreme Ghostbusters line.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #17:
    • On Page 11, left of the microscope is a photo of Kylie's Great Grandma Rose, also left of Kylie are the Runes of Kahlil from "Casting the Runes", in front of Kylie is a pack of Tarot Cards, a nod to a scene from "The Infernal Machine", in front of Kylie is her Great Grandma Rose's glasses, and also in front of Kylie is her journal from "Ghost Apocalyptic Future".
    • On Page 13, Melanie sports the Proton Pistol.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #18:
    • On Page 8, the Robobot from "The Infernal Machine" is on the bottom shelf behind the Terror Bird on the right.
    • On Page 12, the La Fleur French Cafe is from "The Crawler" when Janine and Samsa go on a date.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #19:
    • On Page 1, in the background, on the computer screen, is the schematic of the Particle Thrower seen in "A Temporary Insanity".
    • On Page 3, still on the table is Great Grandma Rose's glasses. Also still visible on the table are Kylie's Tarot Cards from "The Infernal Machine".
    • On Page 6, now visible on the table are Kylie's journal and the photograph of Great Grandma Rose. The book to the left of the microscope is Powers of Darkness from "Witchy Woman".
    • On Page 10, the book directly under Peter's knee in panel 4 is the Gore Series book "More Cuts More Blood" seen at the beginning of "Deadliners".
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #20:
    • On Page 3, in the storage room under the table on the left is Egon's Field Projector from "Killjoys".
    • On Page 12, next to Tiyah's apartment building is Beatty Mirror and Glass from "Till Death Do We Start".
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #2:
    • On Page 16, there is an ad around the rink of Molta from "Darkness at Noon" Part 1.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #3:
    • On Page 12, in panel 1, Wu's Curio Shop refers to Agent Michael Wu from "The Eyes of a Dragon".
  • In Ghostbusters: Get Real #1:
    • On Page 21, Janine mistook Egon (RGB) for her ex-boyfriend Roger because Roger is visually based on the Extreme Ghostbusters era Egon and he was voiced by Maurice LaMarche in both animated series.
  • In Ghostbusters: Get Real #2:
    • On Page 2, the Extreme Ghostbusters and their Ecto-1 appear. Ghash's design is based on its appearance in the Extreme Ghostbusters' title sequence.
    • On Page 7, Kylie finishes Kylie's sentence.
    • On Page 9, Kylie is holding a copy of the Bestiary from "The Sphinx".
  • In Ghostbusters: Get Real #3:
    • On Page 12, Kylie has Spengler's Spirit Guide.
    • On Page 18, Kylie grabs the Megatrap. The Megatrap is based on the deluxe Ghost Trap toy that came with the Trendmasters Deluxe Kylie Griffin action figure.
  • In Ghostbusters: Get Real #4:
    • On Page 12, in panel 1, on the shelf right of Winston is Robobot from "The Infernal Machine".
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2015:
    • On the Regular Cover, Kylie Griffin appears with Pagan holding a copy of Spengler's Spirit Guide.
  • In Ghostbusters International #1:
    • On Page 3, Jennifer draws the Tower card. Incidentally, in the episode "The Infernal Machine", Eduardo Rivera drew the Tower card.
    • On Page 12, in panel 6, on Vinter's check is a reference to Kahlil from "Casting the Runes".
    • On Page 15, in panel 2, on the TV set above Peter is the opening shot of Garibaldi's Residence in the episode "The Infernal Machine".
    • On Page 16, Egon is seen using a cane. The animated Egon also temporarily used a cane. This was in "The Sphinx" as well.
  • In Ghostbusters International #2:
    • On Page 11, the comic versions of Eduardo and Pagan make a cameo appearance. The post it note on the register references Great Grandma Rose. On top of stack of books in front of the phone is the Bestiary from "The Sphinx". On the top shelf behind Kylie are Pagan Rituals and Sacrifices from "Casting the Runes" and Magic of the Runes from "Casting the Runes". On the lower shelf is Galileo and His Studies of Medieval Poltergeist from episode "The Infernal Machine".
  • In Ghostbusters International #3:
    • On Page 20, in panel 4, on the left page of the book is a picture of the Sceptre of Donar and on the right page of the book is Harasvelg from the episode "Bird of Prey".
  • In Ghostbusters International #6:
    • On Page 2, Kylie mentions Eduardo Rivera by his nickname "Eddie".
  • In Ghostbusters International #7:
    • On Page 4, on the shelf is the Leprechaun's Pot from the episode "The Luck of the Irish".
  • In Ghostbusters International #10:
    • On Page 15, Egon admits he misses teaching and muses he might return to it someday, a nod to becoming a professor by the time of Extreme Ghostbusters. [7]
  • In Ghostbusters International #11:
    • On Page 21, left of Kevin Tanaka, on the top cabinet label is a reference to the Extreme Ghostbusters and 1997, the year it aired.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2017:
    • On Page 44, Kylie's apartment appears and this version is revealed to be in Queens. In panel 5, a portrait of Kylie's Grandma Rose is seen. The story stars Pagan.
    • On Page 48, the Extreme Ghostbusters make a cameo appearance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Spook Central- Extreme Ghostbusters (THE ORIGINAL VERSION)
  2. http://protoncharging.com/2009/07/23/comcast-now-showing-extreme-ghostbusters/
  3. Hulu Support tweet 2/24/16
  4. Hulu March Premieres 2/22/16
  5. Hulu.com: Extreme Ghostbusters
  6. Hulu.com: Extreme Ghostbusters en Español
  7. Egon Spengler/Animated (2016). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters International #10" (2016) (Comic p.15). Egon Spengler says: "I do miss teaching. Perhaps I'll return to it someday."

External linksEdit

GalleryEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Images provided by Paul Rudoff with permission from Nora Salisbury of The Ghostbusters Fan Forum, co-run with the late Doreen Mulman

Selected CollagesEdit

Selected Primary CanonEdit

Secondary CanonEdit

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