This show is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It's another childhood gem of mine, I honestly saw this show before I even knew about the film itself. This show has so much going for it, there have been many movie to TV show adaptations in the past but this show I feel gets it to perfection because of correct execution. Not just did it successfully capture the spirit of the movie but it also expanded upon its mythos broadening the world the Ghostbusters inhabited which help the show stand on it's own; this show was way before the concept of expanded universe was even thought out from the series of "Star Wars" novels, "Power Ranger" comic series, TV show "Ash vs. The Evil Dead" you name it. The music is great and memorable, not just including the original theme song but having plenty of their own tracks which I could listen to on my iPod. From some tracks that are spooky to even some tracks that are fun and catchy, it really fits and reinforces the nature of the show.Animation is great, I really like how they animated the New York backdrop capturing most of the city itself. However, it's really the character animation I like from the Ghostbusters themselves whom don't look like the actors from the original film but that's a good thing, it just means this show isn't trying to imitate its predecessor. Each of them is unique and even like their uniforms are colored which helps in the distinction. Though I feel the best character animation are the ghosts themselves, there is just a huge variety of them as they range from comical to even creepy and scary. Action is solid it's always fun seeing the Ghostbusters use their proton packs. But I also like that we see them use science as well as old fashioned common sense to solve each of the ghost problems which keeps things fresh and shows it takes more than weapons and fancy equipment to solve most problems.The voice cast is excellent, they are all spot on with the characters, this show has a great ensemble. I really love the fact each of them isn't imitating the characters but taking all the aspects we know and love about the characters and having their own interpretation of them; they all play off each other well. And what I love about each of the Ghostbusters was there was always some as aspect of them I could emphasize with which gave them somewhat accessible heroes because they feel like the kind of every day people were friends with or even pass by.
Frank Welker my favorite voice actor he's great as Ray Stantz I really like how as usual shows the smarts, but we get to see a little more of his geekdom and childlike sensibility which I can emphasize with as I'm a fan of animation and into comic books. Maurcie La Marche another favorite voice actor of mine as Egon Spangler whom to me is almost like a Vulcan as he is constantly scientific, logical and serious, though I always like some of the back and forth between Jannie and him, there was always this hint of a possible romance between the two. Arsenio Hall as Winston Zeddemore is dryly funny because he's kind of the straight man/down to earth guy of the bunch. I really like how he reacts on certain things it feels like how any of us would and despite not a scientist like the rest he has common sense/street smarts which is very useful and a good balance for their scientific minds and methods.Though my favorite of course and is no surprise to anyone is Peter Venkman played by the late great Lorenzo Music. Lorenzo Music is one of my favorite voice actors ever, and this is my favorite role from him. He really nails the persona of Venkman whom is really layback or lazy/slacker but does his job either because he's willing to do the right thing or just bored. I can't but feel he could be Ash Williams cousin almost because like Ash he can be smart sometimes but a real bonehead, has a magnetism with the ladies despite his flaws, and he can also be borderline selfish and selfless but cares about others all the same and comes though which is an aspect I can emphasize with.I like that the show can be kind of scary sometimes, but these scares are harmless fun like going on a haunted house ride, all the scary displays you go though can't hurt you. However, what excels this show is in it's humor. This show is just hilarious and has some of the best dialog I ever heard, there are just lots of memorable lines and quotes that it would take more than one watch to uncover them all. Another thing the show excels in is writing it is just superb. Each episode was always a welcome surprise, I always wondered what was going to be the next adventure they get into, what kind of ghost/s are they going to face next. There were some good writers on staff like J Michael Stracynski which is cool since he's one of my favorite comic book writers. There are lots of memorable episodes like "No One Comes to Lupus Vile" which displays one of the first crossover fights between monsters, the "Boogeyman" which was cool seeing the Busters deal with a childhood fear that appears real. And there is also "Knock, Knock" and "The Collect Call from Cthulhu" which are both inspired and an ode to H.P. Lovecraft lore."The Real Ghostbusters" are a real deal.Rating: 4 stars
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