Today, I finally get to talk about the old live action TV show, The Ghost Busters, from 1975. I talked a bit before about this show back in 2007 when I discussed the difference between The Real Ghostbusters cartoon and the Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon. As I said earlier, I actually like the old Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon so I was excited to finally go back and check out the TV show that spawned the cartoon.
The show first aired in 1975. It lasted for one season of 15 episodes. It starred Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Bob Burns as bumbling paranormal detectives who use a “ghost dematerializer” gadget to send said ghosts back to the netherworld.
The show made use of several famous monters in its 15 episodes including Jeckyll & Hyde, Dr Frankenstein and his monster, the Red Baron, Billy the Kid and, in the episode I’m about to look at, Dracula and his wife.
Here’s Dracula and his wife. Since this show is a comedy, the duo are characterized as very slaptick and goofy.
It’s interesting, the episode several times mentions that they are the GHOSTS of Dracula and his wife, which doesn’t really make a whole hell of a lot of sense. They interact as if they are corporeal vampires, but in the beginning and the way they are dispatched in the end seems to suggest that they are ghosts. Weird.
The whole episode is weird and the humor is…eh. At one point, Larry Storch’s Spencer is turned into a vampire. To ward all the vampires off, Forrest Tucker’s Kong hands them a “wooden steak” (Haha! Get it?). Of course the vampires look at it oddly at first and then they theatrically recoil in horror when they realize it’s a “wooden steak”. That’s the level of hilarity throughout this episode. Plus, there are constant jokes about how Dracula can’t remember anything because he’s getting old and he’s constantly running into walls when he turns into a bat.
When it’s finally time to dispatch the vampire “ghosts” Kong grabs the “ghost dematerializer” and disintegrates Dracula and his wife back to wherever the hell they came from.
So I’ve finally watched this show. It’s not great. Definitely a product of the time, but the concept is solid. I’ll check out a few of the other episodes with other more famous monsters. I’m really interested in checking out the episode with Billy the Kid’s ghost!
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