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.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Season Guide & Episode Guide
- 3 Main Characters
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Vehicles
- 6 Locations
- 7 Recurring Themes
- 8 Development
- 9 Home Video Releases
- 10 Online Viewing
- 11 Merchandise
- 12 Comics
- 13 Trivia
- 14 References
- 15 External links
- 16 Gallery
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 Guide
- Eduardo Rivera (voiced by Rino Romano) was the lazy slacker of the group. He was of Latin American descent.
- 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.
- Roland Jackson (voiced by Alfonso Ribeiro) was the tech and maintenance man of the team. He was from an African American background.
- Egon Spengler (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) was the lookout and mentor of the new team. He donned a pony-tail in these, the later years.
- 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.
- Proton Pack
- Proton Gun
- Proton Cannister
- Proton Pistol
- P.K.E. Meter
- Ghost Vacuum
- Field Projector
- Liquid Oxygen Dispenser Unit
- Containment Unit
- Spengler's Spirit Guide
- Ecto-1 was the prime vehicle they used.
- Ecto-Fire Truck was used as a large Proton Cannon.
- Ecto-Garbage Truck was a large Ghost Trap on wheels.
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.
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. The series was always only going to be 40 episodes.
Home Video Releases
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:
- Volume 1: "Darkness at Noon, Part 1", "Darkness at Noon, Part 2"
- Volume 2: "The Infernal Machine", "Grundelesque"
- Volume 3: "Back in the Saddle, Part 1", "Back in the Saddle, Part 2"
- Extreme Ghostbusters: The Complete First Season - is a Region 2 DVD Box Set available in the UK. It features the first 13 episodes. This is only planned DVD release currently.
- Extreme Ghostbusters: Season One Volume One - is a Region 4 DVD Box Set available in Australia. It features the first 13 episodes. This is only planned DVD release currently.
- There is currently no plan to release the show on DVD in the United States.
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". 
The series was added to Hulu starting March 1, 2016.   All 40 episodes are available to paid subscribers in both English and Spanish (listed separately as Extreme Ghostbusters en Español).  
On February 3, 2021, it was announced the official Ghostbusters YouTube will post episodes on their channel on Wednesdays, starting on February 10, 2021 with "Darkness at Noon, Part 1".
- Trendmasters Extreme Ghostbusters Toy Line - which had toy sets of the four main characters (Garrett Miller was missing in both lines, but a prototype surfaced) and it also had a toy version of Samhain. Like the show, the toy line didn't last all that long.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken Kids Meal promotion - six toys that were included in the restaurant chain's kid's meals in the US.
- Burger King's Extreme Ghostbusters Promotion 1999 - five toys that were included in the restaurant chain's kid's meals in the UK.
- Extreme Ghostbusters Video Game- GBC in 2001 by LSP.
- Extreme Ghostbusters: Zap The Ghosts!- PC in 2001 by LSP.
- Extreme Ghostbusters: Creativity Centre- PC in 2001 by LSP.
- Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1- GBA in 2002 by LSP.
- Extreme Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Invasion- PS1 in 2004 by LSP.
The Extreme Ghostbusters reside in Dimension 68-E separate from The Real Ghostbusters of 68-R.  After an inexplicable cessation of supernatural activity, the Real Ghostbusters split up and went their separate ways, leaving only Egon Spengler to tend to the containment unit. Eventually returning to teaching for several years, Egon was leading a small class on paranormal studies when ghosts returned to New York in a big way. Egon recruited his students -- Eduardo Rivera, Kylie Griffin, Garrett Miler, and Roland Jackson -- as the newest iteration of the Ghostbusters. (And since they were his only students, the only ones even remotely prepared to step into the shoes of the original team!) Under Egon and Janine's guidance, the Extreme Ghostbusters faced and defeated some very serious threats but he doesn't give out extra credit for saving the world. 
Ghash haunted the Bronx Zoo one night. After he appeared in the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit in the southwest section of the zoo, the Extreme Ghostbusters arrived to deal with him. Garrett Miller grandstanded the others and engaged Ghash alone. Ghash blocked the single Proton Stream. He was alarmed by something and flew away. Soon after, Proteus crossed over into their dimension in search of The Real Ghostbusters. The Extreme Ghostbusters blasted him but it had no affect on him. He pulled Garrett Miller's proton stream and examined him up close. Proteus knew he hadn't found his quarry. He teleported back to the Erie to formulate a new plan.
The Extreme Ghostbusters and Prime Ghostbusters later met during the latter's study of the multiverse with their Interspatial Teleportation Unit. Egon Spengler, of the prime dimension, succumbed to hay fever and sneezed while he opened a portal to Dimension 68-R and instead opened a portal a few degrees off the proper vibrational frequency. He met the Egon Spengler of 68-E and his team of Extreme Ghostbusters. They agreed to collaborate on a paper about the science of pure luck as a result. The Ghostbusters realized 68-E was like an alternate future to 68-R. Egon 68-E even shared many but not all of the same memories and experiences of his 68-R counterpart. They saw it as a fascinating opportunity to study the potential of timeline divergence more directly. But they also noticed Egon 68-E resembled Roger Baugh, an ex-boyfriend of their Janine Melnitz. It was decided it would be for the best if they didn't introduce the two to each other. The two teams encountered a Class 7 together. Egon Spengler later recruited them to help trapping all of Connla's Army on Liberty Island. Soon after, the Extreme Ghostbusters were one of teams that came back to help recapture several entities missing from the Containment Unit. Back in their home dimension, the Extreme Ghostbusters dealt with the ghost of Nervous Nelly, an animal rights extremist, who liberated the animals of Central Park by tricking ghosts into possessing them for a second life.
References in IDW Comics
- Spook Central- Extreme Ghostbusters (THE ORIGINAL VERSION)
- Proton Charging "Interview: Fil Barlow" 10/9/1998 Fil Barlow says: "We were only meant to do 40 episodes. I haven't heard of another season being considered. The property is owned by Columbia-Tristar so you never know what they might decide to do. Maybe in ten years from now I'll be working on it again."
- Hulu Support tweet 2/24/16
- Hulu March Premieres 2/22/16
- Hulu.com: Extreme Ghostbusters
- Hulu.com: Extreme Ghostbusters en Español
- Ghostbusters YouTube "Extreme Ghostbusters Intro! | Animated Series | GHOSTBUSTERS" 2/3/2021
- TomWaltz Tweet 3/6/18
- TomWaltz Tweet 5/10/18
- 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."
- TomWaltz Tweet 3/6/18
- TomWaltz Tweet 4/12/18
- TomWaltz Tweet 5/10/18
- TomWaltz Tweet 6/5/18
- TomWaltz Tweet 6/7/18
- Official site (archived)
- GBFans has videos for all episodes of Extreme Ghostbusters on episode pages (must be signed in to GBfans to watch)