The Real Ghostbusters: The 20 Scariest Episodes of the Animated Series

Season 2, Ep. 2: “Station Identification”

Written by Mark Scott Zicree

Across New York City, ghosts are materializing out of television screens everywhere, taking on the form of TV characters. This is all because of one larger entity that transforms into a scary-ass giant clown and then a really fat looking Grover with a jheri curl. Yeah, that’s definitely the most disturbing part of this episode by far.

Season 2, Ep. 23: “Hanging by a Thread”

Written by Willam Rotsler & Richard Mueller

The RGB are here to save the day from the Lord of the Stench, who is out to steal the shears of the Three Fates. So guess where they wind up again? That’s right. Hell.

Yes, again. In a kids show from the 1980s.

I don’t know how DIC slipped past all of those conservative parents. I guess it was all the Bill Murray-esque one-liners delivered by Lorenzo Music’s velvety voice that lulled them into acceptance. Or it could have been their blatant hypocrisy mixed with hidden apathy. That, too.

Season 1, Ep. 6: “The Boogieman Cometh”

Written by Michael Reaves

Next to Grendel and Samhain, the Boogeyman is one of the ghouls from RGB that will actually keep you up at night. He’s the guy I mentioned that looks like Evil Kajagoogoo. And he totally is. He uses portals to enter the closets of children and make his head grow even more disproportionately larger inside of them. In short: he’s a ten foot tall sack of Nope.

In this episode, the Ghostbusters enter the Boogeyman’s realm, which is basically a tumblr full of M.C. Escher’s artwork. They figure out how to seal it off in the end so he doesn’t come back to stick his big nose into any unassuming kid’s bedroom.

Season 3, Ep. 4: “The Boogeyman is Back”

Written by Michael Reaves

In Season 3, the Boogeyman came back. And guess what? He was still pretty scary. But this episode is made extra ominous by starting off with the Ghostbusters fighting another hentai monster on top of the World Trade Center. The unintentional shadow this casts darkens most of the plot that follows and even Limahl‘s evil twin himself, who finds a way to return to our world and pick on Egon. 

Season 1, Ep. 11: “Citizen Ghost”

Written by J. Michael Straczynski 

J. Michael Straczynski was on fire when he wrote “Citizen Ghost”. Not literally, I hope. Figuratively speaking, though, I can picture him looking like the the Human Torch while sitting at his keyboard. That’s because it’s ambitious as shit. It’s the ultimate puzzle piece connecting the original 1984 Ghostbusters to the Real Ghostbusters of 1986.

Through the framing device of an interview with an investigative reporter, Peter explains what happened between the end of the film and the beginning of the series. He tells us why Slimer lives with them and why they swapped uniforms, but he fails to mention why Egon Spengler is blond.

What’s scary here are the possessed old Ghostbuster suits that the team must take down when Peter forgets to dispose of them properly. They look all green and wispy and stuff. It’s scary! What? You don’t feel slightly uncomfortable at least? Unsettled? Disquieted? No? Nothing?! Maybe that’s because you’re the real ghost here! Ooh. That’s right. You are Bruce Willis and I just Haley Joel Osmented you. How does that feel?

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