While most fans are familiar with the Ghostbusters thanks to the classic 80s movies and Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot, the truly dedicated know that there have been a number of animated series over the years. The one that hews closest to the live-action cast was 1986’s The Real Ghostbusters, a show that’s somewhat oddly named thanks to the similarly titled Filmation animated series, The Ghost Busters. (Columbia Pictures actually paid Filmation a licensing fee for the rights to use the name in their 1984 movie.) Then, in 1997, a very 90s reboot came about named Extreme Ghostbusters, featuring a more diverse cast of heroes. The one thing they all have in common: some absolutely bizarre episodes.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 strangest and craziest episodes from across the animated ghost-busting spectrum for you to enjoy. You’ll get a taste of them all, whether it’s the terrible Filmation series (thank you, Columbia, for buying the naming rights), the classic 80s cartoon, or the 90s extremified version. They might not be the episodes you remember best, but they’ll most certainly be hard to forget. – Dave Trumbore