The Ghost Busters is a sitcom that aired on CBS.
Each episode would always begin with Spencer and Tracy stopping at a convenience store to pick up a tape recording (recorded by co-executive producer Lou Scheimer) that explained their mission for the episode, in a parody of Mission: Impossible. It would be hidden inside a common object such as a bicycle, typewriter or painting. The message would always end by saying, "This message will self destruct in five seconds." It would then explode in Tracy's face for comic effect. Their investigation would take them to the same "old castle" on the outskirts of the city, and after a series of chases and pratfalls the Ghost Busters would corner the ghost (and his/her "sidekick"), which they would dispatch back to the afterlife with their Ghost Dematerializer.
The primary humor of the series was physical and slapstick, with scenes built around the characters' bumbling. The series also made references to classic cinema, despite the unlikelihood that the primary audience would recognize them. For example, the names "Spencer" and "Tracy" were taken from the famous actor Spencer Tracy.
The Ghost Busters was followed up with an animated sequel, Filmation's Ghostbusters, which aired in first-run syndication in 1986 and featured Tracy working with the sons of Spencer and Kong from the original series as they continued fighting ghosts and other evil supernatural beings.
| Season One
|| September 6, 1975
|| December 13, 1975