Space Ghost (segments)

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This article refers to the TV series. For the character, see Space Ghost (character). For other uses, see Space Ghost (disambiguation).
Space Ghost
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On-screen title card.
Created by: Alex Toth
Network: CBS
NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 10, 1966September 16, 1967; September 12November 21, 1981


Starring: Gary Owens
Ginny Tyler
Tim Matthieson
Alexandra Stoddart
Steve Spears
Don Messick
Frank Welker
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Art Scott
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Walter Black
Bill Hamilton
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s): Charles A. Nichols
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Space Ghost is a series of scifi-fantasy/action adventure segments of Space Ghost & Dino Boy, produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran from 1966 to 1967, airing 20 episodes that spanned one season. In 1981, it was revived for a second season with a further 22 episodes as segments of Space Stars on NBC.

A space law enforcement officer with a superhero-like name and uniform called Space Ghost battles supervillains across the galaxy. In his quest to uphold the law, he is joined by cadet fraternal twins, Jan and Jace, and their pet monkey pet, Blip.

In the final few episodes of the original series, Space Ghost had crossovers with several other H-B series, including Moby Dick, Mighty Mightor, The Herculoids, and Shazzan.

The entire original series has been released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and the entire revival has been released on DVD.

Production

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Development

The working title was The Space Ghosts, with art by Alex Toth and Tony Sgroi. The pitch involved two pieces of art, the first of which was a maskless man and two blond kids wearing blue and white space uniforms, and then the second piece was them in space suits and purple and white masks.

Casting

Music

For the first season, the music was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as musical director. Then in the second season, it was Hoyt Curtin, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.

Episodes

Space Ghost & Dino Boy

Title Number Original air date
"The Heat Thing" / "Zorak" 1x01 September 10, 1966
"The Lizard Slavers" / "The Web" 1x02 September 17, 1966
"Creature King" / "The Sandman" 1x03 September 24, 1966
"The Evil Collector" / "The Drone" 1x04 October 1, 1966
"Homing Device" / "The Robot Master" 1x05 October 8, 1966
"The Iceman" / "Hi-Jackers" 1x06 October 15, 1966
"The Energy Monster" / "The Lure" 1x07 October 22, 1966
"The Cyclopeds" / "The Schemer" 1x08 October 29, 1966
"Lokar-King of the Killer Locusts" / "Space Sargasso" 1x09 November 5, 1966
"Brago" / "Revenge of the Spider Woman" 1x10 November 12, 1966
"Attack of the Saucer Crab" / "Space Birds" 1x11 November 19, 1966
"The Time Machine" / "Nightmare Planet" 1x12 November 26, 1966
"Space Armada" / "The Challenge" 1x13 December 3, 1966
"Jungle Planet" / "Ruler of the Rock Robots" 1x14 December 10, 1966
"Glasstor" / "The Space Ark" 1x15 December 17, 1966
"The Sorcerer" / "The Space Piranhas" 1x16 December 24, 1966
"The Ovens of Moltor" / "Transor-The Matter Mover" 1x17 December 31, 1966
"The Gargoyloids" / "The Looters" 1x18 January 7, 1967
"The Meeting" / "Clutches of Creature King" / "The Deadly Trap" 1x19 September 9, 1967
"The Molten Monsters of Moltar" / "Two Faces of Doom" / "The Final Encounter" 1x20 September 16, 1967

Space Stars

Title Number Original air date
"Microworld" / "Planet of the Space Monkeys" 2x01 September 12, 1981
"The Starfly" / "The Antimatter Man" 2x02 September 19, 1981
"City in Space" / "The Toymaker" 2x03 September 26, 1981
"Nomads" / "The Space Dragons" 2x04 October 3, 1981
"Eclipse Woman" / "Attack of the Space Sharks" 2x05 October 10, 1981
"Time Chase" / "The Haunted Space Station" 2x06 October 17, 1981
"Time of the Giants" / "The Buccaneer" 2x07 October 24, 1981
"Space Spectre" / "The Big Freeze" 2x08 October 31, 1981
"Devilship" / "The Deadly Comet" 2x09 November 7, 1981
"Spacecube of Doom" / "The Time Master" 2x10 November 14, 1981
"Web of the Wizard" / "The Shadow People" 2x11 November 21, 1981

Cast

Legacy

From 1994 to 2008, Williams Street produced an irreverent spin-off titled Space Ghost Coast to Coast for Cartoon Network (and later Adult Swim), where the titular character had retired and became a goofy talk show host. It also spawned its own spin-offs, Cartoon Planet and The Brak Show.

In 2005, DC Comics reimagined the cartoon in a limited series called Space Ghost, and again in 2016, with Future Quest and Future Quest Presents.

In 2011, "The Bold Beginnings!" episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold had an opening segment called "The Space Safari," in the style of the original series, with Gary Owens reprising the role of Space Ghost for the final time.

In popular culture

  • In The Fairly OddParents special "Channel Chasers," Timmy, Wanda and Cosmo are sent to a parody of Space Ghost called "Space Spectre."

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