Beetlejuice is an animated children's comedy program. It was based on the Tim Burton film Beetlejuice. The show ran on Saturday mornings for two years, and then ran simultaneously on Saturday mornings on ABC and weekdays on FOX's Fox Kids for its third year.
Rather than pick up where the movie left off, the cartoon series entails the friendship between Beetlejuice (the "Ghost With The Most") and young Lydia Deetz. In the movie, Lydia (played by Winona Ryder) was a depressed, moody goth. She's still a goth in the cartoon but she's also bright, sweet and creative. Lydia can visit the Neitherworld or call upon her macabre companion by saying his name three times (like in the movie), but formally she recites this poem:
Though I know I must be wary
Still I venture someplace scary
Ghostly haunting I turn loose
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!
Many adventures take place in the Neitherworld, where Lydia is adored by Beetlejuice's stablemates at the Roadhouse, consisting of Ginger the tap-dancing Spider, Jacques LaLean the weight-lifting skeleton, and the Monster Across The Street. As much as they love Lydia, they tolerate to detest Beetlejuice, who comes off as an egotistical prank-playing opportunist. In the second season, Beetlejuice and Lydia create their own car. Doomie is a convertible with a sentient personality and is quite charming until it sees a dog. Then it goes schizo and chases the dog. Other inhabitants include Mayor Maynot, Fuzzo and Scuzzo, and Barry Me-Not (a computer-generated TV huckster).
In the mortal world, Beetlejuice keeps under wraps while dealing with folks such as Miss Shannon (Lydia's teacher), Charles Deetz (Lydia's dad), Delia (her mom), Claire Brewster (her snobby school rival), and Bertha and Prudence (classmates).
The show won an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Animated Program (daytime division). The FOX episodes in 1991 were spread out through the season. First run episodes ran to the end of November (with replays sproadically starting in October), then they were replayed to February 1992 sweeps, when new episodes irregularly. The last batch of four first-run episodes aired the first week of May 1992, with the finale, "The Chromazone" (a Twilight Zone homage) airing May 7.
|Alyson Court||Lydia Deetz||*||*||*||*|
|Tara Charendoff||Claire Brewster||*||*||*||*|
|Ginger the Tap-Dancing Spider||*||*||*||*|
|Roger Dunn||Charles Deetz||*||*||*||*|
|Elizabeth Hanna||Delia Deetz||*||*||*||*|
|Charles Kerr||Jacques LaLean||*||*||*||*|
|Len Carlson||Monster Across The Street||*||*||*||*|
|Joseph Sherman||Scuzzo the Clown||*||*|
|Season One||September 9, 1989||December 2, 1989||13|
|Season Two||September 8, 1990||October 27, 1990||8|
|Season Three||September 7, 1991||October 26, 1991||8|
|FOX (Fox Kids)|
|Season Four||September 9, 1991||May 7, 1992||65|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Beetlejuice: The Complete Series||May 28, 2013||12|
|Season One||May 28, 2013||2|
|Seasons Two & Three||March 18, 2014||2|
|Episode(s) as Special Features|
|Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition||September 16, 2008||1|
|Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray)||OCtober 7, 2008||1|