Space Ghost Coast to Coast

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Space Ghost Coast to Coast
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Premiere April 15, 1994
Finale April 12, 2004
Creator Mike Lazzo
Network Cartoon Network
Style 15-minute animated comedy
Company Williams Street
Seasons 8
Episodes 97
Origin USA

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast (1994–2004) is an animated comedy in the form of a pseudo-talk show. It aired on Cartoon Network and can be considered the program that eventually led to Adult Swim, where it ended up airing.

In 1966, Hanna-Barbera created an action show entitled Space Ghost, which followed an interstellar police officer and his two young companions (and their monkey) as they routinely saved the universe from various evil-doers. The show was met as most Hanna-Barbera action shows were, and the show had a usual run.

28 years later, Cartoon Network found itself in a unique position. Though the network possessed a gigantic animation library, it had no shows to call its own, and at the time, didn't have the budget to make a traditionally animated one. In a stroke of genius, a group of executives and cartoonists got the idea to "recycle" the animation from this old Space Ghost show, mixing in another stroke of genius by having him talk to a pre-recorded celebrity interview.

From there, it was only a short leap to Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Past his prime as a superhero, Space Ghost now runs his own talk show. To help him, Space Ghost has used two of his imprisoned enemies: Zorak, the evil mantis turned band leader, and Moltar, the molten monster turned director.

On that premise alone, Space Ghost would've been a fairly interesting show, but the show found its stride when its large and constantly changing cast of writers found a unique type of random for the show. After some initial dry (though mildly entertaining) straight talk show episodes, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast soon had plots consisting of Batman parodies, evil sea monkeys, and a live-action episode with a narrator reciting previous episodes while a cartoonist draws them.

Space Ghost quickly found an oddly dedicated audience, and the show could considered one of the first to pick up cult popularity because of internet web sites and message boards (some sites still exist from 1995). Though Cartoon Network obviously went on to produce its own originals, Space Ghost continued being produced and shown right up until now, with guests ranging from Hanson to Michael Moore to Conan O'Brien to Jeff Probst.

Space Ghost has been reportedly cancelled, though the nature of the show isn't as consistant; it could pop up with new episodes next year, or the year after that, or any time randomly. From 2005 to 2007, original episodes were produced for the premium video game website GameTap.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
George Lowe Space Ghost * * * * * * * *
C. Martin Croker Zorak * * * * * * * *
Moltar * * * * * * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Andy Merrill Brak * * * * * * * *
Lokar * * * * * * * *
Don Kennedy Tansut * * * * * * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Cartoon Network
Season One April 15, 1994 December 25, 1994 11
Season Two February 20, 1995 October 20, 1995 7
Season Three February 2, 1996 December 25, 1996 15
Season Four July 18, 1997 January 1, 1998 25
Season Five August 7, 1998 December 25, 1998 11
Season Six October 8, 1999 January 28, 2000 10
Season Seven May 7, 2001 May 12, 2002 8
Season Eight January 1, 2003 April 12, 2004 5
Webisodes
Gametap Episodes August 29, 2005 May 31, 2007

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
Volume One November 18, 2003 purchase 2
Volume Two November 16, 2004 purchase 2
Volume Three April 12, 2005 purchase 2
The 1998 Episodes
Volume Four
December 8, 2007 purchase 1
From the Kentucky Nightmare DVD
Volume Five
September 12, 2008 purchase 1
Multiple Season Sets  (Region 1)
Adult Swim in a Box October 27, 2009 purchase 13
Episode(s) as Special Features  (Region 1)
Volume Two
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
July 20, 2004 purchase 2

External Sites