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Here's Where You Can Stream The Real Ghostbusters Cartoon Online

When Dan Akroyd first cooked up the idea behind "Ghostbusters" in the early 1980s, he couldn't have anticipated it would transform into the pop culture behemoth that it is today. The "Saturday Night Live" alum merely wanted to make a movie about his family's long-held interest in spiritualism and the paranormal (via Vanity Fair). But "Ghostbusters" received critical acclaim and became the then-highest grossing comedy of all time, and a franchise was born.

"Ghostbusters II" followed in 1989 and led to the releases of 2016's "Ghostbusters" and 2021's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." But the first true successor to the film was "The Real Ghostbusters." The animated series ran from 1986 to 1991 for seven seasons and continued following the adventures of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and their secretary Janine Melnitz. While "The Real Ghostbusters" captured the spirit (pun intended) of the original movie, it dialed back the smoking and salty language to appeal to younger audiences and introduced a new cast of voice actors. Here's where nostalgic "Real Ghostbusters" fans can watch the series online.

Amazon Prime is the best option for streaming The Real Ghostbusters

While all of the "Ghostbusters" properties are available to watch online, they're divvied up across various streamers. The first two movies are on Hulu, and fans with the Starz add-on can watch "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" on Hulu as well. The 2016 reboot and "The Real Ghostbusters," however, can be found on Amazon Prime for members with a subscription. Last July, Amazon increased the price of its Prime subscription to $15 per month (up from $13 per month), or $139 per year (up from $119). The yearly service includes a month-long free trial (via NBC).

"The Real Ghostbusters" is a great series to introduce younger audiences to the slime-fighting foursome. Prime users with kiddos might already appreciate the streamer for its inclusion of "SpongeBob Squarepants," "Adventure Time," and other animated gems.

For those without Amazon Prime subscriptions, "The Real Ghostbusters" is streaming for free on Crackle and fuboTV. Alternatively, fans can pony up $1.99 per episode to revisit the series on YouTube and Apple TV.