Space Ghost Coast To Coast

Throughout human history, mankind has created wonders that have made us stand together with our fellow man and say 'This may be the single greatest accomplishment we have ever wrought.' Space Ghost Coast to Coast is one of these accomplishments.

Space Ghosts are slightly different to regular ghosts.

Just The Facts

  1. Based on the 1966 cartoon Space Ghost and Dino Boy
  2. Ran from 1994-2004 on Cartoon Network
  3. There's a spin-off of the show called Aqua Teen Hunger Force, you may have heard of it

The Show

Space Ghost Coast to Coast followed Tad Ghostal, aka Space Ghost, a former B-Class superhero, as he tried to conduct interviews with celebrity guests. This was usually thwarted by his crew of former super villains, the guest's refusal to cooperate, or more frequently his own cripplingly short attention span and lack of respect for anyone around him. This came to a boiling point when Space Ghost shrugged off an interview with comedy Jesus Conan O'Brien to stare at an ant. FOR TWELVE MINUTES.

It's sometimes difficult to tell if the celebrities interviewed are aware of the show's comedic nature, and equally difficult to understand some of their answers, which due to the fact that the questions Space Ghost asks are different to the original questions. Apparently this comes from the production of the show's unaired pilot, which mixed footage of Space Ghost and unrelated footage of Denzel Washington being interviewed at the Oscars.

Legacy

When Coast to Coast debuted in 1994, Cartoon Network's only reason for existence was to showcase the library of Hannah-Barbara cartoons that had recently been purchased by Turner Enterprises. The success of Coast to Coast opened the doors to more original programming. By the time Space Ghost finished its run in 2004, Cartoon Network had grown from a handful of part time video jockeys throwing on thirty-year-old reruns to a multi-million dollar network employing thousands of people.

In fact, the show's creator, Mike Lazzo, was personally responsible for the creation of not only Adult Swim, but also the cult favorite Toonami, which played a key role in bringing anime into the American mainstream, and the What A Cartoon show, which was the launching pad for many iconic Cartoon Network shows such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Mike Lazzo and his team went on to use the same format to create Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law, Perfect Hair Forever and The Brak Show. Why fix something that isn't broken, right? And indeed why not remake what isn't broken and cash in on the benefits.

Space Ghost is so influencial that it has rocks on Mars named after the characters. That's a pretty impressive feat for a show that is mostly remembered for it's spin-off.