The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters, which had its ITV premiere on Boxing Day 1987. The series ran on CITV's Monday afternoon slot, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC Enterprises and Coca-Cola Telecommunications. J. Michael Straczynski was story editor, and wrote episodes for every season except four and seven. "The Real" was added to the title after a dispute with Filmation and its Ghost Busters properties. The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer.