Western Animation / Goober and the Ghost Chasers


Goober and the Ghost Chasers was a blatant Scooby-Doo clone by Hanna-Barbera, which had created the original show. It aired on ABC in the early 1970s. Goober, voiced by Paul Winchell, is a dog who becomes invisible when he is scared. His human companions are Ted and Tina, reporters for Ghost Chaser magazine, and Gilly, their reckless photographer. Wilt Chamberlain was a guest in one episode, and the kids from The Partridge Family appeared in a few others. Because of course they did...

Goober and the Ghost Chasers provides examples of:

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Gillie, Ted and Tina, respectively.
  • Catch Phrase: Goober's "This is ridic-ilic-ilic-ilous!"
  • Cool Car
  • Crossover: Goober and company cross over with guest stars in most of their episodes, mostly with the Partridge Family.
  • Ghost Pirate: They meet two on a ship, named Dink and Dunk. One is a friendly ghost, the other not so much.
  • Invisible Streaker: Goober is a canine version. When he disappears, his hat and collar are still visible.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: This gang also often splits up.
  • Real After All: Used in this show more than anywhere else in Hanna-Barbera. Real ghosts often helped the gang unmask the fake ghosts.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Gillie to Goober. Even though Goober is the dog, it's his show and his sidekick almost always stays to take a picture of the ghost after Goober already ran away.
  • Redhead In Green: Tina wears a green sweater.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Sometimes used but most episodes also contained real ghosts.
  • Talking Animal: The cartoon plays with this. Goober does talk in asides to the viewer, but only barks at other characters.
  • Twin Switch: Dunk attempts to perform this to mixed results in one episode.
  • Voices Are Mental: This happened in one of the Partridge crossovers.