What’s On TV – Space Ghost Coast To Coast

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Title: Space Ghost Coast To Coast
Episodes Aired: 108
Year(s): 1994-2008
Country: USA

When I first started on the TV list over 3 years ago, I had to go through the book with a fine-toothed comb to properly ascertain how many I’d actually seen. However, it would appear one slipped through the net… which is all the excuse I needed to mount a re-watch of the utterly brilliant and utterly bonkers Space Ghost Coast To Coast.

Truly, there is nothing that I have ever seen that quite does what Space Ghost Coast To Coast. The book puts it in the genre of talk show, which it technically is, but it’s a surrealist re-interpretation of the genre whose interviewer, band leader and producer are all characters from a failed 1960s Saturday morning cartoon. It’s a spectacularly weird show that just got weirder and weirder as the seasons progressed.

In the beginning, the show was strange but still functioned moreorless as a talk show. Guests were interviewed separately with some idea of an eventual script and then the rest of the show could go from there. Later on more was done with re-editing the interview footage to make things as surreal as possible, which ends up with episodes where Björk’s interview is used to frame her as Space Ghost’s wife and where a 35 minute interview with Conan O’Brien is edited down massively to make way for an 10 minute long anti-comedy gag of Space Ghost following an ant back to their nest.

This is one of those shows that Adult Swim have been re-posting onto their YouTube channel – so it’s always a good time to give this a bit of a go. I’m now on my third watch through and I am still giggling away at the interactions between Space Ghost and his bandleader (and mantis, not locust, extraordinaire) Zorak.


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