Ghostwriter

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Attack Of The Slime Monster Part 4

    Aired 2/12/95

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Attack Of The Slime Monster Part 3

    Aired 2/5/95

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Attack Of The Slime Monster Part 2

    Aired 1/29/95

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Attack Of The Slime Monster Part 1

    Aired 1/22/95

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    Four Days Of The Cockatoo Part 4

    Aired 11/20/94

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marcella Lowery

    Grandma CeCe Jenkins

  • Blaze Berdahl

    Lenni Frazier

  • Todd Alexander

    Rob Baker (1992-1993)

  • David Lopez

    Alex Fernandez

  • William Hernandez

    Hector Carrero

  • show Description
  • Ghostwriter was the story of a group of New York City kids, brought together by the spiritual being known as "Ghostwriter". The kids work together, with Ghostwriter's help, to solve the mysteries they encounter. The series featured a cast of widely different ethnic groups, and focused on the concept of "making reading fun." The show was renewed for one year as The New Ghostwriter Mysteries" on CBS.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (248)

    • Ghostwriter: Careful after dark, my children. (A kid signs the bulletin board and does not respond) Lenni: Nobody else sees that! Jamal: Shhh! People will think we’re nuts!

    • Ghostwriter: Where are you, Dynamite Dude Jamal? (Lenni shoves the notebook onto the ground. She pokes at it with a stick) Ghostwriter: Lenni fights for what’s right.

    • Lenni: Who are you? Jamal: Where have you been? Lenni: Where do you come from? Jamal: Don’t you know what cornflakes are? Lenni:What do you want from us? Jamal: How do you follow us around? Lenni: Can you see us? Jamal: Is your name THABTO? Ghostwriter: Why do you not answer me? Lenni:We are answering you! Jamal: Do you want us to speak louder? Ghostwriter: Answer me! Answer me! Answer me! Answer me! Lenni: (panics) What do we do now? Jamal: I don’t know.

    • Gaby: Do you know that St. Petersburg once had 760 days of straight sunshine in a row? That's over two whole years of sunshiny days! Alex: Look, I don't know about your school but at my school, kids have to arrive sometime before the school day ends.

    • Jamal: Read what’s on the screen. Danitra: There’s nothing on the screen. Jamal: What do you mean there’s nothing on the screen? It says, "Help! Help! Help! Where are the children? Are they all right?” So what is it? Some kind of secret computer game or program or something?

    • Lenni: Change the letters around, I dare you! Jamal: Look, I don’t know what you’re talking about. And this is the second time today you have sneaked up on me. You’re probably sneaking notes into my locker too. Lenni: What? (Jamal shows Lenni the message) Lenni: (reads) "Near the park after dark You were there so beware. THABTO". I didn’t write this. And who’s THABTO? Jamal: I don’t know.

    • Jamal and Lenni: (Type to Ghostwriter) Don’t be afraid. We care about you too. We’ll be your friends. Then you won’t be lonely. We’ll write to you.

    • Jamal: (Types) "Why do you live in my computer?" Ghostwriter: What is a computer? Lenni and Jamal: Oh no. Ghostwriter: I feel lost. Lenni: Let’s tell him where he is. (Types) "You are in Jamal’s room. Brooklyn, New York. The United States." Is that enough? Jamal: (Types) Earth. The universe. Ghostwriter: Oh.

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    Notes (46)

    • Although Ghostwriter's true identity is never revealed in the series, most people think (basing on the many clues that are given throughout the show's run) that he is possibly the ghost of Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.

    • Contrary to popular belief (which is understandable since it introduces the series), "Ghost Story" is not the original series pilot..."Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store" is!

    • Wil Horneff was the first Calvin Fergurson for the series. He left after the first story arc.

    • "Ghost Story" is one of ony two mysteries for Origional Ghostwriter to be produced as a 5 part Mystery. The second time this would happen is the 5 part Mystery "To The Light"

    • Guest star Jeremy Miller, who had just finished his run portraying Ben Seaver on ABC's hit "Growing Pains" months earlier, was originally supposed to be a regular cast member, but pulled out after production was completed on this pilot episode. The famed Samuel L. Jackson also appears in this episode as Jamal's father, and Max Wright ("ALF") as Mr. Brinker.

    • This was the original pilot episode of "Ghostwriter", which is evident from the different set/production design (all sets are different: Jamal's house, Lenni's apartment, the Bodega, etc.). It is evident that the first aired episode, "Ghost Story", wasn't even written yet, as during Tina's induction, Jamal mentions that they don't even know whether GW is a he or a she...it was clearly made a point in "Ghost Story" that GW had been a he! Also, the young actors are quite a bit younger than they were in the first broadcast episode, and the computer program on Jamal's computer is noticibly different.

    • This mystery marks the first apperance of Joey Shea as Calvin Ferguson. Shea continued to play Calvin's role until the end of the show.

    • Rob Baker is introduced in the original Ghostwriter mystery "To Catch A Creep" although he is not in the opening credits until the next mystery, "Into the Comics".

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    Trivia (24)

    • Gaby's backpack is different when she gets it stolen to when it's returned.

    • The videogame that Alex is seen playing in the video arcade is X-Men produced by Konami.

    • Lenni is the one who gives Ghostwriter his name.

    • This is the only episode in which a scene takes place in Jamal's kitchen.

    • Goof: When Craig is given pen around his neck, but in the next shot the pen isn't there anymore.

    • It’s shown several times in the show that Alex doesn’t like singing or dancing. In this episode, Gaby had to coax her reluctant brother onto the dance floor at Lenni’s birthday party. He also didn’t participate in the team’s music video in "Don't Stop the Music" for the same reason.

    • In the credits, they credit Todd Alexander as the role of "Rob Baxter", when it is really Rob Baker.

    • In this episode, Rob finally becomes an official member of the team and gets a Ghostwriter pen at the initiation ceremony.

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    Allusions (9)

    • The title of this mystery "To Catch A Creep" is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief.

    • Lenni gets her mother’s copy of Harriet the Spy, a real children’s book written by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet lived in New York, had lots of adventures, and wrote everything down in notebooks just like the Ghostwriter team.

    • Hoodman’s origins, according to Lenni, resemble DC comic’s Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) who received his superpowers from aliens from outer space.

    • The title "Lenni the Wise and her Friends of Five" is similar to the "Fantastic Four" team of Marvel comics.

    • "Florence of Arabia" is the title of one of Lana Barnes films, a parody of the famous movie "Lawrence of Arabia".

    • Tina has several flashbacks of Lana’s life that are shot in black and white to resemble the film noir style from Lana's days as a movie star. In this episode, Lana is played by Tina and Alan Charles is played by Alex.

    • Tina has another film noir flashback where once again, she’s Lana Barnes. Rob plays Stone Harrison, alias Archie Bleach.

    • Ghostwriter's mission to travel back in time in order to fix the future resembles Marty McFly's journey in "Back to the Future".

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  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • I watched literally every episode! You should too!

    By T_VFan, Apr 21, 2012

  • Meddling kids who solve mysteries with the help of a meddling ghost! Priceless!

    By frosty_ice, Dec 08, 2009

  • Ghostwriter was a show intended to promote literacy in children, but was really just a fun show about a group of mystery-solving kids and a ghost who helped them.

    By SillySophie, Apr 04, 2009

  • Brings back memories.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 23, 2009

  • Wow I loved this show

    By kjoseph20, Jan 31, 2009

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