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Ghostwriter: Season 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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He is a ghost, and he writes to us . . . Ghostwriter!


Jamal is just an ordinary kid in Brooklyn, playing on his computer, when he begins receiving strange and mysterious messages. Who or what is trying to communicate with him by manipulating letters and words? It must be a Ghostwriter! Luckily, Jamal is not alone. Lenni, Alex, Gabby, Tina and Rob can also see Ghostwriters messages! The teens team up to solve a rash of mysteries plaguing their neighborhood. What is a Thabto? Who burned down Mr. Brinkers store? Why is everyone at the community garden getting sick? Following the clues and solving these mysteries puts them closer to helping Ghostwriter figure out who he is.

Developed by the Childrens Television Workshop, the creative force behind Sesame Street, Ghostwriter aired on PBS between October 1992 and February 1995. Created to improve literacy and writing skills, the shows intelligent blend of thrilling adventure and friendship captured the imagination of a generation of readers. !

Bonus Features

*Ghostwriter Casebook

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: David Lopez, Sheldon Turnipseed, Blaze Berdahl, Tram-Anh Tran
  • Directors: Susan Dansby
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 870 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039OGGX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghostwriter: Season 1" on IMDb

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I used to work for PBS back in the early 90s and loved this show. The premise is that several kids solve mysteries through the use of a ghost. Sort of like the opposite of Mystery Inc, I guess.

Anyway, here's why the show is so cool. The only way these kids can communicate with the ghost is by writing it notes. Thus, part of the show focuses on how to put what you want to say into a clear and concise sentence or short paragraph.

While kids are being entertained with the mystery, they're also learning how to write clearly. Taking the thoughts in your head and putting them into words is a valuable skill to learn. As a lawyer who reads a lot of what people write, it's also not a skill many people have.

I'm buying this set for my 7 and 8 year olds.
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I could not believe it when I heard the news...that Ghostwriter would be out on DVD! I pre-ordered immediately and have watched half of Season 1. This was an amazing show to watch while growing up. Yes, I enjoyed shows like Saved by the Bell, California Dreams and anything SNICK. However, Ghostwriter always took the cake. This show was about a ghost wanting to help kids and these kids solving crime. It was educational in the way of how these Brooklynites (go Fort Greene) analyzed situations, as well as using proper grammar from diverse viewpoints.

Aside from that, it was also an entertaining show. My friends and I have enjoyed watching the first season. Talk about star power: Samuel L. Jackson as Jamal's Dad?! Also featured are Max Wright from ALF, Mark-Linn Baker from Perfect Strangers, Dule Hill from Psych, Spike Lee...need I say more?!

Just to give a heads-up, both cases with 5 episodes (Ghost Story and Into the Light) are on this season. All the other cases span four episodes.

I hope anyone who buys this can relax and take a trip back in time when teenagers were not boozing it up on the Upper East Side or going loco in 90210. Sit back, relax and go to a time when Cross Colors ruled, bodegas were great places to hang out and you could always communicate to your friend by writing to Ghostwriter!

RALLY!
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Go...go...Ghostwriter! While the title of this review is what you'll hear at the beginning of every episode (seeing as the second half of the statement serves as the focal point of the learning that goes on in this television series), the first sentence in this paragraph/review is what you'll hear at the conclusion of every episode, following the credits (both declarations are sung by actress Blaze Berdahl who plays singer/songwriter Ghostwriter team member Lenni Frazier on the show). This is one of THE GREATEST, MOST EDUCATIONAL children's television series ever to hit the big screen! Now, 15 years after it went off the air on PBS, Season 1 has been preserved on DVD! Yeah, baby! This series has it all--reading- and writing-based education, teamwork among kids both academically and socially, morals right and left, and, yes, it knows how to be hip. Even though this premiere season was made nearly 20 years ago (1992-1993), it can reach Middle School/Junior High- and even late Elementary School-aged children on an internal as well as external level today. The fact that these young actors and actresses not only play local Brooklyn neighborhood residents (with well-rounded cultural appeal to viewers), but students as well, shows how important and worthy sharing knowledge with your peers can be. To top it off, THE DVD CASE IS SHAPED EXACTLY LIKE THE CASEBOOKS USED BY EACH MEMBER OF THE GHOSTWRITER TEAM ON THE SHOW ITSELF! Ha; top that!

Here is how each episode breaks down. The fact that this is a mystery series means that every story contains multiple chapters (almost like a book), which are divided into 4-5 episodes. This opening season has 8 stories, each containing 4 parts (one story bears a fifth). Multiply 8 x4, +1, and you get a total of 33 episodes.
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When I saw that this was finally available on D.V.D I was estatic!! I've been waiting for a long time for this to come out and it finally did. Ghostwriter is an excellent show! It encourages diversity, team work and smarts. Plus I aways loved the Rob Baker character . I'm just so thankful that it finally came out, uncut, full episodes. Definitely worth purchasing! Hopefully they'll release the other seasons as well :)
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I think this was one of the best childrens series of all time! I watched this show growing up, from the age of 8 to 11 years old (1992-1995) and when I found out it's going to be released on DVD ofcourse I immediately ordered. This is an absolutely wonderful program and I've been sitting watching this as a 26 year old today, still enjoying every minute of it :)
Unfortunately there is a limited amount of good programming available for kids these days, and this is definitely something I'm going to show my own children one day. So definitely would highly recommend purchasing it!

I'm really hoping they will bring the other seasons on DVD too!!!!!!!! It feels incomplete only having season one! :)
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Now that I'm a 31 year old adult, I've been going back and buying things that remind me of my younger days. This Ghostwriter DVD is just one example. But just like a lot of other TV shows I grew up with in the late 80's - early 90's, this show doesn't seem quite as great today as it once did to me. To put it simply, this show is cheesy as hell for me to watch now. But it's fun to own and have on my shelves with other horrible mementos of my past. And I absolutely ADORE the composition notebook DVD case, so I don't regret my purchase at all!
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