So for the past two weeks I took a trip down memory lane and pretty much rewatched all the Ghostwriter episodes. The show was one of my favorites as a kid and I was truly inspired by the show to really enjoy reading. Looking back, I have to say that this was probably one of the most important shows in my life. I can say it has a foundation to my career now as a writer. I really wish the show lasted longer but there’s a part of me that’s happy that it got to where it did.
If in the early ‘90s, you were a) between the ages of 7 and 14, b) owned a television, and c) literate, then you probably watched Ghostwriter. Produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now called the Sesame Workshop) and BBC One, it premiered in the U.S. on PBS on October 4, 1992. Despite its popularity, the show was abruptly cancelled in its third season due to a lack of funding. The final episode was broadcast on February 13, 1995.
Ghostwriter focused on a racially diverse group of pre-teen friends who lived in Brooklyn, and solved neighbourhood mysteries with help from an invisible ghost. While much of the young cast’s acting was painful to watch, especially in the earliest episodes (most of the kids were from non-acting backgrounds), the show was a hit with its target audience. It was also lauded by teachers, who praised the series for teaching writing…
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