Was Ghostbusters based on Ghost Busters?

I haven’t been able to Google anything up on this. Was the movie influenced by writers having seen the TV series from a few years earlier, or was it a big coincidence? Any official statements/evidence either way?

What, exactly, is Ghost Busters? Searching for that gives me results for Ghostbusters. The only Ghost Buster TV show result is for the cartoon that came out after the movie.

It was a live-action kids’ show in the 70s. Two guys and a gorilla busted ghosts (but also vampires, phantoms, and other creepy-crawlies). I loved it!

I’m guessing that you mean the 1975 Saturday-morning kids’ show, The Ghost Busters, with Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch?

Wikipedia’s article on the movie Ghostbusters notes that Dan Aykroyd was inspired by several comedic “ghost hunting” movies from the 1940s and 1950s (which may well have been inspirations for the TV show, as well), but no mention of the TV show as a direct inspiration, other than Columbia Pictures reaching an arrangement with Universal (which owned the TV show) for rights to the name.

The animated show was a sequel to the 1975 live-action show, done specifically to capitalize on the popularity of the movie.

At the same time, there was also an animated show based on the characters from the Ghostbusters movie, which was forced to use a slightly different title (“The Real Ghostbusters”).

That’s the first episode. There used to be an archive.org link that had tge whole series, but I don’t see it now.

I knew that there were 2 different cartoons after the first movie. I did not realize that one was based on a live action show.

Okay, Youtube still has the whole series: