Picks and Pans Review: Space Ghost: Coast to Coast

updated 08/07/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Cartoon Network (Fridays, 11 p.m. ET)


Scientists now predict that if current trends continue, soon everyone on the planet will have his or her own talk show. That time can't be far away, judging from the success of Space Ghost, a long-forgotten Hanna-Barbera cartoon superhero from the '60s, who since last year has been reincarnated as the world's most bizarre host.

His weekly 15-minute show is entirely animated, except for a screen featuring a celebrity guest (this week it is Sandra Bernhard). Space Ghost prattles on about everything from Gilligan's Island to his love of croutons, while occasionally pausing to do battle with his bandleader and archenemy, a giant mantis named Zorak. Coast to Coast is like some hysterical hallucination for grown-ups, a show that makes oddball cartoons like Ren & Stimpy seem as tame as Muppet Babies

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