The show's title card, depicting Lydia Deetz (left) and Beetlejuice (right)
GenreFantasy comedy
Created byTim Burton
Based onBeetlejuice
by Michael McDowell
Larry Wilson
Developed byTim Burton
Written by
  • Patsy Cameron
  • Tedd Anasti
Directed by
  • Robin Budd (seasons 1–2)
  • John van Bruggen (seasons 3–4)
  • Larry Jacobs (seasons 3–4)
  • John Halfpenny (seasons 3–4)
  • Rick Marshall (season 4)
  • Alan Bunce (season 4)
Voices of
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
(adapted from the score of the film)
Opening theme"Beetlejuice Title Theme"
Ending theme"Beetlejuice Ending Theme" by Danny Elfman
ComposerTom Szczesniak
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes94 (109 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 9, 1989 (1989-09-09) –
December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06)

Beetlejuice is an animated television series that ran from September 9, 1989, to October 26, 1991, on ABC, and on Fox from September 9, 1991, to December 6, 1991.[2] Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name, it was developed by the film's director, Tim Burton, who also served as an executive producer.[3] The animated series focuses on the life of goth girl Lydia Deetz and her undead friend Beetlejuice as they explore the Neitherworld, a ghoulish wacky monster supernaturalistic realm inhabited by monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins and zombies. Danny Elfman's theme for the film was arranged for the cartoon series by Elfman himself.


Episodes generally centered on the ghostly con-man Beetlejuice, his best friend Lydia, and their supernatural adventures together in both the Neitherworld and the "mortal world", a New England town called Peaceful Pines ("Winter River" in the film). As in the film, Lydia could summon Beetlejuice out of the Neitherworld (or go there herself) by calling his name three times. The series' humor relied heavily on sight gags, wordplay, and allusiveness. Many episodes, especially towards the end of the run, were parodies of famous movies, books, and TV shows. The episode "Brides of Funkenstein" was based on an idea submitted by a then-teenage girl, who was a fan of the show.[4]

Throughout the entire series, Beetlejuice would often try to scam residents of the Neitherworld—and, sometimes, the "mortal world" as well (Lydia's parents were occasionally unwitting victims of his pranks)—by various means, from "baby-sitting" (in which he literally sits on the grotesque Neitherworld babies) to trying to beat them in an auto race.


Main article: List of Beetlejuice episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113September 9, 1989December 9, 1989ABC
28September 8, 1990October 27, 1990
38September 7, 1991October 26, 1991
465September 9, 1991December 6, 1991Fox Kids


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Peaceful Pines inhabitants

Neitherworld inhabitants

Voice cast


Following the major critical and commercial success of the Beetlejuice film in early 1988, it led to an animated spin-off series being created by Warner Bros. Television. The production was provided by the Canadian Nelvana Ltd., The Geffen Film Company and Tim Burton, Inc. The series premiered on September 9, 1989, on ABC.

The animated series was a mega breakout hit for ABC in its initial seasons, and later became one of the first cartoon animated series to ever air on Fox's weekday afternoons children's lineup, though also remaining on ABC's Saturday morning schedules, making it one of the first animated shows to air concurrently on two different U.S. broadcast networks.

The premise of the animated series differs in a number of ways from the original Beetlejuice live-action film. In the TV series, he and Lydia are best friends, Beetlejuice is made out to be more of a prankster, and Lydia is given a much quirkier, but positive demeanor. Lydia often travels to the "Neitherworld" (changed from "Afterlife") to have adventures with Beetlejuice. These adventures could involve fun activities together, Lydia saving Beetlejuice from a bad situation, or scolding him for a money-making scam.


Much as with the original 1988 film, various merchandise was released for the Beetlejuice animated series in 1990. This included trading cards by Dart, a sticker album and sticker/activity book by Panini, a jigsaw puzzle by Golden, a coloring book, novels, a lunchbox and thermos set, Valentine's, a party centerpiece by Party Creations, a PC game by Hi Tech Expressions, a Game Boy game by Rare, and six PVC figures available with Burger King Kids' Meals. Kenner, the company behind the film's action figures, had begun developing figures for the animated series, but the project did not come to fruition (at least one prototype for that ill-fated collection has been showcased online).[7]

Home media

Warner Bros. released most of the first season of the show on six video-cassettes by December 21, 1993. On September 16, 2008, three episodes ("A-ha", "Skeletons in the Closet", and "Spooky Boo-Tique") were released as bonus features on the film's 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition DVD.[8]

On November 5, 2012, it was announced that Time Life (under Warner Home Video license) had acquired the rights to the series and planned to release it on DVD in 2013.[9] On May 28, 2013, Shout! Factory released Beetlejuice – The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 as an Amazon exclusive.[10] They also released Season 1 on the same day to retail stores.[11] Seasons 2 & 3 were released on March 18, 2014.[12]

Beetlejuice home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1
1 1989 13 Volume 1 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "Critter Sitters" – "Skeletons in the Closet"
Volume 2 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "A Dandy Handy Man" / "Out of My Mind" • "Worm Welcome"
Volume 3 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "Stage Fright" / "Spooky Tree" • "Pest O' the West"
Volume 4 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "Laugh of the Party" • "Campfire Ghouls"
Volume 5 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "It's the Pits" • "Prince of the Neitherworld"
Volume 6 (VHS only): December 21, 1993
Episodes: "Bad Neighbor Beetlejuice" • "Quit While You're a Head"
Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition: September 16, 2008[13]
Episodes: "Skeletons in the Closet"
The Complete First Season: May 28, 2013[14]
The Complete Series: August 20, 2013[15]
A Halloween Spooktacular: October 1, 2013[16]
Episodes: "Laugh of the Party"
2 1990 8 Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition: September 16, 2008
Episodes: "Spooky Boo-tique" • "A-Ha!"
The Complete Series: August 20, 2013
A Halloween Spooktacular: October 1, 2013
Episodes: "Scare and Scare Alike" / "Spooky Boo-tique" • "Bewitched, Bothered & Beetlejuiced"
The Complete Second and Third Seasons: March 18, 2014[17]
3 1991 8 The Complete Series: August 20, 2013
A Halloween Spooktacular: October 1, 2013
Episodes: "Ghost to Ghost"
The Complete Second and Third Seasons: March 18, 2014
4 1991 65 The Complete Series: August 20, 2013
A Halloween Spooktacular: October 1, 2013
Episodes: "Raging Skull" • "Family Scarelooms" • "Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Funny Bones" • "Ship of Ghouls"


Daytime Emmy Awards

See also


  1. ^ "ABC Adds 'Gummi Bears,' 'Beetlejuice'". The Los Angeles Times. April 25, 1989. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 75. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 131–133. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Gagnon, Dawn (September 25, 1991). "'Beetlejuice' Buys A Madawaska Teen's Idea". Bangor Daily News. pp. 17, 18. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  5. ^ Damian Inwood. "Pi Theatre, Independent Vancouver Theatre >> The Baroness and the Pig". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2011. That's what Vancouver actresses Diane Brown and Tabitha St. Germain do with the delightful black comedy, The Baroness and the Pig. (...) St. Germain – better known to Vancouver audiences as Paulina Gillis – plays the Baroness as a naïve gentlewoman, full of prissy mannerisms and twittering, bird-like movements.
  6. ^ "Tabitha St. Germain resume" (PDF). Retrieved October 21, 2011. BEETLEJUICE – Prudence/Ensemble – Nelvana
  7. ^ Bickmore, Alex STA: Beetlejuice: Jacque Hardcopy Head (June 1, 2004). A Beetlejuice cartoon shirt was released into stores such as Hot Topic for sale in 2008
  8. ^ "Film @ The Digital Fix – Beetlejuice R1 AE in September". Film @ The Digital Fix.
  9. ^ "Beetlejuice DVD news: DVD Plans for animated Beetlejuice -". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  10. ^ "Beetlejuice DVD news: Press Release for Beetlejuice - The Complete Series -". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25.
  11. ^ "Beetlejuice DVD news: Box Art for Beetlejuice - Season 1 -". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  12. ^ "Beetlejuice DVD news: Announcement for Beetlejuice - Seasons 2 and 3 -". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  13. ^ "Beetlejuice (1988 film) – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition". Amazon. September 16, 2008.
  14. ^ "Beetlejuice – The Complete First Season". May 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Beetlejuice – The Complete Series". August 20, 2013.
  16. ^ "Beetlejuice – A Halloween Spooktacular". October 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "Beetlejuice – The Complete Second and Third Seasons". March 18, 2014.