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8 Facts About Ghostwriter That Solve The Mystery Of Your Childhood

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Did you always think of yourself as a detective every time you watched Ghostwriter? Whether you were good at puzzles or asking the right interview questions, watching the group of teens solve local crimes and mysteries with the help of their invisible friend made you want to be part of the action too!

On the air from 1992-1995, this was a staple for many of us, who read far too many Nancy Drew novels. The 74 episodes had us thinking like true detectives and wishing we had an invisible friend to solve crimes with as well.

The only way Ghostwriter could communicate is by manipulating letters on signs, in books and on computer screens. He helped the group solve mysteries, while maintaining the secret of his identity.

Whether you watched this every day after school or you've never seen a single episode you will be stunned by these crazy facts about the show that so many kids were obsessed with in the 90s.

1. Ghostwriter's Identity Will Surprise You

While the series was cancelled before the kids could actually solve the mystery about who their ghost friend was before he died, producer and writer Kermit Frazier had a plan for his identity all along and it's not what you would think.

“Ghostwriter was a runaway slave during the Civil War,” Frazier told The New York Times in 2010. “He was killed by slave catchers and their dogs as he was teaching other runaway slaves how to read in the woods. His soul was kept in the book and released once Jamal (Sheldon Turnipseed) discovered the book.”


2. Samuel L. Jackson Appeared In The Show

Jackson was Jamal's father in the show, and though he appeared in only three episodes, the first episode shows him and his son digging through the basement for an old trunk. Jackson got the honor of the first line in the show, when he and Jamal move the trunk and the book that holds the ghost falls off the shelf.

3. There Were Several Celebrity Appearances

Spike Lee, Daisy Fuentes, Bo Jackson, Salt-N-Pepa, Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, and other familiar faces showed up in episodes. Sometimes they played themselves, other times they just had a small one-off role.

4. It was Julia Stiles's First Acting Appearance

You may have not thought much of it in the 90s but, Ghostwriter was Julia Stiles's first acting credit. She appeared in six episodes as the editor of the school newspaper.

And boy does she give the attitude, you need to see this clip to remember it, in all its glory.

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