The Ren & Stimpy Show

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Nickelodeon (ended 1995)

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The show follows two characters - Ren, a crazy Chihuahua - and - Stimpy, an incredibly stupid cat - as they think up to all kinds of hair brained schemes and get themselves into some sticky situations. Creator John Kricfalusi (John K.) first pictured them as separate characters. Back then, Kricfalusi worked for Filmation and always yearned to bring back the style and energy of the classic Warner Bros. Bob Clampett cartoons of the golden age. So his best entertainment was making his own characters and casting them in his own imaginary stories for the benefit of his equally tired co-workers. In the late 80s, Kricfalusi started to break the barrier for animation with 'remakes' of Mighty Mouse and Beany & Cecil. But this was just the beginning. John K. brought back his doodles of the wily Chihuahua and the idiotic cat to star in their own cartoon. Finally in 1989, he, Jim Smith and Bob Camp came together to create 'Big House Blues' the first cartoon to star his creations, Ren and Stimpy. In 1990, Viacom's kids' network, Nickelodeon got hold of the film and asked Kricfalusi and his crew to make an entire series of Ren and Stimpy shorts and from that moment on, Spümcø was formed. The Ren and Stimpy Show debuted in August 1991 with a two-part episode, 'Stimpy's Big Day / The Big Shot' and became an instant hit. It was the third Nicktoon ever to be aired on the Network alongside Doug and Rugrats. Nick execs quickly sought argument over certain scenes in the shorts and Spümcø fought back. Spümcø introduced a new character come second season, Ren and Stimpy's master, George Liquor. Nick hated George, because they thought he was too mean and his last name sounded too much like 'lick her'. But the real reason why George never made it was because he was simply too 'adult' by Nick's standards. Due to controversial setbacks and numerous edits, Nick finally fired Spümcø and got hold of Ren and Stimpy, therefore taking John K.'s creations away from him. Nick then lured away two of John K.'s best friends and co-workers Bob Camp and Billy West and created Games Animation to 'take care' of Ren and Stimpy. On December 16 1995, Nick aired the last episode produced by Games, 'A Scooter for Yaksmas' and finally cancelled the show after a 5 season run.

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    • Ren and Stimpy is also one of the best 90s Nicktoons ever created, along with Rocko, The Angry Beavers, Catdog, Rugrats and many more.

      10
      I love Ren and Stimpy. Sure, it's gross but it can be enjoyable, unlike new shows like Breadlosers and Sanjay and Craig. Ren and Stimpy knowed how be gross. It was disgusting but awesome, unlike the two aforementioned shows. I don't write the plot because everyone knows the skinny chihuahua and the fat cat's adventures. Ren and Stimpy is awesome. Awesome, terrific, great, good, one of the best shows ever. Sometimes I've heard Rocko is a rip-off of this show, but it is not true. Rocko is also an awesome show, and it is not disgusting unlike this. BUT I LOVE REN AND STIMPY!!! GOOD WORK, NICKELODEON!!!moreless
    • That crazy dog!

      9.5
      Ren was always my favorite because he's funny, kinda cute, crazy and insane. But what can I say every person has to have a favorite character
    • Production Order

      10
      Does anybody know the production order of this TV series?
    • Why 90's Are All That?

      10
      Why did you boot this off for ***ed shit like CatDog, ChalkZone and Tak and The Power of Juju. Because people like those dumb shows, I lost respect for the block. Bring Back Renand Stimpy and replace those dumb retartded show, please.
    • The Very Defenition of Disturbing, Demented and Disgusting... and yet... I Love it.

      8.5
      A Show with 2 Rivaled animals, a Cat and a Dog that went against all odds to live together; actually that's not even the weirdest part sometimes their homeless sometimes they live in a house and sometimes they will be living in the Past or Future and even be Astronauts in Outer Space. This Show is so Random, Strange and Bizarre, yet very Memorable and creative. The Characters are also very Likeable, even Ren Hoek the Psychotic ill-tempered Chihuahua, Stimpy is Incredibly Kind yet Stupid, Muddy Muddskipper is a Hollywood actor that stars in his own show. George Liquor is a very Strange man, and Mr. Horse is well a horse. The First Season was of course the great with the most original, funniest, and most memorable episodes. The Second Season is in someways better then the first season. However John K. gets fired from Nickelodeon and the 3rd Season was ehh... Season 4 and 5 were just plain forgettable... well, whatever we always got the original 2 Seasons. I thought cause it was so dirty and strange that I would hate it as an adult, but I was proven wrong and still like to watch episodes every now and then. This is one of those show that actually does toilet humor correctly unlike that mega-mess "Mega Babies"...



      And Now my Rating for each of the Seasons:



      Season 1: 8/10 (Great)



      Season 2: 9/10 (Outstanding)



      Season 3: 5/10 (Eh)



      Season 4: 3/10 (Bad)



      Season 5: 3/10 (Bad)



      I will (NOT) be reviewing The Adult Party Cartoon on here, I will review it on its own page.moreless
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    witty remarks, talking animals, for the nostalgic, Adult, Dark Comedy