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The Ren & Stimpy Show

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The Ren & Stimpy Show

 

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This series of the 90s created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi, was originally aired on Nickelodeon from August 11, 1991 to October 24, 1996 for 52 episodes of 22 minutes each divided into 5 seasons.

The show was focused on its two main characters, Ren Höek, a psychotic chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat (Stimpy), a good-natured, dimwitted cat.

They were one of the most neurotic character-couples to hit television in the 90s, at the beginning they were considered as frightening and violent, which paired with the slow production schedule, causing the show's first director, Kricfalusi, to be fired being replaced by Bob Camp. When the show came back in 1993, it was transformed into something more suitable for the masses, and leading to four years of success for the show. The duo returned to television briefly in 2003, only to be removed once it began delving into plot-lines that were considered too adult for television.

After the director's replacement the stories became "softer", that leading to complains from fans who considered this change as a step down from the standard they were used to; and many critics did not find the material particularly funny. Nickelodeon canceled the show in 1996, with the Christmas episode A Scooter For Yaksmas.

This was clearly a different type of show; maybe it was the the toilet humor, maybe the harsh language, or even the frequent use of innuendo; whatever the reason was, it marked a difference that somewhat generated an attraction on the public, adding more popularity to the show; to become one of the representative animated shows of the decade.

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