One of shortest series Cartoon Network made Cow and Chicken got started in 1997 and ended in 1999. The showed followed the surreal adventures of a cow named Cow and her brother a chicken named Chicken. The whole show was surreal with just these two characters. They go to school like normal kids, had friends, act like normal kids, and not once does anybody question the talking cow and chicken in front of them. There was also an antagonist in the series known as The Red Guy who would dress up in disguises both male and female to scam, torture, or hurt Cow and Chicken. I honestly think the show was meant to be Cartoon Network’s answer to Ren and Stimpy. The comedy of the show came from them using recurring gags and violence. Cow and Chicken are constantly placed in dangerous situations by The Red Guy, Cow has an alter ego known has Super Cow who can speak Spanish and fly and usually pummels The Red Guy, we never see the upper bodies of Cow and Chicken’s parents who are human which begs the question of how the hell did the mother give birth to a cow and a chicken, and the show would always call everyone regardless of their gender ladies. The show may not have reached the controversial levels of Ren and Stimpy but it got close a few times just because of the humor they did. It was nothing really all that serious or insulting it was just controversial to some hard asses.
While the show may not have been as strong as Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo it was still a good show and I liked it. The show is so whacky and surreal that you can’t help but laugh at it and see just how crazy they can get in this show. My favorite character was always The Red Guy as he was usually the funniest person in each episode just because he was a complete certified lunatic whose only purpose in the show was to annoy Cow and Chicken. If you were a fan of Ren and Stimpy I think you’ll like this show and if you didn’t like Ren and Stimpy I say give this show a try. You’ll laugh your ass off from how surreal and crazy the show can be. Cow and Chicken also had another segment to their show much like Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo but I’ll get to that next time.