Fur TV

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Fur TV
Genre Comedy
Created by Chris Waitt
Henry Trotter
Starring Mak Wilson
Don Austen
John Eccleston
Voices of Henry Trotter
Phil Nichol
Simon Greenall
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 15
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV Europe
Original airing 28 February 2004 (BBC 2 Pilot),
4 May 2008 (MTV Series)

Fur TV is a comedy puppet show produced by MTV Networks Europe and airs on MTV channels throughout Europe. The show uses Muppets style puppetry, but in a more adult setting. The characters are shown to undertake human activities such as drinking and having sex.

Cast[edit]

The main characters are Fat Ed Tubbs, Lapeño Enriquez and Mervin J Minky. Fat Ed is a foul-mouthed, violent, beer swilling heavy metal fanatic, Lapeño is a Brazilian sex god who is irresistible to women (and even to some men), while Mervin is a perpetually cross-eyed, mentally retarded, perverted, self-abusing fanatic with a chronic addiction to masturbation.

Format and plots[edit]

Each episode will generally relate to one of the characters specific traits:

  • Fat Ed's love of heavy metal and/or extreme violence.
  • Mervin's sexual deviance and/or his idiotic good nature.
  • Lapeño's ability to seduce any woman he wants and/or his career as a DJ.

The storylines are allowed much greater freedom owing to the main characters being puppets. This fact is often played-on. For instance:

  • The episode where Mervin, Lapeño and Fit Ed (Fat Ed's well-toned cousin) end up taking a boat-ride up Fat Ed's butt, is only possible due to their puppet (Fur) status. The ending to this episode closely follows (and affectionately parodies) Apocalypse Now.
  • There is also an episode where Lapeño & Mervin are drafted into Ed's band, Stinkhole, and Mervin accidentally discovers the (until then mythical) brown note (This is a note, that when played loud enough, will cause any listeners to immediately evacuate their bowels). A copy of the theme from a South Park episode entitled "World Wide Recorder Concert" which the episode title is also referred as "The Brown Noise".
  • In an episode which deals with Mervin's masturbation addiction, Lapeño and Ed try to stop Mervin from constantly pleasuring himself. After a series of luckless attempts, Ed simply rips Mervin's arms off, with nobody (not even Mervin) making a big deal about it.
  • In another episode, Fat Ed claims that he killed Tupac Shakur and Biggie, and that Kurt Cobain "didn't exactly commit suicide", and that is the reason he can never return to the US.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode Title Original air date

  1. "Rent Boys/Hot Pussy" 4 May 2008 [1]
  2. "My Big Fat Gay Wedding/There's Something About Mervin" 11 May 2008[2]
  3. "Mervin's Millions/Fur & Loathing" 18 May 2008[3]
  4. "Bad Apples/Enter the DJ" 25 May 2008[4]
  5. "Hungry for Love/Brown Fury" 1 June 2008[5]
  6. "Ladies Love Lapeño/Arse of Darkness" 8 June 2008 [6]
  7. "Fist of Fur/Get Mervin" 15 June 2008 [7]
  8. "Merverella" 22 June 2008 [8]

Series 1.5[edit]

Episode Title Original air date

  1. "How To Cook Shit With Mervin" 31 May 2009
  2. "Furry Movie Club" 7 June 2009
  3. "It's Your Fan Mail" 14 June 2009
  4. "Fat Ed's Furry Fucking Guide To Metal" 21 June 2009
  5. "The Furry Guide To Love" 28 June 2009
  6. "Stinkhole: Raining Brown" 5 July 2009
  7. "Fat Ed's Super-Fix-It" 12 July 2009

Production[edit]

Originally a short film which won BBC's Greenlight Award for Comedy in 2002 [1] . It was turned into a pilot which aired on BBC2 in 2004 and won the Rose D'Or for Best Pilot at the Montreaux TV Festival. MTV picked it up as a TV series and the show premiered in 2008. In 2009 MTV began broadcasting a series of Fur TV 'Shorts', about 3 minutes in length.

It has broadcast on all MTV channels in Europe, MTV2 in Canada and MTV in Brazil, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand. In France it is known as Télé Poils, on MTV Latin America it is broadcast as TV de Ciertopelo, in Ukraine as Волохате ТБ (Volohate TB), in Russia as Мохнатики (Mohnatiki) and on MTV Taiwan it is called 偶們最風流 (Oumen The Most Romantic).

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