Squidbillies

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Squidbillies
Squidbillies title card.png
The Cuyler Family. From the left: Rusty, Granny, Early and Lil.
Genre Black comedy
Non-canon fiction
Satire
Slapstick
Surreal humour
Created by Jim Fortier
Dave Willis
Starring Stuart Daniel Baker
Daniel McDevitt
Dana Snyder
Patricia French
Bobby Ellerbee (2006-present)
Todd Hanson
Scott Hilley
Charles Napier (2005-2006)
Narrated by Dave Willis
Composer(s) David Lee Powell
Shawn Coleman
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 89 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mike Lazzo
Keith Crofford
Producer(s) Jim Fortier
Dave Willis
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Williams Street
Radical Axis
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV (2005-2007)
16:9 HDTV (2008-present)
Original run Unofficial pilot:
April 1, 2005
Official:
October 16, 2005  – present
Chronology
Related shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Cheyenne Cinnamon and
the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge
External links
Website

Squidbillies is an American animated television series on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. An unofficial pilot for the series aired on April 1, 2005, the series later made its official debut on October 16, 2005. The series is about the Cuyler family, an impoverished family of anthropomorphic hillbilly mud squids living in the Georgia region of the Appalachian Mountains. The series revolves around the exploits of an alcoholic father (Early), who is often abusive in a comedic way towards his family. His teenage son, Rusty, is desperate for his approval; his mother, known in the show as Granny, is often the center of his aggression; and Lil, his sister, is mostly unconscious in a pool of her own vomit.

There have been a total of 89 episodes during the show's eight seasons. The series also airs in syndication in other countries and has been released on various DVD sets and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming of the first two seasons on Netflix.

Setting and premise[edit]

Squidbillies follows the exploits of the Cuyler family and their interactions with the local populace, which usually results in a fair amount of destruction, mutilation, and death. The Cuylers are essentially given free rein and protected from the consequences of their actions whenever possible by their friend, the Sheriff (whose name is "Sharif"), as they are said to be the last twisted remnants of a federally protected endangered species, the "Appalachian Mud Squid". They live in the southern Appalachian Mountains located in northern Georgia. At the epi­cen­ter of this rural paradise is Dou­gal County, home to crip­pling gam­bling addic­tions, a mur­der­ous cor­po­ra­tion, sex­ual deviants, and the authentic southern mountain squid.[1]

Production[edit]

Squidbillies is produced by Williams Street Studios, it is written by Dave Willis, co-creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Jim Fortier, previously of The Brak Show, both of whom worked on the Adult Swim series Space Ghost Coast to Coast. The animation is done by Awesome Incorporated, with background design by Ben Prisk.

Voice actors[edit]

Name Character(s)
Unknown Hinson Early Cuyler
Daniel McDevitt Rusty Cuyler
Dana Snyder Granny Cuyler
Patricia French Lil Cuyler
Bobby Ellerbee The Sheriff
Todd Hanson Dan Halen
Mary Kraft Krystal
Dave Willis Glenn Narrator
Deputy Denny various
Scott Hilley Reverend
Pete Smith Boyd
Stewart Briehut Squid Jesus
Jim Fortier Devil
Former cast
Charles Napier The Sheriff (episode 1-8)

Episodes[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Drive-By Truckers in "America: Why I Love Her" (Season 5, Episode 10)
  • Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Billy, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hayes Carll, Todd Snider appeared as various singing forest animals in "America: Why I Love Her" (Season 5, Episode 10)
  • Fred Armisen voiced Miguel in "Take This Job and Love It" (Season 1, Episode 2) and Office Politics Trouble" (Season 1, Episode 6), Jesus in "Giant Foam Dickhat Trouble" (Season 2, Episode 5) and Hippie Killed With Chainsaw in "Earth Worst" (Season 3, Episode 6).[2]
  • Todd Barry voiced Glenn in "Office Politics Trouble" (Season 1, Episode 6) and Dr. Bug in "Family Trouble" (Season 1, episode 5).[3]
  • Butterbean voiced himself and sang the national anthem in "Condition: Demolition" (Season 3, Episode 9)[4]
  • George Lowe voiced Space Ghost in "Unofficial Pilot" (Season 1, fake pilot) and TV wrestling-promo voice (season 4, episode 4)
  • David Allan Coe voiced himself in "Okaleechee Dam Jam" (Season 3, Episode 17)[5]
  • Vernon Chatman voiced Shuckey the Corn Mascot in "Mud Days and Cornfused" (Season 3, Episode 18)[6]
  • Rachel Dratch voiced Hippie Woman in "Earth Worst" (Season 3, Episode 6)[7]
  • Jon Wurster (as Roy Ziegler) voiced Dakota the Hippie in "Earth Worst" (Season 3, Episode 6) and Skyler The Blue Blood Sucking monster in "The Tiniest Princess" (Season 2, Episode 12).
  • Mick Foley voiced Thunder Clap in "Anabolic-holic" (Season 4, Episode 4)[8]
  • Riley Martin voiced the Horseman of Pestilence in "Armageddon It On!" (Season 3, Episode 13) and a voice inside Dan Halen's head in "Pile M For Murder" (Season 3, Episode 19)[9]
  • Larry Munson voiced the Voice of God on "Armageddon It On!" (Season 3, Episode 13)[10]
  • Chad Ochocinco voiced himself in "Lean Green Touchdown Makifying Machine" (Season 5, Episode 9)
  • Elizabeth Cook as Tammi in "Keeping It In The Family Way" (Season 6) and "Rusty and Tammi Sitting in a Tree, B-A-S-T-A-R-D" in Season 7
  • Patton Oswalt (as Shecky Chucklestein) voiced the One-Eyed Giant Squid in "Survival of The Dumbest" (Season 2, Episode 12)[11]
  • Brendon Small wrote & played the "Rusty Shreds" metal pieces in "Mephistopheles Traveled Below to a Southern State Whose Motto Is 'Wisdom, Justice and Moderation'" (Season 3, Episode 5).[12] He has also has appeared as Dr. Jerry in several other episodes but was listed in the credits as "Donald Cock".
  • Split Lip Rayfield was credited in writing Rusty's bluegrass Hell Jams in "Mephistopheles Traveled Below to a Southern State Whose Motto Is 'Wisdom, Justice and Moderation'" (Season 3, Episode 5)
  • .38 Special voiced themselves, and their song "Caught Up in You" is featured during the credits in "Burned and Reburned Again" (Season 2, Episode 10)[13]
  • T-Pain voiced himself in "Asbestos I Can" (Season 6, Episode 1).
  • Soilent Green performed the main title theme on "Lerm" (Season 4, Episode 1)
  • Widespread Panic performed the main title theme and voiced themselves in "Need for Weed" (Season 5, Episode 1)
  • Jesco White voiced Ga-Ga-Pee-Pap Cuyler in "Dead Squid Walking" (Season 5, Episode 3).
  • Mike Schatz voiced the Prosecutor in "Terminous Trouble" (Season 2) and the Scientist in "God's Bro" (Season 4).
  • Kevin Gillespie (chef) voiced himself in "Asbestos I Can" (Season 6, Episode 1).
  • Jonathan Katz voiced The Rapist in "Government Brain Voodoo Trouble" (Season 2, Episode 1).

Merchandise[edit]

A free download 35 track soundtrack was made available on the Adult Swim website in January 2012 entitled The Squidbillies Present: Music for Americans Only Made by Americans in China for Americans Only God Bless America, U.S.A.[14]

Home releases[edit]

DVD name Release date Ep # Features
Volume 1 October 16, 2007 20 "How I Make The Damn Show!", The Original Pilots, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes Footage, audio commentaries, and Anime Talk Show.
Volume 2 April 21, 2009 20 "Squidbillies Circle Jerk 2: Return Of The Self Congratulation", "Dragonbillies", "Funny Pete Stuff", "Art and Music", "Dragon Con 2008", and audio commentaries.
Volume 3 July 6, 2010 10 "Art & Music", "This Ain't A Hat, It's A Rag-top for A Sex Convertible", "Funny Pete Stuff", "Dragon Con 2009".
Volume 4 June 21, 2011 10 Behind the Scenes of "America: Why I Love Her", Jesco White Voice Record Outtakes, Dragon Con Squidbillies Panel, XM Radio Squidbillies 4 July Special, and Squidbillies Tattoo Contest Video[15]
Volume 5 August 7, 2012 10 Behind the Scenes Featurettes, Art+Music feature and more[16]

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