List of Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes

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Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created and directed by John R. Dilworth. The pilot episode, "The Chicken from Outer Space", originally aired as part of What a Cartoon! on February 18, 1996. The series officially premiered on Cartoon Network on November 12, 1999, and ended on November 22, 2002, with a total of 52 episodes over the course of four seasons. A CGI special titled "The Fog of Courage" was broadcast on Cartoon Network in Southeast Asia on October 31, 2014. The series is about an anthropomorphic dog named Courage, who lives with an elderly couple in Nowhere, Kansas. In each episode, the trio are thrown into bizarre and frequently disturbing misadventures, often involving the paranormal or supernatural.

The 2021 direct-to-DVD film Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is the only official Courage project in which Dilworth has no involvement.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotFebruary 18, 1996 (1996-02-18)[1]
12613November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12)March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
22513October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)November 16, 2001 (2001-11-16)
32613January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)August 9, 2002 (2002-08-09)
42513September 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
SpecialOctober 31, 2014 (2014-10-31)
Crossover filmSeptember 14, 2021 (2021-09-14)


Pilot (1996)[edit]

TitleWritten byOriginal air date [1]
"The Chicken from Outer Space"John R. DilworthFebruary 18, 1996 (1996-02-18)

Courage tries to stop an alien chicken's plans to invade Earth while on his owners' farm.

This short was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and was featured on Cartoon Network's animation showcase program What a Cartoon! from 1995 to 1997 and it was shown as a bonus episode at the end of the home video release of Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost.

Season 1 (1999–2000)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air date
1a1a"A Night at the Katz Motel"John R. Dilworth and Irvin S. BauerJohn R. DilworthNovember 12, 1999 (1999-11-12)[a]
Courage and his owners stop at a lonely motel to end their vacation, but it is owned by a nefarious red cat named Katz, who harbors a penchant for feeding his guests to giant spiders.
1b1b"Cajun Granny Stew"John R. Dilworth and Irvin S. BauerJohn R. DilworthNovember 12, 1999 (1999-11-12)
An orange Cajun fox repeatedly tries to kidnap a sleepy Muriel so he can use her in a Cajun stew.
2a2a"The Shadow of Courage"John R. Dilworth and Irvin S. BauerJohn R. DilworthNovember 19, 1999 (1999-11-19)
A wealthy miser dies alone in his observatory, releasing his playful shadow, who plays tricks and pranks aplenty on the denizens of Nowhere.
2b2b"Dr. Le Quack, Amnesia Specialist"Irvin S. BauerAllan NeuwirthNovember 19, 1999 (1999-11-19)
Muriel suffers amnesia and Courage calls in the help of Dr. Le Quack, a French duck impersonating a doctor.
3a3a"Courage Meets Bigfoot"Irvin S. BauerKevin BrownieNovember 26, 1999 (1999-11-26)
A reward is offered for a Bigfoot's capture which fills Eustace with a greedy bloodlust, and Courage, who befriends the creature, prepares to defend him from his avaricious master.
3b3b"Hothead"David Steven CohenDavid Watchtenheim, Bob Miller and J.P. DillardNovember 26, 1999 (1999-11-26)
Tired of being bald, Eustace obtains an experimental hair tonic advertisement from the newspaper, which Courage finds has an explosive side effect.
4a4a"The Demon in the Mattress"Irvin S. BauerStephen DeStefanoDecember 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Unable to sleep on her old lumpy mattress, Muriel orders a new one, but as soon as it arrives, it is revealed that it apparently harbors an evil spirit, which proceeds to possess her as she sleeps.
4b4b"Freaky Fred"David Steven Cohen and Bill MarsiliiJohn Flagg and Chad HicksDecember 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Muriel's unsettling nephew, Fred, a barber by trade, visits the farmhouse. Courage learns the hard way of how much Fred enjoys his profession.
5a5a"Night of the Weremole"David Steven CohenTom Nesbitt and Michael WetterhahnDecember 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Bitten by a vicious "weremole", Muriel transforms into a similar creature under the light of a full moon. As Courage finds the original monster in hopes of a cure, Eustace faces his deranged wife (whom he has mistaken for mice) with his brittle wit and trusty mallet.
5b5b"Mother's Day"Irvin S. BauerDavid Watchtenheim and Otis BrayboyDecember 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Eustace visits his mother for Mother's Day with Courage. Though Eustace tries to win his mother's love, she would rather dote on Courage, much to the master's envy and the pet's dismay.
6a6a"The Duck Brothers"Craig SheminDave SimonsJanuary 14, 2000 (2000-01-14)
Controlled by a pair of alien duck siblings, Muriel attempts to break into a military compound to rescue the ducks' third brother. Having freed her from their grasp, Courage confronts the aliens and offers them another solution.
6b6b"Shirley the Medium"Craig SheminLuc Latulippe, David Watchtenheim,
and Michael Wetterhahn
January 14, 2000 (2000-01-14)
A locked box left behind by Eustace's late brother, Horst, defies Eustace's every attempt to open it. Through Shirley the Medium, a Gypsy chihuahua, Eustace contacts his brother for the key, despite Horst's warnings. As the cursed box releases a grabby terror, Courage pleads with the medium for assistance.
7a7a"King Ramses' Curse"Bill MarsiliiBob Miller, J.P. Dillard and Brian ClarkJanuary 21, 2000 (2000-01-21)

A pair of "cat burglars" heist a precious, ancient slab, and are confronted with the ghost of its Egyptian owner, King Ramses. Torn from their hands by Ramses' curse, the slab happens upon the farmhouse. When Eustace is greedily unwilling to part with such a valuable treasure as informed by Professor Frith, the Pharaoh's ghost constantly demands "Return the slab" and ravages the farmhouse with a triad of plagues. Unfortunately, Eustace ultimately reclaims the stolen slab after the third plague. The Pharaoh's ghost reuses his third plague to devour Eustace. The next day, Muriel and Courage hear Professor Frith's television news report that the slab has been safely brought back to the Pharaoh's tomb in Egypt. Muriel thinks about her husband's whereabouts which turn out to be on the slab below outside the sarcophagus of Ramses.

Note: This episode was shown as a bonus episode at the end of the home video release of Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders.
7b7b"The Clutching Foot"David Steven CohenCurtis CimJanuary 21, 2000 (2000-01-21)
A fungus on Eustace's foot gains sentience and consumes him whole, becoming a quintet of old-fashioned mobsters (The "Big Toe" being a caricature of Edward G. Robinson). With his beloved Muriel threatened by the crushing extortion of the infections gangsters, Courage races for a cure.
8a8a"The Hunchback of Nowhere"Irvin S. BauerDave SimonsJanuary 28, 2000 (2000-01-28)
A hideous yet kind-hearted hunchback seeks refuge from the cold, rainy night. Spurned by Eustace, he hides away in the barn, where Courage finds and befriends him. Eustace, jealous of the attention that his family gives the guest, berates and belittles him, until the hunchback shows Eustace what true ugliness is.
8b8b"The Gods Must Be Goosey"David Steven CohenMichael Wetterhahn, John Flagg,
J.P. Dillard and Pilar Newton
January 28, 2000 (2000-01-28)
A divine goose falls in love with the portly Muriel. As he beckons her to a paradise above, Courage battles the heavenly gander for his irreplaceable owner.
9a9a"Queen of the Black Puddle"Bill MarsiliiChad HicksMarch 3, 2000 (2000-03-03)
A single puddle remains eerily behind after a dark rainstorm, hiding a terrible secret. After its quiet queen steals Eustace away, Courage dives into her world to rescue him.
9b9b"Everyone Wants to Direct"Craig SheminAntonio Zurera, Luiz de Velasco, Javier Jerez,
Jesus Alonso and Rodrigo Cubillo
March 3, 2000 (2000-03-03)
Dazzled by "famous director" Benton Tarantella's guile and wit, Courage's owners grant the grisly director their basement for his movie. Learning the director's dark intent, the dog scrambles to prevent a ravenous resurrection.
10a10a"The Snowman Cometh"Irvin S. BauerDavid WatchtenheimMarch 10, 2000 (2000-03-10)
Faced with an inevitable, melting demise, the Last of the Snowmen laments his fate. But when he spies Courage and his owners, inexplicably on vacation in the Arctic, he plots to sap them of their anti-melting gene to stave off his own destruction.
10b10b"The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Lovable Duckling"Irvin S. BauerCurtis CimMarch 10, 2000 (2000-03-10)
Inadvertently hatched by Eustace, a tiny duckling mistakes the farmer for its mother, and quickly grows fiercely protective. The duckling becomes jealous of Muriel. Sensing its fatally intentions upon her, Courage battles the duckling for the safety of his owner.
11a11a"Heads of Beef"Irvin S. BauerKeith Tucker, Bob Miller and J.P. DillardMarch 17, 2000 (2000-03-17)
While a sick Muriel stays home on the couch, Eustace takes Courage with him and they go out for hamburgers at a local diner run by a seemingly friendly couple of pigs. Wandering into their basement, however, Courage begins to think that it may not be cow's meat being served there.
11b11b"Klub Katz"David Steven CohenTom Nesbitt and David WatchtenheimMarch 17, 2000 (2000-03-17)
Marooned during a cruise, Courage and his owners once again run afoul of Katz. Transformed at his spa into machines designed to fight for Katz's amusement, Muriel places her hope of rescue on Courage.
12a12a"The Revenge of the Chicken from Outer Space"John R. Dilworth and Irvin S. BauerJohn R. DilworthMarch 24, 2000 (2000-03-24)
Now fried and headless, Courage's first nemesis, the alien chicken, comes back to Earth. The alien chicken kidnaps Muriel, attempting to plug off Muriel's head and place her head into its own body, but fails when Courage intervenes. The chicken soon gains Eustace's head instead, takes its spaceship, and tries various times to destroy Courage and Muriel. The alien chicken is eventually destroyed once and for all when a rocket ship blasts into its spaceship. All seems well for Courage and Muriel, except Eustace, whose aforementioned head is missing.
12b12b"Journey to the Center of Nowhere"Craig SheminJohn Flagg and Michael WetterhahnMarch 24, 2000 (2000-03-24)
Angered both by a drought and Muriel's use of eggplants in cooking, a humanized troupe of eggplants plot her downfall deep underground.
13a13a"Little Muriel"David Steven CohenMauro Casalese and Michael WetterhahnMarch 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
Muriel is sucked into a tornado and returns as a 3½-year-old. Courage has to find a way to get her back to her correct age.
13b13b"The Great Fusilli"Irvin S. BauerTom Nesbitt, Eduardo Soriano,
David Watchtenheim and Michael Wetterhahn
March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
The Great Fusilli (voiced by Jim Cummings), an alligator, arrives at the farmhouse, offering Courage and his owners a chance to perform with him and become rich. As his dark intentions unfold, he turns Muriel and Eustace into puppets. Courage must use Fusilli's own thespian vanity to best him.

Season 2 (2000–01)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air date
14a1a"The Magic Tree of Nowhere"John R. DilworthDavid WatchtenheimOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
A wish-granting tree grows by the farmhouse. Eustace grows jealous of all the attention it gets from his family and he decides to chop it down.
14b1b"Robot Randy[b]"John R. DilworthMichael WetterhahnOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
Conforming to his race's whims, a giant robot named Randy reluctantly travels to Earth and enslaves Courage and his owners in order to prove to his people that he is not a failure.
15a2a"The Curse of Shirley"David Steven CohenDavid WatchtenheimDecember 8, 2000 (2000-12-08)
As a result of Eustace's cruelty, an angry Shirley lays a rain/thunder cloud curse upon him.
15b2b"Courage in the Big Stinkin' City"David Steven CohenDavid WatchtenheimDecember 8, 2000 (2000-12-08)
Courage and his owners go to New York City for Muriel to perform at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center. A giant cockroach named Shwick offers to let them stay at his place until the show. Shwick forces Courage to fetch an "evil package" for him, or he will release his deadly pet to devour Muriel.
16a3a"Family Business"David Steven CohenBradley C. RaderDecember 29, 2000 (2000-12-29)
A burglar claiming himself to be a relative breaks into the farmhouse. However, he suffers from multiple personality disorder and his attitude towards them changes. Courage and his owners are stuck with his schemes.
16b3b"1000 Years of Courage"David Steven CohenEddy Houchins and Dave SimonsDecember 29, 2000 (2000-12-29)
Due to a meteor impacting the planet, Courage and his owners are hurled a thousand years into a future inhabited by banana people.
17a4a"Courage Meets the Mummy"David Steven CohenMauro Casalese and Alex LeungJanuary 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)
After being accidentally summoned by archaeologist Professor Frith, the mummy of a Mayan baker seeks revenge for the injustice that was done to him thousands of years earlier. Courage manages to hypnotize his owners to be identified respectively as the historical Mayan princess and poohbah for their personal protection. After the mummy feels satisfied of being innocent from his historical accusation, he decides to go home to his tomb in Chichen Itza. Muriel generously gives him a polka-dotted bed sheet as his new entombment, but it originally belonged to Eustace. Eustace pursues the Mayan mummy and cleverly disguises himself as a mummy inside the Mayan baker's tomb. He angrily shouts at him to return the bed sheet.
17b4b"Invisible Muriel"David Steven CohenJason SoJanuary 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)
Muriel becomes invisible when she wears a magical gem given to her by Courage, unknowingly. When she is soon captured by the government, Courage and Eustace, with the help of Dr. Vindaloo, set out to rescue her.
18a5a"Human Habitrail"David Steven CohenJohn T. MillerFebruary 16, 2001 (2001-02-16)
A gerbil doctor, pretending to sell vacuums, shrinks Muriel and Eustace, planning on using them for an experiment of his abstract products. Courage sets out to win his owners back.
18b5b"Mission to the Sun"David Steven CohenDave SimonsFebruary 16, 2001 (2001-02-16)
The sun is about to go out, so Courage and his owners go to outer space to fix it. Meanwhile, a tiny space-dwelling creature named Mustafa al Bacterius goes inside Muriel's brain and starts making her go insane so that their mission ends up disastrous. He wants them to fail, because he along with all the other aliens see all Earthlings abusing their planets, because all aliens like the dark.
19a6a"Courage the Fly"David Steven CohenChris RutkowskiMarch 16, 2001 (2001-03-16)
Di Lung, a young Chinese American inventor who is experimenting, turns Courage into a fly. Courage soon must figure out how to save the farmhouse, still in fly-form, before a giant satellite falls on it.
19b6b"Katz Kandy"David Steven CohenJordan Oliwa and Alex LeungMarch 16, 2001 (2001-03-16)
Katz is determined on winning the Nowhere Sweet-Stuff contest and kidnaps Muriel in order to get her secret recipe. Meanwhile, Courage must defeat Katz in a staring contest. It will take a surprising hero to come to both Courage and Muriel's rescue and save the day.
20a7a"Nowhere TV"David Steven CohenJesus Alonso, Javier Jerez, Luis de Velasco and Antonio ZureraApril 13, 2001 (2001-04-13)
Le Quack hypnotizes Muriel and Eustace through television so they can be transformed into slaves and steal a large amount of lottery money to bring to him.
20b7b"Mega Muriel the Magnificent"David Steven CohenBruce MorrisApril 13, 2001 (2001-04-13)
A thunderstorm causes Courage's computer to come to life. It downloads itself into Muriel's body to prove how daring and death-defying it can be.
21a8a"Bad Hair Day"David Steven CohenCurtis CimMay 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
Dr. Vindaloo is bribed into telling the Growth Industries that Muriel has a rare blood type, ABXYZ. Courage must rescue Muriel from the Growth Industries and Eustace's mother, Ma.
21b8b"The Forbidden Hat of Gold"David Steven CohenBob FosterMay 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
Eustace finds Horst's map leading to a hat made of gold. He reluctantly takes Muriel and Courage along, and his greed eventually leads them all into danger.
22a9a"Serpent of Evil River"David Steven CohenMauro Casalese and Alex LeungJune 1, 2001 (2001-06-01)
Courage and his owners are suckered into a free cruise, only to be tricked into assisting the captain in capturing an opera-loving sea serpent named Carmen.
22b9b"The Transplant"David Steven CohenTrevor HieronsJune 1, 2001 (2001-06-01)
Courage finds the bones of a giant kangaroo monster. When Eustace attempts to auction them to discoverers, he ends up twisting his spine. Dr. Vindaloo does a disc-transplant on Eustace, causing him to transform into a kangaroo monster himself.
23a10a"Car Broke, Phone Yes"David Steven CohenJesus Alonso, Javier Jerez, Luis de Velasco and Antonio ZureraOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
An alien brain steals Muriel's kindness for its master and Courage has to get it back or she will stay grumpy forever.
23b10b"Cowboy Courage"David Steven CohenDave SimonsOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
Courage dreams that he and his owners were in the Old West, with Courage playing the sheriff, Muriel as the bartender, and Eustace as the outlaw.
24a11a"Evil Weevil"David Steven CohenDavid WatchtenheimNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
Eustace accidentally hits a human-sized boll weevil named Jeeves with his truck, and Muriel invites him to spend the night. Unfortunately, Jeeves soon begins sucking Eustace and Muriel's lives away.
24b11b"McPhearson Phantom"David Steven CohenBruce MorrisNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
Muriel and Eustace's marriage is tested when they are manipulated into turning against each other by a crafty phantom and an unlikely accomplice, Eustace's mother.
25a12a"The House of Discontent"David Steven CohenJesus Alonso, Javier Jerez, Luis de Velasco and Antonio ZureraNovember 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)
The spirit of the harvest moon appears one night, demanding that Courage and his owners leave since Eustace cannot seem to grow anything on their land.
25b12b"The Sand Whale Strikes[c]"David Steven CohenGlenn LovettNovember 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)
A sand whale arrives at the farmhouse. He mistakes Eustace for his deceased father, Ickett, and demands on giving back his accordion he swindled from him. Eustace tries to explain that his mother, Ma, has it but the sand whale does not believe him. After chasing Courage and his owners, wrecking the farmhouse in the process, the whale eats Muriel and Eustace, then heads off. Courage must convince stubborn old Ma to give the whale back his accordion in order to win Muriel and Eustace back.
2613"The Tower of Dr. Zalost[d]"John R. DilworthDavid WatchtenheimNovember 16, 2001 (2001-11-16)
Dr. Zalost, an extremely depressed and misunderstood professor, is incapable of dealing with his sorrowful condition by himself. Overcome by his jealousy of other people's happiness, he lashes out at Nowhere, firing unhappy cannonballs out of his walking tower and plummets the entire town into a state of depression. To gain happiness, he seeks economic elements from the representatives of Nowhere, but when he does not experience relief, he refuses to undo what he has inflicted. With Muriel befalling the effects of the unhappy cannon balls, Courage ventures into the tower of Dr. Zalost to undo the sorrow of Nowhere and the malevolent professor.

Season 3 (2002)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
27a1a"Muriel Meets Her Match"Katy McLaughlin and David Steven CohenJanuary 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)
A pair of married criminals are on the run and they camp next to the farmhouse, with one of them eventually assuming Muriel's identity, which leads to Muriel being framed and arrested. Courage must clear Muriel's name.
27b1b"Courage vs. Mecha-Courage"Jeff Kunkin and Bruce WilponJanuary 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)
Di Lung feels that Courage is not a good enough dog and eventually builds a mechanical version of him as a replacement. Courage decides to stop him by a fight.
28a2a"Campsite of Terror"Craig Shemin and David Steven CohenFebruary 8, 2002 (2002-02-08)
Courage and his owners go to a campsite for the weekend. All seems well until Courage and Muriel encounter two orphaned lonely raccoons, who beat Courage up and tie him to a tree before they kidnap Muriel so that she can be their mother while also taking all of Courage's owners' personal belongings in the process. After Courage frees himself and saves Eustace, who was earlier attacked by the raccoons prior, they begin searching for Muriel, their belongings, and the raccoons. Along the way, they see a poster of a $50,000 reward offer for the raccoons' capture. Courage must choose which side to root for.
28b2b"Record Deal"Susan KimFebruary 8, 2002 (2002-02-08)
While spring cleaning, Shirley finds a mystic Velvet Vic record. When she throws it out, Eustace finds it. But when he listens to it, the actual Velvet Vic comes out of the player and traps Muriel in the record. Courage must get help from Shirley who can tell him how to get Muriel out of the record.
29a3a"Stormy Weather"Billy AronsonMarch 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
A storm goddess mistakes Courage for her own dog Duncan and decides to take him, making Muriel furious. However, the goddess's rage causes violent storms to occur. Courage must find Duncan before it is too late.
29b3b"The Sandman Sleeps"David Steven CohenMarch 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
Muriel develops insomnia after the Sandman steals her sleep. After several failed attempts to get Muriel back to sleep, Courage must find the Sandman in order to get her sleep back.
30a4a"Hard Drive Courage"Susan KimJune 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
Courage's computer develops a virus and it traps Muriel inside. Courage must go into the computer world to bring her back.
30b4b"The Ride of the Valkyries"Billy AronsonJune 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
While Courage and his owners are on holiday in Norway, three Valkyries mistake Muriel as their sister and carry her off into the sky where they will fight against the trolls on the next day. Courage sets out to win Muriel back.
31a5a"Scuba Scuba Doo"Lori LazarusJune 14, 2002 (2002-06-14)
While on a tropical island, Courage and Muriel discover an underwater city made of coral. There, they befriend the citizens. Meanwhile, Eustace informs his mother that there are small creatures living in the coral. She decides that the coral there can make fine wigs, and sets off to destroy the coral city and evict the creatures of their coral for her wig factory.
31b5b"Conway the Contaminationist"Craig SheminJune 14, 2002 (2002-06-14)
A strange elderly man named Conway moves in with Courage and his owners. He changes their lives when he assists them to live in a life of filth, causing a potential bio-hazard.
32a6a"Katz Under the Sea"David Steven CohenJune 21, 2002 (2002-06-21)
Displeased by Eustace, Muriel takes Courage with her and they go on a submarine vacation. They realize too late that it is being run by one of their old enemies, Katz.
32b6b"Curtain of Cruelty"David Steven Cohen, Mike Samonek and John ReynoldsJune 21, 2002 (2002-06-21)
When a strange pink curtain is going through Nowhere making the citizens cruel and mean, Courage finds out that all of this is caused by Professor Mean, who is also cruel and unhappy, and wants everyone else to be cruel and unhappy too.
33a7a"Feast of the Bullfrogs"Lory LazarusJune 28, 2002 (2002-06-28)
Bullfrogs, who have had all the water in their pond dried up, start to invade the farmhouse for water. There, they enslave Courage and his owners, forcing them to act like frogs.
33b7b"Tulip's Worm"David Steven CohenJune 28, 2002 (2002-06-28)
Two alien teddy bears blast the citizens out of sight when they are looking for a giant worm. Courage discovers the worm outside of the farmhouse, and it reacts whenever he plays a tuba. The space bears come to the scene, and reveal that the little worm is actually a space worm owned by an intergalactic childish human girl named Tulip. As Muriel and the two teddy bears are swallowed by the beast, Courage must take the worm to outer space before Muriel and the bears are digested.
34a8a"So in Louvre Are We Two"Billy AronsonJuly 5, 2002 (2002-07-05)
While Courage and his owners are visiting the Louvre, Muriel is convinced that the Mona Lisa looks just like her, and they are like sisters. After the guard is convinced that it looks nothing like Muriel, he locks the museum, expecting everyone to be out. Little does he know that Courage and his owners are trapped inside, and the paintings come to life.
34b8b"Night of the Scarecrow"Susan KimJuly 5, 2002 (2002-07-05)
After leaving a county fair, Courage and his owners get lost through a cornfield and crash into a scarecrow. They take him home where Muriel fixes him up and makes him a mouth so he can talk. He soon becomes depressed when he is not scary enough to frighten away Muriel's attackers, so he decides to train himself to be a much stronger and scarier scarecrow to protect Muriel.
35a9a"Mondo Magic"Craig SheminJuly 12, 2002 (2002-07-12)
Muriel feels she is being watched by someone. Courage discovers a magic kit on the porch. After doing tricks with it, a magician named Mondo comes out and shows off his magic. He is soon discovered to be a hideous creature who traps Eustace in the TV and making Muriel his bride by turning her into the same creature.
35b9b"Watch the Birdies"Allan Neuwirth and Gary CooperJuly 12, 2002 (2002-07-12)
When Muriel gets abducted by a giant mother vulture, it tells her to look after its three babies while it flies off to find a new mate or she will be eaten. Courage must aid Muriel in keeping the babies safe.
36a10a"Fishy Business"Bruce Wilpon and David Steven CohenJuly 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
A fish missionary arrives at the farmhouse, believing that Courage and his owners are unfit to live on the land. The fish court forces them to live in a fish bowl with gills.
36b10b"Angry Nasty People"David Steven CohenJuly 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
Benton Tarantella, the zombie director, returns to convince Courage and his owners to star in his latest sitcom Angry Nasty People.
37a11a"Dome of Doom"Lory LazarusJuly 26, 2002 (2002-07-26)
After a drought, Courage and his owners are unable to grow food. But when they read an advertisement of free food, they order it. However, the plant fruits and vegetables are carnivorous and attempt to eat them.
37b11b"Snowman's Revenge"Billy AronsonJuly 26, 2002 (2002-07-26)
After the North Pole faces heat and everything melts, the snowman creates a mechanical mitten that allows the user to produce snow at will. He moves into the farmhouse and freezes it, causing extreme coldness upon Courage and his owners.
38a12a"The Quilt Club"Bill MarsiliiAugust 2, 2002 (2002-08-02)
Muriel and Courage go to a quilt shop and meet conjoined twin sisters. Muriel wants to be a part of their quilt club, so she goes to an extreme quilt-making test to join them. But Courage smells something fishy.
38b12b"Swindlin' Wind"Billy AronsonAugust 2, 2002 (2002-08-02)
Courage and his owners go to Shirley's shop, where Muriel sees a necklace she wants. Eustace gives Shirley an oil deed for the necklace, but she realizes that it's an oil bill. Angry that Eustace ripped her off, Shirley casts a spell on both him and Muriel that causes them to swindle each other. It is now up to Courage to break the spell.
39a13a"King of Flan"David Steven CohenAugust 9, 2002 (2002-08-09)

The King of Flan uses television to hypnotize everyone in Nowhere to eat as much flan as possible. As the citizens of Nowhere become addicted to flan (and become horribly overweight), Courage must stop the King before he leads the city to a path of obesity and doom.

Note: It's possible the cult film The Stuff could've influenced the plot for this episode.
39b13b"Courage Under the Volcano"David Steven CohenAugust 9, 2002 (2002-08-09)
Courage and his owners crash down on an island, and are welcomed by a native chief. The citizens dress Muriel in their special native clothing so she can be sacrificed to the Volcano God, who is causing the island to shake. Courage must go inside the volcano and talk to the god before the natives drop Muriel in the volcano.

Season 4 (2002)[edit]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
40a1a"A Beaver's Tale"David Steven CohenSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
When the local river floods Nowhere, Courage must locate the source of the disaster. When it turns out that a beaver's dam is causing it, Courage helps the beaver follow his dreams rather than build dams.
40b1b"The Nutcracker"Billy AronsonSeptember 6, 2002 (2002-09-06)
Courage and his owners go to the junkyard to hunt for useful trash, and Courage finds a nutcracker. Two man-eating rats want to feast on Muriel and Eustace. After Eustace is captured, Courage must get Muriel away from the rats.
41a2a"Rumpledkiltskin"Allan Neuwirth and Gary CooperSeptember 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
Muriel's "Uncle Angus" invites her to Scotland, where he imprisons her and demands that she makes thousands of kilts. Courage must learn Angus's real name and free Muriel.
41b2b"House Calls"Lori LazarusSeptember 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
A lonely scientist named Dr. Gerhart wants neighbors, but his sentient house, who is very old and envious, fends them away. He brings the farmhouse next to his house with music, but Gerhart's house intends on destroying the farmhouse out of sheer jealousy and wants Gerhart all to itself. Courage has to find a way to make Gerhart's house happy and save the farmhouse.
42a3a"Le Quack Balloon"David Steven CohenSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Le Quack kidnaps Muriel and puts her on a hot air balloon. He teaches her to bungee-jump from the balloon so she can grab a Swedish ingredient for her food, but he is tricking her so he can rob the Swedish national piggy bank instead.
42b3b"Windmill Vandals"Bill MarsiliiSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
If the windmill stops turning, the ghosts of terrifying dead vandals will return to attack everyone at the homestead. Courage and Muriel must keep the windmill moving while Eustace tries to fix it.
43a4a"The Uncommon Cold"David Steven CohenSeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Courage seeks a cure for Muriel's unusual cold among some swamp-slugs enslaved by a snake named Big Bayou from Yoruba Mythology. The cure lies in Big Bayou's book, which Courage must steal in order to heal Muriel and free the slugs.
43b4b"Farmer-Hunter, Farmer-Hunted"Billy AronsonSeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Eustace tries to prove that he can hunt like his deceased brother, Horst. But the deer families are tired of being hunted and the father deer decides to hunt Eustace instead. Courage hosts a game show to see who gets to shoot whom.
44a5a"Bride of Swamp Monster"David Steven CohenOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
Muriel buys a necklace and puts her picture inside, but she loses the pendant in a local swamp. The Swamp Monster finds it and believes Muriel is his long-lost bride. Courage must locate the real bride of the Swamp Monster, and reconcile the long-lost lovers in order to get Muriel back.
44b5b"Goat Pain"Lory LazarusOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)
Muriel sprains her back and the only cure is a hot spring on top of Mt. Nowhere. The peak is guarded by a super-powerful goat angry at people for clogging the spring with trash. Courage has to get past the goat and somehow restore the spring.
45a6a"Muriel Blows Up"David Steven CohenOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
A missile strikes the farm, mutating a carrot in the garden. When Muriel eats it, she begins to grow. Courage must figure out a way to get to the general and disarm the device before time runs out.
45b6b"Profiles in Courage"Bill MarsiliiOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
Courage and his owners go to a county fair and have their silhouettes drawn. When the silhouettes come to life later that night and replace Muriel and Eustace, Courage must convince the creatures it is more fun to be paper than people.
467"The Mask"John R. DilworthOctober 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)
A strange, dog-hating woman of an unknown origin named Kitty, wearing a mask and a white robe, appears at the farm. She recklessly starts beating Courage with various items. Thinking that Kitty is just Courage’s friend playing around with him, Muriel invites her over to the farmhouse to stay for a while. Kitty explains that her best friend Bunny is being held hostage and treated as a slave by a gangster named Mad Dog, who wants them to be kept apart for good. Courage decides to rescue Bunny from Mad Dog in hopes that Kitty can leave so he can return to his normal life at home.
47a8a"Squatting Tiger, Hidden Dog"Billy AronsonOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
A Chinese empress wants to grind up Muriel's bones. Courage wants to save Muriel, but he must pass through a series of strange deadly tests first.
47b8b"Muted Muriel"David Steven CohenOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
Eustace berates Muriel, who has had enough of him for not listening to her, and she decides not to talk ever again. Courage visits Shirley and asks her if she can make her talk again.
48a9a"Aqua-Farmer"Gary Cooper and Allan NeuwirthOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
Unimpressed by Jojo the Dolphin's performance at a local aquarium, Eustace challenges the sea mammal to a race, losing pathetically. He demands a rematch, staking his wife as the prize of the race.
48b9b"Food of the Dragon"David Steven CohenOctober 25, 2002 (2002-10-25)
A seafood dinner attracts a dragon who has not learned to fly. He is determined to eat Muriel and Eustace unless Courage can teach him to fly.
49a10a"Last of the Starmakers"David Steven CohenNovember 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)
A pregnant space-faring squid who creates stars lands on the farm. Eustace plans to sell her eggs to the military for research. Courage has to save the eggs and the mother squid to keep the heavens twinkling.
49b10b"Son of the Chicken from Outer Space"Michelle Belly DilworthNovember 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)
The three-headed son of Courage's first nemesis shows up, trying to fulfill a vow to kill him, but Courage is far more resourceful than the chicken anticipated.
50a11a"Courageous Cure"David Steven CohenNovember 8, 2002 (2002-11-08)
A race of multi-limbed aliens arrive on Earth, seeking a cure for a virus which causes them to keep punching themselves. They experiment on Muriel and Eustace by letting them grow more hands.
50b11b"Ball of Revenge"Michelle Belly DilworthNovember 8, 2002 (2002-11-08)
Fed up with Muriel's doting on Courage, Eustace invites Katz, Le Quack, the weremole, the Cajun fox, the Giant Foot, and the Puddle Queen to the house to kill Courage in a game of dodgeball.
51a12a"Cabaret Courage"David Steven CohenNovember 15, 2002 (2002-11-15)
Courage and his owners come to "Hollowood". But after falling inside a manhole, they encounter a giant fetus-like being who demands entertainment. He explains to them that if he likes their performances, he will give out glamorous prizes. Courage must find the beast's true self through his heart.
51b12b"Wrath of the Librarian"David Steven CohenNovember 15, 2002 (2002-11-15)
Courage finds a two-year overdue book. When he decides to return it, he does not have enough money for the $10,000 fee. Courage rushes back home to seek the help of his owners. However, he realizes too late that the librarian has deliberately cast a spell on the book, which Muriel and Eustace unknowingly touch, turning them into its characters until Courage finds enough money to pay the fee.
52a13a"Remembrance of Courage Past"Michael SpornNovember 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
Courage's mysterious past comes to light when his parents were forcibly sent to space by a cruel veterinarian. When Muriel and Eustace notice he is not responding, still haunted by that treacherous event, they take him to the same vet that sent his parents into space, unaware that the vet is now going to send Courage off to space as well. When Muriel and Eustace discover this, the vet attempts to send them off along with him as well to keep them from interfering with his evil space research plans. Courage must save his owners after realizing that Muriel has become a major person in his life, besides his parents.
52b13b"Perfect"Billy AronsonNovember 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)
When Courage cannot do anything correctly, the "teacher" approaches him, who is the manifestation of Courage's own doubts and insecurities that have plagued him. She trains him strictly into becoming a perfect dog, but in the end, Courage learns that there is no such thing as perfect and accepts the fact that he is perfect the way he is.

Special (2014)[edit]

In 2014, a special CGI animated episode was produced as a pilot for a potential CGI revival of the series. It was aired on Cartoon Network in Southeast Asia for Halloween 2014, but it has yet to air elsewhere.

TitleWritten byOriginal air date
"The Fog of Courage"John R. DilworthOctober 31, 2014 (2014-10-31)
When Courage finds a mysterious amulet while digging through the yard, a ghostly fog covers the farmhouse. Eustace, however, refuses to return the amulet that apparently belongs to the fog ghost's long lost love. Courage must protect his family from the vengeful fog spirit.

Crossover film (2021)[edit]

A straight-to-video movie crossing over with Scooby-Doo, titled Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, but without any involvement of Stretch Films nor creator John R. Dilworth at all. The movie was released on September 14, 2021.

TitleWritten byOriginal air date
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly DogMichael F. RyanSeptember 14, 2021 (2021-09-14)
When Scooby-Doo and his friends come to the middle of Nowhere, Kansas, the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners Muriel and Eustace Bagge, they find a strange object linked to a giant cicada monster and her wacky winged warriors.


  1. ^ This episode was sneak-previewed on August 21, 1999, during Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Weekend marathon.
  2. ^ Airings after July 15, 2010, show a memorial before the credits saying "In memory of Peter Fernandez (who voiced Robot Randy), Go Speed Racer Go!". Fernandez aired Speed Racer in the U.S. and voiced Speed himself.
  3. ^ Airings after 2010 have the text, "In memory of Billie Lou Watt and Peter", during the credits along with photos of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Speed Racer, and Racer X. This episode was also dedicated to Jim P. Dilworth, John R. Dilworth's brother, who died of cancer.
  4. ^ The name "Zalost" taken from the Croatian word Žalost meaning sorrowfulness.


  1. ^ a b Mendoza, N.F. (February 18, 1996). "Shows for Youngsters and Their Parents Too: Cartoon Network Stars a Hen from Outer Space; 'Human Animal' Explores Our Needs on TLC". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2012.

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