The Cuyler Family. From the left: Rusty, Granny, Early and Lil.
|Created by||Jim Fortier
|Voices of||Stuart Daniel Baker
Bobby Ellerbee (2006–present)
Scott Hilley (2005–15)
Charles Napier (2005–06)
|Narrated by||Dave Willis (select episodes)|
|Music by||Billy Joe Shaver|
|Composer(s)||David Lee Powell
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||104 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Lazzo
|Running time||11 minutes
22 minutes (episodes 60 & 83)
|Production company(s)||Williams Street|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||4:3 SDTV (2005–07)
16:9 HDTV (2008–present)
|Original release||Unofficial pilot:
April 1, 2005
October 16, 2005 – present
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 Blue Ridge 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 and grandmother, 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 104 episodes during the show's ten 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 on Hulu Plus.
Setting and premise
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. In the words of The New York Times, the show takes "backwoods stereotypes" and turns them into "a cudgel with which to pound maniacally on all manner of topical subjects."
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.
|Unknown Hinson||Early Cuyler|
|Daniel McDevitt||Rusty Cuyler|
|Dana Snyder||Granny Cuyler|
|Patricia French||Lil Cuyler|
|Bobby Ellerbee||The Sheriff|
|Todd Hanson||Dan Halen|
|Stewart Briehut||Squid Jesus|
|Charles Napier||The Sheriff (episode 1-8)|
- Drive-By Truckers performed in "America: Why I Love Her" (Season 5, Episode 10)
- Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Lucinda Williams, Will Oldham, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hayes Carll, Todd Snider, and Rhett Miller performed 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).
- Todd Barry voiced Glenn in "Office Politics Trouble" (Season 1, Episode 6) and Dr. Bug in "Family Trouble" (Season 1, episode 5).
- Butterbean voiced himself and sang the national anthem in "Condition: Demolition" (Season 3, Episode 9)
- George Lowe voiced Space Ghost in "Unofficial Pilot" (Season 1, fake pilot) and TV wrestling-promo voice (season 4, episode 4)
- David Allan Coe is uncredited for voicing himself in "Okaleechee Dam Jam" (Season 3, Episode 17)
- Vernon Chatman (as Clarence Towelstein) voiced Shuckey the Corn Mascot in "Mud Days and Cornfused" (Season 3, Episode 18)
- Rachel Dratch voiced Hippie Woman in "Earth Worst" (Season 3, Episode 6)
- 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)
- 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)
- Larry Munson voiced the Voice of God on "Armageddon It On!" (Season 3, Episode 13)
- 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)
- 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). He also voiced Dr. Jerry in "Family Trouble" 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)
- 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 voiced himself in "Asbestos I Can" (Season 6, Episode 1).
- Jonathan Katz voiced The Rapist in "Government Brain Voodoo Trouble" (Season 2, Episode 1).
- Ralphie May voiced PNUT in "Thou Shale Not Drill" (Season 8, Episode 7). This was the second 30-minute episode in the series' history
- Todd Snider appeared as Clown Boy in "Clowny Freaks" (Season 5, Episode 8)
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.
|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|
|Volume 5||August 7, 2012||10||Behind the Scenes Featurettes, Art+Music feature and more|
|Volume 6||March 17, 2015||15||none|
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