The Annoying Orange

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Annoying Orange
Genre Comedy
Off-color humor
Created by Dane Boedigheimer
Written by Spencer Grove
Dane Boedigheimer
Robert Jennings
Directed by Dane Boedigheimer
Robert Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Voices of Dane Boedigheimer
Justine Ezarik
Robert Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Various guest stars
Composer(s) Dane Boedigheimer
Kevin MacLeod
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 457 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Dane Boedigheimer
Aaron Massey
Kevin Nalty
Producer(s) Kevin Brueck
Production company(s) Daneboe Productions
Annoying Orange, Inc.
Distributor Google
Original network YouTube
Original release October 9, 2009 – present
Related shows The Adventures of Liam The Leprechaun
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
The Misfortune of Being Ned
The Marshmallow Show
Trailer Trashed
Ask Orange
The Juice
Emoji Raps
External links

The Annoying Orange is an American comedy web series created by former Minnesota film student and MTV production assistant Dane Boedigheimer in 2009. It stars its creator as an anthropomorphic orange who annoys other fruits, vegetables, and various other objects by using jokes, which are sometimes crude.

Despite the show's negative critical reception, the show's popularity after its first episode led to it becoming the subject of a TV series, a video game, a range of toys, backpacks, couches, pillows, blankets, lunchboxes, drink bottles, mattresses, towels and a T-shirt line. Other accessories, such as costumes of the series' characters, have also appeared on the market for the company.

Since its inception, the Annoying Orange YouTube channel has amassed over 5 million subscribers.[1]


The show is centered on Orange (voiced by Dane Boedigheimer), who resides on a fruit cart display in a kitchen with other objects such as his best friend, Pear, an irritable Bartlett pear (also voiced by Boedigheimer). Other fruits include Passion, a sensible passion fruit and Orange's love interest played by iJustine, an arrogant grapefruit (voiced by Robert Jennings), a tiny miserable and frustrated but hot-blooded apple known as Midget Apple (though he prefers the name Little Apple), a happy-go-lucky and slightly eccentric marshmallow of ambiguous gender, and an elderly lemon named Grandpa Lemon, all of whom were not main characters until later episodes.

Most episodes consist of Orange heckling other characters until they meet a sudden and gruesome end, usually by evisceration with a chef's knife (although the implements used to cut them up range from a blender to a toy pinwheel). Usually, Orange tries to "warn" them before it happens, blurting out the weapon-in-use, such as "Knife!" [2]

Orange has several recurring mannerisms. He often begins an episode by repeatedly yelling "Hey, (name of character)!" until the character responds. Orange also often refers to the character as something that plays on the object's name or appearance (such as calling Grapefruit "Apefruit"). If he does not like an object, he will often say "You're an apple!", even if the object is not (e.g., a tomato). Orange uses various tactics, such as telling rude and offensive jokes, burping and making childish noises with his tongue, to get attention.

Despite what other fruits and objects think, Orange often cannot control his tendency to be "annoying," and rarely intentionally tries to spite others; he usually means well for most fruits and objects. In one episode of the web series, a "life coach," Mango, suggests that Orange uses his annoying nature to try to cope with the destruction of the fruits he tries to make friends with.

Regardless of his seemingly anti-social behavior, Orange can almost always find comfort in the company of his friends and sometimes makes new ones.


Main Characters[edit]

  • Orange: The main character who is an orange and is incredibly annoying.
  • Pear: A pear who is the only fruit who puts up with Orange
  • Midget Apple: A miniature apple who prefers to be called "Little Apple".
  • Marshmallow: A marshmallow who talks in a squeaky voice and is always happy. Its gender is unknown.
  • Passion Fruit: A passion fruit who Orange is in love with though she is oblivious to this.
  • Grapefruit: A jock who is in love with Passion. He died in his first appearance but was brought back to life in "Frankenfruit".
  • Grandpa Lemon: An elderly lemon who constantly falls asleep. He died in his first appearance but was brought back to life in "Frankenfruit".

Minor Characters[edit]

  • Knife:
  • Liam the Leprechaun:
  • ZOOM:
  • Squash:
  • Copper Lincoln:
  • Dr. Bananas:
  • Nude Dude:
  • Captain Obvious:
  • Lou the Tick:
  • Sissy:
  • Gaming Grape:


"Orange Coin" episode

The first Annoying Orange episode was aired on October 9, 2009. Since then the Annoying Orange YouTube channel has uploaded 2-3 videos per week.


The Annoying Orange has spoofed many popular web shows, viral videos and memes. These include:

Other channels[edit]

  • All of the main characters in Annoying Orange have their own Facebook profile.

Annoying Orange Gaming[edit]

  • On Annoying Orange's Gaming channel, everybody else does gaming videos. (original launch: Midget Apple)


  • On Pear's channel, he does extreme challenges that end in failure, disaster or horror.


  • On Marshmallow's channel, he shows 10 min. videos and outtakes from "The Marshmallow Show".


  • On Grapefruit's channel, he shows art and now he shows gaming videos.

Grandpa Lemon[edit]

  • On Grandpa Lemon's channel, he does a show called "Grinds My Rind", and he also does some gaming videos.


  • On Squash's channel, he shows himself squashing things called "Squashing Things with Squash".

Other series[edit]

The Juice[edit]

The Juice is a series of four shows that ran from July 8, 2013 to December 9, 2013. A special show of The Juice was aired October 14, 2013. In each show, Orange, Midget Apple, Marshmallow, Pear and Grapefruit discussed a question sent in from the audience. The questions were:

  • Episode 1 - What do you want to be? Vampire, Werewolf, or Ghost?
  • Episode 2 - If everyone from the kitchen was on a deserted island and there was nothing to eat, who would you eat first?
  • Episode 3 - Which of your fruit friends would you like to be for a day?
  • Episode 4 - If you could be any supper hero, who would you be? Note that a supper hero is a food version of a super hero.
  • Halloween Special - What is your biggest fear?

Ask Orange[edit]

Ask Orange is a series of thirty Annoying Orange episodes where people got to ask questions which were answered by Annoying Orange. The show originally ran for eight months, with an episode coming out every month. Four additional Ask Orange videos were also aired. The first aired on September 26, 2011, with Ask Orange #10 being aired on January 24, 2014; Ask Orange #11 on May 31, 2014; and Ask Orange #12 on August 1, 2014. There was also a special episode of Ask Orange called Ask President Marshmallow #1, which aired on November 19, 2012. There are currently 30 episodes of Ask Orange as of April 2017. 3 Christmas episodes were aired in December 2014 – 2016.

The Misfortune of Being Ned[edit]

The Misfortune of Being Ned is based on a character called Ned, voiced by Steve Zaragoza, who repeatedly finds himself in misfortunate situations. The show debuted on October 9, 2013 as part of Annoying Orange "Shocktober". 20 episodes have been produced, spanning 2 seasons. The main characters are Ned, Greg, voiced by Kevin Brueck, and Wendy, voiced by Megan Camarena.

Season one of the series ran from October 9, 2013 to December 18, 2013 with ten episodes in the season. On December 18, 2013 Daneboe announced that The Misfortune of Being Ned would be renewed for a second season. Season 2 premiered February 19, 2014, with the series finale being on April 23, 2014. Season 2 also had ten episodes in total. At the end of the final episode, Ned was rubbed out and Orange announced that the Marshmallow Show would replace The Misfortune of Being Ned.

The Marshmallow Show[edit]

The Marshmallow Show was on the Annoying Orange channel and has Internet celebrities on it. Released on June 4, 2014, and ended on August 27, 2014, it airs every Wednesday. Marshmallow is the main character of the show. Other characters that appear in the show are Mushroom (aka Shroom) and Joe the Coffee Mug. The guests who have appeared on The Marshmallow Show are:

In the final episode, Daneboe revealed that the show would be ending but Marshmallow would also be going on an intergalactic mission back to his/her home planet.

Trailer Trashed[edit]

Annoying Orange Trailer Trashed is a series of many episodes in which Orange, Pear, Midget Apple, Marshmallow, and Grapefruit watch a movie trailer and comment on it: all in the style of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This is generally regarded as them trashing the trailer, hence the name Trailer Trashed.

Movie trailers:

Video game trailers:

Orange Through Time[edit]

Orange Through Time is a series of four episodes in which Orange travels in time at the older years. The series started on March 4, 2011 and ended on October 10, 2011.


HOW2 is a series of many episodes in which Orange and Pear teaches everyone to do anything. It was released on January 27, 2016 (2016-01-27) with How To Tie a Tie, and despite that Orange ends so many videos by surviving an explosion of TNT.

Annoying Orange Gaming channel[edit]

The Annoying Orange has his own gaming channel, simply known as Annoying Orange Gaming. The Annoying Orange gang upload Let's Play videos to this YouTube channel.


Annoying Orange has his own Minecraft server, (Orangecraft). The Annoying Orange uploads one video per week documenting the happenings on the server. Most of the main characters on Annoying Orange have visited the server.

Annoying Orange has also uploaded other videos about Minecraft, including:

  • Wazzup Minecraft
  • Block Party (Song)

Minecraft has also been revealed to be one of the Annoying Orange's favorite video games.


Creator Dane Boedigheimer (right)

Before The Annoying Orange, Boedigheimer had done many talking food videos for his channel and other sites including JibJab. He said in an interview that the idea for The Annoying Orange was a combination of the talking food videos, puns and special effects he came up with and did before.[4] The original video was planned to be titled The Annoying Apple, but when he started animating the video he found it easier to put features on an orange than an apple and make it clear.[5]

The first Annoying Orange video was initially meant to be the only one on YouTube. However, many viewers requested more videos,[2][6] and after the 4th one, Boedigheimer decided to make a full-time series. Following the success of the series, he created a channel dedicated to The Annoying Orange under the name "Annoying Orange" on January 11, 2010.


The series was rated as the most viewed web series of February and March 2010 by Mashable, with over 52 million views.[7][8] On April 26, 2010, the series had over 108 million views on YouTube.[2][9][10] In June 2010, the channel had received 137 million views.[6] By August 13, 2010, it had received 1 million subscribers. In June 2011, the channel was ranked as the eighth most subscribed and 30th most viewed, with more than 2,000,000 subscribers.[11][12] On January 13, 2012, the series hit 1 billion channel views and 2.3 million subscribers.[13][14] The Annoying Orange YouTube channel currently has over 6 million subscribers.

Despite the show's popularity, it has received generally unfavorable reviews from critics. Liz Shannon Miller considered the show to be "annoying for many reasons."[15] In the web series column Pass the Mustard, Ned Hepburn called the show "pure, pure unfunny, highly concentrated, in droplet form, just purely nonsensical riffing from an Annoying Orange." Hepburn concluded, "the Annoying Orange series is one of the few that I had a physically bad reaction to. It was horrible."[16] called the show "idiotic" and "creepy as hell",[17] while other publications have referred to it as "third grade humor."[2]

In 2014 The Annoying Orange YouTube Channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #32.[18]


The success of the series had received attention of Fargo advertising agency H2M, who, in 2006, created its own “Talking Orange”, which is the spokesman for an ad campaign for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Both of the two characters were two anthropomorphic oranges with ties to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Despite only slightly resembling the “Talking Orange”, the Annoying Orange was looked into by H2M’s attorneys as an intellectual property matter. Boedigheimer stated he had not watched the “Talking Orange” videos before he was told about the disagreement, also believing that the characters weren’t very similar.[19] Boedigheimer and Grove were later sued by H2M in May 2013 for allegedly copying the character.[20] The case has been ultimately settled and disclosed.[citation needed]


Since late 2011, The Collective has produced many accessories, toys and clothing with toymaker The Bridge Direct and clothing retailers such as JCPenney, Shopko and rue21.[21] On November 10, 2011, GeekDad announced a giveaway for an Annoying Orange T-shirt from JCPenney and a toy from Toys R Us. GeekDad started taking entries through Friday at 11:59 PM.[22] The Collective also announced a partnership in December of that year with costume manufacturer Rubie's Costume Company to produce children and adult Halloween costumes and accessories featuring characters such as Orange, Pear, Marshmallow, and Midget Apple from the web series.[23]


Annoying Orange comics are published by Papercutz.

  1. Secret Agent Orange (December 11, 2012)- Note: Reference to James Bond. Parody of Special Agent Oso.
  2. Orange You Glad You're Not Me? (May 28, 2013)- Note: This is a reference to the joke that ends in the punchline orange you glad... ? and has other endings depending on the joke, like "that I didn't say 'apple'?".
  3. Pulped Fiction (August 27, 2013)- Note: Parody of Pulp Fiction.
  4. Tales of the Crisper (January 14, 2014)- Note: Parody of Tales from the Crypt.
  5. Fifty Shades of Orange (April 8, 2014)- Note: Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey.
  6. My Little Baloney (August 5, 2014)- Note: Parody of My Little Pony.


Kitchen Carnage[edit]

A video game developed by Bottle Rocket Apps named Kitchen Carnage was released for the iPod Touch and iPhone on April 7, 2011. The game was later released in HD for the iPad on May 6, 2011, and for Android devices on October 14, 2011. The Christmas version of the game was released in December 2011 and the free version of the game, Kitchen Carnage Lite, was released March 2, 2012.

The aim of the game is to throw a different items across the kitchen into a series of blenders before the time runs out. The player is given apples and bananas at the start. When the second level is reached, tomatoes are added. Level 3 adds cantaloupes, level 4 pineapples, level 5 strawberries and level 6 adds Fred FiggleCorns.

Splatter Up[edit]

Annoying Orange: Splatter Up is the second game by the Annoying Orange, after Kitchen Carnage. The game is based on baseball, and the player slides a finger while a fruit enters the home plate. The faster the player slides, the farther he gets. The game sprites are the same as the Kitchen Carnage game, the only ones that don't appear in this game but appear in Kitchen Carnage are Red Raspberry and Fred Figglecorn.

Pay withdrawal lawsuit[edit]

On December 23, 2014, Dane Boedigheimer announced that The Annoying Orange has not been funded by Collective Digital Studios since November 2014. This has led Daneboe to take legal action to get paid. The outcome of the web series because of this is unknown.

TV series[edit]

Country / region Series premiere Network
 United States May 28, 2012 Cartoon Network
 Australia July 15, 2013 Cartoon Network
 Canada September 5, 2013 Teletoon
 Brazil September 9, 2013 Cartoon Network
 United Kingdom September 7, 2015 Kix
 Malaysia November 31, 2013 Cartoon Network
 Israel December 2013 Comedy Central Israel


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