Is this what television was invented for? Some say yes.
The Homestar Runner or just Homestar Runner
is a comedic and surreal cartoon by two guys from the state of Georgia, Mike and Matt Chapman ("The Brothers Chaps"). Starting as a dead-tree children's picture book, it eventually found its way to Kids' WB!
as a well-regarded and fondly remembered modern classic.
The main character is the eponymous Homestar Runner, a goodhearted athlete with no arms and no clue. However, Strong Bad, a narcissistic, loudmouthed "wrestleman" with a Luchador mask for a face and boxing gloves for hands, seems to have exceeded the titular character in popularity. Along with his pint-sized lackey The Cheat and hulking brute older brother Strong Mad, Strong Bad constantly pushes everybody around, especially his gray, depressed younger brother Strong Sad. Other characters include Homestar's on-and-off hippie girlfriend Marzipan, Homestar's best friend and straight man Pom Pom, the verbally challenged and slightly creepy Coach Z, greedy concession stand owner Bubs, the ever-hungry King of Town, and the Poopsmith
. And to round out this wacky cast, we also have Homsar, an odd-speaking midget who seems to be able to openly defy physics. Over the years, the series has come to include many recurring and minor characters, many of which simply debuted as one-off jokes.
The show is aired in ABA/ABC
format. The A episode is the main episode, or one of which, the C episode being the other, with the B episodes being Mail Strong Bad/Strong Bad Email shorts (depending on how the mail was sent), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
; Strong Bad answering mails from viewers. These shorts are the most popular part of the show, with some people watching to the just to see these
The series lasted five seasons from 1999-2005. Matt Chapman has hinted that the show may return, but in webisode form, once again guided by the Brothers.
The show is now in reruns on The Hub