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'''Warner Bros' Histeria!''' was one of several shows created in part as a result of [[ExecutiveMeddling the FCC deciding in 1996]] to start enforcing the 1990 Children's Television Act that required a certain percentage of "informative" and "educational" programs. It premiered on [[TheWB Kids' WB!]] in September 1998. But having come from the creators of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'', this show, which centered on comedic sketches loosely based on historical events and topics, was actually pretty much the best show to come out of the CTA. Sadly, this went unnoticed in it's original run, which had the bad fortune to debut just as the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime came to America and destroyed all competition.

One season (52 of the planned 65) of episodes were produced before the show was cancelled over budget concerns (i.e. being $10 million over it), then were repeated numerous times for the next three seasons before being taken off the network in 2001. Unlike its predecessors, ''Histeria!'' did not reappear in syndication on Creator/CartoonNetwork or {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}. The show would've disappeared altogether if not for the fact that, in 2006, it reappeared as part of the initial lineup of Time Warner's [=In2TV=] channel until they were inexplicably removed in January 2009. After years of KeepCirculatingTheTapes status, a MOD DVD set of the complete series was released in July 2016 on Amazon.com and Warner Bros.' online store. Tom Ruegger [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4ehhxz/iama_tom_ruegger_creator_of_animaniacs_ama/d20d9xu has expressed an interest in rebooting the show]].

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!!This show contains examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Cleopatra as played by The World's Oldest Woman.
* AdamWesting: "Super Writers" features Ernest Hemingway voiced by the TropeNamer himself.
* AnachronismStew: Historical figures from different times tend to appear in other times, usually in crowd shots.
* AnimatedActors: In addition to the characters having to deal with censors and executives and treating the show like something they're acting in, some of the historical figures depicted on the show were portrayed by a member of the main cast. For example, the World's Oldest Woman has portrayed Cleopatra in "Tribute to Tyrants" and Big Fat Baby would sometimes play famous historical figures in their infancy.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Or what did you expect from an American kids' show helmed by Creator/StevenSpielberg?
** In the song "The Sound Of Stalin" a long list of Stalin's achievements are summarized. Then there is the line "Building a wall down the streets of Berlin". Stalin had nothing to do with the Berlin Wall. He died in 1953, and the wall was built in 1961.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8pHKOd-NcU The show repeats the popular legend that David Rice Atchison was President for one day]]
** The "Peace, Land, and Bread" song implies that Lenin seized power directly from Tsar Nicholas when he was actually removed by the advisory parliament and the Petrograd Soviet; Lenin took over six months after this. He wasn't even in the country at the time.
* AxCrazy: UsefulNotes/LizzieBorden is portrayed this way. In one episode, she refers to herself as the "O.J. [Simpson] of 1892" (because she was acquitted of murder, even though it's heavily implied that she did it).
* BankruptcyBarrel:
** In "Attack of the Vikings", Father Time ends up wearing a barrel after vikings run past him. Later, one of the vikings' victims remarks that they took everything but the shirt off his back, which results in the vikings stealing from him again and leaving him in nothing but a barrel.
** "The Montezuma Show" has the Incan audience of a ball game end up in barrels after the Kid Chorus win the game and take their possessions in accordance with the game's rules.
** Betsy Ross (portrayed by the World's Oldest Woman) is shown wearing a barrel after her bloomers are used to make the first American flag in "The Thomas Jefferson Program".
** The musical number "People Wanted Pepper on Their Food" from the episode "Histeria Around the World I" depicted Adam and Eve (portrayed by Father Time and the World's Oldest Woman) wearing barrels.
** Miss Information, Bill Straitman, and a recurring background character resembling the farmer from the painting American Gothic are seen wearing barrels during the sketch about the Great Depression in "Big Fat Baby Theater".
* BeachEpisode: "The Dawn of Time" ends with the cast hanging out at the beach.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: This happens a lot to the kids, such as unintentionally inspiring Thomas Edison to invent the light bulb in "Inventors Hall of Fame, Part 1" and giving Rene Descartes the idea for his quote "I think, therefore I am" in "The Know-It-Alls".
* BigEater: Froggo.
* BitingTheHandHumor: As expected from a WB comedy cartoon, and not just with Lydia Karaoke's harsh treatment whenever she complains about the show content.
** A couple of episodes ended with the cast singing about how if they don't get enough viewers, Kids' WB will cut their pay out of spite.
** At the end of the episode "Histeria Around the World II", Toast is unhappy about being a human sacrifice, but ends up accepting it when he is informed that the only other job available for him is to be a network executive for Kids' WB.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The retelling of the lives of Romulus and Remus in "A Blast from the Past" completely glosses over the fact that Romulus killed Remus. As a result, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Remus just disappears from the story after Romulus becomes ruler of Rome]].
* BrainlessBeauty: Miss Information is quite a looker, but, true to her name, often gets her facts about history wrong.
* ButtMonkey: Pule Houser is frequently subjected to slapstick injuries. Lydia Karaoke on some occasions has abuse inflicted on her for trying to censor the show (justified in that she's [[AcceptableTargets a network censor]]).
* CanadaEh: The episode "North America" began with a song about Canadian stereotypes sung to the tune of "O Canada".
* {{Catch Phrase}}s:
** Charity Bazaar frequently states, "I'm not happy."
** Loud Kiddington constantly describes someone by saying, "WHAT A _________!" (usually "grouch").
** Lucky Bob frequently shouts out Ed [=McMahon's=] catch phrases.
** Nostradamus would randomly insert "Shut up!" into his sentences.
* CensorBox: Apparently LBJ has one heck of a hernia scar, but the network censor puts her clipboard in front of him at the right moment.
---> "Yes well, thank you, Mr. President, but let's see if we can do without your more, ahem, [[UnusualEuphemism personal views]], shall we?..."
** This is in reference to LBJ's habit of whipping it out in front of the press corp.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: Big Fat Baby, due to being egg-shaped and having no neck.
* TheChewToy: Pule Houser.
* ChummyCommies: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZbho6AsBOc Lenin and Trotsky oddly enough have a pretty favorable portrayal.]]
** DirtyCommies: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHZQXNe2HpQ Stalin]] UpToEleven.
* CreditsGag:
** Much like its predecessors, the end credits often had hidden messages. For instance, "Really Oldies but Goodies" had "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No cats were mummified in the making of this episode]]."
** The episode "Super Writers" ended with credits that consisted solely of two group photos each of the writers, animators, voice actors, etc (one normal, and one where everyone made funny faces). These end credits also turned up at the end of "Big Fat Baby Theater", but were followed by normal credits.
* CutShort: Unlike with its Spielberg-produced predecessors, ''Histeria!'' had no GrandFinale other than the cast and crew singing "Auld Lang Syne" while pictures of them appear over the end credits of the last episode produced/aired ("Big Fat Baby Theater").
* DependingOnTheArtist and OffModel: Happens quite a bit with the kids, especially Froggo. The artists couldn't decide whether he was supposed to be chubby or thin or somewhere in between.
* DirtyOldWoman: World's Oldest Woman often hits on every man she meets.
* TheDitz: Lucky Bob is a complete moron.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Creator/{{Sappho}}.
* DumbBlonde: Miss Information has blonde hair and, true to her name, often gets her facts wrong, like claiming that George Washington was named after the Washington Monument when it's actually the other way around.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Half a song about Easter Island makes that trope's quote page.
* EmoTeen: Charity's younger than that, but she has the pessimistic attitude.
* EveryoneHatesFruitCakes: The "World War II" episode had a segment where the main cast helped Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin decide what to do after ending the war using foods to represent the other nations of the world and the defeated enemies. Fruit cake is used by Charity Bazaar to represent the Nazis, who does so because she claims no one likes fruit cake.
* FanDisservice: The World's Oldest Woman as Lady Godiva and Cleopatra in "A Tribute to Tyrants". When portraying the former, she is seen following the famous legend of Lady Godiva riding on horseback naked, while her portrayal of Cleopatra depicts her in the tub a couple of times while wanting Julius Caesar or Mark Antony to scrub her back.
-->'''Loud Kiddington''': See it. See it. DON'T SEE IT! DON'T SEE IT! And I don't ''wanna'' see it!
* FateWorseThanDeath: In "A Tribute to Tyrants", Julius Caesar and Mark Antony are both so horrified by Cleopatra's affections towards them that they find being faced with their historic deaths to be more pleasant than Cleopatra flirting with them. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Cleopatra reunites with them in heaven after she dies.]]
* FictionalVideoGame: Froggo and Toast are shown playing a fighting game starring two Big Fat Babies in "Better Living Through Science".
* FlatCharacter: Most of the cast, really. As opposed to ''Tiny Toons'' or ''Animaniacs'', the leads on this show usually had only one side, one joke, one reaction to anything, though, for this show, it was more about making fun of history than developing characterization.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Joan of Arc's fate after she gets burned at the stake
* FriendlyTickleTorture: George Washington briefly does this to Martha Washington at the end of the first sketch in "The American Revolution".
* GenderFlip: One promo proposed 'Hers'teria,' where Pepper Mill swaps various male-sounding suffixes with female ones, such as Thomas Jeffer'''DAUGHTER''', the fronteers'''WO'''men and vi'''QUEENS'''[[note]]As opposed to vikings[[/note]].
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Toast decides to name his band Nasty Head Wound after Daniel Boone suffers an actual head wound.
* GotVolunteered: The Mountie sketch, with Loud as the volunteer.
* GrossOutShow: Big Fat Baby's flatulence.
* GutturalGrowler: Froggo.
* HelloNurse: Miss Information.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Napoleon is run through a ringer in this one, to almost impossibly inaccurate levels.
* HistoricalHilarity: The entire premise of the show is comedic sketches loosely based on historical events and topics.
* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: Loud Kiddington directly parodies this by asking George H.W. Bush to eat broccoli.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The show's full title is ''Warner Bros.' Histeria!''
* IdeaBulb: Played with in the sketch about Thomas Edison.
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: Somewhat parodied because UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush was known for banning broccoli in the White House as a rather funny thing he did.
* IncessantMusicMadness: There's a CivilWar skit accompanied by violin music - eventually the soldier [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn starts complaining about the music]] and winds up eating his own head so he won't have to hear it.
* KarmicTrickster: Loud Kiddington, particularly in the Mounties sketch.
** Additionally, Bugs Bunny himself made a few cameos.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: One song which lists the plots of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] 37 plays spoils the ending of most of them (particularly the ones in which [[KillEmAll everyone dies]]).
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: See IncessantMusicMadness above.
* LittleMissSnarker: Charity Bazaar.
* LongList: In an homage to the [[Creator/MontyPython Cheese Shop sketch]], a segment about the Boston Tea Party has an Englishman appear at the aforementioned "party" and ask for many, many different kinds of tea, only to be informed that they're "fresh out".
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: In "Super Writers".
* MoralGuardian: Lydia Karaoke, the network censor, who would often interrupt sketches to point out the objectionable material, such as criticizing the "sassy virgin talk" when Toast asks what a "vestal virgin" was, warning viewers about the gross-out humor in a sketch about a Roman vomitorium, objecting to the use of "damn" and "hell" in the phrases "Damn the torpedoes" and "War is hell," and [[SceneryCensor using her clipboard to cover up Lyndon Baines Johnson about to take off his pants to show his hernia scar]].
* MythologyGag: References to previous WB cartoons abound.
** Big Fat Baby's jingle (the one where Father Time's chasing him in the desert) is based on the theme song from ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes The Road Runner Show]]''.
** Froggo's room is decorated with merchandise for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Froggo's regular outfit is much like the one of Wakko from ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}''. (Unlike Wakko, though, [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal he actually wears pants]].)
** A song introducing a sketch about Alexander the Great is sung to the tune of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' theme, and the sketch about Florence Nightingale as a HospitalHottie ends with the boys shouting "HelloNurse!" Also, the World's Oldest Woman's jingle is sung to the tune of Slappy Squirrel's theme.
** The ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' theme music can be heard when Chit Chatterson mentions brain removal in a sketch about mummification.
*** As well as part of the background music for the introduction to Nikola Tesla's later life.
** Clark Kent's appearance as William Clark, of course. Additionally, Superman made two other cameos as himself (one of which had his "S" emblem written as "F", which some have speculated is a nod to ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'').
** Fetch intentionally resembles Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'', per WordOfGod. Notably, the last episode contains a brief gag in which Fetch dashes onstage joined by dogs who appear to be of the same breeds as Blitz, Exile, and Shag.
* {{Narrator}}: Father Time and, on occasion, Miss Information.
* TheNapoleon: Napoleon himself.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Lots of historical figures are portrayed acting like celebrities; for instance, Julius Caesar and his murderers are Frank Sinatra and the other members of the Rat Pack. They also portray Martin Luther as being like William Shatner and Plato as a caricature of Fred Rodgers.
* NoFourthWall: It is frequently acknowledged by the characters that this is a cartoon, particularly with Lydia Karaoke's complaints about questionable material and futile pleas that they make things more appropriate for children.
* NoIndoorVoice: Loud Kiddington, who is less "Outdoor Voice" and more like "Halfway across Manhattan Voice." Unsurprisingly, he's the trope image (Western Animation division).
** Pepper Mills, to a lesser extent. Nearly everything she says is followed by an enthusiastic scream.
* NoNameGiven: Crooked Mouth Boy and Bow-Haired Girl. Storyboards for "When America Was Young", recently made available online, reveal that Crooked Mouth Boy's name is actually Chipper, though.
* NoteToSelf: "Never again hire anyone from Cabin Crews R Us."
* OppositesAttract: Miss Information and Mr. Smartypants [[OfficialCouple hooked up]] in a ''Dating Game'' parody.
* OverlyLongName: Sarah Coopersmith-Fitzwarren-Goldenheimer-Stein.
* ParentalBonus: Jokes that didn't fall under GettingCrapPastTheRadar (and a lot that were) tended to be these.
* ParodyCommercial: A common sketch, one example being an album parody commercial for the Greatest Hits of the 1860's.
* PatterSong: "The Story That's Told By [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare The Bard]]."
* {{Punny Name}}s: Pretty much every character on the show.
* {{ReCut}}: There are two versions of the "Megalomaniacs!" episode that exist: one has a sketch in which the ''Histeria!'' kids think General Custer's Last Stand is a custard shop, another with the game show "Convert or Die," in which victims accused of heresy get to choose between converting to The Catholic Church or getting tortured to death during The Spanish Inquisition. The version that aired on television initially was the one with the "Convert or Die" sketch, but after complaints from The Catholic League rolled in, the reruns instead aired the "General Custard's Last Stand" version. When the short-lived video website [=In2TV=] aired the entire series of ''Histeria!'', the "Megalomaniacs!" episode with the "Convert or Die" sketch was released. Conversely, the "General Custer's Last Stand" version is what's on the complete series DVD set.
* RefugeInAudacity:
** Much like ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'', this show once again pisses off the censors with as much radar-dodging crap as possible (some of which is pointed out by Lydia Karaoke). Added bonus for the fact that the censor character here is often treated like a ButtMonkey (read: ignored, injured, and overall defied).
** Some of their sketches have the air of being on a sketch comedy show for adults (i.e., ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', ''Fridays'', Creator/MontyPython, or ''Series/{{MADtv}}''), but is made all the more shocking by being in a sketch show for kids. Some examples include: "My Buddy Stalin" (a family-sitcom starring Joseph Stalin), "General Sherman's Campsite" (''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' set during the Civil War with General William Temeusch Sherman as Paul Reubens' hyper ManChild character Pee-Wee Herman, who is now obsessed with burning Atlanta, Georgia to the ground), and the [[BannedEpisode banned sketch]] "Convert or Die" (a game show set during The Spanish Inquisition where contestants have to choose between converting to The Catholic Church or being tortured for being a heretic).
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: Parodied. UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill is shown saying the trope quote, and then we zoom out to reveal that he's behind the counter of a fast food restaurant.
* RuleOfFunny: While it did include more references to history than most edutainment cartoons in general, the writers didn't concern themselves ''too'' much with the fact they were billing the show as "informative" and "educational" programming... in, well, any situation where they thought accuracy would get in the way of humor.
** Averted in the episode involving the Underground Railroad, which took it very seriously, despite the running gag of the kids thinking the Underground Railroad is a real railroad, and the episode that focused on the Civil Rights movement actually treated the subject matter with respect.
* RunningGag:
** Pepper constantly mistaking historical celebrities for pop cultural ones, never realizing her mistake until she's gotten their autograph. For instance, mistaking Vladimir Lenin for [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]].
** Loud watching something and alternating between "See it, see it..." and "DON'T SEE IT!! DON'T SEE IT!!" depending on whether he sees it.
** The last time the Big Fat Baby had his diaper changed. Whenever someone asked, a character would respond by asking, "Remember when [insert historical event here]?" The inquirer would respond affirmatively, the character would respond with "Before that."
** In sketches where Loud and Fetch are running a business, Loud says that if he can't make a deal, Fetch will eat something disgusting, which said dog will get upset about.
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Preteen Girl]]. Aka Pella.
* ShoutOut:
** The Revolutionary War episode had a segment where the action was "called" by parodies of the lead {{FOX}} NFL duo at the time of Pat Summerall and John Madden.
** The sketch about the Boston Tea Party ends up being a homage to Monty Python's Cheese Shop sketch, replacing types of cheeses with types of tea (and even having John Cleese do a voice cameo)
** One alternate opening credit is done exactly in the style of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (in a mix of the 1978-1979 opening credits where the cast members are shown airbrushed and the 1988-1989 opening where the show's name is in a circular logo [which was used up until season 20])
** A skit involving the Spice Islands involves, naturally enough, a Spice Girls parody. World's Oldest Woman is peeved that she's apparently "[[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Old Spice]]".
** Loud Kiddington's ExpositoryThemeTune bears a striking resemblance to the theme tune of Bat Masterson.
** In "The Dawn of Time", [[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim a cow falls on]] WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn.
** Toast's theme song is a parody of the theme to ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis''.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: "The Story That's Told By The Bard," a Music/TomLehrer-[[InTheStyleOf esque]] musical number which truncates The Bard's 37 plays into a single three-and-a-half minute song.
* ShownTheirWork: The series has its moments, it's an amusing show that is all about bringing a subject that is typically perceived as stuffy and irrelevant to younger people. Their sketch on the New Deal is a fairly well researched snapshot on FDR's programs. In particular the series does a good job on the Second World War, giving a basic (it is a kid's show after all) outline of the lead-up to Nazi Germany and doesn't particularly gloss over the less-mentioned parts of the war (i.e. alliance with the most assuredly non-democratic Soviet Union and the postwar Europe debacle) that often escape mention in other sources, though it does privilege the Western Front over the Eastern Front (where the majority of the war was fought and won by the Soviets).
* SiblingYinYang: Superheroes Yin and Yang.
* SnowballFight: How they depicted [[VisualPun the Cold War]]
* SpeechImpediment: Susanna Susquahanna and Lucky Bob both lisp.
* TakeThat:
** "Attack of the Vikings" features a dig at Regis and Kathie Lee by having vikings kidnap a woman who is a caricature of Kathie Lee from her husband, who is a caricature of Regis. The vikings eventually find that they can't stand their hostage, so they send her back to her husband, who promptly swims after the vikings and begs that they let him come with them.
** A cat burps up MickeyMouse's shorts in "Really Really Oldies but Goodies".
** "Histeria Around the World (Part 2)" opens with Loud, Charity, Aka, and Toast parodying the Series/{{Teletubbies}} (much to their chagrin).
* TalkingAnimal: Loud's dog, Fetch.
* ThemeSong: Many, plus themes for segments featuring regulars like Loud or Pepper. The two main themes were a 30 second version and its extended version. Occasionally, a parody of another show's theme song was used, such as ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', ''TheSimpsons'', or ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', as mentioned above.
* ThemeTuneRollCall: Both of the regular theme songs had it.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: "That's ''Mister'' Hannibal to you!"
* TokenEvilTeammate: The portrayal of Stalin in the "[[SuperTeam Freedom League]]" sketch about World War II:
-->'''Loud Kiddington''': What are we gonna do, Mr. Stalin?\\
'''Stalin''': Kill all my enemies using secret police and famine?\\
'''FDR''': ''[affectionately]'' Ha, ha, ha, you'll have plenty of time for that later, you murderous thug!\\
'''Stalin''': Okay, good.
* TravelMontage: Hannibal's trip across the Alps.
* UrineTrouble: The segment about Richard Nixon in the episode "20th Century Presidents" had a joke where Nixon remarked there was a leak in the White House after being told by the press that they heard Checkers wasn't paper-trained. We cut to inside the White House, where Checkers remarks "You got that right" while hiking his leg near a table.
* VagueAge: The kids' ages are never given, but it is mentioned in one episode that they attend UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft Big Around the Middle School. However, Froggo is actually said to be ten in "The U.S. Civil War - Part 2".
* VillainSong: "The Sound of Stalin" consists of Stalin listing his atrocities as things that make him happy.
* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: Miss Information would guide people through historic events and describe them, usually getting some details hilariously wrong and needing to be corrected.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Shown in one episode as Alexander the Great's relationship with his father Philip of Macedon, as Philip infuriates Alexander by always telling him that his feats are "pretty good but not great". Actually likely TruthInTelevision of the relationship between the two - there have long been rumors Alexander had something to do with his father's assassination.
* WhosOnFirst: This pops up during Father Time's attempt to quiz Lucky Bob and Susanna about the Zhou Dynasty.
** Also done in the Lewis and Clark sketch when Lewis asks Clark which way to turn on the river.
* WritingLines: In a parody of the intro to ''TheSimpsons'', Loud has to write "I do not need a megaphone!"
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