Series / Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule

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For your health.

Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule (2010-) is a 15-minute Sketch Show on [adult swim], and a Spin-Off from Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! based off of that show's "Brule's Rules" sketches. The show stars John C. Reilly as the incredibly inept and even more incredibly awkward-seeming Dr. Steve Brule, whose show is obviously shot on videotape for late-night public access TV seemingly sometime in The '90s (early). Various sketches (or sketch-like set pieces) are introduced by Brule "for your health!"

First season lasted six episodes. Second season began airing in late March 2012. Third season began airing in late February 2014. Fourth season began airing in June 2016.

For your tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Doris Pringle Brule. She always verbally abuses Steve and tried to kill him when he was a child, among other things.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Steve mangles the names of everyone he interviews, aside from the Channel 5 regulars.
  • Adult Fear: Steve once has a nightmare that he loses his (fictitious) baby son. "SOMEONEHELPILOSTMYBABYROOY!"
  • The Alleged Car: Steve's "cherry-blue hot rod" that he buys in "Cars". It explodes in the middle of an intersection shortly after he buys it.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Steve himself.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: What exactly is Brule's deal, anyway, and how the hell did he manage to earn a medical degree? John C. Reilly has stated that he will intentionally keep whatever he has a secret.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Spoofed Once an Episode, when Brule summarizes what's been learned. "Some dads are not your dad" is one from the "Family" episode.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The Season 4 episode "Stevie!" has Steve hosting a live morning talk show.
  • Ax-Crazy: Hippy Joel.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Steve is not a fan of hot guys. He is disappointed by a group of male strippers, whom he thought would be lifelong friends; but it turns out they were just a bunch of Hunks.
  • Black Comedy: Mixed with What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?. For all of the wackiness, with each episode it seems to become more and more a show about a complete failure of a person. Brule's dad abandoned him, his mother is insane and wanted to kill him and his dad so they'd always be with her, he's ugly and can't get girls (a problem he constantly attributes to "hunks") or friends. He comes off as kind of a slow man-child. The first season finale is essentially about his depression due to being a lonely, friendless loser.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Brule cutting off his finger in "Fear."
  • Butt-Monkey: Steve Brule's mere existence is to be one of these.
  • Catch-Phrase: Steve has "For your health" and "Let's check it out".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Steve Brule practically lives on his own planet. The other Channel 5 regulars aren't much better.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Mario, the producer of "Stevie!".
  • Character Death: Linda Barelli, Wayne Skylar.
  • Darker and Edgier: Episode 3, "Family" makes the previous two episodes seem lighthearted in comparison. The Nightmare Fuel only escalates throughout the next two seasons.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mobin couldn't hack it.
  • Enforced Plug: On a couple of occasions, the episode wedges representatives of sponsors into the "Doctor to Doctor" segment. In the case of Ron Don Valante, proprietor of Ron Don's Play Pen, Valante got the spot despite having nothing to do with the episode's topic (Church.) In the "Horses" episode, it's obvious the topic was chosen by guest Pablo Myers, owner of Myers' Super Food, so he could plug a canned horse meat sale.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Steve's car from "Cars".
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe, Steve is visibly unhappy with the network's decision to bring on a new co-host.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever something disgusting happens, Denny the cameraman doesn't stop rolling, but instead ZOOMS IN.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Hippy Joel. Every time he shows up, he seems calm and friendly. But you get him on drugs and he practically turns into a psychopath.
  • Furry Fandom: In the episode "Animals". Oddly enough, one of the least sensationalistic representations of it on television.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The producer of "Stevie!" angrily cusses Steven out every time he makes a mistake on live television.
  • Hookers and Blow: In "Church", Steve goes to Ron Don Volante's Playpen (Home of the 2 Dollar Lap Dance) and indulges in this trope. He also smokes some crack and performs fellatio latter.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Hippie Joel in the episode "Home" Get runnin boy
  • If I Can't Have You...: This conversation between Steve and his mother Doris:
    Doris: I was gonna mount your heads on the wall, you and your dad's...that way I could see you once in a while, if I wanted to.
    Steve: But we'd be dead, Mommy.
    Doris: But you'd be here. I was gonna bury you under the house, so you'd always be here...
  • Innocently Insensitive: Steve Brule.
    Steve: (to one of his guests) You look a little bit like a rat with glasses.
  • Interrupted by the End: Always happens to Steve.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: A lot of the time, Brule will replace his "For your health" phrase with something else like "For your rides" or "For your boats".
  • Mushroom Samba: "FEELS LIKE MY ASSHOLE'S ON FIRE!"
  • Nice Guy: For all his idiocy and incompetence, Steve is still a pretty nice guy. He's always friendly to the people he interviews, and generally just wants to make friends.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Jane and Wayne's marriage.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Steve visits one in "Children." Of course, he doesn't notice anything odd or off-putting about it.
  • Parental Abandonment: Steve's father tragically abandoned him as a child.
  • Potty Failure: Happens to Steve a few times.
  • Quarter Hour Short: It probably couldn't work any other way.
  • Retraux
  • Running Gag: Brule always mangles the names of his guests.
  • Spin-Off: Of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, specifically the "Brule's Rules With Dr. Steve Brule" sketch.
  • Stylistic Suck: The show emulates a cable access series from the late 80s/early 90s, complete with several deliberate technical errors per episode.
    • The segment transitions are riddled with visual artifacts to simulate the show being recorded on old VHS tapes.
    • The editors run the footage through a VCR and hit it every once in a while to screw up the vertical synchronization.
  • Surreal Horror/Humor: Episodes usually come in both flavors.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Scott Clam takes over as host when Steve gets arrested at the end of Season 4.
  • Unreadably Fast Text: The credits.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Steve is fond of using "Dingus" as one.
  • Watch It Stoned: Well, like parent series, like Spin-Off, one supposes...
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Linda Barelli, brought in as a co-host, dies halfway through her introductory episode.
  • Widget Series: Hoo boy.
  • Verbal Tic: Brule has a habit of sticking an R after the first letter of certain words ('Pruppets', 'Broat'.)
  • You're Not My Father: In the "Family" episode, Steve goes and finds a man that resembles his father to have a cheese and wine lunch with him in a park somewhere as well as give him hugs. This strange man only seems to be capable of grunting.
    • "Remember, some dads are not your dad."

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