Series: Puppets Who Kill

Puppets Who Kill was a Canadian-produced Black Comedy series that centered on the lives of four puppets who had been sent to a halfway house run by the cynic Dan Barlow as a last ditch effort to rehabilitate them as every other effort had failed.

The puppets themselves were:
  • Rocko the Dog, who after suppressing his very child-unfriendly personality snapped on set;
  • Cuddles, a comfort doll whose consistent curbing of his own desires ended up with him shooting people with a rifle from a roof;
  • Buttons the Bear, a sex maniac who had a good life until his private deeds were released to the public and he was fired.
  • Bill the Dummy, a psychopath who had 56 partners die in tragic "accidents" with a constant smile and a taste for meat.

The show tended to balance itself on the edge of a knife, often crossing the line more than twice and happily embracing the darkly humorous tone inherent in a show about living puppets who regularly break the law.

This series provides examples of:

  • Black and Gray Morality: Almost everyone is a jerk in some way, and often deserve the horrible things that happen to them.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Buttons' reaction to being saved moments from a Psycho Lesbian and her girlfriend moments before his death is one of disappointment, because it meant he would miss the lesbian make-up sex.
  • I Love the Dead: The plot of the final episode is Buttons' ghost stealing Dan's girlfriend by being a better lay.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Just one of Bill's many wonderful traits.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Bill, in spades. He's the smartest among the cast, and is often the one who saves them from their problems. Too bad his solutions usually involve cannibalism and violence.
  • Threat Backfire: One episode had Bill being ransomed by some mafia types, who threaten to send him back piece by piece; when the others refuse to cooperate, they do just that, cutting Bill up and sending the bits back to the halfway house. After all the pieces are returned, the thugs' threat proves worthless as Bill is a puppet, and all they have to do is stitch him back together again.