Series / The Mr. Potato Head Show

He's got two eyes
He's got a nose
He's got two ears
Wherever he goes
When you see him comin', well everybody knows!
Mr. Potato Head! Mr. Potato Head! Mr. Potato Head...
Opening theme song

The Mr. Potato Head Show was a short-lived Puppet Show on Fox Kids based on Mr. Potato Head. It lasted 13 episodes before being canceled. Afterwards, a Direct-to-Video movie was produced, in which... well, the show gets canceled.

Yes, the show was sort of about Mr. Potato Head having a TV show. Potato Head battled with the TV execs (who are most certainly evil, and they won't let you forget it) many times, including in the movie.

The Mr. Potato Head Show provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Mr. Potato Head often forgets the moral of the episode immediately after voicing it; this tends to happen as part of the stinger.
  • Amusing Injuries: the show uses slapstick humor from time to time, including Baloney being electrocuted and a ham-monster hurling characters across the room.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: the majority of the cast.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In one episode, Dr. Fruitcake grows to enormous proportions after eating radioactive sludge. In another episode, Dr. Fruitcake ends up in a parallel universe where he's chased by a giant, carnivorous Mr. Potato Head.
  • Baleful Polymorph: an evil magic kit turns two characters into toasters, who both say "I feel peculiar" upon this happening.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This happens in-universe as a bad decision on Mr. Potato Head's part on how he wrote an episode of his Show Within a Show: he had a BLAM at the end of his cop-episode where a clown appears on-stage and sprays everyone with whipped cream. This only makes slightly more sense in context. Other characters comment on how it made no sense.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Potato Bug: she talks to shoes (but never boots), believes goblins deliver the newspaper every day, and thinks you can get milk from a cabbage if you can get it to say "moo".
  • Cue the Rain: After alienating all his friends and turning all the floorspace he'd normally use to film his show into rented space in order to make money, Mr. Potato Head is stuck outdoors, alone. He says it's not so bad "on a day like today", only for a thunderstorm to begin.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Sweet Potato to Mr. Potato Head.
  • Everybody Hates Math: One episode had the TV Guys tell Mr. Potato Head and his crew to do an educational superhero show. When Mr. Potato Head's character sang a song about the Pythagorean Theorem right before a battle with an evil robot, the evil robot just moaned "I hate math!", filled up its bubble-helmet with whipped cream in a panic, and fainted.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: In "Aliens Dig Baloney", the Aliens that Baloney encounters make him listen to bagpipe music, much to his horror. They later regret this decision.
  • Funny Background Event: Often, when Mr. Potato Head met with the TV executives, they were eating french fries.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Godfrey Daniels! Not the censors again!"
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: In an episode of Mr. Potato Head's in-universe show, where Mr. Potato Head and Baloney play cops, they arrest Sweet Potato for jaywalking.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Potato Head acts like either this or Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, depending on the episode.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Jiblets is playing the evil overlord in the spy episode and has spy!Mr. Potato Head and spy!Baloney captured, he literally says he'll explain his evil plan to them so they can foil it. Then when Mr. Potato Head pressed a Big Red Button to activate the island's self-destruct, Jiblets howls, "I knew I shouldn't have had that thing installed!"
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Fruitcake, in spades: he created a Frankenstein-like ham-monster that attacked the rest of the cast, built machines that have exploded when they're supposed to be safe, and given the other characters real weapons as props while they were doing a spy show.
  • Moral Guardians: During the filming of a monster-themed episode, the censors won't let Mr. Potato Head use a gun or drive a stake through someone's heart on a children's show. He improvises by serving yogurt with a silver spoon to the werewolf actor and driving a stake through the vampire actor's cape.
  • Nervous Wreck: Happy Whip, a can of whipped cream with Mr. Potato Head arms attached, comes across this way. Whenever he gets emotional (typically afraid, though pride can have this effect as well), he sprays whipped cream everywhere. The main purpose of his appearances is for him to panic and trigger this.
  • Once per Episode: Most episodes had Betty the Kitchen Fairy appear to deliver an aesop and call out the characters on jerkish behavior. If there's a problem like a monster chasing the characters, though, she won't intervene to save them. Most episodes also have a song in them.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Queenie Sweet Potato comes across this way, though she's an anthropomorphic yam.
  • Screwed by the Network: happens often in-universe, with the TV executives changing their minds about things in the middle of filming an episode of Mr. Potato Head's Show Within a Show, such as telling them that their superhero episode needs to be educational or a musical.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Baloney and Mr. Potato Head have this dynamic; Baloney has little problem expressing his softer emotions and is into things like aromatherapy, while PH tends to only express manlier emotions like anger and annoyance, and is ashamed to be found dancing.
  • Shoe Phone: subverted in the spy episode: Potato Bug is regularly in the habit of speaking to shoes. See Cloud Cuckoo Lander above.
  • Show Within a Show: This is the premise of the Mr. Potato Head show. No, really: the main cast films episodes of a TV show (not all of which we get to see) for a pair of network executives. However, what this show is or even its genre is different in every episode.
  • Special Effects Failure: happens in-universe in an episode where Mr. Potato Head had gone money-mad and was deliberately keeping the budget down: three small spaceship miniatures made of tinfoil, suspended by visible wires, are swinging around in front of the camera, while the narrator says things like "Swish! Boom! Zap!"—those were the only sound effects. And this is supposed to be the sci-fi episode's epic space battle.
  • The Dark Arts: Baloney gets a magic kit in one episode. He thinks it's plain sleight-of-hand magic that he's getting into, but his magic wand turns another character into a toaster, and he accidentally summons a monster out of his top hat while trying to perform a magic act.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jiblets is a character who delights in the suffering of others. When the show is cancelled in the finale, he laments that he's unemployable, and when Mr. Potato Head jokingly says "There's always politics", he quickly regrets it.