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Trivia: Sam & Max: Freelance Police

The Franchise as a Whole

The Comic

  • The first issue was published by Fishwrap Comics, also responsible for Fish Police.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Suffered this for years after a paperback release. Luckily, that paperback was reissued, and is currently available on Telltale's website.

The Cartoon

  • Executive Meddling: The changing of "The Geek" into a girl, from the fairly standard male nerd design he had in the Series Bible, because the executives wanted a major female cast member. In fact, the executives suggested turning Max into a girl. In regard to the firearms, however, it worked out better; in lieu of handguns, the two used bazookas, flamethrowers, and tanks at the drop of a hat. Word of God was that this was a change for the better.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Sam is King Koopa, Max is Rubeus and Delete, Lorne is Harold Green, and the Geek is Sailor Moon herself (well, the first one, at least).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: It wasn't until the Game Tap and DVD releases that it got out of this.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The show had its own comic books back when Fox Kids had a magazine, the show of course being adapted from Steve Purcell's comics.

The Games

  • Abridged Series: Found here.
  • Actor Allusion: Not the first time Roger L. Jackson has voiced a villainous primate.
  • Fan Nickname: After his Dirty Harry style makeover, Sam became Noir Sam. It's starting to verge on Memetic Mutation.
    • With a bit of Subversion: the nickname comes from the name of the file of the design when was first presented in the Private Forum by Telltale: sam_noir2 copy.jpg
    • Maxthulu or Stitch Max for Max's Transformation into an Eldritch Abomination at the end of Episode 304.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Sam in "Hit the Road" is Goofy and Pluto.
    • Probably it's no surprise to hear Tales of Monkey Island voice actors in the Telltale Games Series and vice-versa, but, Majus, the voice of Guybrush in the I wonder what will happen in Tales of Monkey Island series of Flash Videos, animated by himself, voices an in game character in "They Stole Max's Brain!", who happens to be an European Tourist.
    • Andrew Chaikin (A.K.A. Kid Beyond), the first person to give Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe a voice, voiced Max in episode 101 (he was later replaced by William Kasten due to health problems), and later returned in Season 3 as the voice of Superego (the narrator), Papierwaite, and one of the molemen.
    • Max in the German dub of "Hit the Road" is Bart Simpson.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Hit The Road has yet to see a rerelease in this day and age.
  • The Other Darrin: Andrew Chaikin plays Max in Episode 101, but (apparently due to health reasons) was replaced by William Kasten. As of Season 3, Chaikin is back, but instead of playing Max, he plays The Narrator. Which is kind of playing Max anyway — the Narrator is actually Max's long-dormant superego.
  • What Could Have Been: The trailer and assorted leaked clips for the canceled sequel are floating around on YouTube. Prior to that, a different splinter studio of ex LucasArts people, Infinite Machine, were working on concepts for a game titled Sam And Max Plunge Through Space, but they went bankrupt before it went into production.

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