Western Animation: Ed, Edd n Eddy

aka: Ed Edd And Eddy
From left to right: Edd, Ed and Eddy.

Eddy: People used to try to be cool, but now it's hot! We're hot!
Edd: Do you feel hot, Ed?
Ed: Nah, I'm half-baked.
— The Eds, in "Pop Goes The Ed"

Three friends, one name, and barely a clue amongst them: that's the concept behind Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd n Eddy, a show about the misadventures of some not-so-ordinary kids in an ordinary suburban cul-de-sac. The show was created by Canadian Danny Antonucci (creator of MTV's short-lived series The Brothers Grunt and several animated station I.D. bumpers featuring a character named Lupo the Butcher) during The Renaissance Age of Animation. It lasted from January 1999 to November 2009 and ran for a total of 65 regular episodes, four specials, and a Grand Finale television film (Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show).

Ed is a lovable lug who possesses superhuman strength, subhuman intellect, and an odd obsession with chickens; he also enjoys drinking gravy and the odd spot of buttered toast, with a strict diet of b-movies sandwiched in-between. Edd, better known as "Double D" to the neighborhood, is a nerdy Neat Freak who collects insects, labels everything in his room, and communicates with his ever-busy parents via sticky notes. Rounding out the trio is Eddy, a smug yet slightly-incompetent con artist who manipulates his enemies (and friends, in many cases) to do his bidding without remorse.

In most episodes, the titular trio twist and trounce the truth to trick the other kids of the cul-de-sac into giving up their hard-earned allowances in the name of purchasing comically-oversized jawbreakers (the holy grail of candies, of course). As a result of their schemes, the Eds frequently run afoul of the other kids in the neighborhood — and things rarely go well for the three. The Eds also have to deal with a trio of sisters, the Kankers, who want nothing more than to make the Eds their husbands and kiss 'em all day and night (a fate to which the Eds sternly object).

No characters outside the core twelve appear (thirteen if you count Plank),note  though they are frequently mentioned. This was especially silly once the Eds and their friends were shown going to school in the final season; even though it was supposed to be swarming with teachers and other students, we never see anyone apart from the characters (unless in exceptional conditions, where they are still Faceless Masses).

Much of the humor is character/situation-driven and based on the absurdity of the situations that the kids find themselves in. With a healthy mix of slapstick, wordplay, and surrealism, Ed Edd N Eddy became the channel's longest-running series in terms of years on-air. Considering it was the last of the Cartoon Cartoons to end, the era of those shows ended with it. The show also spawned a video game (Ed, Edd n Eddy), and the Eds would later appear in the IDW Crisis Crossover comic book event Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War.


BUTTERED TROPES! ...er, Ed Edd n Eddy contains a hefty number of tropes, so we had to split 'em up:


Alternative Title(s):

Ed Edd N Eddy