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Western Animation: Squidbillies
"My dreams are all dead and buried.
Sometimes I wish the Sun would just explode.
When God comes and calls me to his kingdom,
I'll take all ya sons-a'-bitches when I go."

In the hills of Georgia live a family of hillbillies. They're also squids. These squidbillies drink, make meth, mud-bog, and destroy property. The characters are:
  • Early Cuyler, an extremely violent and drunk redneck. His hat always changes between shows, usually saying something like "Booty Hunter", "Sonny Lied!", or "Guns Don't Kill People, I Do". He has gone to prison and is often scolded by the sheriff for making pinecone moonshine or holding up the convenience store. He was made CEO of the Corrupt Corporate Executive's company to act as a scapegoat.
  • Rusty Cuyler, Early's son. He is more na´ve and morally centered, but is also dumb and gullible. He is a "Well Done, Son" Guy.
  • Granny Cuyler, the feeble and senile mother of Early and Lil (maybe their granny or great granny, it's unclear the exact relation). She often sees visions of squid-Jesus.
  • Lil, who runs a meth operation/beauty salon. Not quite a common character.
  • The Sheriff, who is a nice guy that usually just complains about crimes happening in the area. Dies fairly often (like most of the characters), but is replaced by another sheriff from a sheriff clone farm. Unlike the Cuylers, he's human(ish).
  • Dan Halen, the Corrupt Corporate Executive and owner of Dan Halen Industries. His company appears to make sheetrock, but really dabbles in violent mutant corn, corrosive body spray, baby death traps, and foreign arms sales. Dan is a (usually) naked, pear-shaped blob of flesh with long red hair; good luck assigning a species to him. Revealed in an episode focused on him to have existed throughout the history of mankind in the exact same form, and to have been a part of many terrible events. Including the German Nazi Party.

The show is one of the more controversial series to air on [adult swim]; the pilot debuted on April Fools' Day 2004, to horrible reviews (in the show's defense, the premiere was a rough cut - "rough cut" here meaning that some portions were not even fully animated). However, when the series was officially premiered in October 2005, the series slowly but surely found its niche.


  • Abusive Parents: Early has knifed and shot Rusty a few times, among other things.
  • The Alcoholic: Early Cuyler is rarely without his homemade pine cone "party liquor".
    Early: Damn don't time fly when you're drunk as hell!
  • Artistic License: Aside from them being squids on land, in one episode Early and Granny drown in the lake. They're squids so they should be able to breathe underwater.
  • Art Shift: An extreme one in "Drone to the Bone" during the drone battling montage
  • Awesome McCoolname: Dan Halen, Hershel Walker Cuyler Them Dogs Is Hell Don't They, Russell Jesse James Kenny the gambler Rogers #3 the intimidator Dale Earnhardt America's Number 1 Cuyler.
  • Ax-Crazy: Early. In 'Ga-Ga-Ghost' he even says the only reason he doesn't kill everything in sight is because he wants to go to heaven.
  • Black Comedy: Most of Dan Halen's products. See above.
  • Butt Monkey: Granny Cuyler and the Sheriff, but just about everyone else could qualify at times, too.
  • Captain Ersatz: Tom Treebow, Helmsman trophy winner, and quarterback of the Crocodiles of the Peninsular State just below Georgia.
  • Caught Up in the Rapture: Squid-Jesus accidentally turns on the Rapture and everyone starts floating up to heaven. Dan Halen, not to be left behind, takes a rocket pack and flies up to heaven to cut in line. Heaven apparently has a limit to how many people can get in, because Dan was the last person allowed in, leaving the Sheriff to go back down. Meanwhile, the Reverend is still down on Earth, lamenting about not being chosen.
    "Why did he reject me?! THEY EVEN TOOK THE MEXICANS FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!! They can't even pray in English!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Tom Treebow, full stop.
    Rusty: So, Jesus is here with us right now?
    Tom Treebow: Yes, he's right there... he's wearing an invisibility cloak. Just like the Predator.
    Sheriff: (beat) What Tom is trying to say...
    Tom Treebow: Watch out Jesus he's got a laser!
  • Coming of Age Story: A very warped one for Rusty.
  • Complexity Addiction: Dan Halen's plots are usually far more complex than the end goal justifies, such as using a massive clone army to rig the vote to revoke Dougal County's dry Sunday status, making the whole city blind so as to win a softball game, or building a copy of the Large Hadron Collider to open a black hole for the sole purpose of disposal of a dead hooker.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dan Halen in spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds. When his "Baby Hammock" product is described by parents as a baby death trap, he sues the parents for infringing on his copyright for a product called the "Baby Death Trap."
    • When Dan releases a cloud of flesh melting body spray over Dougall County, he disregards the Sheriff's pleas to stop. He only relents when he realizes that he's giving it away for free and not making a penny out of it
  • Crapsack World: Dougal County.
  • Deal with the Devil: Rusty does this to acquire mad face-melting shredding guitar skills.
    • And in order to get back at Rusty, so does Early.
  • Deep South
  • Deranged Animation
  • Different In Every Episode: Early's hats.
    • The opening theme, on occasion
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During a class reunion, Sheriff blows Dan Halen's brains out for all the times he bullied him in high school.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Satan, in episode 25, is a cool and malicious being with a darkly-comedic streak; in episode 9 (his debut) he's a motormouthed, probably drug-addled schizoid who constantly swears, such words being dubbed over with words like "sweet potatoes" and "favorite".
    • The malformed Sheriff clone starts out by shooting in the head anyone not melted by Dan Halen's body spray cloud, but by the musical episode has become a Hypercompetent Sidekick who correctly identifies the raw uranium "yellow cake" and deduces Al-Quaeda's terrorist plan
    • The show having a narrator. He eventually vanished from the show.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Ultimate Party Platter chickens from "Wing Nut". They are essentially chickens genetically engineered to the point where their entire body consists of nothing but their wings, they naturally excrete hot sauce from their pores, their bowls burst with Bleu Cheese, and their limbs are made from celery sticks. And yes, they are breathing and alive.
    • And, if Dan Halen is to be believed, they defecate their own "To Go" box.
  • Enhance Button: Parodied in "Terminus Trouble" when Early tries enhancing the video of him beating up an Atlanta Braves player...which is impossible on a VCR...and in general.
  • Everything's Squishier With Cephalopods
  • For the Evulz: Not so much Dan Halen's motives (he's more into greed), as it is his standard operating procedure, cramming as much unnecessary pain and suffering as he can into every business venture.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: In one episode, Early sues an amusement park for the death of Granny, despite that it was none other than his fault.
  • Gigantic Gulp: Krystal is rarely without one, though as fat as she is it's hardly a shocker.
  • Grossout Show: Taken Up to Eleven in "Young, Dumb, and Full of Gums"
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Rusty. He's the son of Early and gigantic ladybeast Krystal.
  • Hammerspace: Earl uses it constantly.
  • Juggalo: Parodied in "Clowny Freaks".
  • Karma Houdini: Early Cuyler is frequently locked up in jail for his violent behavior, only to be let go by the Sheriff. Really, the Sheriff always seems to do this to everyone he 'arrests'.
    • And that's saying nothing about all of the terrible things Dan Halen has gotten away with.
  • Lemony Narrator: "Fifteen years ago, the world was a much different place. The Berlin wall had just crumbled. I thought I could handle cocaine. I really did. I lost everything."
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Early pulls this in "Flight of the Deep Fried Pine Booby," complete with shouting his own name.
  • Lottery Of Doom: What the Tricky Two lottery ends up being. Naturally, after Early finds out what he 'wins' (he gets to be pulled apart by two monster trucks), he gives his 'prize' to Granny. The trucks fail to tear Granny apart, they just stretch her to hell and back.
  • May Contain Evil: Dan Halen's products.
  • Mega Corp.: Dan Halen Sheetrock International.
    Narrator: "That large building over there is Dan Halen Sheetrock; they specialize in Sheetrock, Sheetrock mud, Sheetrock screws, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, global mass media, third world covert military operations and, THE BABY HAMMOCK!"
  • Musical Episode: "America: Why I Love Her".
  • Negative Continuity: How many times has the world exploded in this series?
    • Somewhat subverted with Sheriff's many deaths, as one episode revealed a massive clone farm that Dan Halen breeds for election purposes. The Sheriff's deaths are even Lampshaded.
      Rusty: "Daddy, I think he's dead!"
      Early: "Not the first time."
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers for 'Gun of a Son' portray the episode revolving around Early shooting Rusty but in the actual episode Early quickly blames it on his grandson and is hardly mentioned until the end of the episode, the rest of the episode revolves around Early finding a new weapon to use since he broke his sawed-off shotgun.
  • Only Sane Man: Rusty Cuyler, to an extent.
  • Out of Focus: Lil' spends most of seasons 2&3 face down in her own vomit. It's revealed she's secretly running a pot growing operation in the basement through a hole in the floor.
  • Police Are Useless: The Sheriff.
  • Quarter Hour Short
  • Really 700 Years Old: Dan Halen is really 20,000 years old and have been behind countless acts of evil, like helping Hitler, causing the Black Death, killing dozens in the French Revolution and nailing Jesus to the cross.
    • He also single handedly killed the dinosaurs.
  • Running Gag: Early has a different hat in every episode.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Early's Weapon of Choice.
  • Shout-Out: The title of episode 25, "Mephistopholes Traveled Below To A Southern State Whose State Motto Is 'Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation'", is another way of saying the name of the Charlie Daniels Band song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".
    • Tom Treebow of the Crocodiles of the University of the Peninsular State, Just Below Georgia.
      • That's in addition to other references to Southeastern Conference football, such as the credits scene where Early and Music/T-Pain record a rap with the lyrics "I like driving in my truck / Auburn sucks!"
  • Snapback: Episodes often end with everyone dying.
    • Characters will be horrifically injured and then back to normal in the same scene.
  • Sound Effect Bleep: Cussing is censored with everything from squeaks, bleeps, and gun cocking noises.
  • Space Jews: "I'm against nitrogen. It was brought here on planes by space jews!"
  • Stylistic Suck: The crappy artwork is used to convey the Crapsack World along with how pathetic and stupid people tend to be.
  • Super Toughness: In spite of whatever physical abuse they take, the Cuylers usually can't be completely destroyed by anything shy of a nuke, and sometimes not even that.
    Dan Halen: The creature is elastic. I hadn't counted on that.
  • There Are No Therapists: "I'm not a therapist. I'm... The Rapist. It's right there on the door. Look, everybody makes this mistake."
  • Title Drop: In 'Drone to the bone' Early drops the title in a Awesome Music moment.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Sheriff, often literally. Good thing he has several hundred replacement bodies.
  • Training from Hell: This seems to be Early's only way to teach Rusty anything.
  • Villain Protagonist: Early.
  • White Sheep: Early's civilized cousin, Durwood. also Dr. Bug.
  • Yandere: Early is this for Krystal, Seriously.
    "I love you... *draws knife* I'MMA KILL YOU, BITCH!!!"

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