The Brak Show
(2000-2003) was a very
surreal Quarter Hour Short
on [adult swim]
, parodying Dom Coms
, set (sort of) in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast universe
. The show starred Brak and Zorak as high school students
in a suburban neighborhood.
It was animated by Wild Hare Studios, which animated Aqua Teen Hunger Force
for its first two seasons. Clay Martin Croker, who played Zorak, was also the animation director for both series. It ran for two fourteen-episode seasons before it was unexpectedly cancelled, with viewers not finding out till the end of the final episode.
- Aliens and Monsters: The inhabitants of Brak's planet.
- The Cameo: A blink-and-you-missed-it Meatwad riding a scooter/moped.
- The Chew Toy: Zorak, and he deserves it.
Zorak: Nobody likes me. That's the way I like it.
- Darker and Edgier: Season two compared to season one, justified in that season one aired before [adult swim] had "officially" split from Cartoon Network.
- The Ditz
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Everyone calls Brak's parents "Dad" and "Mom". Including campaign advertisements and newspapers.
- In an [adult swim] New Year's Eve bumper, he revealed his name to be Javier.
- Free the Frogs: Brak tries to get out of dissecting a clam. The clam eventually manages to free himself.
- Furry Confusion: Used in the pilot.
- Grounded Forever: In an episode, Dad grounded Brak for 3 years.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Zorak, somewhat muted by the fact that he is The Chew Toy.
- Hey Lets Put On A Show: Psychoklahoma!
- Humongous Mecha: Averted in that Thundercleese is based off one, but he's certainly not as tall.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Dad has a lot of these.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Not the official titles, but episodes from early in the show's run started with a parody of a Dom Com, but with Brak's name, much like Ed, Edd n Eddy.
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: Parodied with the original pilots, Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak.
- Jerkass: Zorak.
- Dad also, though a bit more passive-aggressive about it.
- Large Ham: "I AM RHONDA, FROM THE SEVENTH LEVEL OF YAR!"
Thundercleese: "Is that the best you can do?"
His Adversary: "... yes."
Thundercleese: "THEN PREPARE TO TASTE MY RAGE!"
- Musical Episode: A majority of the episodes in the first two seasons. But Psychoklahoma especially.
- Same goes for Brakstreet.
- Negative Continuity, caused by Snapbacks.
- No Indoor Voice: Rhonda of the Seventh Level of Yar.
- No Name Given: Brak's parents. In an Adult Swim bumper during New Year's, his name is Javier and he's not Brak's dad.
- Once an Episode: Brak sings, and Thundercleese blows up Zorak.
- Product Placement: Papa John's Pizza appeared through stock photos in a few episodes. The company was even thanked in the credits of an episode.
- At the end of Braklet, Prince of Spaceland, after both Brak and Zorak have been decapitated.
Brak: Well, what are we gonna do now?
- Rule of Funny: The show essentially runs on it. How else do you make the jump from fish food to ham in less than five seconds?
- Spin-Off: From Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
- Stock Footage: From Space Ghost & Dino Boy. One episode used Stock Footage from Huckleberry Hound.
- "So you're saying that Huckleberry Hound, a dog who has held several jobs and can tie his own bow-tie, has somehow, for reasons unknown, reverted to a primal doglike state... and he's taken to eating noses."
- Too Dumb to Live: Subverted in that Zorak always dies.
- The Voiceless: Sisto, Brak's brother who tended to appear Once an Episode in Season One (until he was abducted by aliens).
- Whole Plot Reference: Braklet, Prince of Spaceland is a take on Hamlet. Of course, this is still The Brak Show so everything is completely insane. For example, there is a lightsaber battle at the end, and a plug for The Powerpuff Girls.
- Widget Series: Also parodies this very trope in "Sexy New Brak Show Go".