YMMV / Cow and Chicken

  • Awesome Music: The "Ugliest Weenie" song.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This show had a number of them... hell, this series had entire episodes that fit into this category, such as:
    • "Journey to the Center of Cow": Cow accidentally swallows Chicken, who spends much of the episode paddling a river of acid inside Cow's four labyrinthian stomachs, encounter different enzymes of different intents, and in the end, not only does Red Guy (as a doctor) sacrifice his own life to save Chicken, he attends a disco rave with the enzymes. Wut?
      • Actually, it does make sense (kind of): the fourth stomach was actually a nightclub that the enzymes were taking Chicken to, but once he went there, there was no going back (i.e., in any less-absurd situation, he's be digested). However, it turned out to be a pretty fun place.
    • "Intelligent Life?": Cow somehow builds a milk-powered rocketship out of cardboard boxes and metal trashcans, lands on a planet composed entirely of mud, meets Red Guy who claims to be an alien, brings him home where he's treated like a god, then later becomes a jean model (oh, and he models jeans to the same disco music from the above-mentioned rave)... then Chicken turns off the TV and comments how stupid that show was.
    • Some of Flem and Earl's fake flashbacks and Imagine Spots from "Lost at Sea" are pretty... odd...
    • "Monster in the Closet": Cow befriends a monster hiding in her closet, who's invisible to everybody except her, though he's obviously not imaginary, because Mom and Dad eventually see him, and order Cow to banish him to the closet out of fear of him; in the end, Chicken finds him in another closet (even though he was invisible to Chicken as well) and they become pals after Cow finally dismisses him as a figment of her imagination.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Yes, this show had quite a few of these.
    • Just about every time that Cow rescues Chicken or whenever Chicken helps Cow. As much as they clash, the two of them have a very strong bond.
    • "The Day I Was Born" has Cow asking her parents, her teacher, and the guy who delivered her (The Red Guy, of course) about the titular day. The Red Guy's story is what truly makes it heartwarming where baby Cow calls out for her big brother and baby Chicken asks to hold her. It's very adorable, especially with how Chicken is normally reluctant to show affection toward his sister.
    • The end of "A Couple of Skating Fools." After Cow steps in to help Chicken win when Earl breaks his knee, Chicken gives Earl the flowers and they all have a group hug. They even include Flem and Hiney (The Red Guy's female disguise) in the group hug despite the latter causing Earl's injury.
    • "Cow's A Beauty" has the bovine herself attend a beauty contest where she seems outclassed but not only are the contestants civil, two of them even kiss Cow on the cheek when she wins because of her overwhelming charm and inner beauty. And then she shares her flowers with The Red Guy to add more fuel to the heartwarming fire.
  • Ear Worm: Momma had a chicken! Momma had a cow! Dad was proud! He didn't care how!
    • The short piece of music that plays at an episode's Title Card. It will still be in your head years after you've watched an episode.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Red Guy. He even made it onto I Am Weasel because of his popularity.
    • Speaking of which, the I Am Weasel shorts were popular enough to be spun off into its own show.
  • Faux Symbolism: The red flag at the beginning of "Buffalo Gals" was a sign that the episode's content was going to go beyond the typical crap that strolls past the radar.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This show is not the only one that has Charlie Adler voicing a red monster with mood swings (see Aahh, Real Monsters).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Chachi the Chewing Gum Seal. He might have turned from The Eeyore into an Ungrateful Bastard but when he tries to apologize to Cow, he gets stuck under the table and has to hear Cow and Chicken trash talk him for a month.
  • Love It or Hate It: Pretty much its status on the Internet. Either it's an "udderly" humorless The Ren & Stimpy Show ripoff that's only liked because of the Nostalgia Filter (and Charlie Adler's performance as The Red Guy, though some do find it annoying) or it's a treasured memory of Cartoon Network's glory days when they started to make original programming.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Hellooooo, it's meeeeee!!"
    • "FREEEEEEEEE TRAIIIILEEEEEEERR!!!!!"
    • "It says 'Eye Screem' on my truck, not 'Ice Cream'! Get it?"
    • "Dear Diary, you ain't never gonna believe what I am about to write down in yous."
    • "Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you was my Grandma."
    • "Now I can die happy!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Red Guy crosses this in the episode Part-Time Job when he tried to cook Chicken alive for his chicken-on-a stick restaurant.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cow & Chicken's cameo in Ben 10: Omniverse.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Was accused of doing this to The Ren & Stimpy Show, though, unlike most cartoons that tried to be as gross and shocking as Ren and Stimpy, this show actually had some former animators and storyboard artists who worked on Ren and Stimpy (the John K. episodes that weren't from Adult Party Cartoon), so it wasn't like the show hired a bunch of wannabes who had a passing knowledge of doing wacky, gross-out cartoons. They had people who knew from experience. John K. even called Cow and Chicken "the best drawn and animated cartoon of the 90s".
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Inverted. This show could be seen as The Ren & Stimpy Show if it went to rehab and is in the process of recovering, but still has a long way to go before it can fully be clean (and traded its addiction to gross-out jokes for gender-bending jokes and sexual innuendo, similar to how most drug addicts turn to other addictions while trying to recover).
    • On a "Talkin' Toons Live" special, the first thing Rob Paulsen asks David Feiss (the show creator) was how much bong water was ingested before doing this show. The answer was none.
  • Villain Decay: When the Red Guy took chicken to hell in "No Smoking", he truly tortured the poor fowl & really showed how much of a jerk he can be(in that episode, he was portrayed as Satan). In the actual series, he was just a Troll who goes by butt-related pun names and isn't that much of a menace. Plus, he has a mother who feeds him gruel and constantly challenges him to fight her like a man.
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