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?
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Maxwell Atoms, creator of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, got his start on this show as a prop designer, eventually working his way up to a regular writer and storyboard artist.
  • 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).
  • Ugly Cute: Cow.
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