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One of the most influential animated cartoons of all time. Ren and Stimpy, by John Kricfalusi, originally ran from August 11, 1991 until October 20, 1996, for a total of 5 seasons. John K. was fired, mostly for Schedule Slips and fights with censors, on September 25, 1992. A new animation studio called Games Animations, with ex-Kricfalusi associate Bob Camp as creative director, would take over production for the rest of the original run.


In 2003, Kricfalusi was put back in charge of Ren and Stimpy, and created a new version for Spike TV entitled "Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon". Controversial among fans of the original show, this newer version would only last seven episodes, with only four of those actually airing on television (Man's Best Friend, an episode originally produced for the old show in 1991, was banned and aired as a part of the Adult Party Cartoon run on June 23, 2003). The first four episodes aired on television in the summer of 2003, and the remaining three episodes were released onto "The Lost Episodes" DVD set three years later on July 18, 2006.


Pilot Episode (December 21, 1990)

  1. Big House Blues: Ren and Stimpy end up in the pound, but Ren freaks out when he learns they might be "put to sleep". note  (December 21, 1990)


Season 1 (August 11, 1991 - February 23, 1992)

  1. Stimpy's Big Day / The Big Shot: Stimpy wins a poetry contest, and the prize is a guest appearance on his favorite TV show that catapults him to stardom. (August 11, 1991)
  2. Robin Hoek / Nurse Stimpy: Stimpy retells a fractured version of the story of Robin Hood, imagining his friend Ren as "Robin Hoek", George Liquor as the Sheriff of Dodge City, and Stimpy himself as everyone else; When Ren falls ill, it's up to the bungling but well-meaning "Nurse Stimpy" to help him recover. (August 25, 1991)
  3. Space Madness / The Boy Who Cried Rat: Ren and Stimpy are space explorers on a long journey that causes Ren to go stir-crazy; Stimpy poses as a mouser and offers his services to Mr. and Mrs. Pipe, with Ren playing the part of the mouse. (September 8, 1991)
  4. Fire Dogs / The Littlest Giant: Ren and Stimpy paint themselves like Dalmatians in order to get jobs at a firehouse, but have to deal with a big blaze on their first day; Stimpy imagines himself as a giant who gets teased for being "merely huge". note  (September 29, 1991 / September 15, 1991)
  5. Marooned / Untamed World: Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy are stranded on an alien world; Ren and Stimpy are nature documentarians tracking down animal versions of themselves living on the Galapagos Islands. (October 6, 1991 / November 10, 1991)
  6. Black Hole / Stimpy's Invention: Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy get pulled into a strange alternate dimension inside a black hole; Stimpy becomes an inventor, and forces Ren to be more cheerful with his latest creation, the "Happy Helmet".(February 23, 1992)

Season 2 (August 15, 1992 - May 23, 1993)

  1. In The Army / Powdered Toastman: Ren and Stimpy join the US Army, but boot camp proves to be harder than Ren thought; Powdered Toastman saves the Pope from an evil Muddy Mudskipper, saves Ren and Stimpy from a boring breakfast, and saves the President from being stuck in his trouser zipper. note  (August 15, 1992)
  2. Ren's Toothache / Man's Best Friend: Ren gets a nasty toothache, but refuses to heed Stimpy's hygiene advice; George Liquor adopts Ren and Stimpy as his newest pets and proceeds to harshly train them.note  (August 22, 1992)
  3. Out West / Rubber Nipple Salesmen: Ren and Stimpy are tempted into horse thievery by a bored sheriff and his deputy who have no one to hang; Ren and Stimpy become door-to-door salesmen trying to sell rubber nipples. note  (August 29, 1992)
  4. Sven Hoek: Ren gets a visit from his cousin, who proves to have a lot more in common with Stimpy than Ren is happy with. note  (November 7, 1992)
  5. Haunted House / Mad Dog Hoek: Ren and Stimpy are haunted by an inept ghost; Ren and Stimpy become professional wrestlers, but take a beating from the Lout Brothers. (November 21, 1992)
  6. Big Baby Scam / Dog Show: Ren and Stimpy pose as babies for a chance at the easy life; George Liquor enters Ren and Stimpy in a dog show. note  (December 12, 1992)
  7. Son of Stimpy: Stimpy's holiday celebrations are spoiled when he starts to miss a stray fart he nicknames "Stinky". note  (January 13, 1993)
    • Cat Hairballs: A Music Video that came with Son of Stimpy as Bonus Material for its VHS release and played before the episode proper. Stimpy is forced to hwarf up hairballs onto a conveyor belt for Ren, but the effort may prove too much for Stimpy.
  8. Monkey See, Monkey Don't / Fake Dad: Ren and Stimpy pose as monkeys so they can move into the zoo; Ren signs up for a mentoring program and is stuck with a hulking delinquent named Kowalski. note  (February 14, 1993 / February 27, 1993)
  9. The Great Outdoors / The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball: Ren and Stimpy go camping; Ren tries to make a fortune off Stimpy's hairballs. (March 27, 1993 / April 3, 1993)
  10. Stimpy's Fan Club: Ren becomes jealous of Stimpy's massive fan club, especially when Stimpy makes him the club president and tasks him with answering Stimpy's fan mail. (April 24, 1993)
  11. A Visit To Anthony: Ren and Stimpy spend a day with a young fan, but run afoul of Anthony's overprotective dad. (May 8, 1993)
  12. Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen: Ren and Stimpy explore the Canadian wilderness, but end up hopelessly lost. (May 23, 1993)

Season 3 (November 20, 1993 - July 30, 1994)

  1. To Salve and Salve Not / A Yard Too Far: A travelling salesman tries to get Ren to buy his newest product; Ren and Stimpy must face the wrath of a guard baboon in order to score some free food. (November 20, 1993)
  2. Circus Midgets / No Pants Today Ren and Stimpy get dragged into the crazy world of circus midgets; Stimpy becomes self-conscious about not wearing clothes, and tries to find a pair of pants to wear.note  (November 26, 1993)
  3. Ren's Pecs / An Abe Divided: Ren becomes a supermodel after getting a "pectoplasty" with the help of his pal Stimpy; Ren and Stimpy seek a treasure hidden in the head of the Lincoln Memorial. (December 18, 1993)
  4. Stimpy's Cartoon Show: Stimpy makes his own cartoon, with Ren serving as the bossy producer. (January 8, 1994)
  5. Jimminy Lummox / Bass Masters: Ren gets stuck with the oafish Jiminy Lummox as his conscience, who pummels Ren when he misbehaves; Ren and Stimpy are the hosts of a fishing show seeking the legendary "Foul-Mouthed Bass". (February 19, 1994)
  6. Ren's Retirement: Ren's age catches up to him when he realizes he's seventy in dog years. (April 2, 1994)
  7. Jerry the Bellybutton Elf / Road Apples: Stimpy gets sucked into an alternate dimension hidden in his own navel; Ren and Stimpy hitch-hike with Mr. and Mrs. Pipe in their RV. (April 9, 1994 / March 12, 1994)
  8. Hard Times for Haggis: A washed-up TV star seeks revenge on Ren and Stimpy for stealing his thunder. (April 30, 1994)
  9. Eat My Cookies / Ren's Bitter Half: Ren and Stimpy join a Girl Scout troop; Ren becomes a Literal Split Personality thanks to Stimpy's latest invention. (June 4, 1994)
  10. Lair of the Lummox: Ren and Stimpy go on a nature expedition to observe the habits of "the Lummox". (July 30, 1994)

Season 4 (October 1, 1994 - April 1, 1995)

  1. Hermit Ren: Ren gets fed up with modern life and moves into a cave, where he quickly goes crazier than usual. (October 1, 1994)
  2. House of Next Tuesday / A Friend In Your Face: Ren and Stimpy move into a house full of strange high-tech gadgets; Ren discovers a tiny hillbilly squatting in his head.(October 8, 1994)
  3. Blazing Entrails / Lumber Jerks: Ren journeys into Stimpy's body to discover why his friend is acting dumber than usual; Ren and Stimpy become lumberjacks. (October 15, 1994)
  4. Prehistoric Stimpy / Farm Hands: Wilbur Cobb regales Ren and Stimpy with strange stories about prehistoric life; Ren and Stimpy get jobs working for a pair of lazy farmers. (November 5, 1994)
  5. Magical Golden Singing Cheeses / A Hard Day's Luck: Stimpy is a hungry peasant who must go on a quest to find food for himself and Ren; Haggis McHaggis deals with a leprechaun who tests his patience. (November 12, 1994)
  6. I Love Chicken / Powdered Toastman Vs. Waffle Woman: Stimpy falls hopelessly in love with an uncooked chicken; When Powdered Toastman hangs up his speedo in shame after a botched mission, his arch-nemesis Waffle Woman strikes back. (November 19, 1994)
  7. It's A Dog's Life / Egg Yolkeo: Ren and Stimpy become the pets of an eccentric old lady; Ren stars as Gepetto in a twisted version of The Adventures of Pinocchio, raising a living pile of scrambled eggs as his own son. (December 4, 1994)
  8. Double Header / The Scotsman In Space: A bus accident leaves Ren and Stimpy stuck together in one body; Captain Hoek and Cadet Stimpy have a strange encounter with Haggis McHaggis. (January 7, 1995)
  9. Pixie King / Aloha Hoek: Ren tells Stimpy a story about fairy versions of the duo looking to move up in the world; Ren and Stimpy end up stranded on a deserted island. (January 14, 1995)
  10. Insomniac Ren / My Shiny Friend: Ren has trouble getting to sleep; Stimpy's obsession with television reaches dangerous levels. (January 21, 1995)
  11. Cheese Rush Days / Weiner Barons: Ren and Stimpy are "blue cheese prospectors" looking to hit the mother lode; Ren and Stimpy head to Canada to make it big in the sausage industry. (February 11, 1995)
  12. Galoot Wranglers / Ren Needs Help: Wilbur Cobb regales Ren and Stimpy with a crazy wild west tale; Ren's latest breakdown leads to him being admitted to a mental hospital. (March 4, 1995)
  13. Superstitious Stimpy / Travelogue: Ren is annoyed by Stimpy's superstitious practices, until he's forced to admit he needs his friend's help; Ren and Stimpy travel to the strange country of Acromeglia. (April 1, 1995)

Season 5 (March 18, 1995 - October 20, 1996)

  1. Ol' Blue Nose / Stupid Sidekick Union: Stimpy becomes a popular lounge singer; When Stimpy walks out due to a strike called by the Stupid Sidekick Union, Ren tries to find a replacement. (March 18, 1995)
  2. Space Dogged / Feud For Sale: Ren and Stimpy are cosmonauts trying to win the "Space Race" for Mother Russia; A travelling salesman eggs on two feuding country bumpkins. (June 3, 1995)
  3. Hair of the Cat / City Hicks: Ren tries to figure out what keeps aggravating his allergies; After their dust farm is flooded, Ren and Stimpy try to make it in the big city. (July 1, 1995)
  4. Stimpy's Pet / Ren's Brain: Stimpy takes in a stray circus midget; Stimpy surgically removes Ren's brain, which takes on a life of its own. (October 7, 1995)
  5. Bell Hops / Dog Tags: Ren and Stimpy get jobs in a fancy hotel, where a papparazo tries to enlist them in getting a picture of a reclusive celebrity; Ren's credentials as a dog are called into question. (October 29, 1995)
  6. I Was A Teenage Stimpy / Who's Stupid Now?: Stimpy goes through the struggles of puberty; Ren and Stimpy are forced to swap roles (and builds) thanks to a nosy executive looking to shake things up. (November 4, 1995)
  7. School Mates / Dinner Party: Ren's old pal from obedience school isn't happy to find Ren living with a cat; Ren tries to teach the audience about dinner party etiquette. (November 11, 1995)
  8. Pen Pals / Big Flakes: After losing their home, Ren and Stimpy try to break into prison; A trip to a ski lodge leads to Ren and Stimpy getting snowed in. (November 18, 1995)
  9. Terminal Stimpy / Reverend Jack: Stimpy goes into a funk when he realizes he's on the last of his nine lives; Ren and Stimpy work for a bossy meat evangelist. (December 9, 1995)
  10. A Scooter For Yaksmas: After being disappointed with his Yaksmas gift, a misunderstanding forces Stimpy to go on the run. (December 16, 1995)
  11. Sammy and Me / The Last Temptation: Stimpy becomes obsessed with insectoid musician Sammy Mantis Jr.; Ren tries to be nicer to Stimpy after a near-death experience. note  (October 20, 1996)