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L-R: Ali, Jackson, CJ.

"Dude, what would happen... if we cancelled your show?!?!"
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Dude, What Would Happen? is one of a slew of reality shows produced by Cartoon Network for the infamous CN Real block in 2009. It and fellow show Destroy Build Destroy were both cancelled on September 21, 2011, making them both the longest-running CN Real shows.

The show attempted to be a kids' version of MythBusters, only they don't deal with myths, old wives' tales, or things kids might actually ask. Instead, the titular Dudes - C.J. Manigo, Jackson Rogow and Ali Sepasyar - are usually given a question, and then use it as a jumping-off point for "wacky" Jackass—style hijinks. For example, what sticks to peanut butter on an inclined surface longer (one of the substances they used in testing was more peanut butter), if covering a piano in deflated basketballs would make it bounce, or what would happen if you popped the world's biggest zit (which they "solved" by filling a punching bag with cream and dropping it off a building).

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It is, needless to say, not considered a very novel series. Nonetheless, it wound up outlasting the other shows on the CN Real block, and was Adored by the Network for a while (the Dudes were even used in an anti-bullying campaign on the network years after the show ended).


This show provides examples of:

  • Food and Animal Attraction: In one episode, one of the guys dresses as a carrot to lure a horse.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: They would often try to pass this off as some kind of kid-friendly science show (basically a MythBusters ripoff), when in reality it's "doing stupid stuff for the sake of it" (basically a Jackass ripoff).
  • Surfer Dude: They seem to be trying to go for this, anyway.
  • Totally Radical: The title says it all. These guys don't talk like real people.

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