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Series / Puppets Who Kill

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Puppets Who Kill was a Canadian-produced Black Comedy series that centered on the lives of four puppets who had been sent to a halfway house run by the cynic Dan Barlow as a last ditch effort to rehabilitate them as every other effort had failed.

The puppets themselves were:

  • Rocko the Dog, who after suppressing his very child-unfriendly personality snapped on set;
  • Cuddles, a comfort doll whose consistent curbing of his own desires ended up with him shooting people with a rifle from a roof;
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  • Buttons the Bear, a sex maniac who had a good life until his private deeds were released to the public and he was fired.
  • Bill the Dummy, a psychopath with a constant smile and a taste for meat who had 56 partners die in tragic "accidents".

The show tended to balance itself on the edge of a knife, often crossing the line more than twice and happily embracing the darkly humorous tone inherent in a show about living puppets who regularly break the law.


This series provides examples of:

  • Black and Gray Morality: Almost everyone is a jerk in some way, and often deserve the horrible things that happen to them.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Buttons' reaction to being saved from a Psycho Lesbian and her girlfriend moments before his death is one of disappointment, because it meant he would miss the lesbian make-up sex.
  • I Love the Dead: The plot of the final episode is Buttons' ghost stealing Dan's girlfriend by being a better lay.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Just one of Bill's many traits.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Bill, in spades. He's the smartest among the cast, and is often the one who saves them from their problems. Too bad his solutions usually involve cannibalism and violence.
  • Threat Backfire: One episode had Bill being ransomed by some mafia types, who threaten to send him back piece by piece; when the others refuse to cooperate, they do just that, cutting Bill up and sending the bits back to the halfway house. It never occurred to them that Bill is a puppet, and all the others have to do is stitch him back together again.


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