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TV Funhouse was a television show aired by Comedy Central in 2000. It is spun off from the "TV Funhouse" segments of Saturday Night Live.

The show is deliberately made to resemble a kids show, but is actually a very adult parody of such shows. The host of the show, a man named Doug, presents each episode as a special day to celebrate something (e.g. one episode was "Mexican Day", another was "Caveman Day", etc.). Doug has animal puppets called the Anipals as friends... who never really care about what Doug has planned for the day and spend each episode tackling a problem of their own. There are also various segments scattered throughout the show, both recurring and one-off, that tend to be animated.

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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Subverted and parodied in a segment explaining how it's against the word of God to... have a bowel movement before you're old enough.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The episode "Christmas Day" features Tingles, a personification of Christmas tension.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: An animated segment from the Christmas episode, "Tingles the Christmas Tension", is a song about the eponymous personification of Christmas tension that parodies the "Hardrock, Coco and Joe" song that used to air on Chicago television.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: In the "The Baby, The Immigrant, and the Guy on Mushrooms" segments, where the mom entrusts her cat Artemis to look after the baby, the immigrant, and the guy on mushrooms for her. By the end of the segments, Artemis is evidently in quite some pain given that he is almost completely covered in a cast.
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  • Band Toon: Parodied with a cartoon based on Black Sabbath.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: The Anipals often eat at Sames Restaurant, which serves the meat of whatever animal the customer is (so, for example, one can find a duck eating duck meat or a cow eating hamburgers there).
  • Christmas Episode: "Christmas Day".
  • Content Warning: A couple of episodes had a content warning at the beginning that was stated in a semi-parodic manner. For example, in the first episode, "The following program contains puppets, superheros, and chihuahuas in mature situations. Viewer discretion is advised."
  • Divine Race Lift: As shown in the episode "Hawaiian Day", the churches the Anipals go to depict Jesus as a member of whatever species the church's congregation is.
  • Handsome Lech: Wonderman, a parody of Superman whose goals are to save the city from crime and get his alter ego Henry Moore laid. The women don't seem to mind him too much.
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  • Hollywood Tourette's: Chicky the chicken's New Years resolution is to spend more time with his brother, who suffers from Tourette's.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title follows the formula of "[subject of episode] Day".
  • Laugh Track: Both as its own show and as a segment on Saturday Night Live, this series used parody laugh tracks, especially in its send-offs of Saturday morning cartoons from the 70's.
  • Multi-Part Episode: Episodes 6 and 7, titled "Safari Day" and "Astronaut Day" respectively, form a two-episode arc where the Anipals visit Fogey's friend, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, in Atlantic City.
  • No Fourth Wall: On Doug's part anyway, since he always talks to the viewers just like in an actual kids show. The Anipals avert this since they never partake in Doug's activities and therefore never really get a chance to talk to the audience.
  • Short Runner: It aired only eight episodes from 2000 to 2001 before being cancelled.
  • Spin-Off: Spun off from Saturday Night Live's "TV Funhouse" segments.
  • Spinoff Babies: Parodied with a segment called "Fetal Scooby-Doo". If Scooby-Doo has a Spinoff Babies series called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, then why not take it a step further?
  • Subverted Kids Show: It's just a parody of kids shows, not an actual kids show itself. And it's a very mature one at that.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Hojo the turtle regularly traveled by being flushed down the pipes instead of walking with the rest of the Anipals.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Safari Day", Hojo is explicitly shown vomiting all over a table.
  • Welcome Titles: The theme song is animated the same way as the animated segments scattered throughout the show.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In "Safari Day", Chicky, who already has a wife, falls in love with and eventually goes as far as to get married to a monkey prostitute from Atlantic City. He defends the fact that he's cheating on his wife with claims that it doesn't count if it's in another state.

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