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  • Acting for Two:
    • Sam Marin voices Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man.
    • J.G. Quintel voices Mordecai and Hi-Five Ghost.
  • Adored by the Network: In the early half of The New '10s (from 2010 until early 2015), Regular Show, Adventure Time and Johnny Test were all Cartoon Network's flagship series, with daily reruns, frequent marathons and lots of least until The Amazing World of Gumball and Teen Titans Go! (and, to a lesser extent, Steven Universe) flooded the network.
  • Banned in China: A lot of episodes have either been edited to pieces or banned outright in Cartoon Network stations airing in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines, and Latin America due to content deemed inappropriate for children.
    • In Poland, Romania, and Hungary, the episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" has been banned for reasons unknown (probably because of gross-out humor).
    • In Russia, the episode "The Real Thomas" has been banned because its premise of Thomas being a Russian spy was considered offensive as well as poorly timed, given Russia's current invasion of the Ukraine and the beginning of a second Cold War between the United States and Russia. In countries such as the UK, the Philippines, and Australia, the episode is allowed to air, but a lot of the Russian references have been cut or altered to rename the country Druznia alongside the usual edits for violence and suggestive themes.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • During the San Diego Comic-Con 2014, some of the people working on the show revealed their favorite characters:
      • Matt Price, one of the writers and the voice of Quips, said Muscle Man is his favorite because he's passionate, funny, and cares about his friends.
      • Minty Lewis and Roger Craig Smith's favorite character is Eileen.
      • William Salyers' favorite character is Thomas (Death's son).
      • Sean Szeles said his favorite character was Hi-Five Ghost, but later changed his mind to CJ.
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  • The Danza: Roger Craig Smith as Frank Smith.
  • Descended Creator:
    • The creator, J.G. Quintel, voices Mordecai and High-Five Ghost after Jeff Bennett was replaced.
    • Minty Lewis, the voice of Eileen, started out as a writer/storyboard artist on the show. When she wrote the line about the baby sea turtle eggs from "Do Me a Solid" and pitched it, they knew she was perfect for Eileen.
  • Defictionalization: A company has made a real-life version of the Ulti-Meatum, citing the show as the inspiration.
  • Edited for Syndication: This occasionally happens (and not just in the countries mentioned in Bad Export for You and Banned in China above; America did do some slight editing). In "Prank Callers", when the Master Prank Caller was taking a bath, the shot of the bathroom floor had a condom wrapper on it. In all reruns, it's cropped out/digitally removed
    • In "Fortune Cookie", the word "chink" (an offensive term for someone who's Chinese) was digitally removed from a dim sum cart that passed by.
    • In all later airings of "The Power", "How in the H are we gonna fix this S?" is changed to "How in the heck are we gonna fix this stuff?"note , and "pissed" is changed to "ticked." The same goes for "you pissed me off" in "Meat Your Maker", but, oddly, "Benson's gonna be pissed" is left intact in "Free Cake." Both instances are odd, considering that Mordecai's "Holy crap, it's real!" and "You're screaming like a fricking maniac" haven't been edited in American reruns of the episode "'Ello, Guv'nur."
      • When the show recently joined Cartoon Network's retro channel Boomerang's lineup, all of the above mentioned episodes aired in their censored forms.
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    • In the UK, the infamous line "Now, how in the H are we gonna fix this S?" was changed to "Now, how in the H are we going to fix this hole?" well before Cartoon Network America decided to edit it to "How the heck are we gonna fix this stuff?"
  • Executive Meddling: Quite a few of these:
    • After "The Power", "Free Cake", and "Meat Your Maker", Quintel and the crew weren't allowed to use the words "pissed off" anymore (which is why all instances of it were redubbed to "ticked off"—though the season one DVD and BluRay set has it uncut), nor any other pseudo-swear words (though "screwed" when used in the expression "screwed up" and "sucks" when used to mean something that's bad, unfair, or of poor quality are heard from time to time).
    • After the season five finale, a lot of the violence and sexually suggestive humor had to be toned down (despite that the show was still rated TV-PG and the fact that the "Mordecai/CJ/Margaret" love triangle and the "Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special" had everything that Cartoon Network executives asked be toned down), so if you feel that the later episodes of Regular Show feel too Lighter and Softer in comparison to the earlier episodes, then you're not alone.
  • I Knew It!: Many fans had already guessed that Margaret was lying about having a boyfriend in "1000th Chopper Flight Party", well before "Not Great Double Date" debuted and confirmed it.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast: Carl Weathers plays the God of Basketball. He used to be a professional football player.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Wanna see the uncut version of The Power (you know, the one where Rigby actually says, "Now, how in the H are we gonna fix this S")? Only place you'll get to is on the Slack Pack DVD, as for the uncut versions of Free Cake and Meat Your Maker unless you copied it the first time you're out of luck unless you find it through illegal means. Bizarrely, Meat Your Maker was available uncensored on Netflix before the series was removed, while the other two episodes had the censored versions.
    • As soon as the final episode of the series aired, the entire series was completely dropped from Cartoon Network's scheduling. While it makes sense that a series that finishes up would be put to rest, it makes just as much sense to at least show reruns for a little while. The series finale itself aired once and ONLY once. You'll have to find it online to see it (though it shouldn't be too hard if you have a Hulu subscription).
    • While the entire series was released on DVD in region 4, only the first three seasons have been released on DVD in region 1, leaving the other five seasons unreleased in box set form. While select episodes from seasons 4-6 have been put on a couple of DVD compilations, there doesn't appear to be a complete release in sight in America. With that said, the entire series is available through video-on-demand and streaming.
  • Missing Episode: The first season wasn't seen much on Cartoon Network after 2014.
  • Name's the Same: Thomas is the name of both the park's billy-goat intern (who turns out to be a Russian/Druznik spy) and Death's son. Rigby even says so in the episode where Mordecai and C.J. have to babysit Death's son Thomas and C.J. says, "Isn't he, like, in college?" before Mordecai corrects her.
  • The Other Darrin: Jeff Bennett voiced High-Five Ghost in his first two appearances instead of Quintel. The only explanation for the actor change (since both Quintel and Bennett are still alive and still doing voice work for the show) is that someone thought Jeff Bennett wasn't right for the role and decided that Quintel would be better (or Bennett missed a rehearsal, Quintel took over, and a mutual agreement was made that Quintel take over for Bennett).
    • On the Thanksgiving episode, Jennifer Hale and Alastair Duncan voiced Mordecai's mom and dad. On the first episode that focused on them ("Maxin' and Relaxin'"), Hale and Duncan were replaced by Katey Sagal and Ed Begley, Jr.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: It's commonly believed that Regular Show was originally going to be an [adult swim] series that only ended up on Cartoon Network due to scheduling issues, as a way to explain the more adult content present in the show (especially the earlier episodes). In reality, the series was always under development for the daytime network; the content was a result of Cartoon Network's experimentation with the TV-PG rating at the time, as can be seen with other pilots created as part of Cartoonstitute.
  • Real-Life Relative: Janie Haddad'snote  husband, Paul F. Tompkins, voices a few characters, most notably a Were-Skunk in "Skunked".
  • Same Voice Their Entire Life: In "Don", during the flashback to Rigby's sixth birthday party, Rigby, Don and Mordecai still sound like their adult selves.
  • Screwed by the Network: The kind that got gradually worse as time went on. Similar to Adventure Time, this is most likely due to the saturation of the schedule with Teen Titans Go! reruns, its age (the show premiered in 2010 which is pretty old for industry standards), or Moral Guardians. Starting in February 2015, Regular Show was banished to a 7:45 to 8:00 PM timeslot, the only time it was shown.
    • That was pretty bad, but in mid-2015, the show was entirely removed from the schedule unless there were new episodes (shown during a very irregular bomb week). All of its previous slots were taken up by Teen Titans Go, to no one's surprise.
    • It was confirmed the series would end in 2017. In the meantime, though, it regained its 7:30 timeslot in fall 2015, just in time to rejoice with Adventure Time reruns finally coming back in September, alongside Baby Looney Tunes, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and new episodes of Ninjago, along with much less Teen Titans Go reruns, it seemed to have finally been averted.
    • ....But, with the start of 2016, it proved it was too good to be true. New episodes, shorts and reruns were briefly aired from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in a block dubbed Regular Time Adventure Show. Soon after, the block (as well as Adventure Time) vanished without a trace, and Regular Show only got to air a single 15-minute episode right before Adult Swim started on weekdays, and at this point, CN didn't even see it fit to advertise Regular Show.
    • It got worse. For a very long while, Regular Show was only aired at 6:30 in the morning on weekdays, right after Uncle Grandpa (which, if you're wondering, also only aired at 6:00 AM), before reruns shored up entirely in mid-late 2016. The final Regular Show marathon ever was shown a few weeks before Regular Show: In Space (Season 8) premiered in September 2016. When Season 8 aired, reruns of the other 7 seasons all vanished for good.
    • But ultimately, the final season got it the worst. Regular Show's last 31 episodes were burned off weekly with minimal advertising, typically right after a Teen Titans Go marathon meant to promote it. But aside from that, everything was smooth sailing.... until the finale aired in January 2017. The final 4 episodes were aired on Martin Luther King Jr day (a Monday), rather than the usual Thursday-Friday premiere date at the time. Right after the finale aired, reruns of the series, let alone any mention of the series at all, completely vanished without a trace.
    • However, reruns did briefly reappear for Halloween in 2017 with a few of the "Terror Tales of the Park" specials, marking the first time it aired in almost a year since its finale. Regular reruns also continued well into November, but by early December they disappeared. The "Terror Tales of the Park" specials were rerun again for the 2018 and 2019 Halloween seasons, indicating that their airing will be an annual tradition. Until 2020, when they were scheduled to air, but replaced at the last minute with Apple & Onion reruns.
      • It should be noted though that the reruns of the show were airing on Boomerang as of the week of May 28, 2018, but in 2019, it was later removed along with several other older Cartoon Network originals.
  • Shrug of God: In the series finale, when Mordecai meets his wife, Stef, she originally wasn't given a name. During an AMA on Reddit, Matt Price, one of the writers, came up with her current name because J.G. Quintel loves The Goonies.
  • Talking to Himself: J.G. Quintel voices both Mordecai and High-Five Ghost (after the episodes in which Jeff Bennett voiced HFG), and Sam Marin voices Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man. Both they and Mark Hamill (Skips) voice several background characters as well.
    • Thomas and Garrett Bobby Ferguson Jr. are both voiced by Roger Craig Smith.
    • Courtenay Taylor voiced both the angry lady and the cake shop worker in "Take the Cake".
  • Voices in One Room: Mark Hamill confirmed in this interview that the cast would typically record their dialogue together.
  • What Could Have Been
    • For "Do Me a Solid", instead of destroying the tape, Rigby originally kept it.
    • Margaret was originally not going to wear any clothes like Mordecai, but was changed for obvious reasons.
    • In "Mordecai and the Rigbys", there was supposed to be a scene where Mordecai and Rigby ask Benson why there were instruments in the garage. Benson has a flashback when he used to be a hippie where his ex-girlfriend, Veronica, who is also a gumball machine, leaves him for a business man.
    • In "Skips Strikes", Skips was originally supposed to have a different secret. Which was him being friends with the Magic Elements.
    • The last three minutes of the Halloween special "Terror Tales in the Park" had to be redone because CN deemed it too gory and violent for kids. The end result? Rigby getting egged by a giant egg (which actually is still bad, since a later episode revealed that Rigby is deathly allergic to eggs).
    • In "Trucker Hall of Fame", the flashback of Muscle Dad telling Muscle Man to take a raincoat with him on his prom was edited because the censors saw Muscle Man's line "Muscle Dad, I don't need no protection from the rain!" as a blatant condom joke (or an endorsement for unprotected sex. Your call).
    • Also Mordecai's mother was the mom who was critical to Mordecai. She was a Role Model of a mother to everyone else, but not in Mordecai's eyes. Also Rigby's mom is sweet, loving and protective of her son. Those are really interesting ideas, but for some reason, J.G. Quintel and the others don't want to make episodes about Mordecai and Rigby's parents, even through Benton Connor keeps recommending it to them. Although there's a Thanksgiving special that finally introduces Mordecai and Rigby's parents, they only make a brief appearances and we don't see much of their personality, and "Maxin' and Relaxin'" shows Mordecai's parents again (his mom is embarrassing, but well-meaning and his father is the sane one and a bit of a doormat).
    • Much like the first Halloween special, the second one also had to have its ending changed for being too scary and violent, even for Cartoon Network, though the ending that did air (where the tow truck crashes into a tree and everyone comes out as a ghost) didn't seem like much of an improvement in terms of eschewing death references. Here's some storyboard art showing the ending that did get rejected.
    • The "lady" the unicorns brought for Mordecai in "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" was originally supposed to be an obviously cross-dressed man in a skimpy bra, panties, fishnet, and heels outfit, but the Cartoon Network censors asked them to replace the man with something less risque (and they did: it was a blonde biker with long hair who kind of looks like Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin)note .
    • Quintel originally intended for the set-up of the show to be about Mordecai and Rigby working at a zoo full of humans and was very set on it. The higher-ups decided against it, and Quintel thinks it's actually better that they did.
    • According to Calvin Wong, they wanted Hulk Hogan to voice Muscle Dad.
    • In "Skips' Story" originally the Guardians of Eternal Youth were going to laugh at Walks' name choice.
    • In "I Like You Hi", Toby Jones and Owen Dennis intended Yuji to be parody of reality TV personalities who think they're famous, but the only reality show they both watched was Sweet Genius (a Food Network cooking competition where chefs come up with bizarre, yet delicious desserts) so Yuji wasn't based on anything.
      • There were some jokes in the episode that had some parts removed that changed the context of the joke.
      • Yuji's tattoo was originally going to be on his forehead.
    • Mark Hamill originally auditioned for Pops but Sam Marin already got the role, so J.G. Quintel had him audition for Skips instead.
    • CJ was originally conceived as more of a "difficult woman" type, but writer Kat Morris felt it was misogynistic and rewrote the character to just having some emotional hangups while otherwise being well-adjusted and kind.
    • The episode "Skunked" was originally supposed to be about Rigby being a jerk to everyone after getting sprayed by a skunk, all because he thinks everyone hates him for smelling bad. However, even though it got greenlit, it was scrapped last minute. You can view the original storyboard here
  • The Wiki Rule: Regular Show Wiki.
  • Word of God:
    • This post by Matt Price explains why Mordecai doesn't end up with either Margaret or CJ.
    "We felt like the Margaret/CJ story was complete, and they were both on their own path already. We also felt like Mordecai had moved on in his life. He finally left the park to pursue art, and we thought it'd be cool if he met someone while doing that. But we love Margaret and C.J., and we're sure that they're happy without Mordecai! He was too wishy-washy with them!!"
    • Matt Price revealed in an interview the fates of Margaret and CJ by the series finale — The former still keeps in touch with Mordecai, Rigby, and Eileen and is now traveling around the world as a newswoman; the latter became a professional dodgeball player, but doesn't talk to Mordecai, Rigby, Eileen, or Margaret anymore.
  • Write Who You Know: J.G. Quintel has said that Mordecai is just himself as a bird, which is why he plays the character with his normal speaking voice. It's also why Mordecai never acts like a bird.


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