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Narrator: We interrupt this program to bring you... Courage the Cowardly Dog Show, starring Courage, the cowardly dog! Abandoned as a pup, he was found by Muriel, who lives in the middle of Nowhere with her husband, Eustace Bagge! But creepy stuff happens in Nowhere. It's up to Courage to save his new home!
Eustace: (turns off TV) Stupid dog! You made me look bad! (pulls out mask) BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!
Courage: AAAAAHHHHH!!!

From the twisted mind of animator John R. Dilworth came this Cartoon Network original series, spun off from Dilworth's animated short "The Chicken from Outer Space".

The title character, the high-strung and inexplicably pink canine Courage, is the beloved pet of Eustace and Muriel Bagge, an elderly couple who live on a dusty old farm in the middle of Nowhere (literally; they live in Nowhere, Kansas). Well, he's the beloved pet of the sweet-hearted Muriel, anyway; the mean and crotchety Eustace thinks he's just a "stupid dog", and torments Courage whenever he thinks he can get away with it (and even when he knows he can't).

In every episode, Courage and his family find themselves caught up in some form of supernatural weirdness, and Courage has to steel his frazzled nerves and save his owners from it. A refreshing change of pace from many cartoons of the day was that Courage seldom used force; more often, he relied on his wits (and a bit of kindness now and then) to deal with aliens, ghosts, monsters, criminals, the military, science gone wrong, or whatever sort of freaky happenings life threw at him.


A 7 minute CGI short based on the series was released in 2014, titled "The Fog of Courage." A preview can be seen here. You can vote for your favorite episode of the show here.

Dilworth has announced on his Facebook account that he's working with Boomerang on a prequel called Before Courage.

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Iris out, but Courage holds it open.
"I said it twice, and I'll say it again, the stuff on those pages still shouldn't happen to a dog!"
Iris out (for real) that closes on Courage's nose


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