John Callahan's Quads! is a Canadian-Australian Black Comedy created by John Callahan, who was rendered quadriplegic at the age of 21 after a car accident and based the cartoon on his experiences being around other handicapped people. Like most of Callahan's work, it is unapologetic in its warts-and-all portrayal of Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery.note
The central character, Reilly O'Reilly, is paralysed for life after being hit by a millionaire's car, and is able to live a life of luxury on the money from the legal settlement. His other friends include a blind man, a man with hooks in place of hands, and a head on a skateboard, and while they can be just as petty and selfish as the physically able, they are united in the face of a world that doesn't seem to know how to treat them. Like much of Callahan's work, it was praised by the disabled community for its Don't You Dare Pity Me! approach to physical handicaps.
The series ran on Teletoon from February 3, 2001 to May 1, 2002 with 26 episodes and 2 seasons.
- Black Comedy: Oh so very much.
- Deal with the Devil: Reilly makes one in "Gonad's Faust" to restore his *ahem* fire, so to speak.
- Everybody Knew Already: When Spalding comes out to his parents, they had guessed it a long time ago.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: One episode had Reilly get a helper monkey, the rest of his friends each got a monkey and then it ended with Reilley's monkey dry humping the back of his head and the others going mad.
- Demonic Possession: Satan Posesses Reilly in "Gonad's Faust" in an attempt to claim his soul.
- Granola Girl: Riley's girlfriend, Franny.
- Hook Hand: Lefty, one of Reilly's friends, has two.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Like many of his works, John Callahan based this show off how he ended up in a wheelchair. If it weren't for that fact, the show probably would never have lasted two seasons.
- Status Quo Is God: One episode had the residents of Maimed Manor undergo experimental procedures which improve their various disabilities—until the side effects kick in, that is.