Aqua Teen won't never be cancelled, Aqua Teen won't be dismantled
August 20, 2015 4:36 PM   Subscribe

After 14 years, 13 seasons, five titles, countless guest stars, a theatrical release, a video game, a Christmas album, and one bomb scare Aqua Teen Hunger Force is airing its final episode, "The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We Fucking Mean It)", this Sunday.

Originally pitched (and later realized) by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro as characters for an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, the creation of the Adult Swim programming block in 2001 gave the Aqua Teen Hunger Force their own show. The show's been an absurdist anchor for the block ever since.

News of the cancellation was sudden and cast and crew weren't necessarily ready to say goodbye. Willis will continue to work with Adult Swim on another series he co-created, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. He also hopes to continue making weekly NFL picks on Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week.

If you're feeling nostalgic you can watch the evolution of the show's title sequence or listen to Patti Smith's sendoff of the series.

THE MOON RULZ #1
posted by edeezy (71 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
 
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is still around?
posted by SansPoint at 4:54 PM on August 20, 2015 [18 favorites]


İ... had no idea this was still airing. Wow. İronic meat-based humor is timeless, İ guess.
posted by subdee at 4:58 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


The water is infected! With fire!
posted by selfnoise at 5:00 PM on August 20, 2015


My wife and I fell in love with the billywitchdoctor.com episode and, to this day, walk around saying "Arise chicken. Chicken arise!" I followed the show pretty religiously up through the first title change and then slacked off. My slacking off suggests I was their target demographic after all.

The first couple of seasons contain some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen on TV. It might be the ultimate "YMMV" show, but man, Meatwad getting swallowed by a snake? MC Pee Pants? The Mooninites gun shooting the slowest 8 bit projectile in the world? Carl's bleeding house? I sometimes wept with laughter.

Thanks for the laughs, you crazy stoners.
posted by Joey Michaels at 5:07 PM on August 20, 2015 [26 favorites]


ATHF was pretty funny at times. I mostly watched it because I was too lazy to change the channel.
posted by double block and bleed at 5:15 PM on August 20, 2015


"lazy"
posted by vogon_poet at 5:17 PM on August 20, 2015 [20 favorites]


I hope you can see this because I'm favoriting it as hard as I can.
posted by Lorin at 5:24 PM on August 20, 2015 [45 favorites]


I really do hope Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week continues.

“Saying Goodbye to ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ with Co-Creator Dave Willis,” Philip Stamato, Splitsider 22 July 2015

“'God Hates Sam Bradford': Carl From 'Aqua Teen' Tackles NFL Training Camp,” James Montgomery, Rolling Stone, 30 July 2015


P.S. I hope Mike Lazzo can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can.
posted by ob1quixote at 5:27 PM on August 20, 2015 [3 favorites]


.|.. I hope you can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can.
posted by frijole at 5:29 PM on August 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


Every other dumb "so-random-it's-purportedly-funny" show on Adult Swim aspires to be Aqua Teen Hunger Force and they all fail. Meanwhile, ATHF just goes on being never not funny.
posted by escabeche at 5:30 PM on August 20, 2015 [5 favorites]


The first three seasons of ATHF are some of the funniest TV productions I have ever known. With a few (notable) exceptions, at least in my view, the remainder of the show has gone way, way down hill.

I can't say I'm sad to see it go; perhaps it would have been better to do 4 or 5 "good" seasons and end it at that time.
posted by Juffo-Wup at 5:40 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Meatwad and Neko Case? My hypothetical womb melts.

Into boogers.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 5:42 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Juffy-Wup I can't say I'm sad to see it go; perhaps it would have been better to do 4 or 5 "good" seasons and end it at that time.

They should have called it quits after the movie. I still have fond memories of going to see ATHF:MFFT with a couple college friends, stone cold sober, and loving it. Turns out, MC Chris had taken his audience to see the same showing we were at, and afterwards, we smoked weed with him in the theater parking lot. Which seems like doing things backwards, but hey.
posted by SansPoint at 5:55 PM on August 20, 2015 [13 favorites]


HUUUUUUG! HUUUUUG NOW!!
posted by ArgentCorvid at 5:57 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anyone else ever get an early 80's Judge Reinhold vibe from Emory the Plutonian? No? Just me then?
posted by sourwookie at 5:58 PM on August 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Billy witch doctor episode is amazing. The opening scene of the movie, though, is in a class all of its own.
posted by Paragon at 5:59 PM on August 20, 2015 [10 favorites]


do what now?
posted by avocet at 5:59 PM on August 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


I will no longer commence t' jigglin'.
posted by dhens at 6:00 PM on August 20, 2015 [14 favorites]


Little Carl: Oh boy! Oh boy! I hope this is a new mommy!
Carl's dad: Yeah, it's not. Unwrap it you little creep. We gotta be at work in an hour.
Little Carl: What is this there? What? Is this carpet, daddy?
Carl's dad: Carpet? No, no, it's Berber. That's an industry term.
Little Carl: Hey, it's like a flying magic carpet here. Look at this! I'm flying around in Egypt land!
Carl's dad: Hehe, that's cute. Don't get too attached there, Aladdin, cuz it's about to be magic flying dinner.
Little Carl: You can't eat carpet, silly daddy.
Carl's dad: No, of course you can't like that. You gotta boil it, til the glue gets soft, ya know. Aw geez, look at the time.
posted by hototogisu at 6:03 PM on August 20, 2015 [15 favorites]


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:06 PM on August 20, 2015 [13 favorites]


Did the sun dried tomatoes finally get eaten?
posted by strange chain at 6:06 PM on August 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


SUCK IT DRY!
posted by dirigibleman at 6:13 PM on August 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


No booga booga. No booga booga.

*cries*
posted by Sys Rq at 6:18 PM on August 20, 2015 [3 favorites]


I had no idea it went on that long. Schooly D must have been getting paid for that theme song.
posted by Existential Dread at 6:24 PM on August 20, 2015


At last, an excuse to post this video proving that radio host Mark Levin is Master Shake.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:42 PM on August 20, 2015 [7 favorites]


Sorry for being that poster but Aqua Teen mystifies me somewhat as I can not remotely see the humor in it and apparently quite a few others can. I'm puzzled as to why, to me, it seems just awful in as much as I can usually see the humor in almost all other pop-cultural things. But Aqua Teen has me going half mad trying to see anything, just one thing, creative or funny at all.
posted by AGameOfMoans at 7:22 PM on August 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's like this post is tearing circles around my yard but it's standing still.

Huh. Still waters run deep.
posted by thecaddy at 7:30 PM on August 20, 2015 [6 favorites]


True story: I first made out with my wife while dressed as Carl.
posted by Uncle at 7:31 PM on August 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


On the moon, we understand all humor. There is no earth humor we don't understand. Isn't that right, Err?

Earth humor is for babies. We will teach you about Moon humor, which is one-hundred-and-nine-teen times more powerful than your humor.

First, steal us some pornographic magazines.
posted by ignignokt at 7:33 PM on August 20, 2015 [38 favorites]


AGameOfMoans: "Sorry for being that poster but Aqua Teen mystifies me somewhat as I can not remotely see the humor in it and apparently quite a few others can. I'm puzzled as to why, to me, it seems just awful in as much as I can usually see the humor in almost all other pop-cultural things. But Aqua Teen has me going half mad trying to see anything, just one thing, creative or funny at all."

I was so excited when my son was finally old enough to watch The Three Stooges. I watched his face in eager anticipation as I showed him a clip on youtube. I couldn't wait until he broke down in heaving crying laughter the way I had when I was his age.

But he never did. He watched the whole thing in stony silence, never even cracking a smile. After it was over, he said, "Wow. That was really violent, Dad." and wandered off to do something else. Proving once again that humor is completely subjective.
posted by double block and bleed at 7:42 PM on August 20, 2015 [10 favorites]


AGameOfMoans: "Sorry for being that poster but Aqua Teen mystifies me somewhat as I can not remotely see the humor in it and apparently quite a few others can"

By no means limited to this, but some significant portion of it for me is Master Shake's voice and inflection. He could read the phone book and I'd be in stitches.
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:47 PM on August 20, 2015 [6 favorites]


But... but... Who's going to make the homies say "ho!" and the girlies want to scream now?
posted by saulgoodman at 8:03 PM on August 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


Aqua Teen has me going half mad trying to see anything, just one thing, creative or funny at all.

Yeah, cartoons about belligerent milkshakes are so cliché.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:12 PM on August 20, 2015 [9 favorites]


...but Aqua Teen mystifies me somewhat as I can not remotely see the humor in it...

I think we all know why. Anti-taco legislation!
posted by furtive at 8:41 PM on August 20, 2015 [3 favorites]




I'm puzzled as to why, to me, it seems just awful in as much as I can usually see the humor in almost all other pop-cultural things.

This goes a long way toward explaining why ATHF is so brilliant.
posted by wotsac at 9:50 PM on August 20, 2015


I very much loved this show, and the first several seasons still make me laugh until I can't breathe.

Thanks for the memories, ATHF!

I WANT CANDY! CANDY!
posted by Jinsai at 9:55 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Sorry for being that poster....

Except that you hit the "Post Comment" button, which is the epitome of not being sorry.
posted by IAmUnaware at 9:56 PM on August 20, 2015 [21 favorites]


Sorry for being that poster but Aqua Teen mystifies me somewhat as I can not remotely see the humor in it and apparently quite a few others can. I'm puzzled as to why, to me, it seems just awful in as much as I can usually see the humor in almost all other pop-cultural things. But Aqua Teen has me going half mad trying to see anything, just one thing, creative or funny at all.
posted by AGameOfMoans at 7:22 PM


eponysterical
posted by Going To Maine at 9:58 PM on August 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, .
posted by Going To Maine at 9:59 PM on August 20, 2015


Every time I see a movie in a theater, I wish it was introduced like ATHF:MFFT.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:04 PM on August 20, 2015 [3 favorites]


My ass has finally decided to eat, MY HAND!

*crunch!*

It hungers... For more...

*slurp!*
posted by The Power Nap at 12:30 AM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


In other news, the lost Boston episode leaked in April, joining the ranks of Dexter's Rude Removal.
posted by BiggerJ at 1:07 AM on August 21, 2015 [5 favorites]


I also loved the first few seasons, but I haven't even had cable or satellite for a few years. I think what really struck me wasn't so much the humor but how seriously dark the show could get sometimes. Hallucinations weren't necessarily going to be fun or pleasant and might try to talk you into committing suicide. It was really funny for the most part, but there was an undercurrent of madness that was existentially terrifying. I got the sense that some of the writers had experienced some dark moments to bring that kind of experience to the chaotic kitchen-sink writing style, like a bit of psychological horror peering around the edges of a crazy party.
posted by krinklyfig at 3:04 AM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


So many Feels, So many Quotes:

Everything Err says. Literally Everything.

Carl's warning about the futility of exercise "You're Gonna Die."

Paul: And they're all like, "he's just a friend, and why can't I be friends with your father?"
And I'm like, "well, what's his dick doing in your hands?!"

"Thousands of Years ago..."

So much Love

.
posted by djrock3k at 6:49 AM on August 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'm not gonna get humped by a giant red gorilla in space.
posted by dirigibleman at 7:57 AM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh my---this announcement, coming up like that, the speed...you might wanna adjust that. It really did a number on my back, there. I mean, I don't wanna say whiplash, just yet, cause that's a little too far, but....you're insured, right?
posted by AndrewInDC at 9:48 AM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


It was right after 9/11. The world was in chaos. I had just moved into a new apartment. My girlfriend had broken up with me. I was surprised at how heartbroken I was about it. Trying to make good, I invited her over to my new place for dinner on Sunday night. I had cable, she didn't. We made dinner together, got high, and watched this new Adult Swim programming block on Cartoon Network: Home Movies, Sealab 2021, Cowboy Bebop, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

We're married now. Ever since then, no matter what, Sunday nights are still our nights to be together for dinner, a puff, and TV. We've watched a lot of different stuff over the years on Sunday night, but Meatwad, Master Shake, and Frylock have always been there. I'm surprised at how heartbroken I am about their departure.

The first few years of Aqua Teen, the shows would always end with the most abrupt cut possible. It was always shaved down right to the last syllable of the last laugh line before the Schooly D outro kicked in. The editor on those shows was Jay Edwards, who had worked with Willis on Space Ghost Coast To Coast. My wife is also an editor, and we called that abrupt final cut "The Jay". Even now, I'll get an excited text when my wife gets to use a Jay on some random project. Since he left the show after the movie, it just hasn't been the same.

It just so happens that we've met and hung out with Jay a few times over the years. The first time, I told him about how his show saved our relationship, and how we always love to get stoned and watch the show. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, half jokingly, "Fellow stoners. We're here for you."
posted by vibrotronica at 9:59 AM on August 21, 2015 [9 favorites]


>Except that you hit the "Post Comment" button, which is the epitome of not being sorry

I am even more sorry that you can not understand someone trying to be polite while disagreeing with something.

Several people expressed what the show meant to them and what they found funny in it and interestingly enough none of them had to be snarky or outragey in order to do so.
posted by AGameOfMoans at 11:40 AM on August 21, 2015


>Except that you hit the "Post Comment" button, which is the epitome of not being sorry

I am even more sorry that you can not understand someone trying to be polite while disagreeing with something.

But why post the disagreement? Why come into a good-bye thread to explicitly state that you hate being “that guy” when that framing turns you into that guy? That’s the question, I think. Everyone’s free to dislike whatever, but this thread is going to be a small Irish wake for some teevee.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:48 AM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Aqua Teen (and the genius Master Shake) taught me that The Highlander was a documentary and the events were filmed in real time. There were tons of side splitting moments for me and I am 40ish (now) woman.
posted by nikitabot at 12:12 PM on August 21, 2015 [7 favorites]


Haven't watched for probably 10 years, but every time some sociopath in a suit gets that excited little biz-erection when they explain their latest impossible/illegal/stupid proposal of extreme not-awesomeness, I invariably start to hear the not-awesome in Shake's voice, hysterical, over-amped, too damn certain, made disgustingly real, right in front of me.

And then I crush their stupid, and with it, their little biz-erection.

And then I laugh like Carl.
posted by dglynn at 12:40 PM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


> But Aqua Teen has me going half mad trying to see anything, just one thing, creative or funny at all

Good.
posted by ostranenie at 1:41 PM on August 21, 2015


I didn't watch the show at first. So the first time I caught the Mooninites for example I was already a fan. What sold me on the show was the scene in “Ol' Drippy” where Meatwad introduces Ol' Drippy to Dewey and Vanessa.

As I watched over that first year, I felt like Maiellaro and WIllis must have heard stories about some of the same people I know. The mundane interactions between Shake and Frylock were just like things I had lived through in the '90s with… sub-optimal … roommates and living situations really spoke to me.

From that same episode
Frylock: You ever hear of a refrigerator, or a frickin' trash can?!
Master Shake: No.
Frylock: You got three raw chickens in here on the floor! A dog wouldn't even take a crap in here!
Master Shake: Look, just take the hose and lightly spray everything out the back door.
Frylock: No, no MY ASS, YOU WILL!
Master Shake: Drape a tarp over it.
Frylock: Oh no you're not! You're gonna go to the damn store and get some cleaning supplies!
Meatwad: What's goin' on?
Master Shake: Look at this mess! Did you do this? [long pause] Fine, alright!. I'll do it, but it's my decision to do this, I declare it.
It's like they'd been in the room in 1993 when more or less this same fight happened where I was living.

If nothing else, I'm thankful for getting to use, "All right, truth time. First thing tomorrow morning, we crank it out. You and me together! No? Okay, Monday morning we hit it hard--both guns blazin'." on my business partner and then get to scrounge for a video clip to explain the joke.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:43 PM on August 21, 2015 [7 favorites]


I also use, "It don't matter. None of this matters," at least once a week.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:45 PM on August 21, 2015 [1 favorite]




My old 4 core Mac Pro is still called the Quad Laser.
posted by eisbaer at 3:33 PM on August 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


To this day I can't see a Boost Mobile place without saying, "More Boost Mobile phones!"
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:59 PM on August 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


I will be forever grateful to this show for being on during my long summer of unemployment in a town where I knew no one, ten years ago.
posted by chimpsonfilm at 4:56 PM on August 21, 2015


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posted by Anhedonic Donkey at 10:54 PM on August 21, 2015


>It was always shaved down right to the last syllable of the last laugh line before the Schooly D outro kicked in.

This has always been my favorite part of the show. That last line was always great, be it "Fudge you, butthole," or "I got fucking diabetes and cancer because of you."
posted by edeezy at 1:06 AM on August 22, 2015 [3 favorites]


vibrotronica: “The first few years of Aqua Teen, the shows would always end with the most abrupt cut possible.”
edeezy: “This has always been my favorite part of the show.”
My personal favorite.
Meatwad: But I thought you said TV was bad?
Frylock: It is...but we fucking need it.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:39 AM on August 22, 2015 [3 favorites]


Carl has a feeling. [Facebook]
posted by ob1quixote at 9:34 PM on August 23, 2015


Also, they need to award a special Emmy for Outstanding Use of a 40-year-old Far Out Space Nuts Joke.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:41 PM on August 23, 2015


To this day I can't see a Boost Mobile place without saying, "More Boost Mobile phones!"

Yes! Best product placement ever. I love that they did it with blatant contempt.
posted by krinklyfig at 1:20 PM on August 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Volkswagon Beetle placement in the movie was almost as good.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 1:34 PM on August 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Pretty good finale, surprisingly emotional. My favorite part was the promo they played after the episode that went something like "When puberty came, when you got laid for the first time, and when you went to juvie for that thing you didn't do, ATHF brought you the best years of your life", because in my case all three of those things did happen to me between ATHF's premiere and now.
posted by edeezy at 12:19 AM on August 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


edeezy: "After 14 years , 13 seasons, five titles, countless guest stars, a theatrical release, a video game, a Christmas album, and one bomb scare Aqua Teen Hunger Force is airing its final episode, "The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We Fucking Mean It)", this Sunday."

"j/k, lol"

--[adult swim]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:27 PM on August 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Just watched whwt was apparently the "secret, online-only" episode linked by Rhaomi above on TV? It recorded on my DVR (and was identified in the pre-show Adult Swim bump) as being Rabbot.


????
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:30 PM on August 31, 2015


????

that's probably what they were going for
posted by edeezy at 8:55 PM on August 31, 2015


It appears that for now Carl's Lock is going to continue.
posted by edeezy at 6:16 PM on September 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


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