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21
Fishing Trip
Ren and Stimpy go on a trip to find a foul-mouthed bass.

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The Big Switch
1996-11-07
Ren is abusing Stimpy and he's not happy about it and they argue about who is better: to be an idiot or to be a mean psychotic chihuahua. They settle it by making a bet that they have to switch each other's personalities for a day.

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19
A Scooter for Yaksmas
1996-11-14
Ren does think the Yaksmas is a dumb holiday, but Stimpy believes in it and when Stimpy doesn't get a scooter from Ren, he tries to steal one with consequences.

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18
Wilderness Adventure
Ren and Stimpy are used as bloodhounds after George Liquor takes them to the forest.

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17
Hollywood Hoek
The story of how Ren got in to show business is chronicled in this episode.

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Have Yourself a Stinky Little Christmas
Ren and Stimpy stay up late to wait for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. To wait, Stimpy turns on the TV and Ren and Stimpy watch other Ren and Stimpy episodes_4-18 like Son of a Stimpy and two music videos called Cat Hairballs and Fleck the Walls.

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15
The Boy Who Cried "Rat!" (2)

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14
Ren's Bad Habits

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13
Hillbilly Hoek
Ren dreams that he is the hero of Stimpy's bedtime story - a brave outlaw who robs from the rich, gives to the criminally insane, and rescues the cross-dressed cat, Maid Moron.

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12
The Cellulettes
Stimpy becomes a member of a group named the Cellulettes which is filled with girls. He comes up with hits like "My Blue Chihuahua.

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11
All Sluggards Day

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10
Terminal Stimpy / Reverend Jack
1996-11-07
Stimpy gets paranoid because he's used up eight of his lives and only has one left to live. / Ren and Stimpy begin working for the Rev.

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Pen Pals / Big Flakes
1996-10-31
Ren and Stimpy are watching television when they see the grand opening of a new jail where the prisoners are treated like kings. / Ren and Stimpy are snowed in.

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8
Sammy and Me / Big Flakes
1996-10-24
<b>Sammy and Me:</b> Stimpy is overjoyed when his Sammy Mantis Jr. fan club kit gets in the mail.<br> <b>Big Flakes:</b> Ren and Stimpy get snowed in a cabin.

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School Mates / Dinner Party
1996-10-17
School Mates: Ren is in for a surprise visit when his an old obedience school friend comes over for a visit. The friend is appalled that Ren is living with a cat and has a middle class lifestyle.

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6
I Was a Teenage Stimpy / Who's Stupid Now?
1996-10-10
<b>I Was a Teenage Stimpy:</b> Stimpy goes through puberty.<br> <b>Who's Stupid Now? :</b> Ren and Stimpy find out they are about to be canceled when they go into the bosses' office. The boss switches Ren and Stimpy's roles and makes Ren eat Stimpy's fat.

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5
Bellhops / Dog Tags
1996-10-03
Bellhops: Ren and Stimpy get a job as being bellhops and try to make sure that no one is living on the top two floors of the hotel. Dog Tags: The annual Dog Lodge meeting is here and Ren is getting ready for it.

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4
Stimpy's Pet / Ren's Brain
1996-09-26
Stimpy's Pet: An abandoned circus clown is being taken care of by Stimpy. Ren's Brain: Stimpy becomes a brain surgeon and he tries to remove Ren's brain.

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Hair of the Cat / City Hicks
1996-09-19
Hair of the Cat: Ren may be allergic to Stimpy's cat hair after suffering his allergies. City Hicks: Ren and Stimpy leave their farm to the city to find filth after it rains, which make the fields grow vegetables and fruits and that ruins them.

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Space Dogged / Feud for Sale
1996-09-12
Space Dogged: A Russian cat and dog, who surprisingly look a lot like Ren and Stimpy are sent up in space in the Russian Space Program. Feud for Sale: The salesman (from To Salve or Not to Salve) tries to outwit Abner and Ewalt Nitwit (the morons from the episode, Out West).

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Ol' Blue Nose / Stupid Sidekick Union
1996-09-05
Ol' Blue Nose: Stimpy starts to sing like Frank Sinatra after Ren hits Stimpy in the nose. Stupid Sidekick Union: Stimpy is alerted about the sidekick union going on strike.

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The Ren & Stimpy Show, originally aired on the children's cable network Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1996, is an animated TV series renowned for its groundbreaking animations, irreverent humor, and distinctive artistic expression. It's a classic example of an unconventional addition to the realm of children's cartoons of its time, and it went on to leave an indelible impact on the animation industry and TV programming.

The story circles around the bizarre, hilarious and often chaotic experiences of two main characters - Ren Höek, a chihuahua with severe psychiatric issues, and Stimpson J. Cat, or Stimpy, a dim-witted, bumbling, good-natured cat. Ren is perpetually agitated, filled with a potent mix of anxiety and anger, while Stimpy is perfectly content in his own world, oblivious to Ren's rants. This odd-couple dynamic creates an interesting contrast and provides the perfect plot for comic and often outlandish adventures.

Under the creative leadership of John Kricfalusi, and later Bob Camp, the series is populated with peripheral characters who are equally idiosyncratic, each contributing to the overall chaotic tone of the series. The episodes are often set in non-specific environments ranging from suburban homes, outer space, or even inside Ren and Stimpy's bodies, creating imaginative scenarios for the characters' interactions.

What made The Ren & Stimpy Show unique was its departure from the typical Saturday morning cartoon format. Its style of animation edged towards surrealism, with its sprawling and shifting landscapes, enhanced exaggeration of characters, and unique backgrounds—forging a new path in animation art. The show's writing was distinctive, filled with both lowbrow bodily-function humor appealing to younger audiences and sprinkled with a dash of innuendos and satirical elements for older viewers.

The hyperbolic physical comedy contrasts sharply with moments of slow-burning tension, notably present in close-up shots of characters as they prepare to erupt into manic action. The show introduced kids to the offbeat humor of a new generation of animators, with episodes often featuring irrationally hilarious characters, brain-twisting turns of plot, and a penchant for the unpredictably weird.

The Ren & Stimpy Show featured art styles that borrowed from illustrators of the 1950s, inspired by classic Hollywood cartoons mixed with a modern edge. The characters were often showcased against detailed still-life backgrounds that amazingly transformed mundane household objects into visual spectacles. The show's signature "gross-up close-ups," hyper-detailed shots that emphasize the grotesque, remains one of its most memorable contributions to the visual lexicon of animation.

Ren and Stimpy's antics were accompanied by a wildly varied soundtrack, with inventive, often cacophonous musical scoring, and an array of sounds effects that matched the absurdity of what was happening onscreen. Pieces of classical music and stock sound effects were cleverly used to punctuate the peculiar visuals and create the cartoonish environment.

One significant aspect of The Ren & Stimpy Show that added depth to the animation was its complex characters. Despite Ren's often-shown frustration, his affection for Stimpy was apparent, and Stimpy's unconditional loyalty to Ren, despite the occasional abuse, hinted at a deeper layer that extended beyond the humor.

Through its focus on unfiltered comedy, unhindered creativity, and a distinctively polarized friendship, The Ren & Stimpy Show offered a standout example of animation's potential for edgy storytelling. In its five years of existence, the show pushed the boundaries of what children's animation could be and left an indelible impact on future television programs that dared to push the envelope.

The Ren & Stimpy Show may be accurately described as a remarkable milestone in the evolution of animation television. Despite the controversies and challenges it faced, it remains a masterpiece of animation innovation, a television treasure that many grew up watching, and new generations continue to discover. It is a work of comedic brilliance that continues to influence modern animation. Its mix of irony, absurdity, and fascination with the grotesque pioneered a new direction for the animation genre.

The Ren & Stimpy Show is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 5 seasons with a total of 79 episodes, the show debuted on 1991. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.5.

Channel
Nickelodeon
Rating
7.5/10
Cast
Billy West, John Kricfalusi, Gary Owens, Cheryl Chase, Harris Peet
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