The Brak Show

The Brak Show
Genre Comedy
Surreal humour
Created by Jim Fortier
Andy Merrill
Pete Smith
Voices of Andy Merrill
George Lowe
C. Martin Croker
Carey Means
Marsha Crenshaw
(2000–02; 2003 & 2007)
Joanna Daniel (2002–03)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28 (and 1 webisode) (list of episodes)
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Turner Studios
Williams Street
Original network Cartoon Network (episode 1)
Adult Swim
Adult Swim Video (webisode)
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original release December 21, 2000 
December 31, 2003
May 24, 2007
Preceded by Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Related shows Cartoon Planet
External links

The Brak Show is an animated television series that aired on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. The Brak Show is a spin-off of the animated television series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and featured recurring characters from Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet. Both programs used stock footage from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Space Ghost. The protagonist is Brak, voiced by Andy Merrill, who developed a quirky persona for the character.

An earlier version of the pilot episode, "Mr. Bawk Ba Gawk", originally aired prior to the official launch of Adult Swim on Cartoon Network on December 21, 2000. The series made its official debut during the night Adult Swim officially launched on September 2, 2001, and ended on December 31, 2003, with a total of 28 episodes. On May 24, 2007 a webisode for the series was released on Adult Swim Video, ending the series.


The Brak Show was preceded by two specials, both entitled Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak. Despite the similarities in the titles, the two Brak Shows have very little in common. The specials parodied variety shows, while the series was a spoof of early sitcoms. Each of the specials aired in the United States only once (in February and March 2000), although clips of the show could be viewed after the Space Ghost Coast to Coast time slot on occasion. In the United Kingdom only one of the two specials aired on Bravo on August 23, 2006, and then again on December 23, 2007. There are also clips from the shows on The Brak Show Volume 1 DVD and Adult Swim Video.

The Brak Show series premiered unannounced in the early hours of December 21, 2000, along with the "Radio Free Sealab" episode of Sealab 2021.[1] This "stealth" pilot (titled "Leave it to Brak") featured hand-drawn backgrounds and different opening titles. The show's second showing was on Adult Swim's debut on September 2, 2001. As with most of the first original Adult Swim shows it was produced by Williams Street Studios.

It originally started off as a parody of situation comedies, but just like its sister show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the plot dissolved over time and became increasingly bizarre. The setting is suburbia with an extra-planetary hint. A Saturn-like planet appears in the background on occasion, and many of the extras are aliens. Often, episodes parody stereotypical episodes of regular sitcoms (e.g. The son showing an interest in women, the dad being reconnected with an old passion, the mother temporarily leaving after a fight, etc.).

The show was canceled in December 2003. However, Adult Swim announced in a bump on October 22, 2006 that The Brak Show would return to production as an internet cartoon on the network's website.[2] On May 24, 2007, a single webisode premiered online,[3] but no further webisodes were produced thereafter.

On August 1, 2008, Adult Swim had a retro night, an all-night marathon of shows featured on Adult Swim in 2001 and 2002. Two of the earlier episodes of The Brak Show were aired during the marathon.[4] The series has since appeared in Adult Swim's "DVR Theater".[5]


From the left: Dad, Mom, Brak, and Zorak.

Home releases

The first 14 episodes were released on DVD on February 1, 2005, and the remaining episodes were released on August 8, 2006. In addition to being available on DVD, The Brak Show is also available on iTunes.

DVD Name Release DateEp
Additional Information
Volume One February 1, 2005 14 This two-disc box set contains the first 14 episodes of The Brak Show in production order. Bonus features include commentaries on two episodes, a never produced pilot for a radio version of the show, the Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak special, a few segments from Cartoon Planet, and a few "Easter eggs".[6]
Volume Two August 8, 2006 This two-disc box set contains the final 14 episodes of The Brak Show in production order.[7] There are no bonus features. For this set, Cartoon Network abandoned their usual digipak packaging design in favor of a more traditional Amaray-style keep case.


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