The Cyanide & Happiness Show
|The Cyanide & Happiness Show|
Jennie Mae Sweat
|Theme music composer||Dan Paladin|
|Opening theme||"I Like Your Hat"|
|Ending theme||"I Like Your Hat" (extended)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Running time||10-15 minutes|
Collective Digital Studio (Season 1)
Studio 71 (Season 2–present)
|Picture format||1080p (16:9)|
|Original release||November 12, 2014 – present|
The Cyanide & Happiness Show is an animated comedy web series written and illustrated by Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick and formerly Matt Melvin, based on their webcomic Cyanide & Happiness. Each episode consists of a few short stories that have little to no connection to each other. The creators described the goal of each episode to be "to extract the human excretion known as laughter from your face hole via fast-paced weird comedy."
The Cyanide & Happiness Show was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The first season of the web series was released on YouTube from November 12, 2014 to January 21, 2015. Episodes of the second season to current are being made available in the United States on Seeso, and outside it on VHX, since December 9, 2015.
The Explosm team has been creating short videos based on Cyanide & Happiness for years before working on the full show. The Explosm YouTube channel had over 3.6 million subscribers and 490 million views before The Cyanide & Happiness Show started airing. Some of these short videos, such as "Junk Mail" and "Confession", have proven "overwhelmingly popular" among fans of the comic.
The Cyanide & Happiness Show was funded by the means of a Kickstarter campaign in early 2013, where it collected a total of $770,309. This was more than three times the initial goal and broke the record of most money ever funded for an animated series on Kickstarter. Among the "zany gift offerings" given to Kickstarter backers was an "all-expenses-paid trip to Dallas for a Banana Bar Crawl replete with a banana costume, scepter, and crown".
When the Explosm team sat down to plan the first season, they realized 50 percent of the writing for it was already done, with some ideas being over five years old. Many of the stories used in The Cyanide and Happiness Show resulted from the team trying to make each other laugh while in a bar. Due to Wilson living in Fort Collins, Colorado, numerous plane rides and Skype calls had taken place during this process. As the show began to take shape, the team drew out management positions for themselves. McElfatrick was put in charge of art, DenBleyker covered animation and Wilson managed sound design and voice acting, but as the project went on, these roles loosened up. The team hired contributors from the United States, India and South Korea for various processes.
"We walked away from the first two [networks] due to rights and creative control issues. We thought that we could settle those issues in the third deal, but things didn’t quite work out as we hoped. We’re starting to realize that TV as an industry just isn’t compatible with what we want to do with our animation: deliver it conveniently to a global audience, something we’ve been doing all along with our comics these past eight years. That's just the nature of television versus the Internet, I suppose."
The first episode of The Cyanide and Happiness Show premiered in an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, Texas, on 12 November 2014. Episodes of the series are released on YouTube, but are also available for DRM-free, low-price download. These downloads are released shortly before the episodes are uploaded to YouTube. According to the creators, once bought, people are free to copy, edit and spread the material to their liking.
The second season of The Cyanide and Happiness Show, which started in December 2015, was made available through the Seeso streaming service rather than YouTube. NBCUniversal Cable senior vice president Parra Hadden noted that, shortly after it was announced that The Cyanide and Happiness Show would be hosted on Seeso, the website saw a very large surge in traffic.
Imad Kahn of The Daily Dot described Cyanide & Happiness videos as an "odd, but hilarious, mix of abrupt black humor that's overtly weird and doesn't pretend to be profound. It really does feel like a group of writers with free reign to animate whatever their twisted minds can think of."
|First aired||Last aired||Viewers (millions)|
|1||11||November 12, 2014||January 2015||Approximately 19.58|
|2||10||December 9, 2015||TBA||TBA|
Season 1 (2014-15)
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|Title||Written by||Original air date|| viewers|
|1||1||A Day At The Beach||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Matt Melvin, Andy Nawoj, Evan Peterson, Mike Salcedo, Jennie Mae Sweat, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||November 12, 2014||3.26|
|2||2||Why I Hate Summer Camp||Rob DenBleyker, Derek Miller, and Kris Wilson||November 19, 2014||2.60|
|3||3||Grandpa's War Stories||Rob DenBleyker, Ryan Hudson, Dave McElfatrick, Zach Prescott, Chase Suddarth, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||November 26, 2014||2.40|
|4||4||The Meaning Of Love||Rob DenBleyker, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||December 3, 2014||2.27|
|5||5||Dirty Dealings||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Matt Melvin, Jennie Mae Sweat, and Kris Wilson||December 10, 2014||1.92|
|6||6||San Diego Breakfast||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Chase Suddarth, and Kris Wilson||December 17, 2014||1.67|
|7||7||The Elusive Mr Wimbley||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Derek Miller, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||December 24, 2014||1.68|
|8||8||The Depressing Episode||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Mike Salcedo, Jennie Mae Sweat, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||December 31, 2014||1.70|
|9||9||Tub Boys||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Derek Miller, Mike Salcedo, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||January 7, 2015||1.28|
|10||10||Episode Schmepisode||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Mike Salcedo, and Kris Wilson||January 14, 2015||1.51|
|11||11||The Christmas Episode||Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Mike Salcedo, Jennie Mae Sweat, Joel Watson, and Kris Wilson||January 21, 2015||1.08|
Season 2 (2015-16)
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|Title||Written by||Original air date|| viewers|
|12||1||Too Many Trains||Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick||December 9, 2015 (International)||1.35|
|13||2||Episode Too||Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick||January 7, 2016 (International)|
|14||3||Too Tall a Tale||Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker & Dave McElfatrick||January 14, 2016 (International)|
|15||4||Too Much Time|
|16||5||World War Too|
|17||6||Too Deep Too Furious|
|18||7||Too Many Hats|
|19||8||Too Many Cops|
|20||9||Too Many Superheroes|
|21||10||Too Much History|
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