Wonder Showzen

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Wonder Showzen
Also known as 'Kids Show'
Genre Puppetry, Black comedy, Adult animation, Satire, Surreal humor, Post-modern, Toilet humor
Created by
Developed by
  • John Lee
  • Vernon Chatman
Written by
  • John Lee
  • Vernon Chatman
Directed by
  • John Lee
  • Vernon Chatman
  • Vernon Chatman
  • John Lee
  • Alyson Levy
Voices of Jim Tozzi
Opening theme "Old Theme" by PFFR
Ending theme "Goodbye Song" by PFFR
Composer(s) Chris Anderson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (and 1 pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • John Lee
  • Vernon Chatman
Producer(s) Jessica Vitkus
Location(s) New York City, New York, USA
Cinematography John Tanzer
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor MTV
Original network MTV2
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release March 11, 2005 (2005-03-11) – May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19)
External links
Wonder Showzen
Production website

Wonder Showzen is an American sketch comedy television series that aired between 2005 and 2006 on MTV2. It was created by John Lee and Vernon Chatman of PFFR. The show is rated TV-MA.

The show's format is that of educational PBS children's television shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company (e.g. use of stock footage, puppetry, and clips of children being interviewed), parodying the format with adult-oriented content. In addition to general controversial comedy, it satirizes politics, religion, war, sex, and culture with black comedy.

Every episode begins with a disclaimer, which reads:

"Wonder Showzen contains offensive, despicable content that is too controversial and too awesome for actual children. The stark, ugly and profound truths Wonder Showzen exposes may be soul-crushing to the weak of spirit. If you allow a child to watch this show, you are a bad parent or guardian."


Wonder Showzen was created by John Lee and Vernon Chatman and pitched to the USA Network in 2000, but after a few minutes of viewing, executives there quickly concluded it did not fit the network's programming style.[1] However, Viacom was re-branding MTV2 and made Wonder Showzen part of its new programming lineup. It aired as part of Sic 'Em Fridays, along with Dirty Sanchez and Wildboyz. The pilot was named simply "Kids Show". The Wonder Showzen theme song is still 'Kids Show'. Reruns of the show also air on MTV and Comedy Central.

MTV released the first season of Wonder Showzen on DVD March 28, 2006. The second season of Wonder Showzen premiered on March 31, 2006 and had its season-two finale starring Clarence on May 19, 2006 on MTV2. This season was released on DVD October 10, 2006, with an easter egg that featured an animation contest. The grand prize was announced as the winner's animation appearing on "the next DVD", but the creators later said a third season was unlikely,[2] and MTV afterward canceled the show. A return is even more unlikely as the creators of Wonder Showzen went on to produce the animated series Xavier: Renegade Angel.

It aired in Canada on MTV2, the United Kingdom and Ireland on MTV Two, MTV and TMF, Australia on MTV, Germany and Italy on MTV Entertainment, Latin America on MTV Latin America and in the Baltics on MTV Networks Baltic.






Season One

Season Two

Recurring segments


Early Concept

Title Original air date
"Early Concept"Unaired for US
The 8-minute tape was made for fun by PFFR, and they shopped it around different stores. The USA Network eventually saw their tape, and gave them money and six months to make a pilot episode.

Pilot episode

Title Original air date
"Kids Show"Unaired for US
Unaired pilot episode produced in 2000 for the USA Network. The Letter N becomes depressed and self-loathing and goes on a quest to find herself.

Season 1: 2005

No. Title Original air date
1"Birth"March 11, 2005 (2005-03-11)
Altered version of the pilot episode. The gang tries to help out the depressed Letter N.
2"Space"March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Chauncey and his friend Kaitlin go into outer space. They confront God after the Earth is destroyed during their trip.
3"Ocean"March 25, 2005 (2005-03-25)
The gang go on a quest to find a bottle of pure liquid Imagination.
4"Diversity"April 1, 2005 (2005-04-01)
Letters and Numbers have a war over who is better, while two members of the schism fall in love.
5"Nature"April 8, 2005 (2005-04-08)
Chauncey must save the day when Mother Nature gets a sex change operation.
6"History"April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15)
Number 2 comes to visit the gang in Number 1's place and becomes suicidal when no one likes her.
7"Health"April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)
When Wordsworth comes down with a case of the cooties, Him uses it to his advantage and sells Wordsworth's encrusted sores as snack treats.
8"Patience"April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29)
Season 1 Finale. An episode which tries the viewer's patience, consisting of a first act, and then after realizing how little sense the first act made, the first act in reverse to "undo what has been done", and then a third act occurring quickly by editing it for more time by putting another highlight for this show in the end.

Season 2: 2006

No. Title Original air date
1"Body"March 31, 2006 (2006-03-31)
The gang convinces the overweight Letter P to get liposuction.
2"Time"April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
Chauncey's future self from two minutes into the future causes havoc for Chauncey in the present time.
3"Knowledge"April 14, 2006 (2006-04-14)
Middle America visits the show and the gang falls in love with his Stupid. They let him take over Wonder Showzen, turning it into "Horse Apples." (First episode that has two "Beat Kids" segments).
4"Justice"April 21, 2006 (2006-04-21)
The gang revisits the old days of America with slavery.
5"Science"April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28)
Chauncey and Him climb into Wordsworth's brain to help him face his fears and become a man.
6"Cooperation"May 5, 2006 (2006-05-05)
The gang goes to war with a bootleg version of Wonder Showzen. The "peace settlement" is that the show be divided 60-40, thus the final act has several separate bits with full sound going on at the same time.
7"Mathematics"May 12, 2006 (2006-05-12)
An entire episode of "Horse Apples" instead of the episode originally shown in previews for this week.
8"The Clarence Special Report on Compelling Television"May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19)
Season 2 Finale/Series Finale. Clarence challenges New Yorkers to produce compelling television.

Home releases

DVD Name Region 1 release date Additional Information
Season One March 28, 2006 Auditions and Outtakes, Storytime with Flava Flav and Flavor Flav, Special Guest Commentaries by… Gordon Lish, Dick Gregory, and others!, Sneek Peek Cartoon, Locker Poster, PFFR Music Video.
Season Two October 10, 2006 Clarence, Kids and Puppets Outtakes, Guest Commentaries on select episodes, Unaired Cartoon, Easter Egg, 1st Wonder Showzen storybook.

A giftset containing Seasons 1 and 2 was scheduled for release on December 12, 2006, but it was canceled.[3]

See also


  1. New York Daily News: "'Wonder' shock-ful of adult humor". Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  2. TVSquad.com
  3. TVShowsOnDVD.com


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