Squidbillies
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The Cuyler family. From the left: Rusty, Granny, Early and Lil.
GenreSatire
Surreal humour
Redneck comedy
Created byJim Fortier
Dave Willis
Voices ofStuart Daniel Baker (2005–19)
Tracy Morgan (2021)
Daniel McDevitt
Dana Snyder
Patricia French
Charles Napier (uncredited; 2005–06)
Bobby Ellerbee (2006–21)
Todd Hanson
Scott Hilley (2005–14)
Pete Smith
Narrated byDave Willis (select episodes)
Music byBilly Joe Shaver
various artists
ComposersDavid Lee Powell
Shawn Coleman
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes132 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMike Lazzo
Keith Crofford
ProducersJim Fortier
Dave Willis
Running time11 minutes
22 minutes (select episodes)
Production companiesAwesome Inc.
Radical Axis
Williams Street
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC (2005–2006)
HDTV 1080i (2008–2021)
Original releaseOctober 16, 2005 (2005-10-16) –
December 13, 2021 (2021-12-13)

Squidbillies is an American adult animated television series created by Jim Fortier and Dave Willis for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim.[1] An unofficial pilot for the series aired on April 1, 2005. The series later made its official debut on October 16, 2005 and ended on December 13, 2021, with a total of 132 episodes over the course of 13 seasons.

The series is about the Cuyler family, an impoverished family of anthropomorphic hillbilly mud squids living in the Georgia region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The series revolves around the exploits of an alcoholic father (Early), who is often abusive in a comedic way towards his family. His teenage son, Rusty, is desperate for his approval; his mother and grandmother, known in the show as Granny, is often the center of his aggression; and Lil, Early's sister, is mostly unconscious in a pool of her own vomit.

The series also airs in syndication in other countries and has been released on various DVD sets and other forms of home media.

Setting and premise

Squidbillies follows the exploits of the Cuyler family and their interactions with the local populace, which usually results in a fair amount of destruction, mutilation, and death. The Cuylers are essentially given free rein and protected from the consequences of their actions whenever possible by their crudely-drawn friend, the Sheriff (whose name is "Sharif"), as they are said to be the last twisted remnants of a federally protected endangered species, the "Appalachian Mud Squid". They live in the southern Appalachian Mountains located in the North Georgia mountains. At the epicentre of this rural paradise is Dougal County, home to crippling gambling addictions, a murderous corporation, sexual deviants, and the authentic Southern mountain squid.[2] In the words of The New York Times, the show takes "backwoods stereotypes" and turns them into "a cudgel with which to pound maniacally on all manner of topical subjects."[3]

Production

Squidbillies is produced by Williams Street Productions; it is written by Dave Willis, co-creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Jim Fortier, previously of The Brak Show, both of whom worked on the Adult Swim series Space Ghost Coast to Coast. The show is animated by Awesome Inc., with background design by Ben Prisk.

Voice cast

Dismissal of Stuart Baker

On August 16, 2020, it was announced that Baker was fired from the series for his controversial comments towards the Black Lives Matter movement and country singer Dolly Parton. A response was posted on Facebook by Baker claiming that being fired from Squidbillies ruined his life. The response was later deleted.[4]

The thirteenth and final season of Squidbillies premiered on November 7, 2021, with Baker being replaced by comedian Tracy Morgan.[5][6]

Episodes

Main article: List of Squidbillies episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16)November 20, 2005 (2005-11-20)
214September 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)December 24, 2006 (2006-12-24)
320January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)June 8, 2008 (2008-06-08)
410May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)July 19, 2009 (2009-07-19)
510May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)July 18, 2010 (2010-07-18)
610September 11, 2011 (2011-09-11)November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
76July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)
89August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11)October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)
910September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)November 30, 2014 (2014-11-30)
109July 10, 2016 (2016-07-10)November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)
1110October 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)
129August 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)September 16, 2019 (2019-09-16)
139November 8, 2021 (2021-11-08)December 13, 2021 (2021-12-13)

International broadcast

In Canada, Squidbillies previously aired on Teletoon's Teletoon at Night block[7] and later G4's Adult Digital Distraction block.[8] The series currently airs on the Canadian version of Adult Swim.[9][10]

Guest appearances

Artists who performed versions of the theme song

Merchandise

Soundtrack

In January 2012, a free 35 track soundtrack was released on the Adult Swim music site entitled The Squidbillies Present: Music for Americans Only Made by Americans in China for Americans Only God Bless America, U.S.A.[23]

Another album, entitled Squidbillies Double Platinum Gold was released on vinyl in July 2019.[24]

Home releases

Season Episodes Volume Release date Extras
Region 1
1 2005 6 1 October 16, 2007
  • "How I Make The Damn Show!"
  • The Original Pilots
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Audio commentaries
  • Anime Talk Show
2 2006 14
3 2008 20 2 April 21, 2009
  • "Squidbillies Circle Jerk 2: Return Of The Self Congratulation"
  • "Dragonbillies"
  • "Funny Pete Stuff"
  • "Art and Music"
  • "Dragon Con 2008"
  • Audio commentaries
4 2009 10 3 July 6, 2010
  • "Art & Music"
  • "This Ain't A Hat, It's A Rag-top for A Sex Convertible"
  • "Funny Pete Stuff"
  • "Dragon Con 2009"
5 2010 10 4 June 21, 2011[25]
  • Behind the Scenes of "America: Why I Love Her"
  • Jesco White Voice Record Outtakes
  • Dragon Con Squidbillies Panel
  • XM Radio Squidbillies 4 July Special
  • Squidbillies Tattoo Contest Video
6 2011 10 5 August 7, 2012[26]
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes
  • "Trucked Up II: Glenn's Revenge" bonus digital video episode
  • Art+Music feature and more
7 2012 6 6 March 17, 2015[27] None
8 2013 9

The series is also available on HBO Max since September 1, 2020.[28]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Minovitz, Ethan. "AS Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever". Big Cartoon DataBase. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05.
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  4. ^ Flook, Ray (August 18, 2020). "Ex-Squidbillies Actor Takes Firing Well: "Hope You A**holes are Happy"". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
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  19. ^ John J. Galbo. "Adult Swim Central". Agents of Geek.
  20. ^ Orson (22 April 2008). "CURIOUS INDEX, 4/22/08". Every Day Should Be Saturday.
  21. ^ ""Squidbillies" Survival of the Dumbest (TV Episode 2006)". IMDb. 10 December 2006.
  22. ^ "Brendon Small". IMDB. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  23. ^ "The Squidbillies Present: Music for Americans Only Made by Americans in China for Americans Only God Bless America, U.S.A. Soundtrack". Adult Swim.
  24. ^ @Squidbillies (2019-07-16). "Squidbillies Double Platinum Gold! In hot red vinyl!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-08-03 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "Squidbillies – [adult swim] Press Release Announces 'Volume 4' for DVD". David Lambert. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  26. ^ "Squidbillies – Volume 5". Archived from the original on 2012-06-04.
  27. ^ "Squidbillies – Volume 6". Archived from the original on 2015-03-07.
  28. ^ "HBO Max in September: Everything coming and going". 21 August 2020.