Squidbillies is a series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim about a family of hillbilly squids and was created by the same team behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Brak Show.
The history of the series is rocky at best. Originally, the pilot was to be aired on November 7, 2004 with the full series coming out several months afterwards, as per usual. However, even after several weeks of promotion and advertising, when it came time for the show, viewers were given something entirely different. Instead of airing the pilot for Squidbillies, Adult Swim aired a pilot episode of Perfect Hair Forever, an anime parody also in development, followed by an unusual talk show about Perfect Hair Forever featuring Meatwad, Sharko and Early Cuyler with Space Ghost moderating.
Initially, the overwhelming majority of viewers thought that Squidbillies had never existed and that Adult Swim was pulling an elaborate prank on its audiences, although footage of the pilot was shown at the 2004 San Diego Comicon and DragonCon. It was later revealed that the script for the pilot episode had been rewritten several times and the animated product was eventually scrapped weeks before the advertised airdate. The newly retooled pilot was aired in pieces on April 1, 2005, in a secret sneak preview. The official first episode finally aired on October 16, 2005.
Although most of Squidbillies is episodic, an overarching storyline can be gleaned from the show.
Millions of years ago, the Atlantic Ocean flooded North America. During this great flood the waters reached all the way to the Ohio Valley. As time passed, the ocean subsided to form the geography we have today. Little did we know, a family of squids were stranded in the North Georgia Mountains. The squids are still adapting to a world of fighting, feuding, and fornication. They are the Squidbillies.
In the first episode, Early has a sexual encounter with Krystal, an obese white woman in town. However, in order to do so she forced him to procure for her a walkman, which he does by robbing a liquor store. The next time he robs the store for cassettes for her, he gets arrested and serves the next fifteen years in prison. It turns out that he got Krystal pregnant with his son, Russell "Rusty" Cuyler. Not wanting him, she leaves him by the door of Early's sister Lil who raises him for the next fifteen years until a meth lab was discovered in Lil's house, making him a ward of the state.
After running away, Rusty coincidentally finds his father in a chain gang. The Sheriff takes pity on them and releases Early to take care of his son. Now free, Early eventually finds employment as a corporate scapegoat for the local evil corporation, " Dan Halen Sheetrock International" who just happen to be growing clones of the Sheriff in a local field. The cloned sheriff subplot serving as a way to switch voice actors for the part.
Other issues the family face are their overt racism against white people, whom they refer to as "chalkeys" (Early's dalliances with Krystal aside), their need to home school Rusty, and even run-ins with celebrities.
The series was renewed for a third season of twenty episodes, which began airing January 20, 2008.
The Series was renewed for a fourth season, which began airing on may 19th,2009
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