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John Lee and Vernon Chatman's esoteric children's programming satire Wonder Showzen debuted on MTV2 on March 15, 2005 taking aim at politics, religion, war and racism with an educational programming presentation. USA Network executives allegedly viewed only minutes of the Wonder Showzen pilot before refusing it. Viacom picked it up to help give MTV2 a face-lift, gave it a Friday-night time slot, and eventually continued its reruns on both MTV and Comedy Central.

The series managed to secure some notable cameos, though not all saw the light of day. Public Enemy's Flavor Flav filmed a segment called "Story Time With Flavor Flav" ultimately cut from the premiere episode's broadcast, but included with the eventual first-season DVD. Actor Christopher Meloni appeared in the first season's seventh episode as the Cootie Spokesman.

In the second season, comedian David Cross appeared in various roles spanning three episodes. Emmy nominee Amy Poehler also filmed two episodes, while notable musicians John Oates, Rick Springfield, Devendra Banhart and Corin Tucker all recorded the song "War Doesn't Solve Anything" for the season's sixth episode.

Several segments recur throughout the series. "Beat Kids" featured child reporters confronting adult bystanders on the street with humorous, often dark or controversial questions. As the name implies, "Story Time" featured one special guest or another reading to children. Sketch performers included the aforementioned deleted Flavor Flav cameo, as well as eventual appearances by Jon Glaser, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris.

Episodes open with the brutally honest disclaimer, "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."

Produced by Augenblick Studios and PFFR, Wonder Showzen's 16 episodes are available on DVD sets containing footage that didn't originally air.

MTV2
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes - Canceled
March 11, 2005
Comedy
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Wonder Showzen Full Episode Guide

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  • Chauncey and the gang run out of money due to illegal copies of their own show being made and sold. They decide to buy a boot-legged copy of a rip-off show, called Wondur Showzin, to pass the time but it ultimately results in an all-out war between the two sides.

  • Wordsworth's deepest fear manifests itself into a physical form and steals his 1st place science fair trophy. After entering his head, Chauncey and Him find the controls to Wordsworth's brain and use them to fight his evil form.

  • In today's Ye Olde Wonder Showzen, the gang celebrates the idyllic good old days of America, when slavery and rape was more just a gleam in ye eye.

  • Middle America comes to visit Chauncey and the gang, who just use him for their own enjoyment, until they all fall in love with his dumbness. They eventually offer Middle America the show, which he turns in to 'Horse Apples', a blue collar comedy which makes him rich.

  • Chauncey wants to use his time-machine to travel through time and mess with people for fun, but his future self beats him to it. The gang leaves to go time traveling with the much cooler future Chauncey, leaving the present Chauncey alone to plan his revenge.

  • The Letter P, once great pop sensation, isn't so sensational after she puts on some serious weight. The gang finds her new appearance disgusting and tell her to leave. After getting liposuction, she becomes haunted by her now departed fat, and decides to speak out to all victims.

  • Wordsworth delivers his lecture on honesty but catches a bad case of cooties. While in the hospital, Him takes Wordsworth's crusted scabs and sells them as a delicious snack known as Chewties that become a hit, only to create a cooties epidemic.

  • When the special guest star Number 1 doesn't show up, the Number 2 comes out instead, only to be kicked off the show by Chauncey because she'll never be better then Number 1. She desperately wants to come back to the show, so she decides to host a live murder.

  • Everything starts to go crazy after Mother Nature chooses to get a sex change. She decides to sell Nature to the evil corporation known as CoCor so she can finish her operation. It's up to Chauncey to save Nature and it's soon to be Father.

  • The Numbers come to visit but are quickly called out by The Letters, who challange them to a knife fight. Chauncey is caught in the middle and decides to become a hippie in order to prevent the fighting and bring peace. Unknown to everyone, the Letter J and the Number 8 fall in love.

  • Chauncey and the gang hold a sea-burial for Him Senior. Inside the urn they find a map that says it leads to the location of a 'Crystal Chalice of Pure Liquid Imagination'. After a long and grueling journey the gang finds the chalice, only to have Chauncey get hooked on pure liquid imagination.

  • Chauncey and a lucky winner get to travel in to Space. While there, Chauncey angers God so he blows up the Earth. After some encouragement and a musical number, Chauncey begins to believe in God, only to crash his spaceship in to Heaven. God explains why he's so angry and challenges Chauncey to paper-rock-scissors for the fate of the Earth.

  • The Letter N returns from rehab but is already back on the bottle. She goes missing after telling the gang that no one needs her. Chauncey seeks help from a detective who beings to search for her. He finds her and after a night of romance and drinking, they both pay for their reckless sins.

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