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Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible was a British comedy horror anthology series that premiered on BBC Two in 2001. The show was created and produced by Steve Coogan, best known for his work on the British comedy series, "The Day Today" and "I'm Alan Partridge". Coogan also starred in each episode of the show as the titular character, Dr. Terrible.
The series was a parody of classic horror anthology shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "Tales from the Crypt", and each episode was a self-contained story with its own unique twist. The show's tone was intentionally campy and over-the-top, with a gleeful disregard for traditional horror tropes.
Each episode of the show featured a different story with a different cast of characters. The episodes ranged in tone from comedic to genuinely creepy, with a healthy dose of gore and violence throughout. Despite the show's often gruesome subject matter, it was always played for laughs, and Coogan's manic energy and spot-on comedic timing helped to keep things light.
Some of the standout episodes from the series include "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom", in which an archaeologist accidentally unleashes a curse upon himself and his colleagues; "Scream Satan Scream!", which sees a group of teenagers accidentally summoning Satan during a game of Ouija; and "Frenzy of Tongs", a send-up of kung-fu movies that sees Coogan playing an evil mastermind who is challenged to a fight by a group of skilled martial artists.
One of the show's strengths was its ability to incorporate a wide range of horror sub-genres into its episodes. In addition to the more traditional horror tropes like ghosts, vampires, and monsters, the show also tackled more obscure topics like cursed artifacts, demonic possession, and even killer plants.
Another key element of the show's success was its self-awareness. Dr. Terrible frequently broke the fourth wall to comment on the ridiculousness of the stories, and the show's writers clearly had a deep love for the horror genre, despite their willingness to poke fun at it.
Despite its short run (the show only lasted for one season), "Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible" remains a cult classic among horror and comedy fans. Its blend of humor and horror was ahead of its time, and its willingness to take risks and break conventions helped to establish Coogan as one of the most daring and innovative comedic voices of his generation.
Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on December 17, 2001.