Home Movies

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  • TV-14
  • 1999
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.2  (11,013)

Home Movies is an animated television show that aired on the Adult Swim network from 1999-2004. The show follows the misadventures of a young boy named Brendon Small (voiced by co-creator Brendon Small) who aspires to become a famous filmmaker. Along with his friends, Melissa Robbins (voiced by Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason Penopolis (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), Brendon creates a variety of homemade movies that range from action-packed adventures to hyper-dramatic character pieces.

Much of the humor in Home Movies comes from the characters' awkward interactions with one another as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of childhood. Despite the fact that Brendon and his friends are pre-teens, they frequently engage in conversations that seem like they belong to full-grown adults. This is often contrasted with the juvenile behavior they display when they aren't trying to make films, such as during sleepovers or in gym class.

The majority of the show's episodes center around the trio's attempts to make various movies, which usually involve some kind of conflict or obstacle that they must overcome in order to succeed. For example, in one episode they attempt to make a horror movie but keep getting interrupted by a nosy neighbor who wants to participate in the film. In another episode, they try to create a Western but are constantly interrupted by a bully who wants to steal the spotlight.

Other characters in the show include Brendon's single mother, Paula (voiced by Paula Poundstone), who is supportive of her son's creative endeavors but also struggles with her own problems as a divorcee. Coach John McGuirk (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is another notable character, who is both Brendon's soccer coach and an aspiring actor, often trying to interject himself into the kids' movies.

The animation style of Home Movies is unique, with characters that are drawn in a very simple, minimalistic fashion. Despite this simplicity, the show is visually appealing with visual gags and inventive camera angles that frequently break the fourth wall. The animation is often accompanied by a fast-paced, jazzy score that adds to the show's playful, irreverent tone.

One of the most endearing aspects of Home Movies is the way it captures the essence of childhood and the creative spirit that drives young kids to pursue their passions. Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are all driven by their desire to create and tell stories, even if those stories are sometimes overly ambitious or poorly conceived. They face difficulties and setbacks, but they always pick themselves up and keep trying, buoyed by their friendship and their shared love of filmmaking.

Over the course of its four-year run, Home Movies developed a dedicated fan base who appreciated the show's unique combination of humor, heart, and creativity. Although the show was never a ratings powerhouse during its original run, it has since gained a cult following and is considered a classic of the Adult Swim lineup. Fans of the show can still enjoy it today through streaming services and DVD releases.

Home Movies is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (52 episodes). The series first aired on April 26, 1999.

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Focus Grill
13. Focus Grill
April 4, 2004
In the series finale, Brendon, Melissa, and Jason present their home movie to a focus group made up of their classmates. Paula recruits Coach to help her set up a new grill.
Temporary Blindness
12. Temporary Blindness
March 28, 2004
Coach discovers that his recent laser eye surgery has rendered him blind. Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are busy researching their family histories for their family tree assignment.
Definite Possible Murder
11. Definite Possible Murder
March 21, 2004
Brendon thinks he is witness to some shifty, murderous behavior from their new neighbor and is consequently fearful when his mother invites the neighbor over for dinner. Meanwhile, Coach takes a class on bartending.
Cho and the Adventures of Amy Lee
10. Cho and the Adventures of Amy Lee
March 14, 2004
Cho has an excellent reputation as a goalie for an opposing team of Brendon's. But when Brendon makes a lucky goal, Cho is determined to get revenge. Also, Coach has a strange childhood secret involving Scottish music and kilts.
Those Bitches Tried to Cheat Me
9. Those Bitches Tried to Cheat Me
March 7, 2004
While walking to class, Brendon sees Mr. Lynch drop a piece of paper. He calls out to give it back to him until he realizes that it's the answers to an upcoming test. Jason has found a new love interest, Penny. However, he does more stalking than he does talking.
Honkey Magoo
8. Honkey Magoo
February 29, 2004
Brendon, Melissa, and Jason find a puppy without a home and upon falling in love with it decide to take turns taking care of him. They soon find, though, that puppy (named Honkey Magoo) isn't trained, isn't friendly, and isn't wanted.
The Wizard's Baker
7. The Wizard's Baker
February 8, 2004
Although Melissa and Jason think their new film is rather great, Brendon hates it. He neglects to tell this to his two friends and instead simply ignores them. Coach McGuirk buys some swords from a late-night infomercial purely on impulse.
6. Curses
February 22, 2004
Brendon's newest film gets a lot of flak from parents for its excessive use of cussing. His mom also gives Brendon a curse jar as punishment if he utters anymore curse words. Coach McGuirk attends a journal writing class with Melissa's dad.
5. Psycho-Delicate
February 15, 2004
The gang tries to choose one of its videos to submit to an upcoming film festival. They narrow it down to three choices, but have some problems choosing between them. Coach McGuirk tries to bribe a waitress for her love using money and flattery. Paula gets a new haircut that becomes progressively less appealing to the eye.
Bye Bye Greasy
4. Bye Bye Greasy
January 18, 2004
Brendon has some difficulties getting the school's play to run smoothly. Coach McGuirk is just excited that he gets to be in the musical and drive his car on stage.
The Heart Smashers
3. The Heart Smashers
January 25, 2004
Brendon sees Fenton's input about the new film to be out of control and far too demanding. As a result, he tries to break up with Fenton. Coach McGuirk works out and gets grossly huge breasts as a result. Paula wants to dump her boyfriend, a total drama queen.
2. Camp
January 11, 2004
Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are sent to a performing arts camp. Their excitement, however, is short-lived. Coach McGuirk has his own problems when what he thought was a free camping trip turns out to be more of a weird cult.
Everyones Entitled to My
1. Everyones Entitled to My
November 11, 2003
Brendon makes being a movie critic for a popular website top priority. Coach McGuirk becomes the new principal while Mr. Lynch is fired.
Where to Watch Home Movies
Home Movies is available for streaming on the Adult Swim website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Home Movies on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Sling, Google Play, Hoopla, Adult Swim and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 26, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (11,013)