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Moral Orel was a stop-motion satirical show that featured the adventures of a young man named Orel Puppington. Orel is a young boy living in the fictitious city of Moralton, a small WASP town located in the Bible Belt. Orel attends a conservative elementary school, and his main influences are the Protestant church that he attends every Sunday and his own very conservative father, Clay.

During the course of the show, the early episodes tended to follow a very specific formula. Orel, who is a very dutiful boy, would hear about a certain lesson from church and then try to live by the tenet presented to him, often with disastrous results. The situations presented range from the silly to the obscene, and they tended to result in Clay delivering a statement at the end that would only serve to further confuse Orel.

As the series progressed through the second and third seasons, the show grew progressively darker in tone, including extremely dark episodes that focused on the people in Orel's town. Orel's relationship with his own family starts to decay as he goes from being a very sweet and well-meaning boy to one who is significantly more frightened and cynical about the world around him. The series is often cited for having many of the later themes and concepts planted in the early episodes. As the series continues, Orel only becomes more aware of what is already going on, rather than simply having these things come out of nowhere.

The third season is especially notable for turning Orel into a bewildered witness to the rest of the town's troubled population. The message of the series revolves around the hypocrisy of the people who all claim to be healthy, happy and religious, when in fact most of them are living double lives with desires that they cannot face. This show throws the two-faced nature that humans can possess into sharp relief, using Orel as a filter.

Moral Orel is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (46 episodes). The series first aired on December 12, 2005.

Moral Orel is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Moral Orel on demand atHBO Max, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, iTunes, Adult Swim online.

Adult Swim
3 Seasons, 46 Episodes
December 12, 2005
Animation & Cartoon, Adult Cartoon
Cast: Carolyn Lawrence, Jay Johnston, Scott Adsit, Dino Stamatopoulos, David Herman
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Moral Orel Full Episode Guide

  • A Moral Orel special that sheds light on the origin of Orel's religious nature and the birth of his brother, Shapey.

  • Orel needs to discover something to honor his father about and finds it in Coach Stopframe.

  • Miss Censordoll slowly hatches a plan to make eggs legal again.

  • It's Easter and the lack of happiness in Moralton leads several troubled souls to the Forghetty's for some unbelievable solace.

  • A year's worth of the most important weekday in Moralton is explored through the eyes of some very very minor characters.

  • Stephanie is hell-bent on Orel having a better experience than her own at the school's annual "Arms Length Dance."

  • Clay considers the tradition of passing Ol' Gunny down from generation to generation.

  • Bloberta ponders Orel's question: "Why did you marry Dad?"

  • Discontent with being raised by his octogenarian Father and depressed, middle-aged half sister, Joe searches for a more vibrant guardian.

  • When Doughy becomes Orel's shooting coach, he discovers that his student has quite the "itchy trigger finger."

  • The final nail in the show's coffin.

  • It's finally the last straw when Clay grounds Orel from church.

  • Bloberta searches for a solution to her humdrum life.

  • Orel holds a premiere of his new stop-motion animated film in his backyard for several of Moralton's authority figures.

  • Orel falls in love...but is she too different?

  • While Orel and Clay take a hunting trip, Orel realizes his father is merely human and makes mistakes.

  • In part 1, Orel and Clay decide to go hunting.

  • Orel's short film takes a deep look into his psyche.

  • Orel recruits sinners to move to Moralton after Reverend Putty runs out of souls to save.

  • Orel has some competition for the lead role in the school pageant.

  • Orel learns a valuable lesson about man/woman relations when Doughy becomes involved with the teacher.

  • At a scout camping trip, a scary story is told one night about "Darwin" and the "Missing Link", and the next day this Missing Link from the story is found. In addition, Orel learns about "Geniuses", a combination of Genius and Genesis.

  • Orel teaches the school bully that the best defense is no defense.

  • Cheating on his wife with Nurse Bendy, Principal Fakey has trouble with this most fundamental of protestant practices.

  • The pressure is on when Orel needs to win this years Praying Bee

  • Orel finally gets Stephanie, the town atheist, to go to church.

  • The image of our savior miraculously appears on a Jewish doctor.

  • Orel falls in love... but is she too different?

  • When Orel learns that most "pleasures" in life comes from the devil, he starts avoiding anything that makes him happy.

  • When Orel's friend, Tommy, does poorly in Reverend Putty's science class, the boy is put into "special education."

  • Miss Censordoll, Moralton's intolerant librarian, takes Orel under her wing as her apprentice and teaches him how to be offended.

  • Orel solves puzzling and mysterious capers through the sheer power of his righteous logic.

  • This episode focuses on Coach Stopframe, a disloyal opportunist who offers himself to both God and Satan. Seeking help from Satan to win the heart of Orel's dad, Stopframe contacts a secret group of Satanists who will help him craft a love spell if he brings a virgin to their next meeting. Stopframe choses Orel as the "virgin". Will Orel survive? Will Coach gain the heart of Orel's dad?

  • Orel finds a dog, and he ends up naming it Bartholomew, and Orel and the dog become quite attached. He learns from Reverend Putty that he needs to "Love Jesus More Than Anything Else", and he realizes that he loves his dog more than Jesus! What will Orel do with Bartholomew?

  • Orel learns about the great American pastime, discrimination.

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