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  • TV-PG
  • 2005
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.9  (3,954)

Stella is a sketch comedy series that aired on Comedy Central in 2005, starring three comedians: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain. The show is a continuation of the trio's previous comedy troupe, also named Stella. The show is structured around a series of short, absurd sketches that often revolve around the three main characters, who are portrayed as bumbling, clueless, and often downright strange individuals. Some sketches focus on wordplay and puns, while others explore surreal concepts like a man who steals light bulbs, or a group of people who are inexplicably drawn to a giant turtle.

The show is known for its offbeat humor and bizarre, sometimes grotesque imagery. Despite the often absurd subject matter, the three performers display a great deal of chemistry and comedic timing, making even the strangest sketches entertaining to watch.

One recurring sketch features the three characters, all dressed in matching denim outfits, performing “pranks” on unsuspecting people in public places. These pranks range from the silly (dancing in front of a confused-looking man) to the cruel (accidentally knocking over a woman's grocery bags).

Another recurring sketch follows the characters as they attempt to start a band. Despite their complete lack of musical talent, they persist in their quest and eventually land a gig playing at a nursing home. As expected, their performance is chaotic and hilarious.

The show frequently features guest stars, some of whom are well-known comedians themselves. These guests often play characters who are even more bizarre and eccentric than the main trio. One such guest star is Janeane Garofalo, who appears in a sketch as a woman who begins to grow increasingly emotionally attached to a litter box.

While the show doesn't necessarily have an overarching plot, there are a few recurring themes and motifs that tie the sketches together. One of these is the characters' obsession with denim, which manifests in various ways throughout the series - they wear matching denim outfits, their band is named “The Jean Jackets,” and they even try to sell a line of denim furniture.

The show's humor is not for everyone, and some viewers may find it too strange or off-putting. However, for those who enjoy absurdist comedy and are fans of the three performers, Stella is a must-watch. It's a quirky, unconventional show that pushes the boundaries of what's considered “funny,” and it's a testament to the creative talent of Black, Showalter, and Wain.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 15, 2016
Pontyberry rallies to support Stella and Michael as they go on a TV show to find out Baby Jackson' parentage. Meanwhile Rob has life-saving heart surgery in London.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 8, 2016
Rob and Stella finally get a chance to talk - and Stella' got a heartbreaking decision to make. Beyonce drops a bombshell on Michael, and Aunty Brenda bids rolling stone Clem goodbye.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
March 1, 2016
Stella decides to confront Rob and tell him nothing else can happen between them - but he seems to have disappeared. When Michael gets exasperated by Beyonce' bad parenting, he realizes he' got to make a choice - his son or his career.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 23, 2016
A sad day, as Paula returns home for Daddy' funeral - only to meet with a further upsetting surprise. Stella tries to ignore the question of what exactly is going on with her and Rob - but will she be able to, with Paula around?
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 16, 2016
Stella and Michael are back on an even keel - until the early arrival of Baby Jackson throws their lives once more into turmoil. Aunty Brenda' ex-husband Clem saves Banjo' life, but endangers Brenda' political future.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 9, 2016
Rob tells Michael about his heart condition, and Michael realizes he' got a lot of ground to make up with an upset Stella. Luke can't forgive his parents for keeping Rob' news a secret.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
February 2, 2016
Rob Morgan' arrival in Pontyberry causes tension. Stella' promised to keep his secret, but an increasingly annoyed Michael knows she' hiding something.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 26, 2016
Stella goes to London to surprise Michael. When they have dinner with his boss Maria, she gets a surprise of her own - and the weekend has yet more shocks in store.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 19, 2016
Stella and Michael are getting back on their feet financially - until Beyonce starts demanding outrageously expensive things for the baby. Stella comes up with a typically selfless solution, but Michael wants her to put herself first for once.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 12, 2016
Stella and Michael are managing the London/Pontyberry juggling act well - until Michael finds out Stella' been visiting Beyonce behind his back. Michael wants nothing to do with her, or his baby. Can Stella change his mind?
  • Premiere Date
    June 28, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (3,954)