Wonder Showzen

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  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.4  (4,175)

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.

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Clarence Special Report
8. Clarence Special Report
May 19, 2006
An episode dedicated entirely to Clarence, who's on a journey to find out what compelling television is. He probes many people, asking them what they think is not only wrong with television nowadays, but also what they would do to make it better.
Mathematics
7. Mathematics
May 12, 2006
Wonder Showzen is brought to you by Math today.
Cooperation
6. Cooperation
May 5, 2006
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.
Science
5. Science
April 28, 2006
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.
Justice
4. Justice
April 21, 2006
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.
Knowledge
3. Knowledge
April 14, 2006
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.
Time
2. Time
April 7, 2006
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.
Body
1. Body
March 31, 2006
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.
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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.Wonder Showzen is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on March 11, 2005.

Where to Watch Wonder Showzen

Wonder Showzen is available for streaming on the MTV2 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Wonder Showzen on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    March 11, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (4,175)