20. 'TV Funhouse'
The second, and final, television show to list generation-defining sketch writer Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live) as executive producer, TV Funhouse was an eight-episode spiral into the darkest recesses of his brain. On this not-for-kids kids' show, a cat puppet gives birth to live Boston terriers, a lizard goes to "Sames" restaurant and orders his own tail, and Fetal Scooby-Doo solves a mystery. Less anarchic than Wonder Shozen, its creators often talk about what a difficult show it was to make, especially dealing with animals. "[Comedy writer] Tommy Blacha always re-tells the story, but he makes it cleaner," said writer Dino Stamatopoulos about a working with a duck. "He says it shit all over my face, but it actually shit in my mouth…I put a plastic bag over my head to do the rest of the scene — like lightning was going to strike twice — and the director said, 'Um, I can hear some crinkling?' And I was so indignant, I was like, 'Good! I'm glad you can hear the crinkling! You're going to hear it the whole fucking shot, you dick!'"—CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN