The Ren & Stimpy Show is an American animated series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon. The series follows the adventures of title characters Ren, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured, dimwitted cat. It premiered on August 11, 1991 as one of the original three Nicktoons, along with Rugrats and Doug. Throughout its run, the show was controversial for its off-color humor, sexual innuendo, dark humor, adult jokes, and violence. This controversy contributed to the production staff's altercations with Nickelodeon's Standards and Practices department. The show ended on December 16, 1995, with a total of five seasons and 52 episodes.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great characters.
  2. Good plots.
  3. Great music, especially the theme song.
  4. Smooth animation.
  5. Awesome voice acting.
  6. Mr. Horse is hilarious.
  7. "The Last Temptation" was an okay finale.
  8. It can have heartwarming and emotional moments not only the wacky and hilarious moments.
  9. Incredibly awesome songs.
  10. It uses gross out humor done well.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animation can look bad sometimes, especially in the final episode "The Last Temptation".
  2. It's a Dog's Life was a really terrible episode of the series.
  3. Some scenes are EXTREMELY disturbing like this one (Loud noise warning) this one and especially THIS.
  4. Ren screams a lot.
  5. It's spin off, Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", and their spin off's worst episode, Ren Seeks Help.
  6. Nickelodeon were being complete jerks over John Kricfalusi's work when he was making this show and they fired him over the episode Man's Best Friends, and some creative differences he does to the series, although, they did have a point on missed deadlines during their argument in the 90's.
  7. They are some episodes nobody talks about.
  8. Many of the jokes are inappropriate for its target audience.


  • John Kricfalusi was very good friends with Danny Anntonuci, the creator behind Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • The pilot "Big House Blues" was in production from 1989, and finished either on the same year, or 1990 before its release on cinemas and Nickelodeon's debut of the show.
  • Nickelodeon banned Man's Best Friend due to it being claimed a step too far because of one scene where Ren beats up George Liquor with an oar.