The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on August 11th, 1991 on Nickelodeon. Created by the Canadian animator John Kricfalusi and animated by his Spumco studio, the show became a huge success.
In 1992, Kricfalusi was fired due to the overuse of violence, gross-out humor and the general undisciplined methods & schedules Spumco used to create each episode. One example of overt violence was the episode "Man's Best Friend" where Ren beats up the character George Liquor with an Oar. In fact, the episode was banned until Spike TV began airing Adult Party Cartoon in 2003. With Kricfalusi gone, the new writer/director for the show was Bob Camp, and the animation duties were moved from Spumco to Games Animation. Nickelodeon's complaints about the show's gross humor seemed to only have been directed at John K, because after the Spumco team's departure The Ren & Stimpy show became more disgusting then ever.
It was around this time that video games based on the show started getting released for various consoles. The show went on for six seasons and ended in 1996 with a Christmas episode "A Scooter for Yaksmas". In this time frame, many games had been released, here's a list of them all, in order of release:
- Ren & Stimpy: Space Cadet Adventures (Game Boy)
- Ren & Stimpy: Buckaroo$ (NES, SNES)
- Ren & Stimpy: Veediots! (Game Boy, SNES)
- Ren & Stimpy: Quest for the Shaven Yak (Game Gear, Master System)
- Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy's Invention (Genesis)
- Ren & Stimpy: Fire Dogs (SNES)
- Ren & Stimpy: Time Warp (SNES)
- Ren & Stimpy Pinball (Mobile)
Ren & Stimpy have also appeared in some other Nicktoon-themed games such as:
- Nicktoons Racing (PC, PS1, GBA)
- Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (PS2, Wii)
Also, Ren & Stimpy have appeared in Microsoft's Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker, and various Nickelodeon activity programs for the PC.
In 2003, Spike TV brought back The Ren & Stimpy Show as the "Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon." This show was aimed at an older audience than the original show had been. It featured overtly sexual themes, specifically having Ren & Stimpy as lovers. This show was canceled after the three new episodes aired.
The John K Cartoons
This listing contains all the Ren & Stimpy Show episodes overseen by John Kricfalusi.
- "Big House Blues"
- "Stimpy's Big Day"
- "The Big Show"
- "Robin Hoek"
- "Nurse Stimpy"
- "Space Madness"
- "The Boy Who Cried Rat"
- "Fire Dogs"
- "The Littlest Giant"
- "Untamed World"
- "Black Hole"
- "Stimpy's Invention"
- "In The Army"
- "Powered Toast Man"
- "Ren's Toothache"
- "Man's Best Friend"
- "Out West"
- "Rubber Nipple Salesmen"
- "Sven Hoek"
- "Mad Dog Hoek"
- "Haunted House"
- "Big Baby Scam"
- "Dog show"
- "Stimpy's First Fart"
- "Monkey See, Monkey Don't"
- "Fake Dad"
- "The Great Outdoors"
- "The Cat That Laid the Golden Hairball"
- "Stimpy's Fan Club"
- "A Visit To Anthony"
- "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen"
- "Onward and Upward"
- "Ren Seeks Help"
- "Fire Dogs 2: Part 1"
- "Fire Dogs 2: Part 2"
- "Naked Beach Frenzy"
- "Altruists: Part 1"
- "Altruists: Part 2"
- "Stimpy's Pregnant: Part 1"
- "Stimpy's Pregnant Part 2: The Blessed Event"