I’m gonna write a bigass post on how great Clone High is.
Did you watch Clone High? I’m always thrown off by how many people have’t heard about it. I’m not even trying to be an elitist about that - I think it’s something a lot of people would genuinely enjoy and more people should know about it!
Clone High was a distressingly short lived cartoon created by Phil Lord, Bill Lawrence and Christopher Miller about the teenage clones of various historical figures trying to live up to the legacies of the people they descended from and navigate their way through the horrors and heartbreak of high school life, mostly centering around the gawky, ungraceful Abe Lincoln’s efforts to compete with JFK, a womanizing overly macho jock for the affections of Cleopatra, as well as a surly misanthropic Joan of Arc’s attempts to deal with her own unrequited love for Abe. The clones are all overseen by the fantastically insane Principal Scudworth and his faithful robot sidekick, Mr. Butlertron, who speaks in two distinct intonations and calls everyone Wesley for no particular reason.
Beyond the show’s odd concept, every “very special” episode serves as an on-point satirization of bad teen drama tropes and cliches, sometimes subtly and sometimes line-for-line including five or six She’s All That airport gags in the same twenty minute episode. The amazing thing is that despite being completely ridiculous and parodying so many tired standbys, the show still manages to endear you to the characters in such a strong and effective way, which only makes the fact that the show’s 13th and final episode ends on a heartbreaking cliffhanger even more upsetting.
This show had probably one of the strongest influences on my sense of humour because only a few shows have even come close to pacing its jokes as well as this one. It’s actually really inspiring to watch.
Here then, is one of my personal favourite episodes in its entirety, entitled Episode Two: Election Blu-Galoo, in which Abe makes a bid for class president to impress Cleopatra and Principal Scudworth accepts a corporate sponsorship for the school. It features Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Sarah Chalke from Lawrence’s other show at the time, Scrubs, as the corporate executives as well as an unsettlingly wholesome and whimsical appearance by Marilyn Manson so memorable that Family Guy couldn’t help but shamelessly rip it off a few years later.
Fucking watch this show oh my god
Joan’s movie in the film competition episode absolutely kills me. Every. Time.
Also, Mr. Butlertron’s battle with Scangrade in the PXJT episode. Oh, Clone High… How I love thee.