8 reasons why Regular Show is awesome

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1. The episodes are only 11 minutes, which makes it extremely easy to watch and the perfect ‘filler’ show – I tend to pop an episode or two on during my lunch break or if I’m waiting for something else to come on. It’s also fun to watch in bulk (great marathon hangover TV).

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2. The characters. Once you get past the fact that the main characters are a blue jay, racoon, yeti and (perhaps most bizarre) a gumball machine, you can see how well written and well developed they are. And they are all people I know, or have known: angry boss, loveable slacker, eccentric…err…lollipop?

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3. Its structure. Each episode begins fairly normally, but by about the halfway point has spiralled off into some mad supernatural world, making it almost like a crazy daydream. But somehow it still manages to be grounded, and seem real. Huh?

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4. The animation is gorgeous. The characters, despite being animals or inanimate objects brought to life, still retain some humanism and expression. And the backgrounds are like hazy, watercolour dreamscapes, which matches the tone of the show perfectly.

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5. It’s a world without boundaries, which means endless and unpredictable possibilities. Characters have died and come back to life, baby ducks have grown into a giant muscle man, the world has nearly ended on several occasions…but then there have been episodes about setting up chairs or getting an annoying song stuck in your head. Anything is possible.

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6. Its influences. It’s got the comic prowess and timing of The Simpsons, the crazy misadventures of The Mighty Boosh, and the realism of The Office, while still having its own unique look and feel.

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7. The show is extremely (sometimes annoyingly) quotable. And the quotes aren’t even fully-formed sentences! Noises like ‘OHHHHH!’, ‘Hm hm hm’ and ‘hamBONING!’ have made it into my regular vocabulary. And nobody knows what I’m on about.

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8. The voice actors. There doesn’t need to be any surrealism in the voices because of all the crazy visuals and storylines, so the characters sound pretty normal and low-key. Which fits really well. And Mark Hamill plays Skips, need I say more?

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