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The Beginning

The tale of Courage the Cowardly Dog all begins with a man named John R. Dilworth, and a cartoon short by the name of "The Chicken from Outer Space". Back in 1995, before Cartoon Network had even heard the name 'Courage', John Dilworth produced an animated short called "The Chicken from Outer Space". The cartoon aired on Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! show and was later picked up as a series.

The first episode aired on November 12, 1999. The first show consisted of "A Night at the Katz Motel" and "Cajun Granny Stew". This show is still the best one to date, in my opinion. The premiere achieved the Cartoon Network's highest ratings for on original series premiere among total households and the 2-11, 6-11 and 12-17 age demographics.

Since then, over a dozen other episodes have aired, and Cartoon Network is still buying. We can expect to see Courage around for a long time to come. Courage has remained one of the most fun and original shows on the network, and storylines are never the same. Except for the basic plot each episode follows, that is... Courage, a small purple-pink dog lives in the middle of Nowhere with his owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagge. But of course, creepy stuff happens in nowhere and it's up to Courage to save his new home. Stupid dog... Muriel loves Courage, but Eustace doesn't really like him all that much, and he gets a kick out of spooking the dog with his big ugly green mask.

Since it's launch the show has seen many original villains and creeps, often parodies of real people. Sean Connery, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Walken are only a few to name. Whether it be name, or just an accent in the character's voice, we can tell that the writers and developers of this show have a great sense of humor. The show is a funny, fresh escape from the often boring drudge that is cartoon television. Thank you Cartoon Network, for showcasing one of the most originally entertaining cartoon shows of the decade.

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