Kitchen (Originally titled "Happiest Town on Earth") is an American animated sitcom, created by Ralf Hat that is broadcasted on MTV and various other channels around the world. The series began airing in 1999 and is on its eighteenth season with a total of 316 episodes at seasons end, one movie and 29 shorts.
The series revolves mainly around four anthropomorphic food children; Bucket Head, Pants, and Chuck . The show has also caused a number of controversies and has had a huge censorship over the years. It is banned in some countries and is known for its offensive satire and graphic/violent scenes. The show is given both the TV-14 and TV-MA rating for its gruesome overtone and offensive content. On November 9, 2015 an agreement was made with Dark Side Studios to air Uncut and uncensored versions of Kitchen to begin airing on the same day.
The show takes place in the Keystyri Dimension, an alternate universe where humans and anthropomorphic sentient food characters coexist together.
Kitchen follows the exploits of three children, living in PotCity, New Jersey, a city which is infamous for its violence, terrible atmosphere, racist background, and uneducated citizens. It is hated throughout America, and is so politically incorrect, that the KKK have been known to lurk in it.
The main characters are Bucket Head, Pants, and Chuck. Three middle schoolers who witness many experiences in the city. Bucket Head is an easily sexually aroused, paranoid religious child, who is somewhat of an attention whore to his friends. He is caring, and passionate to his family, friends, and others in the series, and actually shows respect towards his best friend, Pants (whom many despise). Pants is a self-centered, bigoted child criminal who adores making fun of people who aren't him, and gets angered by many quickly. He is a huge douche and hypocrite, and barely learns anything. Chuck is the new guy, who first came in the show in the third season. He is the most sanest and intelligent character in the whole show. He loves inventing, and helping others out, and usually tries to forget about his dark, abusive past.
The characters go on adventures which usually involve violence, politics, religion, racism, etc as the main theme. As the series grows, it holds a large vast of characters, episodes, and plot lines.
To see the characters, Go to the Characters list.
Development & History
When Kitchen debuted, it was a huge ratings success for MTV and is seen as being largely responsible for the success of the channel.
The show's first episode, "Cloning Machine 9000", earned a Nielsen rating of 1.4 (100,000,000 viewers), at the time considered high for a cable program. The show instantly generated a high impact among television viewers, and mass viewing parties began assembling almost everywhere as the series matured. By the time the season finale episode "A Merry Cosby Christmas" aired , ratings and viewership had doubled, and Kitchen was already one of the most successful show in MTV's history. When the second season's first episode "Hey Hey Hey, It's the KKK" aired the following February, viewership increased another 36 percent. The episode earned a 7.1 rating, which at the time was over 10 times the average rating earned by a cable show aired in prime time.
The show's frequent depiction of taboo subject matter, violent humor, accessibility to younger viewers, disregard for conservative sensibilities, negative depiction of liberal causes, and portrayal of equality for comic effect have been the main sources for generating controversy and debate over the course of its run. The series became a huge success after the first season aired, and it stunned critics with mostly positive remarks. However, many critics argued the fact that most of the early seasons (1-2) were too much like South Park and Family Guy, the creators decided to refresh the series since season seven and up to give it its own original feel.The series currently has an 8.2 on IMDB, a 88/100 on TV.Com, a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 2/5 on Common Sense Media.
Main Article: List of Kitchen controversies
Kitchen is adult-oriented and overwhelmed with violent and offensive comedy. The humor is largely humorously dark and satirical in nature, its primary focus being the mockery of stereotypes and the casual exploration of taboo subject matter, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, pornography, abortion, and child abuse. Nearly all episodes feature at least one death, and several episodes feature characters going on killing sprees or perpetrating or becoming victims of mass murder, the main characters will subsequently return alive and uninjured, either in the subsequent episode, or within the time frame of the same single episode.
Main Article: Kitchen: Real and Raunchy
During the third season of the series, Kitchen witnessed heavy amounts of censorship by MTV, who at that time cared about the series edgy, and offensive humor. Many protests against the show have been made frequently, and led many people to believe that Kitchen's humor is more hateful, especially compared to other adult animated programs such as Family Guy or South Park). Due to the fear of cancellation, Son of Hat and TheSteveDude decided to work on a theatrical film based on the series. The film worked on a budget of $19 Million and had a box office of $100 Million nationwide. The film opened up with topics about politically correct/incorrect ideas, censorship, freedom of speech, and war. It had a positive impact on the show as it later matured more than the original first few seasons. It was also given the R rating, nearly avoiding the NC-17 rating.
Main Article: Kitchen Home Video Releases