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Courage the Cowardly Dog
Genre Animated series, adventure, comedy horror
Created by John R. Dilworth
Directed by John R. Dilworth
Voices of Marty Grabstein
Thea White
Lionel G. Wilson
Arthur Anderson
Simon Prebble
Paul Schoeffler
Billie Lou Watt
Earl Boen
Peter Fernandez
Arnold Stang
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Original channel Cartoon Network 1999-present Boomerang from Cartoon Network 2009-present
produced by Stretch Films and Frederator Studios
Original run November 12, 1999 – November 22, 2002
(Pilot aired on December 31, 1995)
External links
Official website

Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created and directed by John R. Dilworth. The central plot of the program revolves around the titular character, a somewhat anthropomorphized dog named Courage, who lives with his owners Muriel Bagge, a kindly old woman, and Eustace Bagge, a grumpy old farmer, in a farmhouse in the middle of the fictional town of Nowhere, in the U.S. state of Kansas.



Courage the Cowardly Dog revolves around Courage, a small, pink/purple dog, who despite his name is afraid of the most mundane things. His fears are justified as Eustace, Muriel, and Courage constantly run into monsters, aliens, villains, curses, experiments, natural disasters, and other perils that Courage must face and overcome to save his owners and himself.

The show starts, "We interrupt this program to bring you: Courage, the Cowardly Dog! show." It then tells of the set-up for the series: "Abandoned as a pup, he was found by Muriel, who lives in the middle of Nowhere with her husband Eustace Bagge. But creepy stuff happens in Nowhere; it's up to Courage to save his new home." When the announcer says, "But creepy stuff happens in Nowhere:", it shows the season's villains.

The program often alludes to or spoofs horror, cult, and classic films. This is seen in some episode titles: "The Demon in the Mattress", "The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Loveable Duckling", "Heads of Beef", "Klub Katz", "Night of the Weremole", "Journey to the Center of Nowhere", "The Great Fusilli", "Robot Randy", "1000 Years of Courage", "Invisible Muriel", "Human Habitrail", "A Night at the Katz Motel", "Courage the Fly", "Mega Muriel the Magnificent", "The Transplant", "McPhearson Phantom", "The House of Discontent", "Courage vs. Mecha-Courage" and "Hard Drive Courage".


The Original Short Cartoon

Courage, The Cowardly Dog began as a seven minute short cartoon, "The Chicken from Outer Space". Shown in one of the episodes of the Cartoon Network What a Cartoon! Show, a Hanna-Barbera Cartoons innovation by then president Fred Seibert, the short served as a de facto pilot for a future series. The original cartoon had no dialogue except for a line spoken by Courage, who had a more authoritative voice than in the series. An alien chicken was the villain in this short, and would come back for its revenge in the series. (In a still-later episode, the single-bodied, triple-headed sons of the alien chicken attempt revenge, but only because their mother won't let them in the house until they kill Courage.) "The Chicken from Outer Space" was nominated for an Emmy as well as an Academy Award (the only nomination in Hanna-Barbera's long history).


Cartoon Network gave Dilworth the okay to turn the short into a series in 1996. Hanna-Barbera Studios had financed the short, and was supposed to create the series; but Dilworth instead took production to his Stretch Films Studios. Stories were written by the show's head writer, David Steven Cohen, plus Irv Bauer, Craig Shemin, Lory Lazarus, Bill Marsili and Michelle Dilworth. The studio produced 4 seasons with 13 episodes in each season until the last original airing on November 22, 2002. In 2003 it was rumored that the network was considering a fifth season for the show, and many fans compiled an online petition for Cartoon Network to run that fifth season. However, the petition was never sent[citation needed] to the network, which decided not to renew their four-year contract. There would probably not have been a fifth season at any rate: the production team had finished an exhausting year at the end of two full unbroken seasons, and felt that they were finished with Courage for a while[citation needed]. They decided to work on a new series for Cartoon Network -- though this never went beyond pre-production[citation needed]. That same year, there were talks about two new Courage projects, neither of which came to fruition. The first was a CD soundtrack produced by the series' composer Jody Gray, having music scores from the series and popular songs. The second was a possible feature-length movie; they did not discuss whether it would have been a made-for-TV movie or a theatrical release.[citation needed]

Current status

On August 26, 2007 and again on October 7, 2007, a Courage marathon occurred in the US that consisted of 14 half hour segments running from 12PM-7PM, under the title of "Courage Monstervision Marathon". The most recent marathon was on August 13, 2009 on Cartoon Network. Boomerang, Cartoon Network's other network, decided to show Courage reruns every night.

In Australia, Courage reruns air on Cartoon Network in multiple timeslots throughout the week.

In India,Pakistan and Bangladesh Courage reruns air on Cartoon Network at 11 AM in the morning.

In the United Kingdom, the show also continues to air in reruns. Episodes are aired without commercials, not even for half-hour breaks. This is the only show on the UK version of this network aired in such a manner.

In Bulgaria, on March 31, 2009 Courage the Cowardly Dog started on Diema Family.

In Italy, Courage the Cowardly Dog is broadcast from 7 August 2009 on the satellite channel Boing. Before, it was also broadcast by La7 and Cartoon Network. Soon, also will air on Boomerang.

In Brazil, the show is broadcast by Tooncast throughout the week at 11:30 AM and PM. The show is also often broadcast by Cartoon Network.

References to Dilworth

Dilworth often references himself in episodes, putting Dil, a shortened version of his last name on most of the products used, such as tennis rackets, bug zappers, and Courage's computer. He also has a store named, "Dil's General Store", which references to him.



DVD release

Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season One, a two-disc DVD set featuring all 13 episodes from the show's first season, was released in Australia (Region 4) on September 12, 2007, by Madman Entertainment.[citation needed], On January 13, 2010 the complete second season was released.

Other releases

Additionally, select episodes from the series have been featured on various Cartoon Network DVDs.

  • Cartoon Network Halloween Volume 1: 9 Creepy Capers - The Demon in the Mattress / Courage Meets Bigfoot
  • Cartoon Network Halloween Volume 2: Grossest Halloween Ever - Courage Meets the Mummy / Night of the Weremole
  • Cartoon Network Christmas Volume 1: Yuletide Follies - The Nutcracker
  • Cartoon Network Christmas Volume 2: Christmas Rocks - The Snowman Cometh

External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated show about a dog named Courage, his owners Muriel Bagge, a kindly old Scottish woman, and Eustace Bagge, a grumpy old farmer, living together in a farmhouse in the middle of the town of Nowhere, Kansas (often described as The Middle of Nowhere).


Opening Intro

Narrator: We interrupt this program to bring you...Courage the Cowardly Dog Show, starring Courage, the cowardly dog! Abandoned as a pup, he was found by Muriel, who lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, Eustace Bagge. But creepy stuff happens in Nowhere. It's up to Courage to save his new home!
Eustace: Stupid dog! You made me look bad! OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!


  • [catchphrase] The things I do for love!
  • [catchphrase] I know I'm not gonna like this.
  • [catchphrase] I just know something bad is going to happen.
  • [catchphrase] What do I do? What do I do!?!
  • I don't know how to make it in show biz, but up there [looks to the sky] are the real stars.
  • [saying some gibberish then shows what the monster looks like] Help! Help! Help!
  • There's something fishy goin' on here, or my name is Stinky Looloo, and thank goodness it's not.


  • [catchphrase] Stupid dog!
  • [catchphrase] Stupid dog! You made me look bad!
  • [catchphrase] Who the heck are you!?
  • [catchphrase] No solicitors!
  • [catchphrase] Where's me mallet?
  • [catchphrase] Muriel! Where's my dinner?!
  • [catchphrase] What's-eh?!
  • [while scaring Courage] Ooga booga booga!!
  • [after Muriel hits him with rolling pin] Ow! What did I do?!
  • I took a bath last Tuesday!
  • [reading an exorcism incantation] Hullabaloo, and howdy doo! Musty prawns, and Timbucktu! Yeltsy-bee, and hibberty-hoo! Kick 'em in the dishpan! Hoo hoo hoo!! [looks confused] Kick 'em in the dishpan, hoo hoo hoo?
  • That freak's not setting one freaky foot in this house!
  • Stupid Dog-Fly!
  • What's your offer!?
  • Hashbrowns Muriel, and bacon! Crispy bacon!
  • We don't want any!
  • Well judging by the markings and the obvious age of the relic, I'd have to say it would be...GARBAGE!! (throws slab out the window)(Muriel: Eustace!) GARBAGE!! FROM KING GARBAGE!! OF THE GARBAGE DYNASTY!!! Stupid dog. Always bringin' garbage into the house.
  • Our differences are settled...! He's dead and I ain't! (Eustace on his late brother to Muriel)


  • [catchphrase] Courage! So good to see ya.
  • [catchphrase] Would you like a cup of tea?
  • [after saying name of dish] With a wee bit of vinegar.
  • [usually when something surprising happens] Oh my!
  • I guess the only thing I can see without my glasses is Eustace's big shiny head.

Ma Bagge

  • Courage! Good to see ya.
  • Eustace, you stupid boy!
  • I'm ugly! UGLY! UGLY!


  • [catchphrase] No dogs allowed!
  • [after he gets injured] I wish you hadn't done that.
  • A little sport before dying, dear boy?
  • [trying to make Courage lose in staring contest] Blink! Blink! Blink!

Dr. Vindaloo

  • [catchphrase] There's nothing wrong, nothing at all.
  • [catchphrase] Just keep soaking it.
  • There's nothing to worry about. Nothing at all. But there's nothing I can do!
  • What is up with that?
  • That is the worst case of chickenpox I have ever seen!
  • Tangy.
  • I was confused by my submarine.
  • I am no longer a head of lettuce!

Di Lung

  • [when someone gets in his way] Watch where you're goin', ya foo'!
  • Yo, Aunty! What's up?
  • I don't think so/I think so.
  • Look, I invent extra toe!
  • I can make you different/I made you different!
  • I don't think so, supposed to be buffalo.
  • I don't know how, but I go back and work on problem.
  • Get rich quick! It works REAL great, I did it, and so can you! All you have to do to learn the secret of my success is send me money! Thats right, it's as simple as that, get out your checkbook, credit card and wallet and send them to ME! When I came to this country, three weeks ago, I only had a nickel. Now I own three apartment buildings and a fleet of limousines!


  • [catchphrase] Qu'est-ce que c'est? [English: What is this?]
  • [catchphrase] You haven't seen the last of Le Quack!
  • Come here you pesky little doggy!
  • Le Quack is back!


Old Lady Inside Vacuum Cleaner: Let me lay down the ground rules: This is my half of the lint, that's your half of the lint. Remember that and we won't have no trouble.
Shirley the Medium: The stupid one. He's stupid, right?
Computer: [catchphrase] You twit.
Narrator: It appears that I am kidnapped!
King Ramses: [singing] The man in gauze, the man in gauze, King Ramses! The man in gauze, the man in gauze, he's no Santa Claus, the man in gauze, the man in gauze.
Snowman: The first frozen snowman. That's not too shabby.
Freaky Fred: Hello new friend my name is Fred, the words you hear are in my head. I say I said my name is Fred and I've been very...naaaaughty.
Gangster Foot: Or the fat lady gets it, see?
Italian Cook: Hey! Bring that duck back! What am I gonna serve?
Courage: Strudel!
Italian Cook: Oh! Good idea!

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Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network. The central plot of the program revolves around the titular character, a somewhat anthropomorphized dog named Courage. Courage lives with his owners Muriel and Eustace Bagge, an elderly couple, in a farmhouse in the middle of the town of Nowhere, Kansas.

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