Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Using characters intended for an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, writers Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis created Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which began airing in 15-minute episodes as part of the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" programming. The first episode was a "stealth pilot," aired in the middle of the night with no promotion in December 2000. The animated series follows the misadventures of a group of fast food-shaped detectives living in a crumbling New Jersey. Expanding on the superhero deconstruction of the animated series The Tick, the show follows the daily toils of three would-be crimefighting roommates with irreverent, absurd humor. The supposed leader, Master Shake, frequently puts the rest of the group in danger with his self-centered pursuits. Frylock, the brains of the group, is the only one to possess actual superpowers, or skills, for that matter. The mush-mouthed Meatwad is the bumbling good-natured fool with useless yet hilarious shape-shifting abilities. The three roommates attempt to do battle with the experiments created by the villainous Dr. Weird, a mad scientist, as well as the occasional space creature. However, the team spends most of their energy trying to swim in the pool belonging to their hairy next-door neighbor, Carl. The character designs were all created with layered Photoshop images and then crudely animated by the folks at the Williams Street studios. Some of the series' characters have appeared on other wickedly funny Cartoon Network shows like Sealab 2021 and The Brak Show. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is unique among other cartoons in its excellent original music created by rapper Schoolly D.