Courage The Cowardly Dog is one of those shows that was really great but also really terrifying. In fact, I’m not sure how I managed to watch it as a kid. I wasn’t a scaredy cat, but that show was full of some seriously weird nightmare fuel. Honestly, it’s worth wondering how this show ended up with a Y7 rating, because some of these episode were so chilling that even as an adult I find them tough to watch.
How many kids shows can you say that about? Hint: None, if any.
If you were a fan of Courage back in the day, then you’ll appreciate this roundup of the show’s top 10 freakiest, most effed up episodes ever.
Courage In The Big, Stinkin' CityYou know what's scarier than a little girl playing the violin by herself in a haunted building? A little girl playing the violin by herself in a haunted building who suddenly turns around only to reveal herself as a demon claymation monster. Yeah.
Freaky FredYou know, if this weirdo's obsession was just with shaving people and animals, that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. But why is it that the sound of little children laughing plays in his head while he does it? Nope. Nope.
The Gods Must Be GooseyThis episode wasn't exactly scary, but it was definitely strange. This goose had some serious thirst for Muriel and wasn't afraid to show it. Goose thirst. Shudder.
Night At The Katz MotelI thought that the only people who had man-eating spiders for fun was Hagrid from Harry Potter. Wrong. These spiders were comparable in nightmare fuel, honestly.
PerfectWhat. Is. That. Thing. Though?
PilotThis pilot episode has become a permanent fixture in my childhood memories. There were few things more disgusting than alien chicken eggs in a frying pan. Alien eggs that were later eaten...and led to Eustace being turned into an evil chicken. Yuck.
King Ramses' Curse"Return the slab." If this episode didn't freak you out even a little bit then you are some sort of weird, fearless superhuman. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or afraid of you.
The Great FusilliHonestly, this episode mostly got freaky at the very end, when Eustace and Muriel are turned into puppets and Courage decides to live out the rest of his life animating their actions, including Eustace's torment. Yikes.
The House Of DiscontentFloating, realistic black and white heads are always going to be scary, okay? Okay? It's just a rule.
The MaskSo this episode is effed up but also incredibly powerful. A masked cat by the name of Kitty is sad because her friend Bunny is in a bad relationship with a dog. We later find out that this dog isn't just a bad boyfriend, but he is straight up abusive and even pimps Bunny out. Luckily, Kitty and Bunny reunite at the end and become BFFs forever, but this was a seriously dark episode.
What other episodes of Courage have scarred you for life? Which eps are your favorite? Tell us in the comments!