The Kids in the Hall: Season 1 (1989 - 1990)

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Quirky, clever, and Canadian, The Kids in the Hall's tight-knit comedy troupe elevates it above other sketch show offerings.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1988

Eagerly-anticipated and long unavailable on video, this pilot episode of the famous Canadian sketch comedy series Kids in the Hall prompted a half-decade run for the SNL and Flying Circus-inspired program. Sketches include: 'Buddy Cole,' Cabbage Head,' 'Brian's Bombshell,' 'Hey You Millionaires!,' 'Guys on a Break,' 'Crying Guy,' and 'Crush Your Head' Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1989

"30 Helens;" "How to Write Comedy;" "Man with a Cabbage for a Head." Scott Thompson.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1989

"Gunman for Hire"; "The Saltiest Ham Ever"; "Was that Movie 'Citizen Kane?' " Dave Foley.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1989

"The Slow Country Doctor;" "The Daves I Know;" "Streetfighter Has Deja-Vu." Scott Thompson.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1989

Grandpa finally gets over his constipation; "The Head Crusher." Bruce McCulloch.

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Air date: Dec 5, 1989

"30 Helens"; "Office Firings"; "A Kid Brings Home a Stray Businessman." Scott Thompson.

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Air date: Dec 12, 1989

"Fletcher Christian: Mutineer, Shoe Salesman"; "The Hotel La Rut." Mark McKinney.

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Air date: Dec 19, 1989

"Dinosaurs in Gay Bar"; "Food Critic Meets Old Buddies from the Chain Gang." Dave Foley.

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Air date: Jan 2, 1989

"Monday Morning Kathies"; a man wants to die in the house he was born in. Kevin McDonald.

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Air date: Jan 9, 1990

"Salt Thieves"; "The Worst Vaudeville Straight-Man Does 'Who's On First.' " Mark McKinney.

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Critic Reviews for The Kids in the Hall Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Their original characters, their clever lines and groundbreaking themes, and their ability to play realistic women (along with their willingness to kiss each other) surely meant they would go down in comedy history.

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The self-contained fivesome never relied on pop culture references or celebrity impressions to get a laugh. Instead they created surreal characters that seemed to inhabit some mysterious other universe.

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What they have done is give Home Box Office audiences in America a dark and almost dangerous weekly comedy show, one that doesn`t play-as so such American comedy increasingly does-to the lowest common denominators.

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I became addicted, not only because of the wildly nonsensical sketch humor but also because Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson were a decisively cohesive unit.

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Do we really need an all-male, all-white quintet of flip, hip kids, making with the jokes?

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Kids In The Hall inhabited a self-contained world built around original characters and absurdist setups, linked by wraparound sketches and short films that occasionally valued weirdness over funniness.

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It's the Kids' deliriously subversive take on middle-class manners and hypocrisy, and the way they fully inhabit their characters with subtle, laser-sharp acting, that set their comedy above the norm.

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All five comics are clean-cut, boy-next-door types, which gives their off-the-wall humor an extra spin.

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These follow the rich sketch tradition of hit-or-miss, but the Kids are notable for some of the most fascinatingly experimental misses in comedy history.

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McKinney's hilarious head-crushing sketch remains a classic, and his portrayal of a strutting, squawking Chicken Lady is still funny years later.

Mar 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You can say this about "The Kids in the Hall:" They are sometimes funnier than the gang over at "Saturday Night Live." Then again, that is not saying a lot these days, when the late-night "SNL" players fall flat more often than not.

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The canadian sketch comedy series broke far more ground at the time, relying less on pop culture or topical impersonations and more on social anxieties revolving around subjects like sexuality, gender, faith, the workplace, and family.

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