Today, On A Very Special Clone High

Way way back in the 1980s, secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies. 

As we've previously discussed, there are some shows that ended before their time. One such show is Clone High. From the creative forces known as Phil Lord and Chris Miller (aka the dudes who made The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street) and Bill Lawrence (ScrubsCougartown), it was a short lived cartoon about - wait for it - clones navigating through high school. 

Unlike the clones in Orphan Black (which I just started watching so I don't know why she has clones yet), they were clones of famous historical figures. The episodes mostly revolved around the lovable-but-naive Abe Lincoln, comedic party guy Gandhi, rebellious Joan of Arc (who had a crush on Abe), the seductive Cleopatra, and frat boy JFK. Rounding out the main cast was the evil genius-esque Principal Scudworth and his robot butler, Mr Butlertron who had a habit of calling people "Wesley". 

Most episodes parodied the storylines of stereotypical teen dramas: there was the smoking/drugs episode (featuring Jack Black), educating the students on the perils of having ADD (and ADHD, its hyperactive cousin), the environment (which proved that litter kills), a Christmas special (which may or may not have co-starred Mandy Moore), and, naturally, prom (preceded by a makeover episode). 

The prom episode was also the series finale and left the show on a cliffhanger, never to be resolved. It featured a killer cameo from John Stamos, though. 

There are probably a number of reasons why it was cancelled. Poor ratings or reviews; apparently a bit of a kerfuffle in India about Gandhi's portrayal...either way, it ended too soon, only running nine of the total thirteen episodes in the US, while the full series was shown in Canada. 

It was a smart show: funny in a satirical, tongue-in-cheek way, a real "adult cartoon" that, had it continued, might have joined the ranks of early-The SimpsonsFamily Guy, maybe even South Park, though it wasn't as crude as some of those episodes could be. Instead, we get a cult classic and some shout outs in Lord/Miller's more popular work, such as Will Forte reprising his role as Abe Lincoln in The Lego Movie

If you haven't already, it's time to watch Clone High.