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10 Mind-Blowing TV Shows to Watch When You're Tired of the Same Old Same Old

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus

There are two types of people in this world: people who don’t like Monty Python and people who quote it incessantly. There is no other option.  

This revolutionary sketch show took simple premises and made them hilarious, mostly thanks to the comedic capabilities of its main players. Much of Monty Python’s humor came from poking fun at English culture, though it was not lost on its foreign viewers either.

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Danger 5

Danger 5

Though the Australian series premiered in 2012, you would swear that it came straight out of the 1960s. Set in an alternate version of World War II, a group of secret agents must take down the Nazi regime. However, along the way they encounter many perfectly absurd scenarios and creatures, including dinosaurs and a boss with the head of an eagle. The camp factor is high, but Danger 5 is well worth a watch.

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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

This show, which blended surrealist imagery with small-town drama, garnered such a cult following in the 90s that it's actually getting a revival on Showtime in 2017. David Lynch’s creepy dramedy was laced with elements of science fiction, horror, and pure absurdism—case in point, the prophetic "log lady". Although it only lasted for two seasons, Twin Peaks is often regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time by critics. 

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The Eric Andre Show

The Eric Andre Show

Along with his pal Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre hosts a 1980s-style talk show, in which he crashes through set pieces and subjects people on the streets of New York to his unique, frenetic brand of humor. Celebrity guests are frequently shocked by his comments and questions, and viewers never know what to expect when they tune in. This is definitely not your parent's talk show. 

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The Ren & Stimpy Show

The Ren & Stimpy Show

In the early 1990s, this series paved the way for raunchy cartoons with humor geared towards adults much more than their kids. Much of the show’s outrageous comedy seemed to be an attempt by the writers to see just how far they could push the envelope before network censors intervened. Watch any given five minutes of The Ren & Stimpy Show and you will quickly see why parents petitioned to get it taken off the air.

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Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital

Featuring many of today’s major comedy players and countless A-list guest stars, Children’s Hospital makes the most of its cast. Don’t let the name fool you, though—this is not a show you want to watch with the kids. This bizarre program uses its time slot to make fun of the growing popularity of medical shows. With its absurd humor and strangely poignant observations, you won’t be able to look away.

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The Ben Stiller Show

The Ben Stiller Show

Even in the raunchy world of sketch comedy, The Ben Stiller Show stood out—so much so that it was unable to connect with a mainstream audience during its early 1990s run. Showcasing the early abilities of talented-but-then-obscure comedians like David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk, the show holds even more weight now that its stars have had successful careers in the industry.

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Cop Rock

Cop Rock

In 1990, the world wasn’t ready for a musical police drama, though nowadays it might not be that out of the ordinary in a world that embraces shows like Glee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Cop Rock was called "the single most bizarre TV musical of all time" by TV Guide, mainly because it would interrupt the inner workings of the criminal justice system with police officers breaking into song. Say what you will about the premise, “Let’s Be Careful Out There” will be stuck in your head for days once you hear it. 

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Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Few television shows are more polarizing than this one. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! featured comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim displaying their unique brand of anti-humor, complete with outdated special effects and big-name celebrity guest stars. Their ridiculous comedy bits that drew heavily from the weird world of public access television and infomercials have earned Tim and Eric a loyal, and equally bizarre, fanbase.

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Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Much of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse feels like an extended, drug-induced hallucination. The distinct production design included an array of colorful and original (and frequently non-human) characters. Pee-Wee Herman's random actions had an improvisational feel to them, and he was able to pander to the interests of children on a base level. Howerver, even adults couldn’t help but stare at the absurd happenings on the show.

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