The makers of Too Many Cooks turn their upsetting attention to the world of Let's Play videos

Despite numerous attempts—many of them responsible for some of the strangest, most interestingly upsetting online content of the last few years—Adult Swim has never managed to match the sheer viral punch of Too Many Cooks. The 2014 short caught the internet totally off-guard when it debuted, unannounced, at 4 a.m. on…

Here’s how TV title sequences evolved with the rise of prestige TV

The term “prestige TV” represents a refinement of almost every aspect of a given show, from writing to performances. That also extends to title sequences, which have evolved considerably since the kind of cheesy joviality “Too Many Cooks” set out to lampoon. A new video from Wired explores this phenomenon, tracking…

Comedian Cole Escola’s orange juice commercial has a dark twist

The fact that the leading brand of orange juice is shockingly high in sugar proves altogether too much for one innocuous-looking suburban mother in “Mom Commercial,” a sketch by New York comedian Cole Escola. The ad parody begins normally enough, with Escola’s plaid-clad domestic doyenne delivering the usual…

“Too Many Clones” revels in Tatiana Maslany’s many Orphan Black roles

Over the course of three seasons (soon to be four), Orphan Black has revealed Tatiana Maslany’s incredible talent for playing a variety of characters. By adopting different accents, postures, and mannerisms, Maslany is able to inhabit clones pretending to be other clones with a multilayered performance that has…

Adult Swim’s latest weird “infomercial” is deeply unsettling

Hot on the heels of viral hit Too Many Cooks and In Search Of A Miracle Man, Unedited Footage Of A Bear is the latest weird offering to debut in Adult Swim’s ongoing 4 a.m. informercial timeslot. While Unedited Footage Of A Bear doesn’t have an equally catchy jingle (although it does have a Dan Deacon soundtrack), it…

Watch Cookie Monster unofficially get in on this whole Too Many Cooks thing

This is an auspicious day indeed for parents who have been waiting for a version of Adult Swim’s violent, surreal Too Many Cooks that they can show to their small children without fear of traumatizing the young ones for life. Given the Muppets’ penchant for zeitgeist-friendly parodies of decidedly not-for-kids fare…

Now the Too Many Cooks theme song can get stuck in your head as a chiptune

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Casper Kelly’s Too Many Cooks short. First it began as a 4 a.m. oddity on television caught by a few Adult Swim viewers who probably assumed it was either a fever dream or the beginning of their slow descent into insomnia-induced madness. Then it hit YouTube and quickly became a…