Courage the Cowardly Dog is a supposed children's show that aired on Cartoon Network from 1999 to 2002. The story revolves around a small, perpetually terrified dog named Courage who fights off constant waves of abnormal creatures threatening the well-being of his owners, Eustace and Muriel Bagge. Despite the show's cutesy animation, every episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog is a master class in creating nightmare fuel.
There are endless unsettling moments in Courage the Cowardly Dog. The creepiest episodes involve old-world abominations that seem out of place in the show's modern setting. If you live in rural Kansas, you might be wary of bears and tornadoes, but have you ever stopped to consider the impending threat of a zombie film director?
Demon In The Mattress
The mysterious voice calling Muriel on the phone to say "We've been waiting for you" is just the tip of the eerie iceberg in this episode. Two ratlike henchmen deliver a mattress with a pulsating demonic face to Courage's house. Once Muriel flops down on her new, lump-free bed, the heroes embark on a hideous phantasmagoria akin to a children's version of The Exorcist.308151Does this keep you up at night?
Angry, Nasty People
Benton Tarantella, a zombie director who was likely a serial killer when he was alive, is remarkably unsettling. However, Eustace and Muriel don't view him as such - they have zero qualms about becoming the stars of his new reality show.
Tarantella wants the heroes to express anger and nastiness toward each other, which Eustace embraces fully, much to Courage's disappointment.199163Does this keep you up at night?
The Quilt Club
Harsh-looking conjoined twins Elisa and Eliza Stitch tell Muriel she cannot join their quilt club because they require "new memories." After this rejection, Muriel becomes obsessed with joining the club. She works tirelessly on a quilt, forgetting about everything else in her life.
It turns out the sisters steal members' souls by trapping them in their quilts. Since they stockpile other people's life forces, the sinister duo is effectively immortal.167166Does this keep you up at night?
Car Broke, Phone Yes
After Courage witnesses a heavenly being plummet to Earth, a pair of bloodshot eyeballs wearing a hat and trench coat arrives on the Bagges' doorstep, hoping to make a phone call.
The being has no idea how to work their phone, though. It uses its tentacled appendages to slurp the kindness out of Eustace and Muriel, depositing it in a test tube. Add in an alien brain and a probe in Muriel's nose, and you have the makings of one disturbing episode.143154Does this keep you up at night?