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?
The Bagge family travels to New York where they take a tour of Radio City Music Hall. Afterward, their tour guide sends Courage to fetch an emergency package before the evening's performance. En route, Courage winds up in an abandoned house and opens a series of doors to find the package.
As eerie organ music plays, Courage frantically runs through the house, opening doors and then slamming them shut after they reveal frightening scenes like movie monsters and sharks.
In front of the third door, Courage takes a deep breath and opens it - he sighs in relief at the sight of a small blond girl playing the violin, her back to the door. But as she turns around, she reveals a freakish, zombie-like face with bugged-out eyes, which scares Courage, sending him on the run again.Does this keep you up at night?
The Great Fusilli
A talking alligator recruits Eustace, Muriel, and Courage to perform on his stage. Unfortunately, the stage turns performers into lifeless marionettes, leading to the creepiest moment in the episode: Courage puppeteering his owners' lifeless bodies.Does this keep you up at night?
The Clutching Foot
In arguably the grossest episode of the series, Eustace wakes up with a foot infection that takes over his entire body, turning him into a giant, disgusting foot. As if this weren't bad enough, the cure for Eustace's fungal infection involves poor Courage licking it. No thanks!Does this keep you up at night?
King Of Flan
The King of Flan is a sinister man with a football-shaped head who hypnotizes all the citizens of Nowhere, so they crave his product. From his sparse teeth to his off-putting voice, the King of Flan and his questionable marketing scheme will stick with you after the episode is over. How can anyone love flan this much?Does this keep you up at night?