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Courage the Cowardly Dog

Courage the Cowardly Dog

Cartoon Network 1999

The bizarre misadventures of a cowardly dog named Courage and his elderly owners in a farmhouse in Nowhere, Kansas.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Courage the Cowardly Dog

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E24

#1 - Remembrance of Courage Past (Season 4 - Episode 24)

Courage remembers the time when his parents were sent to outer space by an evil vet.

The episode was rated 8.75 from 20 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E15

#2 - Muted Muriel (Season 4 - Episode 15)

Muriel refuses to talk after Eustace keeps ignoring her, so Shirley makes a giant starfish attack and it can only be stopped at the sound of Muriel's voice.

The episode was rated 8.64 from 14 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E25

#3 - The Tower of Dr. Zalost (Season 2 - Episode 25)

A giant moving tower on wheels and (computer generated) legs shoots magical cannonballs that turn everyone in Nowhere green and sad. It is the work of the green-skinned Dr. Zhalost who wants to make everyone in Nowhere miserable like he is. He demands 33 1/3 billion dollars from the mayor. His assistant is a hunchbackish rat with a scar called Rat. Zalost gets the money, but he is still not satsified. Meanwhile, Muriel is making happy plums. Eustace is mad the paper isn't delivered so he tries to get it, and after a failed attempt, he meets up with Zhalost's tower. It follows Eustace and fires cannonballs. Eustace isn't effected because he doesn't have much feeling. But Muriel is hit, so Courage needs to find a way to make her normal. Courage hides in a pizza box that Eustace delivers to Rat. Courage finds piles and piles of cannonballs and he accidently realeases some and one hits Rat. Rat turns into a giant demon rat. Courage fires happy plums because Muriel said...

The episode was rated 8.48 from 21 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E18

#4 - Last of the Starmakers (Season 4 - Episode 18)

A star making squid has just had babies(in eggs)She looses her husband to a giant inhaling whale. The squid ends up landing on Earth where she lays there with her eggs. Courage isn't sure about her at first, until he notices that she makes stars. This also flatters Muriel, but Eustace calls the military so he can get money! The military uses the squid and the eggs for research. Muriel sends Courage to help the squid. With the help, the eggs finally hatch and the baby squids float up into the heavens. The mother squid turns into a garden. And once again, Eustace gets his just desserts at the end.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 19 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E1

#5 - The Magic Tree of Nowhere (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Eustace grows a magical tree that can grant him whatever he wants. When it gets more attention than Eustace, he decides to cut it down. Courage protects it, but eventually it's cut down. However, the tree has enough power to give Courage the cure to Muriel's new bloated head sickness.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 54 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E14

#6 - Mega Muriel the Magnificent (Season 2 - Episode 14)

Courage's Computer,who is sick and tired of answering Courage's questions about shadows,monsters,etc. and thinks there not scary so he does something evil ... he uploads his memory into Muriel's body and control's it. He does stunts to make Courage have to rescue the Computer (which is in Muriel's body) Eventually he gets stuck and Courage has to save him from a machine. Even the Nowhere News was there to telecast these stunts of Muriel or (the Computer). Eventually the computer apologizes and goes back into the monitor and Muriel returns to her normal self.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 19 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E24

#7 - The Sand Whale Strikes (Season 2 - Episode 24)

A whale a long time ago gave his accordian to Icket Bagge(Eustace's father)while playing a unfair game.Now he wants it back.He arrives at the Bagge house and thinks Eustace is Icket. He swims through sand barrages and through the house and eats Muriel and Eustace.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 16 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E11

#8 - Courage the Fly (Season 2 - Episode 11)

Courage gets turned into a fly by Di Lung outside his house .Eustace trys to smack him, because he hates flys. He trys three times to get the fly but keeps hiting Muriel instead.Courage then must stop a salalite from hitting the house. It crashes in there yard.Muriel and Eustace then find out Courage turned into a fly. Eustace walks into the house and wants to get rid of the dog-fly.Muriel says how can you think of getting Courage at a time like this, the satalite almost hit the house. Eustace replies ""It didn't even come close"".Suddenly the satalite raises out of the ground and picks Eustace up with it as it shoots up toward space.Muriel and Courage then just sit in their rocking chair.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 21 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E19

#9 - Son of the Chicken From Outer Space (Season 4 - Episode 19)

Ashamed at what happened to her husband, the wife of the Chicken from Outer Space sends their three-headed son to destroy Courage. When they land, they try to just zap him, but they hit Eustace instead. Then they tried a bomb disguised as an egg, but Courage puts it in the toilet, and blows up Eustace. And they finally try tieing Courage up and running over him with a train. The three-headed chicken fails and starts getting in a fight with itself. They start crying because it's mother said that if they don't kill Courage, they can't come home. The middle head always carries a camera, so Courage has them take pictures of Courage being tortured. With that, the chicken bades farewell, but Eustace, Muriel, and Courage end up looking like a three-headed chicken.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 15 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E16

#10 - The Forbidden Hat of Gold (Season 2 - Episode 16)

Eustace finds a treasure map his dead brother, Horace, left him. It leads to a golden hat in a cave. Eustace, Muriel and Courage go there. When Eustace takes the golden hat, monks that live there capture the three. Then they try to sacrifice Muriel to their God, which is a rock statue. Courage destroys the rock by giving it a strange coat. Eustace finally gets the hat, but when he puts it on he turns to stone.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 18 votes.

Courage the Cowardly Dog - S1E25
#11 - Little Muriel
Season 1 - Episode 25

Little Muriel: Muriel is picked up by a tornado and is turned into a little kid. Courage has to put up with Little Muriel's antics and must find a tornado spinning the opposite direction to change Muriel back.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S3E20
#12 - Angry Nasty People
Season 3 - Episode 20

Benton Tarentella returns to make a show about ""angry nasty"" people with Muriel, Eustace and Courage. Eustace is the star because he's very mean. Benton literally takes Eustace's meaness and gives it a form! It's known as Mr. Nasty. Eustace and Mr. Nasty make lots of money and Muriel and Courage are mad because they always get made fun of on the show. So Courage makes Mr. Nasty angry and throws Benton into quicksand. Now Eustace is on a talkshow and loses his money to Mr. Nasty.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E1
#13 - A Beaver's Tale
Season 4 - Episode 1

The Bagge's yard gets flouded, Eustace and Muriel go for a swim. Everything is alright until the water rises too high and enters their house. Courage paddles around in the water to the town of Nowhere and stops when he sees a beaver putting up a dam. Courage trys to ask him nicely to stop building it because it ruining there home, but the beaver just hits him with his tail. Courage then finds out the beaver's real love is for music and not construction. The beaver starts to hit his tail as a rythem on the dam.Courage picks the string on his yo-yo, like an instrument. The beaver's tale constatly hiting the dam eventually breaks it. Courage's house's water level drys up to nothing. Muriel and Eustace then attend a concert in a local karaoke-type place to watch Courage and the beaver play their instruments.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S1E15
#14 - The Hunchback of Nowhere
Season 1 - Episode 15

A hunchback who is rejected by everyone wants to find a house to sleep in. He goes to the Bagge house, but Eustace rejects him. It's raining and Courage gets Eustace's raincoat and finds the hunchback in the barn. He is very friendly and together have fun doing shadow puppets, acrobatic stunts and bell ringing. Muriel is happy to have the hunchback stay with them, but Eustace wants him to go.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S3E4
#15 - The Record Deal
Season 3 - Episode 4

While Eustace is driving home,Shirley the Medium throws out a Velvet Vic record when doing some spring cleaning and Eustace plays the record Velvet Vic comes out and then Muriel becomes trapped in the record and Courage has to get her out.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S1E24
#16 - Journey to the Center of Nowhere
Season 1 - Episode 24

Muriel's homegrown eggplants (that live underground) aren't getting enough water and try to attack her. Courage, after constantly trying, finally stops the eggplants from eating Muriel and give the eggplants water. Everything goes back to normal, and Muriel wins an award for the best eggplants.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S3E19
#17 - Fishy Business
Season 3 - Episode 19

A lady fish or fishonnary comes to take Muriel, Courage and Eustace back to ""where they came from"". It turns out they really go to an underwater bio-dome becausea all life originally came from the sea. These three fish judges annouce them guilty of uncivilized behavior (sipping tea, wearing shoes, etc.). So they put them in a goldfish bowl with gills that let them breathe underwater. They have to act like fish and even eat fishfood! Courage must save everyone.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E21
#18 - Ball of Revenge
Season 4 - Episode 21

Eustace finally gets tired of Muriel treating Courage so well, so he does something to finally destroy Courage once and for all. He gathers together the villains Courage fought to destroy Courage!

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S4E2
#19 - The Nutcracker
Season 4 - Episode 2

Muriel,Courage, and Eustace head down to the local dump to look for stuff they might want. Most of it is just pure junk except this nutcracker they fin

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Courage the Cowardly Dog - S2E20
#20 - Cowboy Courage
Season 2 - Episode 20

Courage dreams about being a sherif in a Western city. Accompanied by Muriel, they go after the ghost of bank-robbing Eustace, or better known as The Whip.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

Last updated: aug 18, 2022



Courage the Cowardly Dog was a very nice re-watch, most folks remember this series for being scary but I honestly always just thought it was funny. It's still just as funny watching it today whether seeing how Courage's screams result in bodily changes or just laughing at how bizarre the premise of some episodes are. That does not mean however that the show lacks nightmare fuel all around, I can definitely see why a lot of viewers were creeped out by King Ramses or the Spirit of The Harvest moon. I actually really feel like the creators were going more for a creepy scary feel at the start and then shifted to "How many times can we psych the viewers out and make them say WTF". The music in the show is pretty awesome, it helps tons to hammer in on the creepy factor and on the heartwarming moments of the show. One thing I really enjoyed while watching it now is that a lot of the times Courage ends up helping the monster of the episode or it turns out that the monster wasn't even the villain, it really gives the show a very nice theme of "Don't judge a book by its cover". There's multiple times where he helps protect a monster's babies, or just helps a monster actually gain something to make them happy. Seemed like the show was going for a "Violence is not the answer" message. Unlike the rest of the Cartoon Network shows I've re-watched so far Courage tends to go the much more subtle route with adult jokes. I'd say there's about less than 6 adult jokes that are up in your face. There are adult themes covered in some episodes such as the infamous "The Mask" episode which covers the theme of domestic abuse or the final episode where Courage is forced to become perfect. A detail I found interesting is that Courage speaks less English the longer the series went on.


An Absolute child favorite! Must watch.




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