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Regular Show is an American animated television series currently airing on Cartoon Network. Created by J.G. Quintel, the show premiered on September 6, 2010 and is currently on its fifth season. The series revolves around the lives of two friends, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby, both employed as groundskeepers at a park. The show’s other main characters include Benson, a gumball machine who works as the park’s manager; Skips, an immortal yeti who skips instead of walking; Pops, a lollipop-shaped man whose father owns the park; Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost, two best friends who also work as groundkeepers, and Thomas, a goat who is the new intern.
The show has received positive reviews from critics and has also performed well in ratings. It has been nominated for numerous awards, and won an Emmy Award in 2012.
The ideas for Regular Show grew out of J.G. Quintel’s own life and experiences in college. Several characters from Regular Show were developed from characters from two student films Quintel made at the California Institute of the Arts: The Naïve Man from Lolliland (2005, left) and 2 in the AM PM (2006, right).
Quintel soon found work at Cartoon Network Studios, and was offered to pitch for the network’s project Cartoonstitute. He developed the characters from his student films to create the original Regular Show pilot. The project was abruptly cancelled, but Regular Show was greenlit.
After gathering a team of storyboard artists, work started on the show’s first season. “The Power”, the show’s first episode, aired on September 6, 2010; it received positive reviews and attracted 2.097 million viewers. The show has been noted for its own special humor and style, including its voice acting, references to 1980s culture, featured music and adult humor. As the series progressed, it soon found its own special following. A wiki dedicated to the series exists, and the show’s Facebook page has over 2 million likes as of December 2012.
As a result of its popularity and following, the series has spawned an extensive collection of fan art illustrations.
The term “Regular Show” has seen a steady growth since the series premiered.