PuffRuff School is an American animated television series created by Trevor Jordan for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is primarily set at the fictional PuffRuff Middle School in San Francisco, California, and centers on the lives of four students: Emily "MJ" Jordan, Kirby Ableman, Pyro Rexton, and Andrew Anderson. Originally conceived as a satire of teen drama television series, it features a wide range of running gags and cultural references, and ran from October 9, 1994 to May 23, 2004, airing a total of 220 episodes over the span of ten seasons.
PuffRuff School was the first series produced by T.J. Entertainment and Imperium Entertainment. The series' character designs are influenced by that of Whoopass Stew! A Sticky Situation, a 1992 short film made by Jordan's close friend Craig McCracken. Jordan had previously used the style on his first film Operation Blue (1993), and the initial success of that film and PuffRuff School convinced McCracken to eventually pitch his own show, titled The Powerpuff Girls, to Cartoon Network. Having used traditional ink-and-paint animation since Season 1, PuffRuff School switched to digital ink-and-paint starting with the Season 6 episode "Field of Daydreams" in 2000.
During its run, the series spawned various spin-off media, including video games, comics, toys, and a feature film. The series has been praised for its humor, dialogue, and writing, and earned two Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its run. In 2013, PuffRuff School was placed at number 47 on TV Guide's list of the "60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time".
- Main article: List of episodes
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||14||October 9, 1994||March 19, 1995||December 11, 2001 (Region 1)|
|2||23||September 17, 1995||May 19, 1996||August 20, 2002 (Region 1)|
|3||22||September 22, 1996||May 18, 1997||December 9, 2003 (Region 1)|
|4||23||September 21, 1997||May 17, 1998||August 3, 2004 (Region 1)|
|5||23||September 20, 1998||May 16, 1999||December 13, 2005 (Region 1)|
|6||23||September 19, 1999||May 21, 2000||August 15, 2006 (Region 1)|
|7||24||September 17, 2000||May 20, 2001||December 19, 2006 (Region 1)|
|Film||August 17, 2001||January 21, 2002|
|8||21||September 30, 2001||May 12, 2002||July 17, 2007 (Region 1)|
|9||23||September 22, 2002||May 18, 2003||December 4, 2007 (Region 1)|
|10||24||September 21, 2003||May 23, 2004||July 8, 2008 (Region 1)|
Reception and legacyEdit
- Main article: PuffRuff School: The Movie
On August 17, 2001, a feature film based on the series, titled PuffRuff School: The Movie, was released in theaters.
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