From Sean O’Neal of AV Club:
10 episodes that take you inside the weird world of The Kids In The Hall
When The Kids In The Hall first premiÃ¨red on HBO in 1989, it carried with it the pedigreeâ€”and the onusâ€”of Saturday Night Liveâ€™s Lorne Michaels. His executive-producer stamp on the Canadian comedy troupeâ€™s introduction to America, combined with the sense of lawlessness granted by ad-free cable, set the expectation that Kids would be SNLâ€™s more rambunctious cousin, the Toronto farm team that played a bit rougher than the broadcast big leagues. But audiences who tuned in expecting a slightly dirtier SNLâ€”a skewering of the zeitgeist with more swears and nudityâ€”were probably baffled to find a surrealist sketch series unlike anything U.S. viewers were then used to, particularly if theyâ€™d never caught Monty Pythonâ€™s Flying Circus reruns on PBS. Continue reading.