Hotdog TV (partially found Cartoon Network interstitial series; 2010)

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Screenshot of the show

Status: Partially Found

Hotdog TV was a series of one-minute interstitials featuring hot dog puppets from one of the Henson Company's own stage shows, Stuffed and Unstrung (which originated from City Kids). It was directed by Patrick Bristow along with Brian Henson in the early episodes and written by Nate Knetchel.

Production for the episodes began in 2009, and the series ran on Cartoon Network in the summer of 2010 and has not aired or been released since. Very little is known about the show apart from the fact that 12 episodes of it were made and the names and air dates of four of them were "Argh!" (July 15th, 2010), "Fiendish Footlong" (August 2nd, 2010), "Truth or Dare" (August 17th, 2010), and "Put Me in Coach" (September 20th, 2010). Additionally, the plot for "Fiendish Footlong" reportedly involved a hot dog finding the titular fiendish footlong, which ends up in a chase. [1]


A clip from an unknown short can be seen on a puppetry reel posted by puppeteer Donna Kimball to YouTube on December 15th, 2018 at approximately 2:00, consisting of some hot dogs at the beach getting their relaxation interrupted by a shark fin.

A screenshot for the "Argh!" short can be seen on a page listing for a compilation of short films titled Shortstack! Family Films, which included the short. This short film compilation itself is lost as well. [2]

On November 8th, 2019, YouTube user Fry Letterman uploaded a VHS rip of the "Fiendish Footlong" episode. However, the beginning seems to be cut off. On April 22nd, 2022, the same user reuploaded the short from the same VHS, but this time in better quality using a better setup.

List of Known Shorts

# Episode Title Air date Status
1 Argh! July 15th, 2010 Partially Found
2 Fiendish Footlong Aug 2nd, 2010 Partially Lost
3 Truth Or Dare Aug 17th, 2010 Lost
4 Put Me in Coach Sept 20th, 2010 Lost
5 Unknown Title (104) Sept 30th, 2010 Lost