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407 - The Killer Shrews



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Zeitgeist Meister - 2 days ago
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Sometimes I think of references that seem obvious, for instance, at 8:58, "No thank you, Leon." But, without the internet, I never would have remembered the name of the little kid from TAGS (who was Clint Howard). Amazing that the writers remembered as many obscure references as they did without that resource, and also makes me wonder how many were at their fingertips and they just couldn't remember something essential like a character name.


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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I imagine discharging a handgun inside a hundred gallon drum must be great for one’s hearing.


FedoraMark - about 1 month ago
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The kaiju rap in the new season’s Reptilicus episode mentions killer shrews. Guess they can be scary!


Michael Atkins - 4 months ago
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How did I not know about this site? I...I'm home q_q


So let me get this straight...
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The problem is the growing threat of overpopulation. The doc's solution is to slow down human metabolism so we consume fewer resources. (Really, this would only affect food consumption.) Put aside for the moment that he can do so without reducing activity level. (Which is either a direct self-contradiction or what he really means is that he's increasing efficiency.) The side effects of his plan are, he tells us, twofold. First, humans will be half their present size. (Which means the next step of his plan will be to convince the entire human race to choose to have dwarf children.) The second is that the human lifespan will be doubled. (Er, doc? I thought the point of this exercise was to address overpopulation. You don't see any problem...? No? Okay, then...) His method for bringing on this massive change in biology is breeding. (Which, in the case of humans, means eugenics. So maybe, instead of a species-wide breeding program, it would be simpler and easier to just convince the entire human race to limit themselves to two children per couple?) He's chosen shrews as his test subjects because their two-week life cycle allows him to rapidly advance his breeding program. (The nine months he's been at this translates into roughly 18 generations, then? If you're so worried about the looming threat, maybe you should try for a solution that won't take centuries to implement?) Unfortunately, in the course of his experiments to make animals smaller and less hungry (which he says have been successful) , he somehow produced a generation of mutants that grew to 20 times the size of their parents (how does that work?) while remaining just as ravenous as the creatures he started out with in the first place. Also, they're immune to poison. In fact, they can drink it up, store it in their saliva glands (which were never designed to do any such thing), and keep it in their mouths for days without ever running out. A poison, mind you, which is so deadly that a mere scratch will kill an adult human in about a minute. Oh, and also, despite the whole point being to reduce their metabolism, they're no longer nocturnal, and will hunt night and day even as they starve to death. But, while they will turn upon each other, they'll only do so as an absolute last resort, which means that they'll first hunt down the last remaining food on the island, and not even bother going after the corpses of their own, which said food has killed.

Is that about right? Did I miss anything? No wonder the spineless ex-fiancée drank so much.


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even the girls who weren't pretty wanted nothing to do with the mads


Funky The Monkey - 7 months ago
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Kellogg, the inventor of cold cereal and was a vary strange guy.


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"you should see the boys when she goes square dancing"
what's that mean? they dump blood on her like Carrie?


Leslie Doesn't Get You - about 5 years ago
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Trumpy: is it just me or did that drink turn Frank into Jack Black?


Eileen Fay - over 3 years ago
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That fine old tradition of the one black character getting killed first carries on......


Huh?
Rosebud - 11 months ago
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at 1:05, anyone have any idea what the captains plan was? That was so great they barely had to riff it. It's great when the movie just riffs itself.


kevomatic - almost 2 years ago
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"Anybody else care for one?"
"I could use some coffee."
"Irish or Spanish?"


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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James Best seems less heroic when you think of him as ineffectual sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Even less so when you think of him as Billy Joe Macallistar's homosexual rapist.


Party game
Rosebud - 11 months ago
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I think I figured out the reason that this movie exists. Drinking Game! You are supposed to take a drink every time a character in the film drinks. Wait, that's too much drinking. Okay, new rule: Everyone picks a character and you can only drink when THAT character drinks. Hmmm...that's still a lot of drinking...


And now something completely .....
Mega Rat2000 - 12 months ago
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I bet Shrews can't play Dixie Jazz like ol timer Billy Slader....


Teri Gee - almost 4 years ago
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You know...when the shrews are all gathered around the fence, why didn't they just kill as many as they could? They have guns!


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 1 year ago
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2:40 It was at this exact moment that Trace started to consider leaving the show.


Teri Gee - about 3 years ago
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So...did anyone ever try to make the Killer Shrew drink? Was it as awful as I think it would be? :)


Kristin Kidd - almost 3 years ago
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I don't know what I love more- seeing the Killer Shrew drink blended (anyone ever try that?) or seeing the Bots dressed up like killer shrews. Makes me laugh out loud.


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Aw, Crow's reaction to his present breaks my heart a little bit. He's trying so hard to be mature, for once. Also, Joel says that Crow's birthday is coming up. When is his birthday? How did Joel decide when the 'bots' birthdays are? Is it the day he made them? Did he just arbitrarily assign dates? I need to know these things! Aaaa! *deep breath* Just a show... *deep breath* Just relax... *deep breath*


Crypto Dentist - about 3 years ago
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Man, if ever a character needed closed captions, it's the scientist dude. Of course, from his inability to enunciate lines, we get a wealth of jokes, so that's fine.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I wonder if they all had doggy treats in their pockets to get the puppies to chase them like that.


Mike Sgro - over 4 years ago
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Killer Shrew Killer Shrew don't know the difference between me or you
they come out at night to give yo a fright, dont look now but he's gonna take a bite
(SWEET GUITAR SOLO)
Killer Shrew Killer Shrew K i double l e r Shrew he's scary and tough , if that aint enough he's augmented with (batmans?) and stuff
Killer Shrew Killer Shrew he's comin to your town TO GET YOU !!!!!


Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago
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The old - timer in the short, looks like Heinrich Himmler.


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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“In 24 hours there will be one shrew left on the island.” Not according to a 53 year late sequel.


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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Young Joel is disconcertingly cute in glasses.


WTF
Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Wait, now they're going sailing? Whiskey tango foxtrot is going on? This movie is almost as bad as Peter Jackson's Hobbit fiasco.


Joey Thomas Mackie - over 2 years ago
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"Does anybody know the plot yet?"


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Awwwww cute puppy dogs in shrew outfits! Almost as cute as


EAG46 - over 2 years ago
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Since James Best's death was announced today, I expect a lot of people watching this later.


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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This episode is one of my favorites. I love the short (Yay!) and I love the movie (Dogs with weird stuff on them.) and I love the riffing. I think they do so well with the material given to them and a lot of is seems to be tailor made to be riffed on. Like Radar Secret Service, which I also love, it's gray and talkie, but it works so well.

It should have way more likes than it does, but a lot of my favorites are like that. :)


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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AKA- dogs wearing shower mats.


Jane Sproul - over 3 years ago
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What I love about this movie is how hard it had to work to suck. The idea of shrews the size of dogs is actually *terrifying.* What are obviously regular dogs in incredibly bad shrew costumes, not so much.


Cindy - over 4 years ago
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That was like "Key Largo", except for shrews instead of Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G Robinson, good acting, and good writing.
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Seriously, The doctor said "We are self-sufficient here." if the island was self sufficient, why did the captain have a whole boat full of new supplies for them?


Fun Fact
Stereo Catz - almost 3 years ago
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The Killer Shrews holds the record for longest time between film and sequel in a live action franchise.(54 years, 119 days) Only being beaten out by animated franchises Bambi(63 years, 178 days) and Fantasia(59 years, 48 days).


Elel - over 5 years ago
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Awwww! Puppies!!


Tyler Jones - almost 3 years ago
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"Any unusual experiment can produce unusual results." Hmm, as bad as the movie was, this part of the episode's stinger sounds like exactly what happened with Hodgson's awesome (albeit unusual) show.

It also sounds like Dr. F's life motto to a tee. haha


Weird Dialogue
Tyler Jones - almost 3 years ago
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Hahah! Joel is so flabbergasted by some of the lines in this movie. XD And rightly so, this dialogue is borderline insane-in-the-membrane.


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Hahaha at 40:20 the almost Taming of the Shrew reference. I have to admit, when I first saw the title of this episode I thought, "My ex?"


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Did you know a sequel was made in 2012 starring James Best as well as John Schneider and Rick Hurst, all from The Dukes of Hazzard? I thought the original killer shrews were bad but YOU GOT TO SEE THESE (start at 1:36): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YLkHGK6wg


Classicats - about 5 years ago
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I hate to admit it, you don't expect a movie called Killer Shrews to have a modicum of suspense, but it kinda did.......... :( Not much, but some.
Also, I like the Captain, he was in a few Twilight Zone episodes.


Liam Humel - over 3 years ago
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Can I buy the "Killer Shrew" song on iTunes?


What in tarnation!?
Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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This isn't really a serious question, but I'm very curious all the same: why is it that people look so much older in old black and white films? In the rodeo short, the 6 year olds look like they're 10, the junior high kids look like high school kids, and the ones that are in high school look like they're in their mid 20's. I just don't get it...


Teri Gee - over 3 years ago
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Unbe-COOL-lievable!


Jaguar Wong Abides - almost 4 years ago
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This Movie needs Subtitles!!! Lucky for us Joel & the Bots are there...


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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If smoking causes cancer so often, shouldn't everyone who lived through the forties, fifties, and sixties have all dropped like flies by now?


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Lol TV's Frank's favorite show would be Dukes of Hazzard.


Teri Gee - almost 4 years ago
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Contemplate shrews...


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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33:47 I don't get how a Walt Whitman reference applies to any of those lines.


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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“How about my friend Roscoe?” He’s Rosco!


Elisa Farrington - almost 4 years ago
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I really liked this episode more this time around, from Servo's goggles slapped on top of his head when he goes into watch the short right down to Frank's spit-take. Every time I watch this I hear 'new' riffs; gave it a laugh.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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In the opening skit, I think it's kinda funny how TV Frank keeps reminding of all the indignities Dr. F. had to suffer through school and then remembers more!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - about 4 years ago
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38:13 Boom mike dips down into the top of the frame! Ha ha ha!


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 4 years ago
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Your daughters hot!


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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Holy crap, here’s another movie I’ve seen.


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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Was it a hairy blue stone?


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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Can't swim? Jeez, I don't know anyone that can't swim!


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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If they had added the waxed lips and an olive to the Killer Shrew they would have come real close to an Earth version of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.


NS - over 5 years ago
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I love Crow's reaction to the gift of pants. In Joel's defense, it always seems like Crow wants to be treated more like a grown-up, and he is the only bot with legs...


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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This hero is an asshole, not to mention crosseyed, 0:41:48


Mike Sgro - over 4 years ago
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I don't think he'll be playing any Dixie land jazz anymore.


Mike Sgro - over 4 years ago
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KC- Ive never been known to turn down a drink
Crow- Ive been know to beg for em a matter of fact


Dakota Hyde - over 4 years ago
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MAy just be James best but I was interested in the story, could've been better XD


trumpy - over 5 years ago
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Frank's Killer Shrew-drunk is priceless.


Brad D - about 5 years ago
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Ken Curtis!! Yee haw!


Neil Connery - over 5 years ago
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You're going to to die from shrew bites, shrew BITES, SHREW BITES!