‘Kids in the Hall’ Reboots

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Classic sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall will reboot – with its original cast –  for an eight-episode season on Amazon Prime, the streamer said yesterday. A premiere date was not announced, but we hope Prime subscribers by then will also be able to binge all 109 episodes of the original 1988-1995 series at no extra charge.

Amazon is currently the only streamer offering the originals, but you must buy them for $1.99 per episode or up to $37 for each of five seasons, whether or not you’re a Prime member.

Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels will return as executive producer for the reboot, along with resident comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. The five stars were hardly “kids” three decades ago (see 1996 photo below) and, needless to say, even less so now (see photo above). They all played a wide variety of characters, both male and female.

Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy
(‘Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy,’ 1996)

Here’s Foley in a classic bit from season five, episode 11: a perhaps prescient commentary about the then-recently fallen Soviet Union and how the Russians are “going to try to take over the world again. Don’t you forget that…Sleeping dogs, they eventually wake up and chew out the throat of democracy.”

The first three seasons of The Kids in the Hall, produced in Canada for the CBC, ran in the US on HBO. The final two seasons aired on CBS.

The Kids also starred in a feature film, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) and in a previous eight-episode reboot, Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town (2010).

Here’s Brain Candy, which has received more than a quarter-million views on YouTube since its posting in 2016:

Death Comes to Town, which originally aired on IFC, can be downloaded from Microsoft for $1.99 per episode and $14.99 for the entire season in SD, or $2.99/episode, $21.49/season, in HD.

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