Everything We Know About Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

Youtube horror comedy Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is coming to TV, but when will it air and what do we know so far about Channel 4’s cryptic new series?

A new TV series based on the British horror-comedy web series Don’t hug me I’m scared has been officially announced, and here’s what we know about it so far. News of its release has been more cryptic than the original six episodes since the announcement. However, with its first approach and audiences excited about Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s puppet-based horror, there’s a lot to think about and even more to look forward to when the web series hits TV.

While puppets can look very similar to sesame street and the Muppets, Don’t hug me I’m scared has very different lessons to teach, and they have little to do with counting, spelling, and identifying shapes. With musical numbers, disturbing imagery and social satire, the gruesome and surreal nature of the six-episode web series has helped it gain popularity on YouTube. Then in 2018, it was officially announced that Don’t hug me I’m scared was coming back, and this time in the form of a TV show.


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After the debut of the final short, “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 6”, it was unclear if the series would return. With the series coming to an end and a mysteriously happy ending for the characters, there was no telling which direction Sloan and Pelling might take their creation. However, on the Don’t hug me I’m scared YouTube channel in 2018, the creators confirmed that a TV series was in development; since then, everything known about the show has painted a colorful picture of what audiences can expect. Here’s what we know about it so far.

How not to kiss me, I’m afraid to start

Don't hug me, I'm scared

Filmed in their spare time and without a budget, creators Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling along with their friends from THIS IS IT filmed the original weird horror short while studying at Kingston University. Become an internet sensation, Don’t hug me I’m scared was offered several sponsorships, but Sloan and Pelling turned down most of them for “still quite strange.” However, after the original Don’t hug me I’m scared shorts completed, the British public service network Channel 4 decided to bring the puppets to television.

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared Brings Back the Original Cast

Still from the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared YouTube video series.

Featuring the original Red Guy, Yellow Guy and Duck characters, Don’t hug me I’m scared uses puppetry and animation to bring his cartoony world to life. Although this is an ambitious collaboration between Blink Industries, Super Deluxe and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, many of the original talents who created the original shorts will return. Baker Terry, Joseph Pelling and Becky Sloan will reprise their roles as the three original leads and play several new characters created for their television series.

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Don’t hug me I’m scared Embrace social satire and horror

Don't hug me I'm scared Clayhill

Don’t hug me I’m scared will always be true to its satirical roots as it tackles more timely social commentary. A pilot that aired at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival previewed what’s next for Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck. Located in the community of Clayhill, the town uncovers a conspiracy when the mayor goes missing. As Clayhill panics over his fear of strangers invading their homes, Duck wonders who will take charge, and Red Guy goes in search of their missing politician. With musical numbers, disturbing moments and a self-aware sense of humor, everything that made Don’t hug me I’m scared memorable returns in new stories.

When Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is set to be released in the US

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Since the announcement in 2018, more than two million viewers have eagerly awaited news of Don’t hug me I’m scared Date of the first TV. On Father’s Day 2022, audiences learned that the series would be coming to Channel 4 in the UK in September 2022 (via Youtube). Unfortunately, we do not yet know whether or not Don’t hug me I’m scared will be released in the US, but if it proves to be a cult hit in the UK it’s almost certain that a streaming service will pick it up sooner rather than later. In all cases, Don’t hug me I’m scared the teaser doesn’t announce much else, but it does give fans something to look forward to very soon.

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