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BuzzFeed: What’s Behind Our Obsession With “Too Many Cooks”

Adult Swim’s surreal satire of sitcoms subverts our expectations of nostalgia. You might be able to go home, but it will never be the same. "Too Many Cooks" began as an Adult Swim parody that aired on Cartoon Network's late-night block for a week or so at the end of October, but since then, the surreal and twisted 11-minute video has gone viral in a way that even its creators,  Chris "Casper" Kelly ( Squidbillies ) and Paul Painter, have been gobsmacked by . What is it about this short that has exerted such a magnetic pull on so many? "Too Many Cooks" is, on the surface, initially a parody of 1970s and 1980s sitcoms that once populated the television landscape. These are the types of shows you might recall watching from the couch of your grandparents' house, shows like  The Brady Bunch ,  Three's Company ,  Family Matters , and  Perfect Strangers  with their familiar theme songs and title sequences, once hallmarks of the sitcom form. They'r