Mission Hill

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Mission Hill was an animated series that first aired on The WB in 1999. Although 13 episodes were produced, the show was cancelled after only six were aired. Nonetheless, the show went on to develop a cult following, thanks to repeated airings of all 13 episodes on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It has also been surprisingly popular abroad, receiving broadcasts in Australia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. In Italy, it received the 2000 Pulcinella Award for "Best Series for All Audiences"; the award cited the show's "stylized design and honest approach to sexual and moral issues." The series has a peculiar mixture of modern animation and traditional "cartoonish" drawings (dashed lines coming from eyes, red bolts of lightning around a spot in pain).

Mission Hill was also home to the very first animated homosexual kiss on TV, but because of the show's low viewership, this fact has not been widely noted by the general public. The show won an award from GLAAD for its positive portrayal of a gay relationship.

The show was created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, ex-executive producers of The Simpsons, and the artistic designer was Lauren MacMullan. It featured the voices of Wallace Langham, Scott Menville, Brian Posehn, Vickie Lewis, Nick Jameson, Tom Kenny, Herbert Siguenza, Jane Wiedlin, Tress MacNeille, and Lisa Kishell. The theme song was an instrumental version of "Italian Leather Sofa" by Cake.

The DVD release of the entire series (13 episodes) is scheduled for November 29, 2005.

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