There was no tearful goodbye, or even a heartwarming montage set to a song that was also played at several thousand proms. In the end, Aqua Teen Hunger Force went out in the most appropriate way possible… with Meatwad falling off the finger-butt wagon, Master Shake serving as a sexy trophy, Carl babysitting some wide-mouthed tall boys, and Frylock… well, he’s not looking so hot. On Monday morning, Adult Swim aired the series finale of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, allowing fans of this bizarre and hilarious series to say goodbye once and for all after 13 seasons. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever? Only in our hearts.
“There comes a time in a popular character’s life when it’s just over,” Frylock told Shake and Meat in the series finale, but, really, he’s saying it to us as if we’re the ones visiting the Rub-A-Chub for one last “Shyamalan Twist.” As Patti Smith sang over the series finale credits, “It’s the end” of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but with any good ending comes the opportunity for reflection, revisiting the show’s very beginning and the moments that launched a cult favorite. Also, you can watch every single episode online, so it’s not like we actually have to stop swimming in Carl’s pool.
To properly say goodbye to ATHF, we spoke to the show’s creators, Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, and voice actors Carey Means and Dana Snyder about the genesis of their beloved characters and the absurd adventure that they began with us on Dec. 30, 2000.