Clone High is an animated comedy that was co-produced by Canadian and United States networks. The series imagines what would happen if "way way back in the 1980s secret government employees dug up famous guys and ladies and made amusing genetic copies." The result is a high school romantic comedy that pokes fun at similar shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Dawson's Creek.
The backstory of the series is that in the 1980s a secret board of shadowy figures dug up famous people and extracted their DNA to clone them in order to raise an army of superclones. Now in their teens, the clones are in a secret town with foster parents under the guidance of Principal Cinnamon J. Scudworth and Vice Principal Mr. Butlertron.
The show's main focus is on Abe Lincoln and his crush on Cleopatra, which conflicts with Joan of Arc's secret crush of him. Meanwhile, Lincoln is frequently thwarted by John F. Kennedy, the most popular guy in school who has Cleopatra (and most other girls at Clone High) under his thrall. Supporting Lincoln is his best friend, Ghandi. Some of the secondary character clones resurrected include Jesus Christ, Nostradamus, Thomas Edison and Moses.
There was some controversy generated over Ghandi's portrayal in the series. Ghandi was written as a hyperactive "jerk with a heart of gold" sidekick who was very clearly afflicted with attention deficit disorder. Although the show was never broadcast in India, Indians caught word of the existence of the character and protested. Over 150 Indians vowed to fast on the 55th anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi's assassination in protest of the character. To quell this protest, MTV issued an apology announcing that the show "was created and intended for an American audience," and they "recognize and respect that various cultures may view this programming differently, and we regret any offense taken by the content in the show."
Because of the involvement of Bill Lawrence, many actors and actresses from Scrubs offered their voice talent on Clone High. In addition, although it was only alive for one season, Clone High had several cameo appearances by popular actors and actresses, including Marilyn Manson, Mandy Moore, Michael J. Fox, Tom Green, Chris Berman, Dan Patrick, Jack Black, Luke Perry, and John Stamos.
|Will Forte||Abe Lincoln|
|Christopher Miller||John F. Kennedy|
|Nicole Sullivan||Joan of Arc|
|Phil Lord||Principal Scudworth|
|Season One||November 2, 2002||February 10, 2003||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Characters: A listing of characters in the series
- Music: An all encompassing list of music used in the series
|The Complete First Season||September 20, 2005||2||