MTV is Rebooting Their Cult Animated Classic ‘Clone High’

Published on July 2, 2020

Clone High is a gem the world doesn’t talk about enough. The MTV animated series was a High School comedy starring young clones of Abe Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi, and Cleopatra. It was hilarious but only lasted one season. Now, the creators behind the original series are teaming up for a reboot.

Clone High History

Clone High was created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street movies). The showrunner and writer on the series, Erica Rivinoja, is a comedic maestro as well. She produced The Last Man on Earth and years of South Park. All of those names are returning for the new season of Clone High, which inspires great hope. 

A Re-Imagining

MTV Studios is developing a “re-imagining” of the 2002 series. It’s another revival from MTV, which just ordered another season of Beavis and Butt-head and a spinoff of Daria. Clone High probably won’t air on MTV again. They’re all about reality show garbage now, but they’ll likely find the right home for the animated series. In a statement, MTV Studios’ Chris McCarthy said: 

“We are thrilled to reunite with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence to re-imagine this cult classic as we rapidly grow our portfolio of beloved and iconic adult animation series. 

Clone High will follow the original characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and John F. Kennedy. They are clones, but they’re also just like most High School kids, struggling with their schoolwork, friendships, and romances. The show has all the hallmarks of a coming-of-age High School story. It just happens to star clones of famous historical figures. 

Plans for Future Seasons

For years, the makers behind Clone High have been wanting to revisit it. From the sound of it, this reboot has been a long time coming. Around the 15th anniversary of the series, Bill Lawrence told EW there were discussions about rebooting the show:

“I think Clone High not only can go toe-to-toe with shows, I think it is of that breed and a precursor. We’re now in the age of these animated projects that are specific to a very small yet loyal and psychotic fanbase, and that’s how they thrive. That was Clone High to a T. What’s always amazing to me is, I created a bunch of TV shows. There’s a lot of good Scrubs fans on the internet, but I would tell you it’s amazing to me that neck-and-neck with them are the people who are psychotically passionate about Clone High, even though it was only on for 13 episodes.

It always drives me insane. Phil and Chris think it’s cool it survives this way, but I’m annoyed that if it started now, with streaming and YouTube and everything else, it had such a binge-worthy short-attention-span theater with great little clips that would live everywhere on social media, I think it would be a monster for those guys. It’s the show we most often think about revisiting.”

Thankfully for our sake, they’re finally revising it. The show developed a cult following thanks to Youtube, but it’s now easily available to watch on Amazon. If you haven’t seen Clone High, do yourself a favor and start watching it right now.

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Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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