Growing up is hard enough, but for the pubescent characters on IFC's animated coming-of-age series, it's downright Out There. Creator and executive producer Ryan Quincy (South Park) partnered with King of the Hill alums Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May for the show, which chronicles the misadventures of small-town misfits Chad Stevens (Quincy) and Chris Novak (Justin Roiland) as they navigate high school, parents and being social outcasts (the Season 1 finale airs April 19). Fred Armisen, Megan Mullally and Linda Cardellini also provide voices. Quincy explains why we should travel Out There.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?
Ryan Quincy: If you're into life changing shows, then this show's for you.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch?
Quincy: I gotta go look for a new job.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for Out There.
Quincy: It's a Frankenstein's monster made up of a torso, a melancholic Charlie Brown head, Maurice Sendak's Wild Things' hairy arms, a Mike Judge right leg, a Daniel Clowes left, and a humongous heart beating strong with love and compassion coursing through its veins.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Quincy: "Knowing that Ryan Quincy has spent more than a decade working as an animator and producer on South Park makes Out There, his new animated series for IFC, even more surprising. All that time he had this quiet, dreamy, charming, deeply personal tale inside him? Talk about cognitive dissonance."
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Quincy: "That anyone would green light such detritus is a sad commentary of everything on so many levels. Even the deaf and the blind would puke after watching something that is so devoid of talent in terms of content, animation, and voice talent."
TV Guide Magazine: Who was right?
Quincy: I'm gonna go with the former.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title?
Quincy: Midwest Crisis
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Quincy: It would follow Terry Rosachristas (Fred Armisen) during his teenage years growing up in his mysterious, unnamed South American country where there are pyramids, pterodactyls and cockroaches the size of your head.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you prefer we forget?
Quincy: Don't have one... yet.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show."
Quincy: If you like reliving the agony and ecstasy of your humiliating, horrific, hilarious youth, than you'll love our show.
TV Guide Magazine: With what show would you like to do a crossover episode?
Quincy: The Walking Dead. Chad, Chris, and Jay grow bored of the frustrating humans and their drama, so instead they go hang out with the zombies because they have way more soul.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Quincy: Slow and steady. Out There will put you in a sleeper hold. You'll resist at first, but then you'll submit to its soothing ways and be completely won over. Next thing you know, that sleeper hold's more like that security blanket you can't give up. Cozy and comforting.
Out There airs Fridays, 10/9c on IFC.