Stressed Eric

Stressed Eric is a 1998 British adult animated television series that was produced by Absolutely Productions for the BBC Two television channel in the United Kingdom and Television New Zealand. The series revolves around Eric Feeble, a middle class man who is always stressed because of his family, work, co-workers, etc.[2] The show ran for two seasons in the UK, although the redubbed American version broadcast on NBC only lasted for three episodes.[3]

Stressed Eric
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GenreBlack comedy
Created byCarl Gorham
Written byCarl Gorham
Michael Hatt
Gavin Rodgers
Directed bySeason 1:
Steve Ressel
Steve Loter
Cathy Malkasian
Season 1:
Peter Western
Roger Mainwood
Kim Burden
Composer(s)Peter Baikie
Mat Clark
Jason McDermid
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Miles Bullough (season 2)
Claire Jennings
Producer(s)Carl Gorham
Hank Azaria
Mitch Watson
Editor(s)John Bryant
Running time30 Min
Original networkBBC Two, TVNZ 2, NBC[1]
Original release20 April 1998 –
11 October 2000, 11 October 2003 (New Zealand)
Related showsRugrats
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
The Wild Thornberrys
External links
Production website


40-year-old Eric Feeble is still upset over his divorce two years before. He lives in a middle-class London house and is always kept under extreme amounts of pressure and stress from all aspects of life, which is represented by a throbbing vein in his temple. His two children, Brian and Claire, plague him with fear and worry daily. Claire is a frail 6-year-old who is allergic to virtually everything, including wheat, ponies, and spices; 10-year-old Brian has learning problems and has been kept back three straight years in school, and has an oral fixation and pica. The family's au pair housekeeper, Maria, is an 18-year-old Portuguese woman with a serious drinking problem; despite Eric's frequent attempts to keep her under control and focused, she stays passed-out drunk for hours at a time. His former wife Liz left him for a Buddhist but phones him up incessantly, which merely adds to his stress level. The next-door neighbours, the wealthy, successful, snobbish Perfect family, provide him a constant and painful view of what his life could have been.

Eric's workplace is absolutely no escape from his everyday problems. His boss, Paul Power (known as PP), is loud, rude and demanding; he has demoted Eric from Assistant Manager to a low-level clerk in an office sandwiched between the janitor's closet and the men's toilets. His secretary Alison is completely useless, spending all her "working hours" in personal phone calls and shrilling rudely at Eric when he requests her attention.

At the end of almost every episode, as the climax of events cause Eric's stress to reach breaking point, the throbbing vein emerges from his temple and wraps itself around his neck, strangling him.



  • Eric Feeble - Stressed out divorced father of two children. Eric is a kind, well-meaning man who loves his children. Although bitter and sarcastic about many aspects of his life, Eric genuinely tries to make the best out of situation and deeply loves his children, going to great lengths to make them proud. However, he normally fails due to no fault of his own, and the rare times he actually does well, something always happens to ruin it.
  • Claire Feeble - Daughter of Eric; allergic to just about everything, but an intelligent, curious, playful little girl. Her allergies require her to eat special regulation food, but she is always sneaking ordinary food which immediately swells her up.
  • Brian Feeble - Son of Eric; has been held back in school for 3 years straight. He has pica and as a result, is always putting strange things in his mouth.
  • Maria Gonzalez - The Feeble family's punk-looking live-in au pair; she is Portuguese and always drunk or hungover.


  • Liz - Eric's eccentric former wife.
  • Caleb - Liz's boyfriend.
  • Ray Perfect - Snobbish and "perfect" next-door neighbour of Eric. Shares Eric's workplace, but is senior and consistently praised for his fine work.
  • Mrs. Perfect - Snobbish wife of Mr. Perfect. Catchphrase: "How art thou, Eric?"
  • Heather Perfect - Snobbish daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perfect.
  • Paul Power, a.k.a. P.P - Boss of Eric who is usually very angry. Catchphrase: "Double arseburgers, Eric!"
  • Alison Scabie - Eric's useless secretary who spends all her time on the telephone gossiping to friends.
  • Doc - Eric's dementedly relaxed doctor, more interested in chasing women than treating Eric. He is the closest thing Eric has to a best friend.
  • Mrs. Wilson - An old lady who slowly tries in vain to post a letter which always falls from her hand and into a drain, sometimes with Eric to blame. Catchphrase: "Morning, Mister Eric. Just off to the post..."

Voice castEdit

The US broadcast of the series on NBC replaced Mark Heap's voice with that of Hank Azaria, whom also serves as a producer for the dub,[4] repurposing Eric as an American expatriate.[5]

TV historyEdit

The show was first broadcast on BBC2 in April 1998 and ran for two series.[6][7] Stressed Eric was bought and briefly aired by NBC and adapted for American audiences with the lead characters' voice redubbed and re-worked as an American expatriate with several original lines changed for cultural purposes, a new opening sequence that reflects the changed storyline and cutting scenes for time constraints.[8]

Stressed Eric continued when Hibbert Ralph produced the second series. The second series was animated by Varga Studio instead.

List of episodesEdit

Series 1Edit

  1. Nativity - 20 April 1998
  2. Cheeky Sex - 27 April 1998
  3. Pony - 11 May 1998
  4. Hospital - 18 May 1998
  5. Potato - 1 June 1998
  6. Tidy - 8 June 1998
  7. Cricket - 31 August 2000
  8. Bursting - 6 September 2000
  9. Team - 13 September 2000
  10. Tent - 20 September 2000
  11. Crush - 27 September 2000
  12. Au Pair - 4 October 2000
  13. Drool - 11 October 2000

DVD releaseEdit

The Complete Stressed Eric Collection was released on DVD in the UK on 2 May 2011, with the following special features:

  • The Story of Stressed Eric
  • Drawing the Characters with Stig Bergqvist
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Animatic of Nativity Episode
  • BBC Trails
  • Storyboard Excerpt from Pony Episode


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  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 602. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 797–798. ISBN 978-1476665993.
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  5. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 August 1998). "Azaria lends voice to 'Stressed Eric'". Variety. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Nbc Yanks Up 'Stressed Eric'". NY Daily News. 12 August 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Entertainment | Stressed Eric goes Stateside". BBC News. 11 August 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
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