Sam & Max
Sam & Max is a media franchise
Media franchise
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 focusing on the fictional characters of Sam and Max, the Freelance Police. The characters, who occupy a universe that parodies American popular culture
Culture of the United States
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, were created by Steve Purcell
Steve Purcell
Steve Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of anthropomorphic animal vigilantes and private investigators, for which Purcell received an Eisner Award in 2007...

 in his youth, and later debuted in a 1987 comic book
Comic book
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 series. The characters have since been the subject of a graphic adventure
Graphic adventure game
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 video game developed by LucasArts
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, a television series
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police or Sam & Max: Freelance Police!!! is an American animated television series starring Sam & Max, a duo of private investigators composed of Sam, an anthropomorphic dog, and Max, a lagomorph or "hyperkinetic rabbity-thing." The show was created by Steve...

 produced for Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
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 in cooperation with Nelvana Limited, and a series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games
Telltale Games
Telltale Games is a leading independent digital first publisher and game developer founded in June 2004 as Telltale, Incorporated. Based in San Rafael, California, the studio includes designers formerly employed by LucasArts...


Max: HA! Trapped like ring-tailed rock wallaby!Sam: Like a rat, idiot.

Sam: Oboy! It's the colorized version of Citizen Kane... Oh, my mistake— it's just the Flintstones.

Max: Uh oh, sounds like the answering machine is demonically possessed again. Better than no messages at all, though!

Sam: Hello? Yes, Commissioner! Yes?... Yes?... Yes?.. Holy jumping mother o' God in a side-car with chocolate jimmies and a lobster bib! WE'RE ON OUR WAY!

Sam: Get in the alley, hamsterhead.

Sam: And then I'll be forced to jump off the highdive with your adorable carcass tied to my head, if I've read my volcano cults right.

Max (regarding a bloated volcano god): It’s like something from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade gone horribly awry!