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Strong Bad Emails and More!
Crazy Cartoon on an iPod Video!

Podstar Runner is a collection of cartoons transferable to a video capable portable media player (such as a fifth-generation iPod), in .m4v format. It was released simultaneously with the email technology. Originally a collection of Strong Bad Emails, Teen Girl Squad episodes were added on March 6, 2006 under the name Teen Girl Squadcast. On April 12, 2006, the Toon Everybody to the Limit was released. On March 1, 2007, a "podcast" button was added to the navbar at the bottom of the Homestar Runner site, yet the "sbemail podcast!" button continued to appear at the end of the message cycle every week until July 16, 2007. Podstar Runner is usually updated Thursdays, along with the three weeklies buttons.

The service was discontinued in September 2007 with a note saying "Podcasts are gone for now. We'll tell them you were thinking about 'em though."

A Main Page message on January 7th, 2008, indicated that podcasts would return the following Thursday. As promised, the Podstar Runner page had the email looking old available for download.

Page Title: Podstar Runner. One a time, please.

Release Date: January 30, 2006, updated January 10, 2008


Transcript for Currently Downloadable Emails

"Uh-oh! Face print!"

{Shows a collection of record and CD covers being scrolled through, similar to iTunes' Cover Flow, the first being Taranchula's "Shady Missionaries"}


{Flips over to a record/CD cover to Peacey P's "deliberance" album}


{Flips over to a picture of Strong Bad sitting at the Tandy 400 with the logo for Strong Bad Email above, written in the Tandy's default text}


{Flips over to a record/CD cover of Limozeen's "Feed The Childrens"}


{Flips back to picture of Strong Bad sitting at the Tandy with the logo for Strong Bad Email above, written in the Tandy's default text}


{Selected email will begin}

{After selected email has finished}

{Strong Bad stands up in front of the record/CD covers and the covers become more shadowed}

STRONG BAD: Uh-oh! Face print!

{Strong Bad presses his face against the screen and leaves a smudge when he pulls his face off. Strong Bad gives a disgusted groan when he looks at it}

STRONG BAD: You're gonna need one of those little... shimmy cloths.

{Strong Bad leaves screen from the right and everything but the smudge fades to black}

Transcript for Previously Downloadable Emails

"What am I doing in this tiny box?"

{The start-up image of the iPod shows, but instead of a silver Apple logo, a silver Homestar head is dead center:}

8:04 PM
Homestarrunner.com >
Presents >
A >
Strong >
Bad >
Email >

{The menu scrolls down to the bottom and the selected email plays.}

{After the email has played, the screen cuts back to the "iPod menu". After a second, Strong Bad's head pops into view}

STRONG BAD: Whoa, what am I doing in this tiny box? {starts banging his head and hands on the screen} Let me! Outta the! Tiny! Box!

{The screen appears to shatter, with a shattering sound effect.}

STRONG BAD: Whoops. Hope you got the extended warranty.

{The shattered screen crackles, and goes black. Two shards of the screen fall.}

Transcript for Teen Girl Squad

Teen Girl Squad!

{The Homestar Runner iPod start-up image appears. After a few seconds, a piece of paper is placed over it, with the iPod menu drawn in Strong Bad's handwriting:}

8:04 pm
Homestarrunner.com >
Presents Strong^Bad >
Teen >
Girl >
Squad >

{The menu scrolls down to the bottom.}

STRONG BAD: {TGS voice} Click click click click! {regular voice} Click.

{The selected episode plays.}

Fun Facts

Podstar Runner podcast


  • The label on the floppy disk from the original Podstar menu was unreadable, but there were several possibilities.
  • The podcast "Strong Bad Email" became #1 on February 20, 2006.
  • The podcast "Strong Bad Emails & More!" became #1 on April 6, 2006.
  • The podcast was featured on the Podcasts main page on iTunes in the "New and Notable" section on February 19, 2006.
  • Around March 5, 2006, the name of the podcast changed from "Strong Bad Email" to "Strong Bad Emails and More!" due to the addition of the Teen Girl Squadcast.
  • The battery meter in the intro for the Strong Bad Emails is relatively full, while the hand-drawn intro for Teen Girl Squadcast's battery meter is almost empty.
  • One of the keywords for the Teen Girl Squadcast episodes is "arrowed", an obvious reference to the Arrow'd Guy.
  • The binary number in the summary for technology converts to 3,341,564,587.
  • The old page title read "Podstar Runner Come On And Come On, Ya'll", which was a reference to the email intro of rampage.
  • The podcast is no longer available on the iTunes Store.


The original Podcast website!
  • For some reason, the clock at the top of the iPod screen reads 8:04 before and after the toon, even though the toon may last more than 1 minute.
  • With the exception of Homsar's appearance in dragon, none of the clickable Easter eggs from the original versions of the emails are present.
    • All the Easter eggs (except for "She Likes Cloth" from issue #12) in the Teen Girl Squad issues are present, and play automatically, as does the Peasant's Quest Preview egg.
  • The notice on the main page originally said "sbemail podcast!" but it was later changed to "sbemails on ipod!". This was most likely changed after noting that Podstar Runner was not truly a podcast, due to the videos not being broadcast through a RSS feed syndication. As of February 6, 2006, however, an official RSS feed has been released making Podstar Runner an actual podcast. On March 5, 2006, it was changed to "teen girl squadcast!" in response to the new feature.
  • The sound quality in the iPod version of bottom 10 seems to drop to the "Flash file" level after the appearance of Wet The Cheat. There also seems to be a minor sound bug while Strong Bad has the jibblies. Furthermore, on the dry T-shirt flyer, the font Snap ITC has been replaced with what appears to be Arial (same thing for the font for Chocolardiac Arrest).
  • The podstar.homestarrunner.com server doesn't have the 404'd page set up; incorrect URLs will get the standard 404 error page instead.
  • The filename for dragon is "trogdor," not "dragon."
  • Due to the size and resolution of the iPod's screen, virus's Navbar is removed, and its "widescreen" effects removed by pan and scan.
  • On February 27, 2006, Podstar Runner ceased downloads of all the previously available Strong Bad Emails and only allowed downloads of the most recent Podcast. A notice on the page read "due to bandwidth doodoo, we're doing one at a time for now." It was fixed on March 3, 2006, and all the emails could be downloaded again.
  • Everybody to the Limit, These Peoples Try to Fade Me, and An Important Rap Song are played with the email intro and ending despite the fact that they're all not Strong Bad Emails.
  • In the Teen Girl Squad Issue 1 podcast, the "It's Over!" card appears after the Strong Bad Easter Egg to match the endings of the other issues.
  • In death metal, the email intro seems to be a little extended. Plus, the "shee-doot" sound is omitted when Strong Bad signs off of Video Thyme.
  • Every time an email was added to the website's episode list from 2006-2007, another one that has been released for quite some time was removed because the maximum capacity for the list of emails was 18. This also happened on the podcast on iTunes itself.
  • The Peasant's Quest Preview showed up on the Podstar directory before getting added to the iTunes podcast page.
  • While the iPod in the background is meant to be a fifth generation model, the headphone port is placed in the top center of the device like a fourth generation's, rather than at the top right. However, as of January 10, 2008, it has been replaced with an iPod Touch.
  • The Podstar Runner version of Teen Girl Squad Issue 11 features a glue stick superimposed onto the corner of the screen during the scene with the Shirt Folding Store Manager, whose hair and face are constructed from sections of a magazine photo cut and pasted onto the paper.
  • Before the podcast was discontinued in September 2007, each episode came with artwork. However, episodes released since the podcasts returned have not included artwork.
    • However, the preview image used to advertise the 2008 series of podcasts have been exactly the same as their corresponding page on the Homestar Runner Wiki.
  • In the 2008 ending, "shimmy cloth" is a mispronunciation of chamois (pronounced "shamee"), the common name for soft leather used for polishing glass and other reflective surfaces.


The glitched preview image
  • When the email ends and returns to the animated iPod menu, "Homestarrunner.com" is highlighted. However, the animated menu at the beginning of the email has "Email" selected. The iPod's memory should keep the selection where it was when you left it, not move back to the top.
  • Many of the pre-2008 listed file sizes were inaccurate.
  • The preview picture for Teen Girl Squad 9 (in iTunes) has positioning problems; everything inside the panel seems to be shifted up and to the left, overlapping the panel border.
  • The sound in crazy cartoon is out of sync between the intro and the ending.
  • When you view the podcast in the iTunes Music Store, there are no dates listed for some of the emails, including army, flag day, trevor the vampire, stunt double, caper, isp, and alternate universe. (Dates will appear once you download them, save caper and army.) Dates aren't listed for Peasant's Quest Preview and Malloween Commercial.
  • The Title for "Peasant's Quest Game" is incorrect (it's supposed to be Peasant's Quest Preview).
  • When An Important Rap Song was added to the list of downloadable toons, a "\" was added at the end of These Peoples Try to Fade Me.
  • On certain browsers, the links labeled "main" and "rando" do not work from the Podstar Runner menu.
  • Podstar Runner's link for looking old's podcast took you to a non-existent page. The working link to the podcast could only have been found on the RSS feed.


Two podcasts
  • At the end of trevor the vampire you can see the word back fade in for a split second.
  • On the navbar, you cannot click the "p" in podcast.

Fixed Glitches

  • In the XML feed, the description of crying was the same as that of kids' book, namely "Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book." This has since been fixed.
  • There used to be two podcasts available through iTunes Music Store: one by "Strong bad" and one by "The Brothers Chaps." Noticeably different between the two was the logo of the two podcasts, as well as the absent "Clean" marker in the second podcast. The podcast by Strong Bad has since been removed.
  • When Guitar was released, all the e-mail links became the same, all leading to the guitar e-mail file. Now they have reverted back to the separate names.
  • When montage was released, the link to download montage was incorrect in the XML feed, which pointed to "sb_email_motage.m4v" instead of "sb_email_montage.m4v", leaving users temporarily unable to download montage through iTunes. This was fixed the day after.
  • The date for theme park in the podcast feed was incorrectly listed as May 6, 2006 instead of June 6, 2006.
  • Due to the use of relative linking in the navbar (and depending on the browser), clicking on any of the links on the bottom of the page will sometimes work correctly but will sometimes take you to a nonexistent page beginning with http://podstar.homestarrunner.com/, with the Store being the only exception. This was fixed when "podcast" was added to the navbar.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The description for bottom 10 refers to one of the locations television host David Letterman has claimed his daily "Top Ten List" was compiled.

Files Made Available Through Podstar Runner

Title Size Release Date Description Download
the paper Strong Bad looks back at fond memories of The Paper as he bids farewell to his old pal.
more armies 11.7 MB March 6, 2008 Strong Bad takes us on a tour of his Vaguely Military Career Fair. download

Previously Downloadable Emails

Title Size Release Date Description
underlings 9.03 MB February 28, 2008 Strong Bad describes how to deal with awkward social situations.
rough copy 10.6 MB February 21, 2008 Strong Bad tries to sue some kid for making a comic out of him and The Cheat.
from work 8.77 MB February 14, 2008 Strong Bad tries to check his email from work.
your funeral 9.86 MB February 7, 2008 Strong Bad details his off the hook funeral plans.
the movies 12.5 MB January 31, 2008 Strong Bad rants about why he hates fellow moviegoers.
unnatural 11.8 MB January 24, 2008 Find out how Free Country USA copes with the most unnatural of disasters.
strong badathlon 11 MB January 17, 2008 Strong Bad makes up his own olympics to answer some moron.
looking old 11.9 MB January 10, 2008 Strong Bad tries to prove to the young people that he can still eat his yogurt through a tube.
mile 8.1 MB March 22, 2007 The Cheat animates his own dang Strong Bad Email. In other news, The Cheat is a millionaire.
theme song 15 MB March 1, 2007 Yeah, how come Strong Bad's email show doesn't have a theme song?
high school 10 MB February 22, 2007 Strong Bad makes up a buncha stuff that's not true. Don't you believe a word of it!
animal 11.7 MB February 15, 2007 Strong Bad makes up gross animals. Enter the Lappy.
haircut 7.5 MB February 1, 2007 Very little hair on the scalps of the Homestar Runner universe.
technology 14 MB January 18, 2007 1100011100101100001110101010101100110
replacement 7.3 MB January 11, 2007 SB explores the possibility of finding an heir to his email throne.
spring cleaning 6.0 MB December 7, 2006 Strong Bad has had enough of you people. Deleted is born.
radio 8.7 MB November 30, 2006 Dead air, um, dead air.
action figure 4.6 MB November 17, 2006 Smells Like Peanut Action!
monster truck 6.1 MB November 9, 2006 Sunday Sunday Someday!
garage sale 9.0 MB November 3, 2006 Strong Bad attacks garage sales and bad Mom-jokes!
alternate universe 18.0 MB October 19, 2006 The Cheat puts a Gameboy in a blender and Strong Bad dimension jumps all over the place, visiting his favorite dopplegangers.
isp 8.8 MB October 12, 2006 Strong Bad's getting throttled down. MindSpring Customer service this is Matt. Can I get your or account number please or identity theft please?
geddup noise 11.4 MB October 6, 2006 SB tells the tale of the mysterious wood-scrapey sound his stool makes when he gets up even though his floor is carpeted.
mascot 7.4 MB October 2, 2006 In a hunger-induced haze, Strong Bad and the boys name the CGNU mascot The Dumple.
caper 6.4 MB September 25, 2006 Strong Bad and The Cheat break up and make up
best thing 12.6 MB August 3, 2006 The never-before-seen pilot episode of the failed Limozeen Saturday morning cartoon show!!
stunt double 6.7 MB July 20, 2006 Sounds dangerous! No, sounds Dangeresque!
trevor the vampire 4.6 MB July 13, 2006 Strong Bad gets an email from a vampire and realizes the horrible truth. Short but classic action!
flag day 7.4 MB July 6, 2006 Strong Bad unveils the Strong Badian flag and national anthem. Please rise.
army 8.8 MB June 29, 2006 Hank Toler asks about Strong Badia's army. The Homestarmy attempts to invade the kingdom.
crazy cartoon 6.7 MB June 13, 2006 Monkey dude asks Strong Bad to make a crazy cartoon and Sweet Cuppin' Cakes is born.
theme park 11 MB June 6, 2006 Strong Bad builds a theme park and Strong Sad gets decked.
death metal 9.7 MB May 15, 2006 Strong Bad lays down the basics of death metal and then runs them over.
sisters 6.9 MB April 4, 2006 Two hot sisters email Strong Bad and he messes it up royally.
personal favorites 6.0 MB March 27, 2006 Strong Bad makes little kids and morons think there's emails they haven't seen.
different town 7.2 MB March 13, 2006 How would Strong Bad make the town different?
montage 7.2 MB March 21, 2006 A montage of montages.
video games 8.4 MB March 6, 2006 Strong Bad goes cross-platform with bad video game ideas.
guitar 7.0 MB February 27, 2006 Ol' SB teaches you everything you need to know about shredding hot lixx.
virus 10.7 MB February 20, 2006 A virus wreaks havoc on the Compy.
caffeine 7.3 MB February 13, 2006 Strong Sad gets caffeinated.
bottom 10 11.2 MB February 6, 2006 From the home office in Scotsdale, AZ...
crying 9.7 MB January 30, 2006 Strong Bad invents a 1-legged puppy and the tears flow.
kids' book 4.6 MB January 30, 2006 Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book.
japanese cartoon 5.8 MB January 30, 2006 Strong Bad makes up his own japanese cartoon.
dragon 9.3 MB January 30, 2006 Strong Bad starts a bad drawing revolution.
techno 3.5 MB January 30, 2006 Some bozo asks about techno music.

Previously Downloadable Teen Girl Squad (Teen Girl Squadcast)

Title Size Release Date Description
TGS Issue 12 5.6 MB March 15, 2007 It's Vamlumtime's Day. The Wireless Wizard approaches.
TGS Issue 11 5.2 MB March 8, 2007 The goyles go to summa camp. So and So gets a job. Real live paper!
TGS Issue 10 7.5 MB May 22, 2006 a B'GRL PRTY??!?
TGS Issue 9 3.3 MB May 3, 2006 The Tyranny Is Over!
TGS Issue 8 4.3 MB May 3, 2006 Battle of the Bands!
TGS Issue 7 3.1 MB April 24, 2006 Teeny Tiny Girl Squad!!
TGS Issue 6 2.2 MB April 24, 2006 Secret Decemberween Gift Exchange!!
TGS Issue 5 3.2 MB March 6, 2006 Four teenage girls on Spring Type Break dream of reaching foist base.
TGS Issue 4 3.2 MB March 6, 2006 Four teenage girls go back to school and get offed in amusing ways.
TGS Issue 3 2.5 MB March 6, 2006 Four teenage girls shop for summer fashions and pan-asian cuisine.
TGS Issue 2 1.8 MB March 6, 2006 Four teenage girls try their best to look so good.
TGS Issue 1 1.8 MB March 6, 2006 Four teenage girls shop, socialize, and get offed in amusing ways.

Previously Downloadable Toons

Title Size Release Date Author Description
An Important Rap Song 8.8MB April 26, 2007 Crack Stuntman Crack Stuntman drops science and knife moderation.
These Peoples Try to Fade Me 10.7 MB April 5, 2007 Coach Z Coach Z drops science, but not much.
Cheat Commandos Toys 6.4 MB February 8, 2007 Cheap as Free Toys Buy all our playsets and toys!
Malloween Commercial 7.2 MB October 26, 2006 Fluffy Puff Marshmallows Marshie peddles Halloween themed marshmallows and finally cracks under the pressure!
Peasant's Quest Game 4.1 MB July 27, 2006 Videlectrix Videlectrix unveils a textastic computer game set in the Trogdor universe!
Everybody to the Limit 7.2 MB April 12, 2006 The Cheat directs a video for Strong Bad's Number One Summer Jam.

External Links

iTunes 4.9 or later; Quicktime 6.0 or later; or VLC media player can be used to view M4V video files.

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