1. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Reading an 1897 rhyming couplets play might be daunting, but Wishbone’s frequent allusions to his “dogface” remind us that it’s the story of a poet whose insecurities about his giant schnoz prevent him from declaring his love for his cousin. Wishbone was so good, we didn’t even think it was weird for a dog to be having a tragic love scene with a human female.
3. “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving
Thanks to Wishbone, we’ll never forget Washington Irving’s story of a Dutchman who goes to the Catskills, bowls with giants, gets drunk, falls asleep, and awakes twenty years later to find out everyone’s suddenly American. Because the image of a dog in a beard playing pinball is paw-printed into our memories.
5. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Signing his name in indelible paw in front of super-creepy satan, Wishbone gave us the moral of Goethe’s epic 1808 poem in one simple sentence, “What’s the point of getting what you want if other people get hurt”? So much wisdom for such a little pup.
8. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
Ali Baba (portrayed here) opens a cave of treasure with the words “Open Sesame,” and then tells his brother the password, after which it all goes to the dogs. Meanwhile, Joe has a run-in with cyber hacks. The takeaway here: TRUST NO ONE. And memorize your passwords.
9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Young squire Jim Hawkins befriends peg-legged and parrot-shouldered Long John Silver, discovers he’s a pirate planning on commandeering the ship, and lets him escape when he has the chance because moral ambiguity is super complex.
12. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Is there a phantom at the opera? No, it’s just curmudgeonly mutant who’s bitter because he doesn’t have any friends. Wishbone taught us how to deal with these scenarios: “It’s amazing how much better you can make someone feel, just by showing them that you understand them.”
13. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
D’Artagnan becomes the fourth member of the Three Musketeers, and shows unspeakable valor in the face of all other temptations (greed, lust, etc.). Like when the King’s mistress offers to let him find solace in her lap, and he replies, “I’m sorry, m’lady, but this dog won’t hunt for you. You can trust my word.” Ouch, burn. Honor and loyalty above all else.
14. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Henry Tilney lives in the lap of luxury. Catherine Morland is obsessed with Gothic horror fiction. She stays with him at Northanger Abbey and makes a lot of impertinent presumptions about his life, but then they get married anyway. Morals are a. don’t let your imagination run away with you, and b. lapping is the refined way to drink champagne.
15. The Aeneid by Virgil
The show paired the story of Aeneas traveling through the Afterworld with Joe and his friends preparing to go to high school. A fitting final episode for a show that always took us on epic journeys as kids and helped us convincingly discuss books we never got around to reading at literary cocktail parties as adults.
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