Exploding Kittens is a phenomenon. It is what is known as, by people who categorize such things, a casual dedicated deck card game. It was designed by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal webcomic, Elan Lee, and Shane Small. It was first announced in The Oatmeal in 2015 as a Kickstarter project seeking US$10,000 in crowdfunding. It exceeded its goal in eight minutes.

On January 27, 2015, after seven days, it passed 103,000 backers setting the record for the most backers in Kickstarter history. At completion on February 19, 2015, it had US$8,782,571 in pledges by 219,382 backers.


It is basically a card discarding game where the goal is to prevent your various kittens from exploding.

The rights to adapt this into a TV show were acquired by Netflix. The show is co-produced by Bandera Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment, with King of the Hill creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels. They are also serving as executive producers, alongside Peter Chernin.

Now Netflix has premiered the full-length trailer for Exploding Kittens. In a fun biot of casting, Lucifer star Tom Ellis provides the voice of God alongside Abraham Lim, Lucy Liu, Ally Maki, Mark Proksch, and Sasheer Zamata.

The series follows the eternal conflict between heaven and hell at a point when both God and the devil are sent to Earth… in the bodies of house cats. They continue their battle for the souls of humanity in between coming to terms with their cat-ness.

A mobile game tied to the franchise was launched last year. Exploding Kittens was delayed from 2023 and will debut on the service in July.

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