Homestar Runner is a Flash animated internet cartoon series. It mixed surreal humor with references to retro pop culture, notably video games, classic television, and popular music.
The cartoons were normally centered on the title character, Homestar Runner. However, a series titled Strong Bad Email or sbemail, in which another main character, Strong Bad, answered emails from viewers, was the most popular and prominent feature of the site. While Homestar and Strong Bad were the main characters, the site had grown to encompass dozens of other characters over the years.
The site was one of the most visited sites with collections of Flash cartoons on the Internet and was notable for its refusal to sell advertising space (the creators pay for everything through merchandise sales, which includes a line of T-shirts). The owners of the website had turned down offers to make a television series.
The site's popularity spread via word of mouth. Its popularity has declined in recent years, with no new content released since December 2010.
A volunteer Wiki run by fans contains detailed information about the cartoons and website, including cartoon transcripts and character profiles.