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Background: HBO Downtown Productions was a production company of HBO that was launched in 1988 to produce comedy specials for the network as well as content for Comedy Central (which HBO formerly co-owned both with Viacom International), dissolving it in 2001.

Note: Despite the company itself ending in 2001, their last production was aired on February 24, 2002.


1st Logo (November 28, 1989-December 24, 1999)


Logo: On a black background is a row of what looks like five rainbow doors, each one positioned at an angle. Above the doors are the words "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" and on them, "HBO (in the familiar logo) DOWNTOWN PRODUCTIONS." All the words are in white.

Variants:

  • From 1995 to 1997, the door's colors changed and "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" was replaced with "This Has Been A Presentation Of" and a byline was added saying "A Subdivision of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.".
  • From 1997 to 1998, the doors' colors changed again. The doors are smaller in this variant.
  • From 1998 to 1999, the doors' reverted to their original colors but kept the presentation text and the byline.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the show.

Availability: Seen at the end of Comedy Central era episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and on all episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher on Comedy Central as well as the 2nd Comedy Channel season of the former show. The 1995 variant can be seen on the last Comedy Central season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and seasons one to four of Dr. Kats, Professional Therapist, the 1997 variant can be seen on season five of the said show, and the 1998 variant can be found on the first six episodes of season six of the said show.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo (December 24, 1999-February 24, 2002)

Logo: Same as before, but the doors are in CGI and have glitter on them, and the text is in CGI too and the text slowly zooms towards the screen. No bylines or "In association with" texts are on the logo.

FX/SFX: The text zooming in.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on all season six episodes of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist excluding the first six.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The text zooming in might scare some.