Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy miniseries released in three acts and produced exclusively for internet distribution. Filmed and set in Los Angeles, the series tells the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain; Captain Hammer, his superhero nemesis; and Penny, their shared love interest.
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his sons, Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and actress Maurissa Tancharoen during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike.
Upon its release, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog became an instant sensation, garnering the series much buzz and a number of awards. On October 31, 2008, Time magazine named it #15 in Time's Top 50 Inventions of 2008. It also won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Online Sensation", and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. In the inaugural 2009 Streamy Awards for web television, Dr. Horrible won seven awards. It also won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs.
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