Microsoft Sam reads Funny Windows Errors is a text-to-speech comedy series on YouTube created by Thunderbirds101. The series is currently between its twentieth and twenty-first season, which aired on November 18, 2016. The series has became quite popular, with episodes usually getting hundreds of views within the first day, and at least one to two thousand in a single week.
The first season of Microsoft Sam reads Funny Windows Errors did not have a structured storyline or any main antagonists. Each episode featured assorted of an Anti-Vista or computer-related theme. The season concluded in a cliffhanger, with Sam "dead", and Jason Voorhees preparing to kill Microsoft Mike.
- The first season to reach the milestone where all episodes have more than 10,000 views each. The first episode of this season also has accumulated nearly 70,000 views.
Season 2 premiered on January 11, 2009, and picked up where Season 1 left off: Jason preparing to kill Mike. However, several gunshots suddenly rang out, "killing" Jason. But just moments later, Sam shot Mike. He then read a few errors, one in particular referencing to the classic "Rules for the Toilet". The episode concluded with a Big Daddy from BioShock coming to kill Sam, forcing Sam to jump off the Sears Tower to get away. As a result, he was "dead" again.
Gap between episodes
For a period of time, Thunderbirds101 stopped making Funny Windows Errors episodes for unknown reasons. Some speculate he got bored of making the series and was done for good. Others believed he might have been just stressed out and needed a break. For whatever reason, it was one month and seventeen days until Episode 2 of Season 2 came out. From then on out he continued to make episodes. Season 2, unlike Season 1, had a structured storyline and antagonists. In this particular season, the Information Robots were the main antagonists. The season ended with what used to be longest episode yet, clocking in at seven minutes and ten seconds. The episode ended with Microsoft Anna "The Info Robot Queen" gassing Microsoft Sam. The scene concluded with the classic 24 clock and another classic profanity line from Microsoft Sam.
- The first season where Sam's classic profanity line is the last thing to be spoken in an episode, the Season 2 Finale.
- Most of Season 2 has been set to private due to Content ID notices filed against episodes three, five, and six. Thunderbirds101 plans to re-master seasons two through four after Season 12 of Funny Windows Errors concludes.
Season 3 premiered on April 11, 2009, and like Season 2, picked up where the last season left off. Sam was dying; Anna appeared to have won. But it was quickly revealed that the entire Season 2 Finale was a dream. From there on out, Sam continued on as normal, even taking a dump in reverse. The main antagonists of this season were Microsoft Bob and Joe, two "Text-to-Speech Outcasts", who apparently were supposed to be on an operating system, but never were. They bombarded Sam with the deadly "Really Sucky Virus", making its first official appearance. In the fifth episode, it was revealed that Microsoft Joe was in fact Radar Overseer Scotty from Akriloth2160 TV. But before Scotty revealed himself, he killed his accomplice Bob. He continued to attack Sam with the Really Sucky Virus, and eventually the Really N00by Virus. He also introduced Windows Jibberish in the final two episodes of Season 3. The season concluded with Scotty being defeated by his own Virus and Sam disappearing without a trace. Season 3 concluded on May 30, 2009. The series would be put on hold after this, due to school exams interfering with Thunderbirds101's video schedule.
- The Really Sucky Virus was the first virus to be made and used as a distracting element in the Season. It is also the most popular.
- Season 3 is the only season to have to have a plot twist, as well as a protagonist turning evil.
- All episodes of this season have more than 10,000 views - the second season to achieve this feat.
Season 4 premiered on June 20, 2009, and picked up a significant amount of time after Season 3. The main antagonists of this season are Natural Microsoft Sam, Windows Jibberish, DARO Retard Capsules, and the evil Weegee robots.
In episode two, a ROFL nuclear bomb is detonated, forcing Sam to move into an underground vault. Eventually, Sam was able to defeat Natural Sam with a Shoop Dah Whoop Cannon, but a new enemy, Weegeta 10,000 arrived soon after to duel Sam.
In episode six, Weegee 25,000 revealed himself and his OMG_BRB_ICECREAM_TRUCK Cannon. He destroyed Emergencyranger88 TV Studios, and almost attacked Thunderbirds101 TV Studios. However, he decided against the move, as he had acquired a nuclear bomb shell and was preparing to choose a city to destroy: Either Toronto, New York, or Sydney. A trailer was released shortly after the seventh episode of the fourth season, showing yet another new enemy had arrived: Devil's Hell Star. Both Weegee 25,000 and his successor, Weegee Infinity, were destroyed, either by a "Catastrophic Failure", or being simply infected with Swine Flu. When Devil's Hell Star's robot assistant informed him of his minion's destruction, he became enraged and ordered to cannon to fire on his desired target. However, before he could name the target, the signal was lost "again." The season ended with the Diarrhea Death Star destroying Earth after the OMG_BRB_ICECREAM_TRUCK failed to destroy Sydney, Australia. Season 4 concluded on August 9, 2009.
- The first season to reference the "Swine Flu", a real sickness that claimed over 100 people in the United States.
- The second season to end with a cliffhanger.
- The Season 4 finale is the most popular finale of the series, with over 38,000 views.
- All episodes of this season have more than 10,000 views - the third season to achieve this feat.
- This season involved the destruction of Earth. The prominence of this incident would not be realized until two years later with Microsoft Sam and the War in the Republic of My.
Season 5 premiered on August 22, 2009, as Thunderbirds101 had to have wisdom teeth surgery on August 13, and was not able to make S5EP1 on August 15. In the Season 4 Finale, it was revealed that the Angry German Kid would be one of the main antagonists in Season 5. However, in the opening scene of S5EP1, the Angry German Kid, Satan and Aliensoft Sam were killed when the Diarrhea Death Star exploded as a result of sabotage. According to Microsoft Sam, Season 5 returned to the style of Season 1: No storyline, random antagonists, and other random Windows errors. For example, two examples of random antagonists in Season 5 are Windows Crazy Colors, and a virus containing the infamous video 2 Girls 1 Cup. The Really Sucky Virus also made an unexpected return in S5EP3, in a new strain, the High Definition Edition. In S5EP4, Jokermingo arrived on the scene, but never made a direct appearance. The season ended with the Diarrhea Death Star III destroying Domingo0022's house, and Windows Three Choices giving the viewers three options. Season 5 concluded on October 3, 2009.
- Season 5 was the only time Windows 3 Choices appeared until Microsoft Sam Quickie #4 - Unicorns with Folding Chair Rocket Launchers.
- Windows Crazy Colors is the first distracting OS, albeit Windows Vista in Season 1.
- All episodes of this season have more than 10,000 views - the fourth season to achieve this feat.
Season 6 premiered on October 10, 2009, continuing some time after Season 5. The style remained the same as Season 5: No storyline, random antagonists, and all kinds of random Funny Windows Errors. The premiere weekend was a fairly large one: three episodes aired within a three day span: S6EP1, The One Year Special on October 11, and the Canadian Thanksgiving Day Special on the 12th. Season 6 concluded on November 29, 2009.
- This is the first season to not have a storyline, nor antagonists.
Season 7 premiered on December 5, 2009. The style will remain the same as the previous two seasons. Most notably, there have been scenes from Modern Warfare 2, where Microsoft Sam dubbed over normally silent characters, like PFC. Allen, Roach, and Sat1. Season 7 was anticipated to be the longest season of Funny Windows Errors yet, as Thunderbirds101 announced it was extending the season to twelve episodes instead of the previous eight as the previous six seasons had done. At season's end, the season was over ninety-five minutes long, more than seven times longer than Season 1. S7EP9 is when Burger Town, a popular restaurant from Modern Warfare 2, was first mentioned.
Funny Windows Errors overhaul
Shortly after the airing of S7EP5 - Part 2, the immediate ratings were much lower than average. As a result, Thunderbirds101 decided it was time for another overhaul of Funny Windows Errors. The following changes were implemented:
- Episodes would be limited to between two and a half and five minutes long.
- Error requests would now be limited to only a couple per episode.
- Thunderbirds101 becoming frustrated at uploading at 10 PM PST, due to the excess number of error requests.
- Almost all errors would be created by only Thunderbirds101 himself.
Shortly after the overhaul, ratings climbed significantly. S7EP8 however, began with the same low ratings as S7EP5 - Part 2. However, the ratings would recover, and at the same time break rating records, with well over 100 ratings in less than 24 hours. Season 7 concluded on March 6, 2010, more than three months after it premiered.
- This is where viewers can see Sam playing a video game.
Season 8 premiered on March 19-20, 2010. The style of this season followed the changes from the overhaul of Funny Windows Errors mid-Season 7. In S8EP3, Radar Overseer Scotty was executed by Microsoft Sam after the introduction of Radar Overseer Alex. Also, a new change would introduce signs into the series, on the sixth and final episodes of the season. S8EP4 marked The Green Llama's first appearance. S8EP10 suffered some setbacks in regards to errors, as the primary error generating websites went down during video creation. However, this problem was solved with the introduction of a third website, and S8EP11 featured all errors. Season 8 concluded on May 29, 2010.
After Season 8 concluded, Funny Windows Errors went on hiatus due to the interference of exams in Thunderbirds101's schedule. However, since they were spread out over the course of three weeks near the end of June, there was a limited amount of time to make sixty to ninety second quickies on days when Thunderbirds101 did not have exams.
- The series was in danger of being cancelled after the primary and back-up error generator sites went down, but a third error site was discovered, allowing the series to continue. The primary websites were eventually brought back up again, continuing the series again.
Season 9 premiered on July 2-3, 2010. The Canada Day Special 2010 aired first, one day before. Windows Total Randomness returned in S9EP3, along with a new running-gag, known as Glitches, where sections of the video literally go crazy. Season 9 generally follows the structure of mid-Season 7 to Season 8. Season 9 concluded on September 12, 2010.
- This is the first season since Season 3 to not have any episodes over five minutes in length.
Season 10 premiered on September 25, 2010. Season 10 follows the same structure as mid-Season 7 to 9. The first episode of the season started out with unusually low ratings (like S7EP5 - Part 2 and S7EP8, for example.), with 1 Like and 2 Dislikes. However, the ratings almost immediately rebounded, with over twenty-five likes. Season 10 concluded on April 9, 2011.
- This is the first season where episodes will not be uploaded every week, but every two weeks.
- This is the first season to have an episode in 1080p quality, starting with the S10 Finale.
Season 11 premiered on April 23, 2011. Season 11 follows the same structure as mid-Season 7 to 10. The season opened in 1080p quality, but soon returned to the 720p format. S11EP8 had an usually high number of comments, mainly stemming from a user who had a breakdown in the comments section. This user began to furiously but hilariously rant against Thunderbirds101. Season 11 concluded on October 9, 2011.
- This is the first season to have a background behind the errors.
Season 12 premiered on November 12, 2011. Season 12 continued to follow the same structure as mid-Season 7 to 11. This season is notorious for having a large number of delays between various episodes, mostly due to interference from school or technical problems. The season finally concluded on July 23, 2012.
- The later episodes in the season featured backgrounds that changed every few errors.
- The same change happened on the Season 2 Episode 2 remake.
Season 13 premiered on September 1, 2012. Immediately following the upload of the first episode, Thunderbirds101 received six error requests. From this S13EP7 onward, Thunderbirds101 plans to upload on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every two weeks. The season concluded on March 18, 2013.
- Although plans were made to upload on Fridays and Sundays, no episodes were uploaded on those days.
Season 14 premiered on May 18, 2013, with a two-episode weekend. The season returned to its weekly roots, with an episode every week. Season 14 was the first season that Thunderbirds101 collaborated with another TTS video maker on a Funny Windows Errors episode, with the first being AT88TV (S14EP7). The season concluded with an eleven minute long finale episode on August 24, 2013.
- Season 14 episodes aired every week except for the last week of the month, a time slot reserved for Engrish videos. S14EP10 was delayed by a week due to compression errors on YouTube's part.
- The finale of the season is the longest episode to date at eleven minutes and forty-five seconds long, even surpassing the episodes in the first half of Season 7.
Season 15 premiered on December 7, 2013. After the conclusion of Season 14, Thunderbirds101 announced the series would be going on hiatus until at least December 2013 due to real life issues that would interfere in his ability to regularly make videos. The season concluded on April 12, 2014.
- The first episode of the season featured errors from nkrs200, the second episode of the series to be a collaboration with another user, the other being S14EP7.
- The Season 15 Finale was also a collaboration, albeit this time with AT88TV and featured thirty errors. Ten from Thunderbirds101, ten from AT88TV and ten were requests.
- This is the fourth longest season (~70 minutes) behind Season 6 (73 minutes), Season 17 (~86 minutes), and Season 7 (~96 minutes).
Season 16 premiered on May 17, 2014. The season began with two episodes, one on May 17 and another on May 18, 2014. The season concluded on August 9, 2014.
- S16EP5's title card accidentally labels the episode as S16EP4. It's not clear if this was an accident or if an interdimensional rip opened in the midst of video upload and replaced S16EP5 from this universe with S16EP4 from an alternate universe.
- The season went on a brief hiatus beginning on June 14 and ending on July 5. During this hiatus, Thunderbirds101 uploaded a new Stupid and Weird Signs video, the 2014 edition of the Canada Day Special, and the third episode of The Great Final War.
- The season went on an unplanned hiatus beginning on July 12 and ending on July 26. The hiatus was the result of Thunderbirds101 unable to work on any videos due to a serious illness.
- The finale date of August 9 marks five years since the Season 4 finale of Funny Windows Errors.
Season 17 premiered on January 3, 2015. This season adopted a monthly schedule, with one episode a month until the finale in December. Season 17 concluded on December 5, 2015.
- After a series of technical problems disrupted the monthly schedule, episode nine aired in October and episodes ten and eleven aired in November.
- S17EP10 features an incorrect title card, a mistake mocked in S17EP11.
- The finale featured errors from AT88TV and nkrs200.
- This is the second longest season behind Season 7.
Season 18 premiered on January 30, 2016. This season returned to the weekly schedule, not seen since Season 16. Season 18 concluded on April 23, 2016.
- The finale featured errors from AT88TV and Ducky.
Season 19 premiered with two episodes on May 13-14, 2016. The season continued the weekly schedule brought back in Season 18. Season 19 concluded on July 30, 2016.
- Comment questions were removed from the end of Funny Windows Errors episodes, beginning with S19EP3.
Season 20 premiered with two episodes on August 19-20, 2016. The season will retain the weekly schedule of Season 18-19. Season 20 concluded on October 29, 2016.
- This was the first season since Season 7 to feature no episodes with comment question
- Starting with Episode 6, each episode featured a cryptic message ending with "102916" at the end of each video. These messages led to the Season 20 finale on October 29, 2016.
- The Season 20 finale featured errors from AT88TV, who on the same day concluded his series Microsoft Sam reads Funny Windows Errors: REBIRTH.
Season 21 premiered with two episodes on November 18-19, 2016. The season retained its weekly schedule, however, there was a two week gap from December 17, 2016 to January 7, 2017, to make way for "Microsoft Sam's Christmas Eve Special 2016" and "Microsoft Sam's 2016 Highlight Reel". Season 21 concluded on February 11, 2017.
- Due to an issue with YouTube's messaging system, the second episode contains error requests that were sent from the main wiki's Discord server.
Season 22 premiered with two episodes on March 3-4, 2017. Season 22 concluded on May 28, 2017.
On September 7, 2014, Thunderbirds101 developed an idea for a barebones series in the style of Season 1 of Funny Windows Errors. This series will not feature a Tip of the Day, Error Requests, a Comment Question, or the Other videos screen. The videos will consist of the intro, followed by the errors, and conclude with the outro.
The first episode aired on October 4, 2014. Click here for a playlist of EXPRESS episodes.
With the return of the weekly schedule to Funny Windows Errors, EXPRESS will be discontinued.
The show has been critically acclaimed by people such as musicofJOS, WSAM0TV and RorytheRetrokid; however around Season 7 some of these viewers were starting to criticize the show as TB101 accepted too many error requests. This was responded to with an overhaul of Funny Windows Errors at the midway mark of Season 7.
Behind the Scenes
Season Time Lengths:
- Season 1 - 13 Minutes 29 Seconds
- Season 2 - 28 Minutes 17 Seconds
- Season 3 - 27 Minutes 5 Seconds
- Season 4 - 39 Minutes 39 Seconds
- Season 5 - 33 Minutes 40 Seconds
- Season 6 - 73 Minutes 14 Seconds
- Season 7 - 95 Minutes 43 Seconds
- Season 8 - 51 Minutes 18 Seconds
- Season 9 - 40 Minutes 45 Seconds
- Season 10 - 42 Minutes 5 Seconds
- Season 11 - 48 Minutes 35 Seconds
- Season 12 - 55 Minutes 54 Seconds
- Season 13 - 55 Minutes 52 Seconds
- Season 14 - 63 Minutes 19 Seconds
- Season 15 - 69 Minutes 53 Seconds
- Season 16 - 55 Minutes 45 Seconds
- Season 17 - 85 Minutes 34 Seconds
- Season 18 - 63 Minutes 57 Seconds
- Season 19 - 59 Minutes 22 Seconds
- Season 20 - 64 Minutes 47 Seconds
- Season 21 - 52 Minutes 58 Seconds
- Season 22 - 39 Minutes 47 Seconds as of S22EP7
- Season 1: 9
- Season 2: 11 (four episodes were deleted)
- Season 3: 8
- Season 4: 14
- Season 5: 9
- Season 6: 12
- Season 7: 15
- Season 8: 12
- Season 9: 13
- Season 10: 12
- Season 11: 12
- Season 12: 12
- Season 13: 12
- Season 14: 12
- Season 15: 12
- Season 16: 12
- Season 17: 13
- Season 18: 12
- Season 19: 12
- Season 20: 12
- Season 21: 12
- Season 22: 12
- Total: 260
Video Quality Change
- Season 5 is the first season to broadcast in full 720p High Definition. All previous seasons broadcasted in 480p High Quality or lower.
- Starting with the S10 Finale, Funny Windows Errors transitioned into 1080p quality.
- However, as of S11EP5, the series has returned to 720p High Definition following frustrations with 1080p, including long upload times due to enormous file sizes, long render times in Sony Vegas, and minor problems with audio in 1080p quality.
- Season 17 returned to 1080p quality at 60FPS following the introduction of a new intro and outro.
- Season 1 is the shortest season at thirteen minutes, while Season 7 is the longest at ninety-five minutes.
- Season 6, in its first three episodes, are longer than the entire first season of Funny Windows Errors.
- Season 5 was the first season to allow other YouTube users to submit their own errors for inclusion in the series. This tradition was carried over into Season 6 and 7. However, as of S7EP6, this tradition was changed, so only the best error requests can get in. This change was part of a Funny Windows Errors overhaul. This change was reinforced in Season 18; only three error requests will be featured in future episodes, save for the finales.
- Season 8, as well as Seasons 9 and 10 are each longer than any of the first five seasons, but shorter than Season 6 and 7. This was part of the Funny Windows Errors overhaul as well, since episodes are shorter (this was made in order to prevent Thunderbirds101 from uploading very late).
- Firealarmking52 had a temper tantrum on the eighth episode of Season 11, mainly because his error request wasn't accepted. As a result, he began insulting Thunderbirds101, calling him a "lying sack of monkey S**t", as well as many other active TTS Video Makers and followers. Of course, a single fourteen-year old kid could not stop a well known TTS Video Maker, nor anyone else in fact, and his reputation was destroyed. His account was closed in late August.
- S7EP8 smashed rating records, with well over a hundred ratings in less than twenty-four hours. However, initial ratings were low, but quickly climbed through the day.
- S9EP7 is the only episode that Microsoft Sam gets laid, with the help of an error.
- The Diarrhea Infested Toilet was first mentioned in S5EP1, but wasn't seen until Microsoft Sam: Aftermath of Christmas - A PSA.
- As of May 2010, a trend was started by Thunderbirds101: questions that he would ask at the end of every video. All of them are completely random, but only three asked about serious information. The first one was about what people think would happen on December 21, 2012, the second one is about what kind of I-product people would like to invent, and the third one asked people what life would be like without YouTube. This trend was carried over into the Microsoft Sam Quickies. Comment questions were removed from the series in May 2016.
- The Really Sucky Virus had a prominent role throughout Seasons 2-3, but it did not appear again until Season 7 where Sam ate a cookie that had been infected with the virus.