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EqualsThree1

The original look of Equals Three.

The Equals Three Show (formerly known as Equals Three) (stylized as "=3") is a YouTube web series which was famously hosted by Ray William Johnson until mid March 2014. The show returned on July 16th, 2014 and was hosted by Robby Motz. After Ray left, the show's popularity began to decline and it really declined when Kaja Martin took over as host on July 28, 2015.

Also around this time, Ray began Equals Three Studios, which forced the show's name to be changed from "Equals Three" to "The Equals Three Show". On December 4th, 2015, she was replaced by Carlos Santos. Carlos decided that rather than reviewing three videos in two episodes a week, he would review six videos in one long episode that would air on Fridays.

The show currently premieres on Fridays on the Ray William Johnson channel, but it used to be on Tuesdays and Fridays when only three videos were reviewed.

EqualsThree2

The title card of Equals Three 2.0

Content Edit

Each episode is usually 5 minutes long, and consists of the following:

  • A greeting
  • Viral Videos (x3 separated by transitions)
    • Contextualization of video
    • Playback
    • Initial Reaction
    • Mockery
    • Repeated playback and/or dubbing
  • Comment Question of the Day (now discontinued)
  • Credits
  • Miscellaneous announcements and updates (occasionally)
  • Outtakes/Replay (occasionally) 

Episodes Edit

These episodes were all hosted by Ray William Johnson in his college dorm room..

Season 1 (2009) Edit

  1. No Sex?
  2. A racist cartoon?
  3. Your perverted dad?
  4. Wanna get high?
  5. Horny Brits?
  6. OMG! Woodchuck!
  7. RWJ is dead!
  8. YouTube is changing!
  9. 1,000,000 Subs
  10. No Homo
  11. Go Big-Man!
  12. Kick his @ss!
  13. Your girlfriend's got talent
  14. I will end you!
  15. Miley Cyrus naked
  16. Best. Video. Evar!
  17. Shoe Sex
  18. Lonely Rednecks
  19. Your Mom's Underwear
  20. How NOT To Dance
  21. Monkey Love
  22. Stupid Nerd!
  23. Myspace Date
  24. WoW!
  25. 2 Girls 1 Truck
  26. Gathering in My Pants
  27. Mutant Poodles
  28. ZOMG! Porn!
  29. Rawr!
  30. U Got Worms
  31. Ass Deodorant
  32. Fight! Fight! Fight!
  33. Britney Spears Sux
  34. Pedo-saurus
  35. Horse Hit By Car
  36. Don't Call Me Fat!
  37. Guy Catches On Fire
  38. Show Me Your Boobs
  39. I'll Beat Your Ass
  40. Kicked By A Horse
  41. Attacked By A Lion
  42. Funniest Crack-Head
  43. Greatest Knockout Ever
  44. 56 Year Old Virgin
  45. Dancing Baby
  46. Hot Chick Gets Attacked
  47. Scooter Jump Fail
  48. I Want My Chicken
  49. Kung Fu Kick
  50. Spray Can Explodes
  51. What's Your Numbah?
  52. How big?
  53. Hot Reporter Gets Humped
  54. Epic Boyfriend Fail
  55. Taylor Swift Gets Pwned
  56. Drunk Ewoks
  57. Horse Bites Girl's Head
  58. Amazing Motorcycle Flip
  59. Sex with anyone?
  60. Your Game Sucks
  61. Bad-Ass Bubbles
  62. Drag Queen Fight
  63. Hot For Words
  64. Asian Lady Gaga
  65. Miley Cyrus Wants Pie
  66. Bambi Hit By A Car
  67. Emo Yoda
  68. Ninja Squirrels
  69. A New Jesus
  70. Racist Chicken
  71. Techno Kitteh
  72. Hot Chicks Do Stuff

Season 2 (2010) Edit

  1. I PWN N00BS!!
  2. Psycho Asian Girlfriend
  3. Death Metal Baby!!
  4. Sexy Swingers
  5. CHICK FIGHT!!
  6. U HAVE NO SOUL!!!
  7. WTF?!
  8. I'M HUGE!!
  9. EWW GROSS!!
  10. Happy Doggy! :D
  11. BALLS!!
  12. ANGRY TOAD!!!
  13. HACKED!!
  14. She's so anal.
  15. Kick Ass Grandma
  16. Man-Bitch
  17. Old People Rock!!
  18. Communist Roll'd
  19. Evil Bunneh!!
  20. OH MY GOSH!!
  21. CRAZY BITCHES!!
  22. U be Trippin'
  23. HUNGOVER and RUSHED!!
  24. ZOMG KITTEH!!
  25. Nasty Presidents!!
  26. What the Fudge?!?
  27. OH LAWD!!
  28. F***ING BIRDS!!
  29. Kid Gaga
  30. Psycho Dog Man
  31. Flying Puppeh!!
  32. ROBOT MOUTH!!
  33. Devil Bird
  34. Big Booty Bitches!!
  35. I KEED. I KEED. =)
  36. CONDOM FIGHT!!!
  37. I LOVE YOU
  38. Smackin' BEWBS!!
  39. YOUR FACE!!
  40. Balls Bunny
  41. NINJA BEAR!!
  42. American Idol Freakout!!
  43. You be Nasty!!
  44. Booty Dance!!
  45. MY BABY DADDY!!
  46. NO PANTS!!
  47. GIMME A THIMBS DOWN! :D
  48. Nekkid Mom!!
  49. Poor Fat Kid =(
  50. Worst. Episode. Evar.
  51. Drugs and Rainbows
  52. STRUT THAT ASS!
  53. ROCK THE PARTY!!
  54. Gay! Gay! Gay!
  55. BATMAN!!!
  56. Crazy Animals
  57. Want a hug?
  58. ACTION!!!!!!
  59. In Soviet Russia...
  60. I LIKE TURTLES!!
  61. AWESOME SAUCE!
  62. PERVERT!
  63. Drunkest Man Evar!
  64. BAD KIDS!
  65. YOU RACIST!
  66. FAKE DEATH!!
  67. Ray It Ain't So
  68. Lookin' 4 Love
  69. Vag Bubbles?
  70. FEAR THE CHEESE
  71. Sunny D and Rum
  72. DEMON PIZZA!
  73. GREATEST MAN ON THE INTERNET
  74. GO SUPREME!!!1!
  75. F*** GUMBY!!
  76. Karate Expert!
  77. 3 Second Video
  78. Time Traveler
  79. SUPER FART!
  80. POKEMON?
  81. Disney World!!
  82. YELLOW SOCKS!
  83. CARROT STICKS!
  84. Japanese Face
  85. FAYUL!
  86. CAT FIGT!!
  87. TURKEY PORN
  88. GOOFY RUN
  89. No Christmas
  90. Baby Preacher
  91. YAY!!
  92. HA HA HA!
  93. MAGIC BEER
  94. I'M BACK!!

Season 3 (2011) Edit

  1. HELL NO!
  2. Hump Like Bunnies
  3. BALLS TO YOU!!
  4. BIRD SECKS!!!
  5. BEAR FIGHT!!
  6. SPONGE BOBBLE!
  7. INDIAN ACTION
  8. I DID HIM
  9. WINDOW LICKER
  10. THUG JEDI
  11. PASS IT AROUND?
  12. HARRY BAALS
  13. Urkel Dance
  14. DIRTY M0NKEY
  15. GET A JOB
  16. DANCE DANCE DANCE
  17. UNDERWEAR?
  18. BITE A BEWB
  19. DEAD KITTY
  20. CREEPY INDIAN
  21. WANNA FIGHT?
  22. WAY HO
  23. DANCING DROID
  24. SLOPPY HO
  25. Strippers and Stuff
  26. DEATH WISH
  27. DOLPHIN LOVE
  28. The Dark Side
  29. Bugs Bunny'd
  30. Alien Found?
  31. Talk to Me, Goose!
  32. Elephants Touch Me
  33. DEATH METAL
  34. TALKING DOG
  35. THE JESUS DANCE
  36. GAY BUG
  37. AIRPORT PR0N
  38. Kick the Baby!
  39. BOOTY SHAKIN'
  40. BIKINI CHICKS
  41. KICKED BY A HORSE
  42. CRAZY WIZARD
  43. I'M DREAMING
  44. SHOWER PRANK
  45. SCHINDLER'S GEESE
  46. OPTIMUS CRANE
  47. TOO FAT TO DIE!
  48. ALL CAPS RAGE!!!
  49. ALL OVER YOUR FACE!
  50. CHAINSAW ACCIDENT
  51. DRUNK PHILOSOPHY!
  52. GIRLS ARE CRAZY
  53. WILL YOU MARRY ME?
  54. LEAVE JUSTIN BIEBER ALONE!
  55. SOCCER FAN
  56. NEKKID TACKLE
  57. METH RAGE
  58. SLAP YO'SELF
  59. FREE CANDY
  60. CURSING BIRD
  61. DRIFTING
  62. REDNECK DAD
  63. NOT A WEDDING
  64. FAT KID FALLS
  65. CONFESSING MY LOVE
  66. IT'S NOT GAY
  67. SPACE P0RN
  68. BLANKET PARTY
  69. THUG GUMBY
  70. GABE WILLIAM JOHNSON
  71. 1 Fan
  72. I HEART INDIANS
  73. SWAMP A$$
  74. EVIL CLOWN
  75. NiNJA NUNS
  76. BROKEN GOAT
  77. Nekkid for Jesus
  78. DEEP BANANA
  79. LIKE MY STATUS
  80. BARFING CATS
  81. DRINK DRANK DRUNK
  82. =3 HALLOWEEN
  83. CHICKEN LADY
  84. SHORT HAIRY GUYS
  85. CANDY BANDIT
  86. COBRA CAT
  87. GOOSING!
  88. SURPRISE?
  89. ENGLISH ACCENTS
  90. FIRST KISS
  91. MASHED POTATOES
  92. MULLET LIPS
  93. THE TROLL RETURNS
  94. FAT RAY
  95. BIG HOOTERS

Season 4 (ET 2.0) (2012) Edit

Equals Three 2.0 Edit

Around mid-way through the season, Ray and Maker Studios get into a dispute, resulting in Ray temporarily hosting Equals Three from his apartment. A few weeks later, the show receives it's first major update with a new studio and look dubbed by fans, "Equals Three 2.0"

Equals Three 2.0 is the name given to the improved and revamped Equals Three show, which is now produced by Ray's studio Runaway Planet and in conjuction with Julian Smith's studio Papertown. There are numerous noticeable changes to the show.

There is no longer "Cool Transitions". Now, the camera pans away from Ray, revealing a comic book strip, and zooms in onto another frame to transition. However, the record spin sound is still played as it transitions. These comic book strips also surround the videos that are being reviewed. Also, there is a new title card for the show.

Including higher quality visuals, the background is blurred while Ray is clear. The camera appears to be lower than he is and at an angle upward, meaning that Ray has to stoop slightly. Although, a few months later that was fixed and the camera is now at his eye-level.

Finally, due to the team of staff that now help Ray produce the show, there are credits that roll at the end of each episode while a techno-like beat plays. Credits were featured when Ray worked with Maker Studios, though they eventually stopped being put in. According to Ray, its current format is the way that he always wanted his show to be.

Notes Edit

In the episode So Long Ray, he announced that he was going to record the Your Favorite Martian album and that there would be guest hosts for the six weeks. Little did we know, that would be the last =3 episode with Ray partnered with Maker Studios.

In the episode WORLD'S GREATEST NINJA, Ray returns to =3, but is now filming in his apartment as he is no longer with Maker Studios.

The episode How to Approach Women is the last =3 episode under the original Equals Three.

In the episode Equals Three 2.0, Equals Three 2.0 begins.

Episodes Edit

  1. Goodbye Ray
  2. Deadly Cat!!
  3. Hole People
  4. Zebra Hickey
  5. EAT EVERYTHING
  6. SPELLING BEE
  7. I'M BACK
  8. FIGHTING THE ELEPHANT
  9. RHINO SAUSAGE
  10. GANG SIGNS
  11. CONSPIRACY THEORY
  12. DUBSTEP CAT
  13. I HAVE SUPER POWERS
  14. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!
  15. JUSTIN BIEBER'S BIRTHDAY!
  16. YOU'RE AWESOME!
  17. VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO!
  18. DOLPHIN RAPE!
  19. WORLD'S BIGGEST CONDOM
  20. YOU INSPIRE ME!
  21. FLYING LIKE A BIRD
  22. ELMO SEX TAPE
  23. Angry Woman vs Bike
  24. Drunk Bohemian Rhapsody
  25. You're So Metal
  26. Problem Solving
  27. REACT!
  28. North Korea Perspective
  29. Secret Service Prostitution
  30. New Ninja Turtles Movie
  31. THE WORLD IS ENDING!
  32. CHEESEBURGER!
  33. HAPPY CINCO de MAYO!
  34. Meow Died :(
  35. Punching Everywhere
  36. Feel Good
  37. DRUNK CHICK PROOF
  38. Hooter Hula Hoops
  39. Church Singer
  40. Ray Smash!
  41. Kids on Drugs
  42. Flying Cat
  43. Hello Norway!
  44. Hello Mexico!
  45. Ice Cream Truck Fight!!
  46. For The Ladies
  47. My Pet Monkey
  48. How to Eat a Fly
  49. Amazing Spiderman
  50. Wiener Crabs
  51. Sell Out
  52. Hannah Montana Spray
  53. Gay Robin
  54. 1 Minute Episode
  55. Wonder Dog
  56. World Record
  57. Vag-Blaster 9000
  58. Catt Lauer
  59. Party Crasher
  60. Rageboner
  61. Gay Fire
  62. Birthday Episode
  63. I Got First
  64. True Love :)
  65. Double-Ended Di-L-Do
  66. Everybody is Gay
  67. Nut Shot Trilogy
  68. (1) So Long Ray
  69. T-PAINFUL
  70. Korean Fart Doll
  71. Flying Kitties
  72. Fat Man's Kryptonite
  73. Virginity Rocks
  74. Uncle Wang
  75. Best Death Ever
  76. Big Water Bazonga Melons
  77. Blazing Crow
  78. One Direction
  79. (2) WORLD'S GREATEST NINJA!!
  80. Sh*t I Don't Like
  81. 2 BILLION VIEWS
  82. Picking Up Women
  83. Asian Hostage
  84. Dog Has Super Powers
  85. "OH SH!T"
  86. (3) YOUTUBE FAMOUS!
  87. Biebs and Selena
  88. How to Approach Women
  89. (4) Equals Three 2.0
  90. Bigfoot Found!
  91. The Ray William Johnson Show
  92. Chimpanzee Riding a Segway
  93. Terrorist Baby
  94. DA FUQ
  95. Loudest Bass in the World
  96. Eagle Steals a Baby

Season 5 (2013) Edit

  1. BEST OF EQUALS THREE 2012
  2. NO UNDERWEAR
  3. RWJ vs SMOSH
  4. ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
  5. RAY AND SILENT BOB
  6. GOT AN STD?
  7. HARLEM SHAKE VIDEOS
  8. METEORITE CRASH IN RUSSIA
  9. GALLON SMASH PRANK
  10. WORLD'S FASTEST HOT DOG EATER
  11. SHOCKING CONTENT!
  12. PUNCHING KIDS
  13. THE MEANING OF LIFE
  14. SCARIEST RIDE EVER
  15. I murdered my husband...
  16. CHEATING EX
  17. Do humans actually remember commercials?
  18. The Illuminati
  19. BLOWING UP
  20. SHAKE DAT ASS
  21. UGLIEST FACE IN THE WORLD
  22. Help!
  23. Harry Potter Abridged
  24. Six Second Video
  25. Miss Utah
  26. EQUALS FIVE
  27. Plane Crash
  28. Bubble Soccer
  29. I'm Single
  30. Dance and Do Laundry
  31. Amazing Swimming Baby
  32. Horny Grandma
  33. Terrified Man
  34. Cow Sex Accident
  35. Cat Ass
  36. Pilot Names Prank
  37. Star Wars Freakout
  38. How to Hire an Assassin
  39. Shia Labeouf Spotted
  40. White Morgan Freeman
  41. Kevin Rose Raccoon Attack
  42. Ferrari Driver Arrested in NYC
  43. Guy Sticks Knife in Toaster
  44. Robots are Taking Over
  45. Korean Girl Sexually Harassed
  46. Awkward Couple Fight!
  47. Traffic Blows
  48. Security Guard Beatdown
  49. Wal-Mart Mom Fight
  50. Boat Trick Accident
  51. Crazy Rhubarb Lady
  52. Amazing Sex Facts
  53. Rich Preachers
  54. Will You Have Sex with Me?
  55. Bear Thief
  56. WHO SHIT!?
  57. Cake Smash
  58. Amazing Sign Language Lady
  59. Giant Baby
  60. Lion Attacks Trainer
  61. Baby Yoga
  62. Fast Food Rapper
  63. Jesse Pinkman, Bitch!
  64. SHEEP PARTY
  65. Russian Hovercraft Lands on Beach
  66. Massive Sinkhole
  67. Failed Wedding Proposal
  68. Inappropriate Wedding?
  69. Thugs Watch Fireworks tho
  70. Stoned Patrick Stewart
  71. Scary Raptor Prank
  72. Mean Preacher
  73. How To Make An Electric Guitar
  74. Poop Trap
  75. FIRE TWERKS!
  76. Dat Face Tho
  77. I'm Batman
  78. SWEET VICTORY
  79. Hooking Up at a Party
  80. I'm American
  81. Trash Talk
  82. Halloween Special
  83. Feel Good
  84. YouTube and Google +
  85. My Big Head
  86. Bomb on a Plane
  87. Skydiving Accident
  88. Massive Snowball Fight
  89. PLEASE STOP!
  90. Good Luck
  91. GOAL

Season 6 (2014) Edit

  1. Things That Kill
  2. Eat Beef
  3. The Challenge
  4. Piss Drunk
  5. Real Life GTA
  6. Flexin' On Ya
  7. Hottest New Jam
  8. Sexual Harassment
  9. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
  10. The Resurrection (New Host)
  11. Like a Girl
  12. Armed and Dangerous
  13. TO BE CONTINUED....

Season 7 (ET 3.0) (2015) Edit

  1. TO BE CONTINUED

Season 8 (2016) Edit

The 2016 season was hosted by Carlos Santos and it premiered January 1st, 2016 with BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 4 - December 2015. For the first three months, it followed the new "Equals Six/Best of YouTube" format, which had a new episode being released each Friday. On March 15, 2016, Carlos decided to revert to the classic "Equals Three" format, which had three videos reviewed in one episode and an episode was released on Tuesday and Friday.

  1. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 4 - December 2015
  2. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 1 - January 2016
  3. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 2 - January 2016
  4. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 3 - January 2016
  5. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 4 - January 2016
  6. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 1 - February 2016
  7. VALENTINE'S DAY Viral Video SPECIAL (2016)
  8. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 3 - February 2016
  9. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 4 - February 2016
  10. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 1 - March 2016
  11. BEST OF YOUTUBE // week 2 - March 2016
  12. OWL WHISPERER
  13. GET THE BROOM
  14. BEES!

Production Edit

Pre-Production Edit

The host reviews videos he discovers either personally or through a user and usually keeps up-to-date by immediately broadcasting exceptionally viral videos in the following episode. However, more than once has he reviewed older, lesser-known videos he wishes to share.

During "pre-production" the host selects the videos and writes a script revolving around the three which may or may not be relevant to each other.

Ray has been aided officially in the writing of the episodes since his moving to Los Angeles by Phil Haney, Steve Greene, Martin Silbermintz, Erin Schmalfeld and Ilana Cohn.

Production Edit

Shooting of Equals Three episodes has nearly always taken place at Ray's home by himself. It is shot generally inside, like in his first living room, in his New York City bedroom and in his Los Angeles apartment though on rare occasions they have been shot outside. Filming has transitioned in his later episodes to a Los Angeles studio.

At first simple, vlog-like productions, Equals Three episodes have been improved with time as Ray introduced the Watchmen wallpaper for example and then used superior lighting as well as upgraded video and audio recording hardware. Current episodes are available in 720p.

Post-Production Edit

Post-production (mainly editing) of Equals Three episodes is what has evolved the most since the start of the show. At first edited by himself, Ray gave up editing to Brandon Perna since his moving to Los Angeles. But because of Brandon being apart of Maker Studios, Justin Johns now edits his videos.

Style Edit

Originally the show was fast-paced with Ray speaking quickly while developing his thoughts and including only some puns for comedic value. The hectic pace gradually slowed down in regards to the international audience Ray gathered and nowadays the host emphasizes more on simply mocking or reacting to the content instead of speaking his mind.

Since the very beginning, Ray interacted indirectly with videos and reused the content in the context of the show in order to repeat a joke or underline a point. This manipulation of reviewed videos is more present in the latest episodes although now used near-exclusively for comedic effect.

From a cinematographic point of view, Equals Three has only very slightly changed since its debut in 2008. The camera is always fixed while Ray is sitting (in earlier episodes) or standing (in later episodes and currently) in front and facing the camera. He utilizes the jump cut method and leans left or right for each shot.

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