The Amanda Show

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The Amanda Show
Amanda Show logo
Genre Sketch comedy
Variety show
Created by Dan Schneider
Starring Amanda Bynes
Drake Bell
Nancy Sullivan
Johnny Kassir (Season 1)
Raquel Lee
(Season 1)
Josh Peck (Seasons 2-3)
Theme music composer Stewart Copeland
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Schneider
Brian Robbins
Mike Tollin
Joe Davola
Location(s) Nickelodeon on Sunset
Hollywood, California
Paramount Pictures
Hollywood, California (Season 1 only)
Camera setup Videotape; Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Tollin/Robbins/Marquee Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format SD: 480i/576i
Original run October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16) – September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)
Chronology
Related shows All That
Drake & Josh

The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan, along with several performing artists who came and left at different points, such as John Kassir, Raquel Lee and Josh Peck. The show was a spin-off from All That, in which Bynes had co-starred for several years. The show was unexpectedly cancelled at the end of 2002, according to creator Dan Schneider's blog.[1] Writers for the show included John Hoberg, Steven Molaro, Andrew Hill Newman and Dan Schneider.

Two years after the end of The Amanda Show, Dan Schneider created a new series, called Drake & Josh, featuring Drake Bell, Josh Peck and Nancy Sullivan.[2]

Format[edit]

In spite of being designed as a sketch comedy television program, the series is set in a fictional universe in which it is broadcast as a popular television comedy, as evidenced through staged mishaps involving members of the viewing audience and comedic sub-plots involving Amanda's unhealthily obsessed, nerdy, self-proclaimed "Number One Fan" Penelope Taynt, who constantly devises schemes to achieve her lifelong goal of meeting Amanda (as a gag, Bynes portrays Penelope and the pair are never shown onscreen together). These failed schemes include Penelope's attempts at outsmarting the fictional security guard of the studio where The Amanda Show is filmed and at manipulating Amanda's castmates into helping her carry out her plans.

Aside from this, the series is formatted as a typical sketch comedy, with recurring sketches as well as a few sketches only seen in one episode. The actors also play themselves in subplots during each episode. Sketches included are often parodies (such as "Judge Trudy", a spoof of Judge Judy; "So You Want to Win Five Dollars?", a spoof of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?; and "Blockblister", a spoof of the video rental shop Blockbuster) or shorts featuring humorously eccentric or dim-witted characters.

Sketches[edit]

  • Commercials – At the beginning of each show (after Bynes greets the audience), an advertisement for an unusual product plays. Products include Trash Cones, Popper Pants (pants that make popcorn), Sumo Soda (a soda that is made in a sumo wrestler), Pass the Skunk, Lunchbay.com (a eBay.com-type website where people sell their lunches), Meatloaf Crunch (a meatloaf-themed cereal), Super Spitballer 5000 (a spitball gun), Egg Splat, Ham, The Boost, Mammal-O's (a cereal that contains small mammals as prizes), Little Crazy Hat Man, Sugar Veggies (vegetables that are made of sugar), Sick Popples (popsicles that have different sickness flavors like pneumonia and chicken pox), My Beautiful Big Toe, Call Zap! (a phone feature that zaps prank phone callers), Allowance Doubler (a machine that doubles anyone's allowance), and Homework Hut (a Pizza Hut-type place that delivers homework).
  • Judge Trudy – This sketch is a parody of the courtroom show Judge Judy. It is perhaps the show's most significant sketch. The sketch stars Judge Trudy (played by Amanda Bynes) and the Bailiff (played by Gary Anthony Williams). The sketch features a child plaintiff (usually played by Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Raquel Lee, and/or another child actor) "suing" an adult defendant (played by Johnny Kassir, Nancy Sullivan, and/or another adult actor) for petty incidents against the child such as Giving the kid an apple instead of candy on Halloween, sending the kid up to their room for refusing to kiss their aunt, telling the kid to please stop mocking them, telling the kid to turn down their stereo, giving the kid a shot, and making the kid take a bath after playing in the mud as well as even well-deserved punishments such as pushing the principal's car into a swimming pool, playing baseball in the house, egging someone's house on Halloween, selling the family's home to circus people for a large amount of money to go to an expensive theme park, releasing zoo animals from their cages enough for them to escape into the city, painting their parent orange while the parent was taking a nap, putting glue on everything in the entire classroom enough to get stuck to the teacher, putting itching powder in their parents' clothes, stealing a $3,000,000,000 space shuttle and then losing it, filling the whole house with water, painting the White House pink, and shutting down the entire Internet. The defendant typically complained at the beginning of the sketch that Trudy is too young to be a judge, which angered Trudy even more. After the child complained that he/she was grounded, given detention, etc., by the defendant, the court audience would automatically boo and throw something like garbage, fake fruits, potatoes, squash, dirty old socks, breakfast cereal, or one half pint of milk at the defendant. Other times, the children behind the defendant would either administer a wedgie or rip off the defendant's hair. Arguing would ensue between Trudy and the adult (often involving more painful stuff to happen to the defendant). But no matter how obvious it is that the child is guilty, Trudy always finds in favor of him/her (even defending him/her by making up reasons as to why the child did what he/she did) and delivers ridiculous sentences to the adults (some of them occurring if the defendant doesn't have the fine money) such as trapping a defendant in a rocket and sending the defendant to Venus. having the defendant being chased by an unpredictable man in a gorilla suit, having the defendant be thrown into a leopard cage, having the defendants participate in a cage match with two professional wrestlers, pushing a button that crushes the defendant with a boulder, unleashing two hungry leprechauns to chew on the defendants, having the Bailiff place a nest of deranged woodpeckers on the defendant's head, having the Bailiff handcuff the defendant to a sweaty opera singer, having the defendant trapped in a box with two contagious sick people, having the Bailiff place the defendant in a bathtub filled with cream of mushroom soup, having a very old lady do a piggyback ride on the defendant, having the defendants play dodgeball with three bitter Marines, having the defendant sold to the highest bidder in the courtroom, having the Bailiff give the defendant a little shot itself, opening a trap door beneath the defendants, confiscating the defendant's clothes, having the Bailiff spin the defendant until the defendant is uncomfortable, and aving the Bailiff put an angry chipmunk in the defendant's pants The sketch almost always involves two cases and at the end of each sketch, the Judge calls "Bring in the Dancing Lobsters!", and then the Dancing Lobsters then proceed to dance in the courtroom joined by the Bailiff, the plaintiff, and the court audience.
  • Blockblister – A parody of video rental store chain Blockbuster. Blockblister is owned and operated by a European family, Gnocchi Blokey (played by Johnny Kassir in Season 1, Dan Sachoff in Seasons 2 and 3) and his children Blini (portrayed by Amanda Bynes) and Biscotti (played by Drake Bell) who often find themselves facing dissatisfied customers (played by Nancy Sullivan, Raquel Lee, Josh Peck, and/or various other actors) due to the poor quality of the videos rented - which are in fact homemade spoofs of the actual movie requested. The customer who tries to rent Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, George of the Jungle, The Nutty Professor, The Wizard of Oz, Austin Powers, Scream, Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, Titanic, Grease, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, X-Men, Stuart Little, South Park, Snow Day, Jurassic Park, Tom Sawyer, and An exercise video only to find out that he or she actually rented, Face Ventura: Pet Detective, George from the Jungle, The Nubby Professor, The Wizard of Voz, Austin Powders, Screaming, Star Drek, The Brady Brunch, *Tidanic, Crease, Star Wars: The Vantom Menace, F-Men, Stuart Lipple, South Pork, Snowy Day, Jurassic Pack, Tom Zawyer and The Blokey family's version of an exercise video. Each spoof features the family in poorly made costumes, attempting to act out the movie in less than a minute, usually producing a poor imitation of the original. When the family finishes the movie, the customer would insult them by saying, for an example, "That wasn't (name of real movie title). That was just you two morons (Blini and Biscotti) pretending to be actors wearing bad costumes in a bad homemade movie you shot at your house." After arguing over the quality of the movie, the family either offers the customer an egg or inquires about payment, generating an adverse reaction from the customer. After the customer leaves - still dissatisfied - (two customers per sketch; three customers in one sketch) the family dances to polka music while holding eggs, concluding the sketch. In one sketch, the family demonstrates the use of a DVP, their country's version of a DVD which is an LP-sized round block of wood played in a loud wooden machine powered by a gasoline engine which is started by pulling a cord; the machine plays their spoof of the movie Mission: Impossible with visual interference and a rattling noise so loud no one can hear the movie. In episode 25, Blini and Biscotti introduced their large tough-looking cousin Kreblock (played by E.E. Bell).
  • The Girls' Room – A TV show that takes place in the girls' bathroom of Kawayga Junior High. The hosts are Amber (played by Amanda Bynes), an egotistical girl who always makes sure to remind the audience that she is popular (but most likely isn't because as seen in many skits, not many people seem to think much of her or even know who she is), Sheila (played by Raquel Lee in Season 1, Reagan Gomez-Preston in Seasons 2 and 3), an aggressive girl who disposes of unwelcome guests by giving them swirlies (usually executing them in the middle stall) at Amber's command, Tammy (played by Jamie Snow), an "exchange student" from Tennessee with an extremely thick Southern accent, and Debbie (played by Jenna Morrison), an unintelligent girl who constantly states that she likes eggs in a dopey voice and constantly annoys the others, especially Sheila. The four girls would do various stuff in the girls' bathroom ranging from talking about a pop quiz, Amber running for class president, hosting the Girls' Choice Awards, holding auditions for a possible fifth girl to add to Amber's group, holding a talent contest, hosting the show from the boys' bathroom due to a water pipe burst in the girls' bathroom, hosting the show on prom night, and celebrating Amber's birthday party. Amber has a rivalry with another much more popular girl named Danielle Spencer who always seems to one up Amber, and in one episode, ends up getting a swirly from Sheila. One episode also revealed that Amber has another rivalry with Tina Capone, who also got a swirly from Sheila after winning the Girls' Choice Award for "Most Popular Girl in School" and is mentioned in another episode. Two sketches of "The Girls' Room" featured appearances Kawayga Junior High's lunch lady Miss Shapein (played by Nancy Sullivan). When the sketch is about to end, Amber would quote that "until next time, I'm popular," Sheila would quote for an example, "I'm bad," Tammy would quote "I'm from Tennessee," and Debbie would make a ridiculous comment.
  • Moody's Point – An over-the-top parody of teen dramas/soap operas, such as Dawson's Creek and Caitlin's Way. The sketch focuses on Moody Fallon (played by Amanda Bynes), an emotionally exaggerated teen whose mother (played by Maureen McCormick) is lost in a hot air balloon and whose father (played by Carey Eidel) loses a toe near the end of the series. It featured characters such as her best friend Brie (played by Lauren Petty), the easily offended Misty Rains (played by Molly Orr), Spalding (played by Taran Killam), a boy who has a huge crush on Moody but gets criticized in a ridiculous way and constantly has objects flung at him from beyond the screen; and Sternum (played by Matthew Botuchis), a brooding "bad boy" who responds to every question by asking the opposite question. Each episode had its own plot, and ends with a cliffhanger. An episode ends with Moody finding out that her real parents are circus trapeze artists named "The Flying Worthsbergs" and it reveals that her real name was Yolanda. At the end of the episode, the screen shows the words "To Be Continued," but The Amanda Show was cancelled shortly thereafter ending sketch in a cliffhanger. Schneider had pitched an actual spin-off series called "Moody's Point" to Nickelodeon, but the show was never green-lit.
  • Cynthia Worthington – Cynthia Worthington (played by Amanda Bynes) is an aristocrat who was brought up by a very wealthy and civilized family. She appears to look nice, but engages in revolting behavior such as burping loudly without excusing herself, displaying that she has tremendously long underarm hairs, scratching her armpits with someone's fork, eating with her mouth talking with her mouth full, displaying her foot calluses and using her portable callus sander near food, going to the bathroom in her clothes, sneezing on someone, eating dip with her hands, wiping her mouth on a woman's dog, brushing her teeth in fruit punch, spitting cherry pits, mentioning that she hasn't bathed in days, and publicly shaving her legs. At the end of the sketch when she does the most disgusting thing, the people watching her get away from her and she responds with "How rude!" (when obviously, she's the one being rude) and she continues doing the disgusting thing.
  • Penelope Taynt – Penelope Taynt (also played by Amanda Bynes) is Amanda's intelligent and mischievous self-proclaimed number one fan. She normally wears a vest, a plaid shirt and gray shorts, as well as large framed black glasses. She has a tattoo of Amanda's face on her abdomen, which is only seen once on the show. She runs a fansite, AmandaPlease.com, which is actually an official site created for the series. Penelope also has the odd habit of interjecting the word "please" into almost all of her sentences (though in her website she puts this down to the fact that she has always been told to say "please" when she wants something, and she wants to meet Amanda). Between segments in every show, she uses some harebrained scheme to try to meet Amanda, often with the help of Drake, Josh, or her brother Preston (played by Taylor Emerson), but never succeeds, though she is at times exceedingly close to doing so. Penelope would often be thwarted in her plots to meet Amanda by such people as the security guard Barney (played by E.E. Bell) or even the stage hand Kathy (played by Lara Jill Miller). Her schemes include cloning Amanda from her toenail (but it turns out to be Drake's), having a bloodhound lead her to Amanda by following her scent, and often breaking into Amanda's dressing room. She frequently interviews people who know Amanda in an attempt to be pointed in the right direction. On rare occasions, Penelope invades skits already in progress (most notably "Cooking with Me" where she is chased by security, and steals the cooking pot to try to carry Amanda with her, but Amanda comes up from the hole in the cooker). Her brother, Preston, has met Amanda and sometimes asks if she could meet Penelope; Amanda always says she cannot. She once shared some romance with Trevor, Barney's son, for a while. However, just as she was about to meet Amanda, she willingly gave up the opportunity and kissed Trevor just as Amanda walks by, unseen by the two. Penelope Taynt makes an appearance on the All That episode in which Amanda Bynes guest starred, once again chasing after her idol. Many fans of The Amanda Show have believed that Penelope was played by a different person, as both she and Amanda herself appear on the stage at marginally the same time.
  • When... Attack – "When... Attack", hosted by Amanda Bynes, parodies dramas such as When Animals Attack!. Bynes introduces herself as some ridiculous but possibly famous character, then explains how a group of entities (such as cheerleaders, elderly women, the kids from The Brady Bunch, school mascots, and hula girls) have been attacking people. She then shows the viewers two incidents of attacks, first played at normal speed, then in slow motion. Most of the attacks occur in an outdoor location. The victims then appear in interviews, injured, distraught and sometimes repeating exactly what the host says. At the end, the host tells the viewers to call a number, usually something like, for example: "1-500-I-Just-Saw-_________-Attack-Some-Person-And-Now-I'm-Calling-This-Number-To-Report-What-I-Saw". The attackers then arrive in the studio causing her to run away screaming. The attackers will then either proceed to attack the camera or dance concluding the sketch. Amanda also shows little sympathy for the victims of the attack.
  • The Extremes – This sketch is about the Extreme family, a family of three (played by Amanda Bynes, Nancy Sullivan, and Dan Sachoff) who always take every little thing to an extreme. Whatever they feel, they seem to always overreact to it. For example, when eating pizza, the daughter begins crying hysterically, claiming she is sad that when they finish eating it, it will be gone. This exasperates everyone around the family.
  • Hillbilly Moment – Amanda and Drake dress as stereotypical hillbillies named Lula Mae and Enos (respectively) who tell knock-knock jokes that always end with Lula Mae hitting Enos over the head with the subject of the knock-knock joke.
    • The conversation between the two would always go as follows (with [object] representing the item Lula Mae is holding behind her back with her right hand):
      • Announcer: "It's time for a Hillbilly Moment!" (goofy laugh)
      • Lula Mae: "Hey, hey, knock, knock."
      • Enos: "Who's there?"
      • Lula Mae: "Uh...[object]."
      • Enos: "[object] who?"
      • Lula Mae: "I'm gonna hit you in the head with a/an [object]."
      • Enos: (laughs) "Huh?"
      • Lula Mae hits him in the head with the [object]. (Enos stumbles and sometimes falls over.)
      • Enos: (laughs) "That's a good' un!"
      • Lula Mae: "Yup."
  • Mr. Gullible – A substitute teacher (played by John Kassir in Season 1, Andrew Hill Newman in Season 2) with bucked teeth, who often did what the students claimed their regular teacher did: "Our regular teacher always... (insert wacky task here)." The wacky tasks included eating chalk, drinking out of a fish tank, giving $100 to each student at the end of class, banging his head into a locker during a fire drill, and dancing like a buffoon during history class. He usually questions these ridiculous tasks by asking "..Really?" and the children confirm, leading to Mr. Gullible saying, "Well if that's what your regular teacher does, then I guess I should too." His personality is derived from Jerry Lewis' character Julius Kelp from The Nutty Professor.
  • Only two game show parodies with contestants that are characters from other sketches:
    • So You Wanna Win Five Dollars? – A game show parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? hosted by Tina (played by Amanda Bynes). The contestant, usually a character from another recurring skit on the show, who wasn't very bright, was asked three questions, with the final question being worth five U.S. dollars. The questions were fairly easy with four choices as answers. Half of the answers usually did not have anything to do with the question. For example, when shown the answers for the question, "How many inches are in a foot?", two possible answers were "Pink" and "Meat." Much to Tina's annoyance, most contestants are so lazy and dumb that they do not win. There was one episode where two of Amanda Bynes' characters appeared in the same scene with the episode having Judge Trudy as a contestant.
    • Stranded – A parody of the hit reality TV series Survivor, this time contestants were stranded in a strange location in a certain state (such as a bathtub in North Dakota or a parked car in a parking lot in Oklahoma). The contestants, usually characters from other skits, were forced to stay in the place. Whoever stayed the longest would win USD 1,000,000. Whoever left the wacky location would summon two guards to take them out of the location and would be ultimately out of the game. When it came down to three or four contestants, the final three or four must vote one player out of the game. Many characters often annoy each other into leaving the game. Mr. Gullible appears in both versions and is tricked into being the first one out. The second version of this sketch had two of Amanda Bynes' characters appearing in the same scene with that episode having Amber and Crazy Courtney as contestants.
  • The Klutzes – A family whose members constantly trip and fall down shouting "HUPDEEDOO!", sometimes destroying things. After each incident, members would say "Not a problem!," even if it was, indeed, a problem. At the end of the sketch, the family normally ends up doing something to destroy the building or fall out of a window. Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan, and John Kassir portrayed the Klutzes.
  • Crazy Courtney – Courtney (played by Amanda Bynes) is a girl with large teeth, glasses, and a hat who spoke in incomplete sentences. When mad, she would shout "MAH-HA!". She drove people insane by putting on ridiculous schemes such as spraying shaving cream into people's faces or cutting people's hair in order to get the person to leave for her own reasons.
  • Tony Pajamas – Tony Pajamas (played by Drake Bell) is an Italian mobster. He was known for situations involving his girlfriend Candy Tulips (played by Amanda Bynes), his lackey Paulie (played by Josh Peck), and two unnamed silent servants. Tony would typically hit Paulie. When Paulie asks "What was that for?", Tony would reply "For being an idiot!", to which Paulie responded "Okay!" as if it were fair. When anyone mispronounced Tony's last name as /pəˈæməz/ pə-JAM-əz, he corrects the character by saying /pəˈɑːməz/ pə-JAH-məz. Later on in the scene when the sound of a car pulling up outside is heard, Paulie would look out the window and see their enemies the "Al Dente Brothers" who would dangerously throw food like eggs, jelly-filled donuts, and meatballs at Tony and his group. This scene would always been taken as a dramatic attack. At one point, Josh imagined his and Drake's roles being reversed in the sketch. The sketch was based on the then-popular television series The Sopranos.
  • Crime Fighting Cheerleaders – The Crime Fighting Cheerleaders were a band of three high school cheerleaders named Katie (portrayed by Amanda Bynes), Stephanie, and Megan who arrested various criminals (e.g. bullies, thugs). Often, before assaulting and arresting the criminal, this peppy squad would recite a "Give me a [letter]" cheer, ultimately spelling something completely irrelevant to the situation (such as milk, in one episode), apparently to distract and confuse the criminal into vulnerability. After the criminal's arrest, one of the victims would gratefully ask, "How can we ever thank you?" to which the head cheerleader would energetically respond, "By keeping up your school spirit!" Usually, a boy (played by Josh Peck) would ask Katie out on a date. She would say no and knock him to the ground. At the end of the sketch, the crew would announce their exit with a last "Gimme a [letter]" cheer, spelling something like "bye" or "see-ya."
  • Dooper – A restaurant that served different items in every sketch which is run by a man (played by Johnny Kassir in season 1, Dan Sachoff in seasons 2 and 3) and his daughter Doreen (played by Amanda Bynes). Whatever was offered (i.e. ice cream, soup, sushi, cookies, jerky, or hot dogs) was usually gross. Examples included Spider Crunch Ice Cream (with actual spiders), Underwear Chowder, live fish for an unfolded sushi, Electric Zaps (a cookie which contains 7,000 volts of electricity), Rat Jerky (a jerky that is made from the rats that are caught in the kitchen), and foot long hot dogs made from actual feet. On occasion, a customer would ask "Hey, didn't this used to be a (sushi, cookie, soup, etc.) restaurant?" The employees would respond that it "wasn't their thing" and say that they're now (weenie, cookie, sushi, etc.) people. In later episodes, they would say things like "That's none of your business" or "I'll thank you never to mention that again." At the end of the skit, the customer tries a special sample that actually tastes good — but it had a surprise. After hearing the name of the sample, they will ask why it was named that upon which the customer would have some calamity related to the name of the dish happen to him or her such as being tackled by a Dancing Lobster upon trying the ice cream "Lobster Tackle," being punched by Abraham Lincoln upon trying the soup "Lincoln Punch", being attacked by a samurai upon trying the sushi "Samurai Roll", being crushed by a refrigerator upon trying the cookie "Refrigerator Crunch", being abducted by aliens upon trying "Alien Abduction Jerky," or being blown away by strong winds upon trying a "Hurricane Dog". A recurring gag is that the family's grandfather (played by different elderly actors) comes in from the back to comment something and the father responds "NOT NOW, GRANDPA". Grandpa usually responds to that comment by telling the dad "You're a failure" which goes with their usually unsuccessful business.
  • Mr. Oldman – An elderly widower (played by Dan Schneider) who was a victim of constant prank phone calls from a red curly-haired character named Sallace Poofender Mrs. Thrice Lemon (played by Amanda Bynes). The character often told Mr. Oldman to do unusual tasks, like spraying whipped cream in his mouth or confirming his order of cheese and zebras or putting his slipper down his pants or to press his nose and say "Beep!" for potato salad. Mr. Oldman would then say "But I don't wanna (thing that the prankster says)!" then does it anyways. At the end of the skit, he would go on a rant, constantly screaming "YOU HAVE THE WRONG NUMBER!!!" and talking nonsense while the girl made silly faces mocking him. Mr. Oldman always appeared saying, using some strange phrase, that he hates children with one of them mentioning how some children have been playing on his lawn.
  • The Dare Show – A show hosted by a sister Sharon (played by Amanda Bynes) and her younger brother, Toby (played by Drake Bell). They claimed they would accept any dare, but whenever a caller suggested a dare (especially a rude dare), they reneged on their promise. The caller would call them an insulting name and the hosts would give in. Dares included Sharon brushing her teeth with her brother's foot and Toby beating himself up. After they would do it, they would say "Oh, man, I cannot believe I just did that!" At the end of the show, the hosts' mother (played by Nancy Sullivan) would find them doing The Dare Show after she told them not to. Then the caller would dare the mother to do something such as eating an entire jar of mayonnaise, shaving her head, or licking the camera and the mother would refuse until being called a name. She then would perform the act. The callers are said to come from a city in the wrong location such as Los Angeles, North Dakota and Barcelona, Alabama.
  • Melody & Thad – A duo parody (played by Amanda Bynes and Drake Bell) of Chad & Jeremy and Sonny & Cher who usually performed songs that were offensive and inappropriate to the occasion. For example in a restaurant, they sang a song about an unpleasant experience in a restaurant that included vomiting and snot in a parody of Billy Joel's "Piano Man." In another occasion which involved a wedding, they sang a song which insulted the groom's appearance. Every time, the hostess (played by Nancy Sullivan) interrupts their song and tells them that it isn't the right one, but they do not understand what she meant. Melody is known to be a talkative and harsh person, and Thad is known to be a puzzled and crestfallen person playing guitar.
  • Totally Kyle – A stereotypical laid back hippie surfer named Kyle Rostensan (played by Drake Bell) who told nonsense stories, such as describing the time he lost a cordless phone, or about how finding a dead bird made him change his normal route to school. He is depicted with long, messy, shaggy blonde hair, a baggy, tie-dye shirt, and a white, or in some episodes, mint green, electric guitar. He used the word "like" a lot, and always had an electric guitar hanging from his neck. His stories usually started with the line 'One time...'. This was the only recurring sketch without Bynes' appearance (she introduces Kyle off-screen) and the only character from any skit to appear on All That. Totally Kyle had a crossover with The Girls Room where he falls in love with Debbie. Kyle even appeared in So You Want to Win Five Dollars, where he was a contestant and got all the answers wrong. A segment that featured him at school revealed that even his parents and grandparents talk like him, much to the disappointment and annoyance of the teacher.
  • Amanda's Jacuzzi – A talk-show where Amanda Bynes is in a jacuzzi with a guest who is either fictional (such as Santa Claus and Frankenstein's Monster), famous deceased historical characters (such as Elvis Presley, King Henry VIII, and Babe Ruth), or a random character such as the "Swiss Guy". She asked them two normal questions about themselves, and then a ridiculous one. The puzzled guest would reply, "No", and then Amanda asks, "How about a plate of spaghetti?" Dwarf waiters then served Amanda and the guest spaghetti, and the guests usually say something silly but appropriate, such as King Henry VIII saying "Long live the me."
  • Stop Motion Amanda – A stop motion Amanda does wacky things, often with a pet dog named Scooper or Dumples. These sketches were discontinued beginning with episode 12. The animation was done by Tom Megalis.
  • The Lucklesses – A family that always experiences horrible luck, including being struck by lightning or getting money stolen. Usually when something bad happens to them, someone in the family will say 'What are the odds of that', and the father will say 'I don't know'.
  • The Dancing Lobsters - Two overgrown lobsters (played by John Stamos and Josh Peck) come out in any setting to dance at the end of a skit every now and again with their hilarious moves.
  • Marcy Stimple – An absent minded girl (played by Nancy Sullivan) who always gets crazy. She appears in "So You Wanna Win Five Dollars" as a contestant, "Cookie" Dooper as a customer, and "Stranded" where she and other characters were stranded in a bathtub.
  • Miss DeBoat – Janice DeBoat (played by Nancy Sullivan) is a teacher with short black hair and horn-rimmed glasses who becomes the target of other characters such as Judge Trudy (who enrolled in her class), Tony Pajamas (who had to deal with her and Principal Walter Flange when Candy Tulips was in trouble), and even was the teacher for students who have talents of which she does not approve. She likes to give out pop quizzes.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD Release
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 October 16, 1999 February 19, 2000 March 13, 2012 (The Best of)
2 17 July 15, 2000 April 7, 2001 March 13, 2012
3 10 January 19, 2002 September 21, 2002
The Best of ... 6 March 23, 2002 May 18, 2002

Cast members[edit]

  • Amanda Bynes - Herself, Penelope Taynt, Judge Trudy, Blini Blokey, Amber, Doreen, Cynthia Worthington, Moody, Crazy Courtney, Candy Tulips, Katie Klutz, Lulu Mae, Cindy Extreme, Sharon, Melody, Mother Caboose, Babs Wrestleberg, People Place Owner
  • Drake Bell - Himself, Carter Klutz, Kyle Rostensan, Biscotti Blokey, Jeremy Pivers, Eenis, Tony Pajamas, Toby, Thad
  • Nancy Sullivan - Herself, Mrs. Klutz, Marcy Stimple, Mrs. DeBoat, Mrs. Rostensan, Mrs. Extreme, Various
  • Raquel Lee (1999–2000) - Herself, Sheila ("The Girl's Room" segment, Season One), Various
  • Johnny Kassir (1999–2000) - Himself, Carl Klutz, Mr. Rostensan, Gnocchi Blokey, Doreen's Dad, Mr. Gullible, Various (Season One)
  • Josh Peck (2000–2002) - Himself, The Dancing Lobster 2, Paulie (Seasons 2-3), various


Supporting cast members[edit]

Performances[edit]

Syndication[edit]

Reruns of The Amanda Show originally started airing on The N (now TeenNick) on October 31, 2007 and was dropped from the channel in March 2008, but then returned on April 4, 2009. All of the show's episodes aired. The Best of The Amanda Show also didn't air. The original TV rating was TV-Y7, but now the rating is TV-G, like all of the other shows that aired on the former TEENick block on Nickelodeon. On August 3, 2009, The Amanda Show was dropped from The N once again.

Starting July 11, 2011 on Nicktoons in the UK, it shows Weekdays at 9:00pm. Some episodes, (possibly for legal reasons), have been missed from being broadcast on Nicktoons, as of the 18th of August 2011, the following episodes have been missed: Season 1, episodes 3, 8, 11 and 12, Season 2, episodes 3, 7 and 14, Season 3, episodes 1, 2, 6 and 10. Reasons for these episodes not being shown are yet to be confirmed, although, The Amanda Show is to be repeated and so possibly, the missing episodes will be shown then.

Nickelodeon Canada began airing the series on September 5, 2011 with the exception of Season 1 episodes 8 and 12 (which featured musical guests), and Season 3 episode 11. The series was removed from the schedule in 2012.

Reruns of The Amanda Show began airing on TeenNick on October 11, 2011. Although it was originally announced as part of TeenNick's 1990s block The '90s Are All That, the series instead aired as a standalone series during the daytime.

The show then returned to TeenNick on September 17, 2012 and aired in 2 hour blocks, until the show was removed again on March 17, 2013.

Home releases[edit]

Title Released
Amanda, Please! October 5, 2004
Includes Episode 214 and Episode 217. DVD exclusives are Episode 222 and Episode 226.
The Girls' Room October 5, 2004
Includes Episode 216 and Episode 219. DVD exclusives are Episode 224 and Episode 228.
Totally Amanda February 22, 2005
Includes Episode 216 and Episode 219. DVD exclusives are Episode 224 and Episode 228.
The Best of Volume 1 July 29, 2008
iTunes only; Includes Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 10, Episode 11 and Episode 13.
The Best of Volume 2 June 22, 2009
iTunes only; Includes Episode 210, Episode 216, Episode 217, Episode 219 and Episode 220.
The Best of Volume 3 May 16, 2011
iTunes only; Includes Episode 222, Episode 223, Episode 224, Episode 225 and Episode 226.
The Best of Volume 4 January 8, 2013
iTunes only; Includes Episode 227, Episode 228, Episode 229, Episode 230 and Episode 231.
The Best of Season One March 13, 2012[3]
Includes episodes 2-4, 6-7, 9-11 and 13 - episodes 1, 5, 8 and 12 aren't included.
Season Two March 13, 2012[4]
Includes episodes 14-30 (the entire season two).
Season Three March 13, 2012[5]
Includes episodes 31-41 (the entire season three).
The Best of The Amanda Show March 13, 2012[6]
Includes the six best-of episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schneider, Dan (May 22, 2008). "FAQ: What Happened With Moody's Point?". DanWarp.Blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  2. ^ "FAQ: Dan Schneider's Spin-Off of The Amanda Show". 
  3. ^ The Amanda Show: The Best of Season 1. "The Amanda Show: The Best of Season 1: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  4. ^ The Amanda Show: Season 2 (3 Discs). "The Amanda Show: Season 2 (3 Discs): Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  5. ^ The Amanda Show: Season 3 (2 Discs). "The Amanda Show: Season 3 (2 Discs): Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  6. ^ The Amanda Show: The Best of The Amanda Show. "The Amanda Show: The Best of The Amanda Show: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 

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