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
Raquel Lee
Josh Peck
Theme music composer Stewart Copeland
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 46 (including the best of episodes) (list of episodes)
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
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format SD: 480i/576i
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16) – September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)
Related shows All That

The Amanda Show is an American live action sketch comedy and variety show created by Dan Schneider that aired on Nickelodeon from October 16, 1999 to September 21, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell and Nancy Sullivan, and featured 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 cancelled at the end of 2002. 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.[1]


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 studio audience, as well as 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 odd or dim-witted characters.


  • Commercials – Episodes generally began with a parody advertisement for an absurd product. Examples include, a website where people sell their lunches, and Meatloaf Crunch, a meatloaf-themed cereal.
  • Judge Trudy – A parody of the courtroom show Judge Judy, the sketch stars Judge Trudy (played by Amanda Bynes) and the Bailiff (played by Gary Anthony Williams), and features a child plaintiff "suing" an adult defendant for petty incidents against the child. Regardless of the merit of the case, Trudy always found in favor of the child, if necessary making up reasons to do so, and sentenced the adult to an absurd punishment. Sketches typically involved two cases, and would end with Judge Trudy calling to "Bring in the Dancing Lobsters!"
  • Blockblister – A parody of video rental store chain Blockbuster. Sketches involved customers trying to rent popular movies and instead ending up with knock-off versions, poorly acted out by the family that owned the store.
  • Moody's Point – An over-the-top parody of teen dramas/soap operas from the late 90s-early 2000s, 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. At the end of the last episode, the screen shows the words "To Be Continued," but The Amanda Show was cancelled shortly thereafter ending the 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 extremely revolting behavior. 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 self-proclaimed number one fan. She runs a fansite,, which is actually an official site created for the series. 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.
  • When... Attack – "When... Attack", hosted by Amanda Bynes, parodies dramatic crime documentaries, such as When Animals Attack!. Bynes introduces herself as some ridiculous but apparently 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. Sketches ended with that group showing up in the studio.
  • The Extremes – This sketch is about the Extreme family, a family of three (played by Amanda Bynes, Nancy Sullivan, and Dan Sachoff) taking normal tasks to an emotional extreme and exasperating everybody around them.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Gullible – A substitute teacher (played by John Kassir in Season 1, Andrew Hill Newman in Season 2) is tricked into increasingly absurd tasks by his students.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Dooper – A restaurant that serves disgusting food 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).
  • 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 Amanda (played by Amanda Bynes).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Totally Kyle – A stereotypical laid back hippie surfer named Kyle Rostensan (played by Drake Bell) who told nonsense stories, usually beginning 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.
  • 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 come out in any setting to dance at the end of a skit every now and again with their hilarious moves. They do not speak English, but in a weird lobster language. Amanda sometimes believe their language is "Crustacean".
  • 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.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16) February 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)
2 17 July 15, 2000 (2000-07-15) April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)
3 10 January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19) September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)
The Best of... 6 March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23) May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)

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]


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, as well as What I Like About You, possibly due to Bynes's controversies.

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[2]
Includes episodes 2-4, 6-7, 9-11 and 13 - episodes 1, 5, 8 and 12 aren't included.
Season Two March 13, 2012[3]
Includes episodes 14-30 (the entire season two).
Season Three March 13, 2012[4]
Includes episodes 31-41 (the entire season three).
The Best of The Amanda Show March 13, 2012[5]
Includes the six best-of episodes.


  1. ^ "FAQ: Dan Schneider's Spin-Off of The Amanda Show". 
  2. ^ The Amanda Show: The Best of Season 1. "The Amanda Show: The Best of Season 1: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  3. ^ The Amanda Show: Season 2 (3 Discs). "The Amanda Show: Season 2 (3 Discs): Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  4. ^ The Amanda Show: Season 3 (2 Discs). "The Amanda Show: Season 3 (2 Discs): Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  5. ^ The Amanda Show: The Best of The Amanda Show. "The Amanda Show: The Best of The Amanda Show: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 

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