The Amanda Show is an American live-action sketch comedy and variety show that aired on Nickelodeon from November 6, 1999 to September 14, 2002. It starred Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, and Nancy Sullivan, along with several actors that 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 co-starred years earlier.
- Commercials - At the beginning of the show, an advertisement for an unusual product would play. Some of the things advertised include a machine that made ice cream out of trash, popcorn popping pants, a machine to multiply one's pocket money, radio controlled cars with underwear or pizza pies on top, red-hot candies that let people literally breathe fire, strange brands of breakfast cereal like Meatloaf Crunch, lunchBay (buying food over the Internet, even though it would be spoiled by the time it arrived in the mail) and a method for people to give an electric shock to anyone via telephone. Sometimes, an adult would show up and ask kids for help doing something, which would give the kids a chance to use the product being advertised (in the case of the fire-breathing candies, the father needed help to light the barbecue - the kids ate the candy and blew fire right at the grill).
- Judge Trudy - This sketch is a parody of the real life courtroom show, Judge Judy. The sketch features a child plaintiff "suing" an adult defendant for petty incidents, such as an unfair grounding or an after-school detention. The defendant typically complains that Trudy is too young to be a judge, which angers Trudy even more. Trudy always favors the children and gives out ridiculous sentences to adults, one example being a case which ends with a parents trapped in a rocket and sent to space. At the end of each sketch, the Judge calls for the Dancing Lobsters to come out. The lobsters then proceed to dance with Trudy. The sketch is similar to Judge Judy: both judges wear dainty lace collars, and both have African-American baliffs; the only difference being that Trudy treats defendants like criminals, while Judy, like most TV court judges, deal with small claims cases.
- Blockblister - A parody of video rental store chain Blockbuster. Blockblister was owned and operated by a family of foreigners with wacky accents. The family often greeted the angry customer by saying, "Yaga, how may we be helping you?" The customers were always unhappy as they found out the movies rented were just homemade spoofs of the actual movie made by the immigrant family. For instance, when a customer wanted Ace Ventura: Pet Detective or George of the Jungle, he/she would instead get Face Ventura: Pet Detective and George from the Jungle, respectively. Each spoof features the family in badly made costumes, pretending to act out the movie in a course of one to two minutes, usually producing a poorly acted movie. When the customer insisted that the movie was wrong, the family often replied with "This movie better — MUCH BETTER!" The unhappy customer commanded the family to play the video on their TV as proof that it was not the video the customer wanted. After the film ended, the family will commend themselves, and offered the customer a hard-boiled egg. The customers would then become angrier and leave the store without paying. Sometimes, the custumer would spit at them or crush their hard boiled eggs, and the family would think it's some kind of American gesture. One time, the family locked the door until the customer would pay. The family would then dance to polka music while holding eggs after the customer left the store. In one sketch, the family would demonstrate the DVP, their country's version of a DVD which was basically a LP-sized round block of wood that was played in a loud wooden machine powered by pulling a cord; the machine would play the video with visual interference and a lawn mower-type noise so loud that no one could hear the movie.
- When... Attack - "When... Attack" was a parody of such dramas as When Animals Attack!, hosted by Bynes. Bynes would start by introducing herself as some ridiculous but possibly famous character. Then she would sternly explain how a group of people or things (such as cheerleaders, elderly women, The Brady Bunch, school mascots, and female Hula dancers) attacked people. She would show the viewers two incidents of the attack, first normally, then in slow motion. The victims who got involved with the attack would then appear on screen, repeating exactly what the host said. At the end, the host will tell the viewers to call a number, usually something like "1-500-I-Just-Saw-The-Brady-Bunch-Attack-Some-Person-And-Now-I'm-Calling-This-Number-To-Report-What-I-Saw". Then the attackers would arrive in the studio, forcing the host to run away, and then go on to attack the cameraman. The sketch would then end with the screen going fuzzy. An exception is When The Brady Bunch Attack, in which the Bradys did a dance number.
- The Girls' Room - A TV show that takes place in the girl's bathroom of a high school, but for one episode, took place in the boy's bathroom of the same school. The hosts were Amber, who was very popular and egotistical (and always made sure everyone knew she was popular), Sheila, a very aggressive and tough girl who would give swirlies to girls entering the Girls' Room, Tammy, a foreign exchange student from Tennessee, and Debbie, a dumb girl who always made sure everyone knew that she loved eggs.
- Moody's Point - An over-the-top parody of teen dramas/soap operas, mainly Dawson's Creek. The sketch focuses on Moody (Amanda Bynes), an emotionally exaggerated teen whose mother is lost in a hot air balloon and whose father was missing a toe. It featured her friends, such as Misty, a girl who is easily offended and would say "You're so hurtful!" and "What's that suppose to mean?" and Spalding (Taran Killam), who has a huge crush on her but criticizes her in a ridiculous way and also gets hit by objects out of nowhere, and Sternum, who responds to every question by asking the opposite of said question. Each episode had its own plot, and ended off with a cliffhanger. An episode which ends with Moody finding out that her real parents are circus trapeze artists named "The Flying Worthsbergs" and that there was another Moody shows the words "To Be Continued," but The Amanda Show was cancelled shortly thereafter. The aforementioned episode was the only standalone episode of the Amanda Show. The high school shown was that of Los Gatos High School in California, although they never filmed there. The Theme Song for Moody's Point is "For All I Am" by Lisa Smith. This was the only segment of the show that was taped outside of California. This segment was recorded on location in Atlanta. Most of the cast members of Moody's point do not appear in the other sketches.
- Cynthia Worthington - Cynthia is an aristocrat who was brought up by a very wealthy and civilized family. She appears to look nice, but inside she does disgusting things to herself such as burping loudly without excusing herself, eating with just her mouth, farting, displaying that she has neglected to shave her underarms, picking her nose then wiping the mucus over her face, and publicly shaving her legs. At the end of the sketch when she does something even more disgusting, the people watching her get away from her and she responds with "How rude!", and she continues doing the disgusting thing.
- Penelope Taynt - Penelope Taynt, also played by Amanda Bynes, was Amanda's obsessed number-one fan in the world. She normally wore 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 belly, which is never seen again on the show. On the show she ran a fansite, AmandaPlease.com, which is actually an official site created for the series. Penelope also had 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 used some harebrained scheme to try and meet Amanda, often with the help of Drake, Josh, or her brother Preston (who always wants a sandwich), but never succeeded, though she at times just missed her, or was even in the same room. These schemes include cloning Amanda from her toenail (but it turned out to be Drake's), having a bloodhound lead her to Amanda by following her scent, and often breaking into Amanda's dressing room. And in rare instances, Penelope invades skits already in progress. Her brother Preston has met Amanda and sometimes asks if she could meet Penelope; she always says she can't. Although the character is played by Amanda, she is not acknowledged as being so (or that she even is one of the show's characters) by other cast members. Some speculate that the character represents a parody of obsessive stalkers.
- The Extremes - This sketch is about the Extreme family, a family of three 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 drives everyone around the family crazy.
- Hillbilly Moment - Amanda and Drake dressed as stereotypical hillbillies named Lula Mae and Eenis (respectively). Lula Mae would start a knock-knock joke. The knock-knock punch line would always result in Eenis being hit on the head with whatever was mentioned in the knock-knock joke (such as the Liberty Bell or a cucumber).
- 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. The contestant, 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. Whenever the player needed help he wanted to call his parents, but instead the host called Mr. Oldman (see below).
- 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 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 ultimately out of the game. When it came down to three contestants, the final three must vote one player out of the game. Many characters often annoy each other into leaving the game.
- 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 end up doing something to destroy the building or fall out of a window.
- Courtney - Courtney is a girl with large teeth 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 - An Italian mobster played by Drake. He was known for situations involving Candy (played by Amanda), his girlfriend, and always hitting his lackey, Pouly (played by Josh). When Pouly asks, "What was that for?", Tony would reply, "For being an idiot!", to which the lackey responded, "Oh-kay!", as if it were fair. When anyone mispronounced Tony's last name, as "Pah-JAM-Ahs" /pəˈdʒæ.məz/, he corrects the character by saying "Pah-JAW-Muhs" /pəˈdʒɑ.məz/. Later on in the scene, Pouly would look out the window and see their enemies, the "Al Dente Brothers," who would dangerously throw food at Tony and his lackey; this scene was always be taken as a dramatic attack.
- Crime Fighting Cheerleaders - The Crime Fighting Cheerleaders were a band of three high school cheerleaders (Katie, Stephanie and Megan) who arrested various criminals (e.g. bullies). 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 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 c-ya.
- ... Dooper - A restaurant that served different items every sketch. Whatever was offered, (i.e. ice cream, soup, sushi, cookie), was usually gross. Examples included spider crunch ice cream (with actual spiders), and underwear chowder soup. 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 "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 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, such as being attacked by a samurai upon trying a "Samurai roll". A recurring gag is that the family's grandfather comes in from the back and the father responds "NOT NOW GRANDPA". Grandpa usually responds with "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 Sally Poofenduff (a character 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 zebras or putting a shoe down his pants or to press his nose and say "Beep!". Mr. Oldman would then scream "YOU HAVE THE WRONG NUMBER!!!" and talk nonsense while the girl made silly faces mocking him. Mr. Oldman always appeared saying he hates children in a funny way such as "All children should be sent to Australia!", or "All children should be arrested for childrenosity!", or "Children Equals Bad!"
- Mr. Gullible - A substitute teacher, with bucked teeth, who often did what the students claimed their normal teacher did: "Our normal teacher usually... (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 bafoon 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.
- The Dare Show - A show hosted by a sister, Sharon, and her younger brother, Toby, played by Amanda and Drake, respectively. They claimed they would accept any dare, but whenever a caller suggested a dare (especially a rude dare), they would refuse. The caller would call them "Chicken", "Coward", "Liar", or something of that sort, 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, "Man, I can't believe I just did that." At the end of the show, the hosts' mother 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 mayonaise, 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 of Chad and Jeremy who usually performed songs that were offensive to the occasion. For example, in a restaurant, they sang a song about an unpleasant experience in a restaurant that included vomiting and snot. All the time, the hostess would interrupt their song and tell them that it wasn't the right song.
- Totally Kyle - A stereotypical laid back hippie surfer 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 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 Amanda, 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 Clause), famous, a deceased historical character (such as Elvis Presley), 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 guest usually say something silly but appropriate, such as King Henry VIII saying "Long live the me."
- The Procrastinator - A superhero spoof where Amanda played a heroine called The Procrastinator, who would respond to people's cries for help by saying she will save them or solve the problem "eventually" and do nothing, despite the helpless citizens' pleas.
- Stop Motion Amanda- A stop motion Amanda does wacky things, often with a pet dog named Scooter.
Home video releases
Paramount Home Entertainment
and Nickelodeon released The Amanda Show
on VHS in three volumes. The first two releases were later remastered on DVD.
- Volume 1 - Amanda, Please! (VHS and DVD)
- Volume 2 - The Girls' Room (VHS and DVD)
- Volume 3 - Totally Amanda (VHS)
- The Amanda Show - The Best of Seasons 1&2 on Sept.15 only on Amazon.com