The Amanda Show

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The Amanda Show was an All That Spin-Off starring Amanda Bynes that ran from 1999 to 2002. It was a sketch comedy directed by Dan Schneider, starring Amanda and helped to build the careers of Drake Bell and Josh Peck. It also had a tie-in Web site.


Tropes used in The Amanda Show include:

(to Amber): Gosh, you're purtier than my sister!

Debbie: I like eggs!

Papa: This movie better!
Blockblister Kids: Much better!

Mr. Oldman: You have the wrong number!!!

  • The Chew Toy: A whole family of them, the Lucklesses.
  • Chez Restaurant: Chez Klutz.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The security guard won't let a person in for a sack of diamonds, but he will for a slice of pizza.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: This occurred at the end of every "Judge Trudy" skit, when Trudy would rule in favor of the child plaintiff and sentence the hapless adult defendant to something odd, which the bailiff would immediately carry out.
  • Couch Gag: The clips that appeared on Amanda's television during the first season's intro varied per episode.
  • Creator Cameo: Dan Schneider plays in a recurring skit as Mr. Oldman, a grumpy elderly who is constantly prank-called.
  • Creepy Doll: Rock-A-Bye Ralph, a scary doll who laughs in a creepy high-pitched voice. The little girl is so scared of it she feeds it to her dog, his voice continues giggling inside the dog's stomach.
  • Dead Line News: The segment called When ______s Attack (sometimes hula girls, The Brady Bunch, etc) They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
  • Deep South: Eenis and Lulu Mae of Hillbilly Moment. And Tammy, the 'foreign' exchange student from Tennessee.
  • Deranged Animation: The aforemention claymation skits during Season 1.
  • The Ditz: Also Debbie, but the substitute teacher Mr. Gullible.
  • Dope Slap: Several episodes feature skits involving pseudo-mobster Tony Pajamas (Drake Bell) and his lacky, Paulie (Josh Peck), would frequently say or do something stupid, get hit and ask, "What was that for?!" To which Tony would reply, "For bein' an idiot!" which Paulie would accept with an "Okay."
  • Extroverted Nerd: Penelope Taynt in The Amanda Show, please. Also a stalker, who may or may not have been a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Failed Attempt At Drama: Purposely done in Moody's Point.
  • Favoritism Flip Flop: Parodied on "Moody's Point".
  • Firemen Are Hot: As Amber remarks in "The Girl's Room".
  • Foot Focus:
    • When Penelope and her boyfriend had a picnic on the set of The Amanda Show, dessert consisted of gelatin shaped like Amanda's left foot.
    • One commercial promoted the kit "My Beautiful Big Toe," consisting of miniature costumes that girls (and boys) could decorate their toes with.
    • One Penelope Taynt sketch (which was also a Cold Open, IIRC) began with Drake Bell and Josh Peck sniffing Drake's feet.
  • Funny Foreigner: Gnocchi, Blini, and Biscotti of the Blockblister sketches.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A funny bit where Barney the security guard flips open the centerfold in a magazine and says suggestively, "Look at THOSE babies!" The camera reveals that it actually is just a cute picture of two little babies wearing security guard uniforms. (Although when you think about that....)
    • "I feel like a noodle-boobed freak!"
    • "You're prettier than my sister", said by a hillbilly-type character... Get it?
    • Hello, Penelope Taynt?!
    • What does Tammy get Amber for her birthday? A stripper.
    • One episode has Penelope stealing the A on the Amanda sign on stage. What does she say before running off? "I better get my A out of here...please!"
    • "When you've got a beef, don't put it in your own hands, put your beef in the hands of Judge Trudy!"
    • Played straight, then averted. One episode features a sketch called "The Dare Show," where Amanda and Drake play siblings who do increasingly stupid stunts. After completing a sketch where they tar and feather themselves, Drake exclaims, "We look like big fuckin' idiots!" The episode later cut his exclamation entirely, cutting to their mother coming in and busting them for doing the show. Again. [1] The censors were clearly asleep at the wheel the first time around.
  • Girl Posse: The hosts of "The Girls' Room:" Amber, Tammy, Sheila, and Debbie.
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Trudy.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Proctor played her and Drake's father in a skit for the Grown-Up Remote.
  • Insistent Terminology: Tony Pajamas Pa-JAH-mus.
  • I See London: In the opening Amanda greets the actors she is hiring by ripping their clothes off and forcing their costumes on them.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: All of the disgusting foods at the Dooper restaurants.
  • Literal-Minded: The family of The Literals sketch.
  • Loony Fan: Penelope Taynt, Amanda's number one fan, please.
  • The Mockbuster: All of Blockblister's videos.
  • Once an Episode: After the intro, Amanda would greet her audience by exclaiming, "My name's Amanda," then sharing a random, usually made-up fact about herself. Amanda also closed each episode by saying, "Okay, that's our show!" and informing the viewers she "gotta go" do something random and ridiculous.
  • Parental Bonus: The father and son in the "Wrestleburgs" sketch were modeled after wrestlers Goldust and The Blue Blazer, respectively.
  • Parody: Many of the sketches, such as Judge Trudy, So You Want To Win Five Dollars, etc. There's one Survivor parody called Stranded, which is a good example. The last one to leave the set location (a bathtub in North Dakota, a parking lot in Oklahoma, etc.) wins the prize.
    • Subverted in one sketch of that, where Judge Trudy and the Bailiff are the last two people in the car they're stranded in. Then the Bailiff notices that the keys are in the ignition and they've got a million dollars in the trunk.

Trudy: I'm thinkin' Vegas?
Bailiff: Hit it, Judge!

The Amanda Show got canceled. It was one of the stranger moments in my career as a writer/producer. At the time, The Amanda Show was the most popular show on Nickelodeon. Yet after only 41 episodes, the network pulled the plug. It was a surprising move. I've never learned exactly why The Amanda Show was canceled. I think it had to do with certain people wanting to take Amanda away from Nickelodeon to the WB so she could star in What I Like About You (another TV show I created). But I didn't want The Amanda Show to end. I felt we should have done at least 20 more episodes.

Teacher: All right, get out of class!
Student: Oh no, my dad's gonna kick my--
Teacher: Be quiet!

Email #1: "WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SAY PLEASE??????????"
Penelope: I am asked this question a lot, please. My parents taught me to say please when you want something, and what I want is to meet Amanda, please. Why do YOU use so many question marks, please???????